Archive for April, 2017

I’m Back! / Moose / Countryview / Hammys / Moonlighting

Haven’t written in a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Since the last RB gig there have been a few Gary McAdams Band gigs, did two gigs with the “Outlaw Legends” and a Hammys gig with the Tommy Larson Band.

The biggest news over the past weeks is Gary losing his voice after a Friday combo gig at Merrill & Houston’s. We played 4-piece the next night. Last Friday at the Moose, Gary brought in Jerry Dabson to help out with the vocals. Although, Gary was doing better and sang a handful of songs. Cyndi had a solo gig that night which left me as the basically the only solo instrument – challenging, but a lot of fun. Although, I did wind up trading a few leads with Jerry, who plays a straight-ahead melody style; an art in itself.

My two gigs as an Outlaw Legend were a 3-piece group, which I really enjoy. Both gigs; Lake Church Pub & Grill and the Plymouth Tap, went well. The biggest worry was the voice holding out as Pete (bass) and I did all the vocals and harmony. We should have some other dates when RB is off again. It’s mostly 70’ – 80’s country with some classic rock thrown in. Another “no practice” group as I was given a song list and did all my own homework.

Same situation with the Tommy Larson Band – song list and just show up. Russ Doiel was on drums and Tony Wisniewski, who I just met, was on bass. The group sounded really good and I had a fun time.

RB was back at the Moose on Friday and had a great night. Gary was pretty much back to full voice, but was careful just the same. Gotta say that it felt good to play with the band again.
It’s fun to play with other musicians, but it also makes me appreciate the players in the band. There’s no real substitute for years of practice and playing together.

We were at the Countryview on Saturday and had a good night. Jazz guitarist, Cliff Frederiksen, was out for a while and I had a chance to chat with him. Cliff is great player, and someone I truly respect. I’m glad we’ve become friends over the years. Gary left his capo there the last time we played, and they saved it for him! Lucas Brookins sat-in on drums for a few. We kept it more on the “light side” on Saturday as it was an older crowd. I was reminded that we’re “older” and are becoming more appealing to that age group! Circle of life I guess.

We finished off the weekend on Sunday inside at Hammys to another good crowd. Beautiful day and a lot of people on the patio, but still a great day. Thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

Cyndi is solo this Thursday at Conroy’s Pub & Grub.
RB is back at Lucy’s Hideaway on Saturday night.
The Gary McAdams Band is at Boxcar’s on Sunday afternoon with Tim Pogorelski on drums.

On another note, I see that this is the 10 year mark for this blog as the archive goes back to April 2007. Thanks to all (or anybody!) that actually reads this stuff!

Stop out this weekend and say hello!

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Merrill & Houston’s w/ Gary / Fab 4 at Tasbagg

Friday night gig at Merrill & Houston’s with the Gary McAdams combo which featured Gary, Pat Betts, Pete Olig and myself. This was a fun and challenging gig for me being the only solo instrument. Pat and Pete are top-notch players, so this was a real treat. Here’s Gary’s write-up on Facebook:
Thanks! Always so good to see so many Fans, Friends & Fellow Musicians in the crowd! A special thanks to Bonnie Beck and her friend for stopping out and for the CR request. 😉 Also to Jay & Bobbie Stahl for celebrating their 38th anniversary with us. As well as many other folks. Great to have Teresa Swetland sit in for a couple and wow everyone, as well as David Keith Stewart play some guitar with us. And as always, a unique pleasure to share a stage and ART with Pete Olig, Pat Betts & Jeffrey Arnold. Thanks SO much to Jayme Braatz, Billy Braatz & all the team at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint for all they do.
Gary was feeling a little under the weather on Friday, but sounded fine all night. There’s a video of “Stormy Monday” on Facebook.



Gary’s sickness got worse and he called in sick for our Rainbow Bridge gig at Tasbagg on Saturday. We had a good night with the 4 of us as everybody stepped up a notch, especially Cyndi, who did most of the vocals. Thanks to all who stopped out! A little confusion on the starting time, which turned out to be 9:00, but we were all there and early! No Sunday gig so I headed home afterward.
I’m playing tonight (Monday) at the Lucky Chance jam in West Allis. This will be our last one as the bar decided to end it. We’ve been getting good crowds and I enjoy getting to play with Milwaukee players. We’re looking for another venue.
Rainbow Bridge is off this weekend.
The Gary McAdams Band is at Hammys on Friday from 8 -12 with John Cammilleri as Cyndi is playing at the Northleaf Winery in Milton from 7 – 10.
I’m playing a fill-in type gig on Saturday at the Lake Church Pub & Grill in Belgium, Wi with the band, “Outlaw Legends” from 8 – 12. Again, this will be a challenge as it’s a 3-piece, but I’m looking forward to it.


Again, thanks to all who support the band. We have some new songs in the works that I hope we can get to soon!

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