Friday, June 01, 2007

Spring approaches its end...

February 9th was the last post, and here we are and it's June frickin' the first already. I continue to be very sporadic with this blogging thing, so I guess (so far at least) it has not engaged my energies very much...

Since my last post I found myself out of the band I spoke about after our one lined-up gig had been played. It was a bit surprising but what the heck. I've continued to seek a slot somewhere but with limited success. I played a few duet gigs with the singer from the band, the terrific Janna Mordan, and hope to continue doing that whenever possible. I now seem to be in a rock band but I'm not going to say another word about it until I really am. I've continued to show up whenever I can manage at the Redwood City Blues Jam (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays each month at the Little Fox Theatre, soon to be every Wednesday) and at the Sunday night jams at the Old Princeton Landing; the Domenico Winery jams are now only the first Sunday each month and I've not been there since January...

I took a guitar lesson in March or April from Dave Workman which was very helpful, I've been digesting some nuggets from that since that have helped me over some humps...

Music I've seen: the earlier-mentioned Ford Brothers Blues Band with Robben Ford at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz was terrific... and last week I saw the amazing stupendous phenomenal Richard Bona at Yoshi's in Oakland again, this time leading his own group.

Friday, February 09, 2007

More DVDs, live performances, and other news

It's been a while since I've done this...

Since last writing I rented The Complete Monterey Pop Festival DVD set from Netflix. It was fun to watch the original movie again. The Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and the Who segments really hold up, and the Ravi Shankar one is just stunning.

The extra disks were good too. One was the complete Otis Redding set and the complete Hendrix set, both of which had been released as separate theatrcical releases in the 80's, if I'm not mistaken. The third has some of the outtakes from the movie, and I'm still working through that disk. Hoped to see something cool in the Electric Flag performance but it was rather disappointing.

Since I last wrote I've seen a couple of good live shows too... in mid-December I saw Mike Stern with Richard Bona, Bob Franchesini, and Dennis Chambers at Yoshi's in Oakland, and last Saturday, February 3, I saw the great Wayne Shorter quartet (Danilo Perez-piano; John Pattituci-bass; Brian Blade-drums) at the Marin Center in San Rafael. Next Saturday I'm going to see Robben Ford play with his brothers, The Ford Blues Band, at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz.

I've also been going to blues jams in Redwood City, Pacifica, and Princeton-by-the-Sea, and some jazz jams at the Domenicao Winery Tasting Room in San Carlos, as part of an effor to find other people to play with... and posting "guitarist seeking" ads on Craig's List. Last week I finally joined a band, and we'll be playing our first gig next Wednesday, Valentine's Day, at a place in the Santa Cruz Mountains called the Brookdale Lodge, which apparently has an actual brook running through the center of the dining room, and supposedly is haunted.