Archive for March, 2017

Hammys jam / Countryview

No gig on Friday. I took the day off as Holly and I attended an afternoon funeral. We also spent some time house re-organizing and got a lot done. I received a call Friday afternoon to play the Saturday Hammys jam, but I didn’t have my phone with me and heard the message late Friday night. I called back, but figured they had found someone by then. I was surprised to get a call early Saturday morning asking me to play. The band was Phil Trumpy, “Chainsaw” Curtis, Sully and myself. We had a few jammers, including Gary. There’s a video on Facebook of “Tennessee Whiskey”. We played from 2 – 6 and I packed up right away to get to the Countryview for the Rainbow Bridge gig.

We had another good night at the Countryview and thanks to all who stopped out. I’ll say again that this place has really picked up with the new owners. Lucas Brookins was out and sat-in on drums. No Sunday gig so I headed back to West Allis afterward.

Cyndi is solo at the Red Zone this Thursday from 6 – 9.
I’ll be playing with the Gary McAdams Combo along with Pete Olig and Pat Betts at Merrill & Houston’s from 7 – 10. This will be a challenge as I’ll be the only lead instrument!
Rainbow Bridge returns to Taasbag on Saturday starting at 8:30.
I’ll be playing the Lucky Chance jam in West Allis on Monday for the last time as the club is suspending the jam for now. It happens.

A big congrats to Bob Hamann for winning the President’s Club Award for his engineering work at WCLO/ WJVL!

Stop out this weekend and say hello!


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Moose Club / Hammys / Dundee Roadhouse

Busy weekend for the band. We started on Friday at the Moose Club. It seemed a little slow at first, but soon filled to a full-house. We played our usual standards and had a good night. Jerry Dabson rode with Gary and Jerry got up and did a few with us.

The Women of the Moose booked us on Saturday for a “Prom Night” which allowed us to leave our equipment set up – can’t beat that! Sad to say that Saturday night was not very busy. Personally, I feel the $10.00 cover charge was too much but that’s just my .02. We appreciate and thank all who stopped out. There are a few pictures and videos on Facebook.

We made up for it with a totally packed Hammys on Sunday afternoon. Cyndi revived “When Will I Be Loved” and it got a great response. We’ll probably play it more often!

I had an equipment ordeal this weekend with the reverb not working on my amp at the Moose and the volume knob sticking on my Les Paul. I played my Epiphone all weekend. Turns out the guitar just needed a good cleaning and I used it Monday. The amp has been fixed as of today.

I was a 4-nighter for me as I was the host guitarist at the Dundee Roadhouse jam on Monday. We had a good night with quite a few jammers, but it was a little late when I got home!
The 3-piece host band I played with (The Outlaw Legends) has a couple of dates in April as the band is off. And speaking of moonlighting – Cyndi has been quite busy doing solo gigs on Thursdays. Doug Brookins is quite the booking agent!

Cyndi is playing this Thursday at the Treehouse from 6 – 9.

Rainbow Bridge is back at the Countryview this Saturday from 8 – 12.

On a sad note: Chuck Berry passed away this week. He was one of my first guitar idols and I spent a lot of time listening and learning to play like him. “Johnny B. Goode” is a must-know for any electric guitarist! Always sad when a legend is gone.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!


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GMB gigs / Barkleys

Holly and I made it to Bob’s birthday bash at the Prime Quarter last Saturday as the band was off. Good group and a good time. The only suspicious thing is that a handful of people including Holly, Cyndi, Bryan and Bob all got sick afterwards. Very strange.

The Gary McAdams Band played the following Sunday with Pat Betts on drums. Curtis “Chainsaw” from the Blues Creepers did a live recording of the band. I’m curious to how it turned out.
Just FYI – We’ve had a few weekends with a GMB gig but no Rainbow Bridge gigs, so sometimes I don’t do a post on those.

The Gary McAdams Band played this past Friday at Hammys and had a good night. This was the regular line-up.

Rainbow Bridge played at Barkleys on Saturday, which is the former “Spirits” bar on the south side. We had a great crowd and hope to play there on a regular basis. My fear was that it was going to be total “younger bar” and we wouldn’t quite fit, but it was a good mix of ages and we went over well. Thanks to Bob and Dawn for scoping the place out and setting the PA up early. Matt also set up early as he played guitar at an afternoon gig with Cary Farmer at the Willowdale. A mutual friend, Billy Barnes, was at the Willowdale gig and told me later at Barkleys, ”Wow, Matt can really play the guitar!” I think people sometimes forget that Matt was the other guitarist in the band for many years. He took over on bass when the band needed a bass player and since has made his mark as a bass player. He still plays his guitar at home. Matt and I have “switched guitars” on stage a few times at gigs just to show his skills – probably should do that more often! Also, our two new songs are going over well. No gig on Sunday, so I drove home afterwards.

RB has 2 nights at the Moose Club coming up this weekend and finish on Sunday at Hammys. Friday is a regular Moose dance night and Saturday might be a private party – I’ll have to check.

It’ll be 4 nights for me as I’m hosting a Monday night jam up in Dundee. We’re calling the trio “The Outlaw Legends” and I have a few more fill-in dates with this group. We’re not going to practice, but I’ve been learning songs and am looking forward to the challenge of playing trio.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!


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