Archive for June, 2017

Outlaw Legends / Yetti’s / Hammys

Another busy weekend for me, but more for Cyndi with her Thursday and Friday night solo gigs! I started out on Friday playing with the Outlaw Legends, a 3-piece band, at lake Church in Belgium, Wi. It was a little less than an hour’s drive for me, and this was a return gig. I spent quite a few nights relearning the songs, as being just one guitar, you hear everything! It went well with a better crowd than last time. The leader and bassist, Pete, joined another band, so this may have been our last gig unless we can find a date where we’re all open. I do enjoy playing trio and the challenge of filling the sound, plus all the songs are standards.

Rainbow Bridge played at Yetti’s on Saturday afternoon for their grand opening. This was the first time for me as Steve Doiel filled in before. We played outside with a partial covering. The weather was good while we played but the wind was lifting the tents up and eventually they took the covering off the tents. It started a little slow but all the tables were filled later in the afternoon. I mentioned I learned “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” in the OL band and RB played one time before and again that day. The rain was setting in just as we were about finished tearing down. Bob had a few more drums to load but we made it in time. We had a bachelorette party out, which included a blow-up “male anatomy feature” and we were making (bad) puns throughout the day.
Funny note of the day: There was a crossbeam directly above my amp and sure enough, I hit my head on it more than once – and even after Bob warned me! I’ve got a small gash on my upper forehead as a reminder. Gary was not feeling well and had a little trouble vocally, but we made it through just fine.

Cyndi – Bryan, Gary and I all stopped out to the Countryview afterwards to hear KJ and friends. Cyndi and I both played with “Ken” before Rainbow Bridge started. We got up and played a couple of Cyndi songs that sounded great with a “real” steel guitar!

We finished up on Sunday at Hammys and played outside. I’m sure most people have heard about the sound issue with a complaining neighbor and Sunday was no exception. We were asked to turn down and even a police officer showed up mid-way through the show. I don’t get this as it’s afternoon and I don’t think there are afternoon business decibel laws on the books. Imagine “one” person telling the Anchor Inn they couldn’t have outdoor music! All said, we had a great crowd, a fun afternoon and thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

Another busy one coming up with the Moose on Friday, Yetti’s on Saturday night and Crazyhorse Campground in Brodhead on Sunday.
Cyndi is playing solo at Conroy’s on Thursday.
We’re back for Milton’s 4th of July on Tuesday.

Personal note: Cyndi’s and my son, Corey, turns 30 on July 2nd. Doesn’t seem possible but time flies!


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Orfordville June Days / Delavan Concert in the Park / Boundaries

Busy, busy. Working full-time, playing all weekend and no computer at home makes it hard to find time. I thought about discontinuing the blog for a while – we’ll see.

Friday had us at June Days in Orfordville. It was a good night but I was hoping for a better response. Rain was on and off which did force the bulk of the crowd in the pavilion. Bob worked his magic on the PA and the band sounded good. I didn’t have my best playing night and forgot a few things that I thought were auto-pilot. I’ve said it before: People ask how you remember all those songs. Sometimes you don’t!

Cyndi and Gary played the Dairy Breakfast on Saturday morning and started around 6:30 AM!!

With a Saturday afternoon free, I did song reviewing for a few hours. We played at the Phoenix park in Delavan that night which was to be a 2-hour show. We started at 7 and quit at 8:15 due to rain. It was a shame as Bob had an outdoor sound mixed to perfection and the band played well. Even though we quit early, I was feeling much better than last night. Dawn Richter put a couple of videos on Facebook, taken with a cell phone, and people commented on the sound. It was a very appreciative crowd, complete with dancers, and applause after songs and even solos.

The GMB finished off the weekend at Boundaries on Father’s Day Sunday and had a good crowd. “Manberry” guitarist and owner of Bazingas, Brian Hughes, sat-in for couple. I enjoy this gig as it’s a change of pace and I get to tap a different side of my playing. Plus Steve and Shawna are great musicians and fun to play with. Thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

I’m playing with the Outlaw Legends on Friday in Belgium, Wi. It’s a trio that plays classic country and some rock –a real challenge for me musically. And I get to go home when we’re done.

Cyndi has solo gigs: Thursday at Hammys and Friday at On the Roof at Riley’s.

RB is at Yetti’s on Saturday afternoon from 2 – 6 for a grand opening. Steve Doiel filled in for me on the band’s debut so this will be the first time for me.
RB finishes up the weekend on Sunday at Hammys from 3 – 7.

I’m co-hosting the Monday night jam at the Dundee Roadhouse – again with a trio. Busy weekend!


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Gary’s BD @ Hammys / Birthday Party / GMB Concert in the Park

Quite the busy weekend. It all started on Friday with the GMB band at Hammys for Gary’s birthday celebration. The coolest thing was Gary’s sister and brother-in law driving all the way up from Texas just to be there. There was an invite – to all players who had done a paying gig with Gary – to sit in. I brought an extra amp and there was a vocal mic setup off to the side. There’s a list on Facebook of all the musicians that stopped out and played. It was quite the variety. “Chainsaw” Curtis recorded the night and our very own, Bob Hamann, ran sound. It was a good turnout with a lot of local musicians. “Fifty four damn years old!

On Saturday afternoon, we played a private for Heather Massey-Jones mother, Lynn, who was celebrating her 70th. It was a surprise party and she was surprised! Lynn is quite the character. Seems she likes Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac and tequila! I guess my thoughts on age need to be rechecked. She’s only 10 years older than I am! It was a fun, well-organized party with plenty of food and drink. The only bummer was the wind blowing dust from the gravel driveway on our equipment. We wiped off what we could while tearing down. I went back to dad’s and re-cleaned all my gear, including my guitar. Small price to pay for a fun afternoon and an evening off. She wants to book us again in ten years for her 80th!

The GMB band finished up the weekend on Sunday afternoon in Delevan at the Phoenix Park Bandshell. We played a 2-hour show from 3 – 5 with no break. Bob ran sound with help from Dawn Richter. It was a hot day and the little yellow fans were all over the stage. Speaking of which, GMB drummer, Steve Dougherty, gave Gary a new fan for his birthday! We had a good time and thank them for having us. And, Rainbow Bridge is playing there next Saturday! Gotta say that I forgot how heavy a Les Paul can be on the shoulder for 2 hours.

Another busy weekend coming up:
Friday – RB at June Days in Orfordville 7 – 9
Saturday – Cyndi & Gary will be at the Walworth County Dairy Breakfast 6:30 – 9:30 (Dang that’s early!)
RB will at the Delavan Concert in the Park 7 – 9
And the GMB will be at Boundaries on Sunday 3 – 7

Stop out and say hello!

On a personal note: Holly and I are celebrating 15 years on Thursday and planning on taking the bike up to the Dells. We’ve had quite a few rough spots, but we’re still together and doing fine now. She puts up with a lot and I love her more now than ever.


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Sick / Countryview / Anchor Inn

No gig for me last week as I was too sick to play at Yetti’s on Saturday. Thanks to former member, Steve Doiel, for filling in. The schedule says Hammys was on Sunday. I don’t know the details of how that was handled. I don’t recall ever missing a gig in all my years of playing, but things happen.

No gig this last Friday for the band, but Cyndi has been busy! RB was back at the Countryview on Saturday and had a good night. A 21st birthday for Marcia and a bachelorette party made for a fun night. We used Bob’s “pole style” PA and it sounded great. Gotta say it felt good to be back playing again. Cyndi had a little trouble with her keyboard so husband, Bryan, ran home to get her other one. We got it all changed out and realized it was the wrong adapter so she changed back again to finish the night. She used her backup at the Anchor on Sunday.

We were at the Anchor Inn for the first time this year. Bob used his complete “big” PA setup for the first time, and again, it sound great. There’s a video (from a cell phone) on Facebook of “Say You Love Me.” Multi-talented and honorary member, Lucas Brookins, built PA stands for both sides that raise the speakers above the front stage wall. They look amazing! Lucas also played drums on a few. A big thanks to Dawn Richter, her son, Austin, Austin’s friend, and Lucas for all the help loading in and out – much appreciated.

Side story: Gary went back to his vehicle about 15 minutes before show time and dropped his drink in the grass and assumed his keys went with it. We were still combing through the grass right up to starting time when Gary found them in the ignition. Band friend, Bob Flaskamp, actually went home to get a rake! We had beautiful weather and a good turnout with both friends and family. Thanks to all who stopped out this weekend.

Gary’s birthday is June 10, so Friday at Hammys with the GMB – Gary has put out an invite to all musicians who have played a paying gig with him to sit in. It’ll be interesting to see who shows up. The extended hours are from 7 – 12  to help make sure everyone gets to play.

RB has a private party on Saturday.

On Sunday, the GMB is playing Delavan Concerts in the Park from 7 – 9.

Personal note: Cyndi’s and my son, Corey, popped the question to now fiancé, Jessica Greene! We’re happy for the both of them. (Wonder if they need a band?)

Stop out this weekend and wish Gary a “fifty four damn years old” birthday!


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