CONGRATULATIONS, BOYS! I'm really happy for you and proud of you (we're friends; I'm allowed to be proud!).
Before I step into the near future with these guys and others, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to all of you unable to make last night's performance with the Ronnie Baker Brooks Band. Damn! Just, DAMN! Chick has already summarized the evening, yet even in his capable hands, justice can't be done. You had to be here.
Don't miss another great night of music! We have The Insomniacs tomorrow night! As is evidenced by the headline herein, they've been getting some of the right and just recognition they deserve. I've written about them, Chick has written about them, and Colorado Blues fans are finally catching on. Come and join us to help them celebrate their recent award! Oct 29th, 2009 - The Insomniacs were honored to be nominated this year for *three* Blues Blast Music Awards by Illinois Blues. They headed to Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago to participate in the awards show and to enjoy a great night of music. The band had the opportunity to back up "Sean Costello Rising Star Award" nominee Dave Gross for a blistering set and enjoyed hanging with old and new friends. It was a great night of music and excitement that culminated for the band when the final award was announced and The Insomniacs won the "Best Contemporary Blues Recording" category. They took the stage and closed the show with the help of fellow Portland great Curtis Salgado.
Wow, I would have loved to have been there. Maybe we can recreate it here tomorrow night, and give them the Boulders Home of the Blues Award for Best Contemporary Blues Recording. Just a thought. We actually might want to consider having a fan-driven, friendly competition with various categories. I'm liking it. Best facial expression will automatically go to Carlton Armstrong. You'll understand once you get to Chick's review of last night. Well, let's just get to it:
WOW! And DOUBLE WOW!! Last night Ronnie Baker Brooks raised the bar and created the new standard in blues nirvana for the Outlook. What an amazing freaking show! I keep saying the beauty of live music is that you never know what you are going to see or experience, and what you see will be a never-to-be-repeated performance. That was truly the case lastnight. This show should have been last Saturday because it was full of tricks and treats! With live music just about ANYTHING can happen...and believe me it did!!!!
First off, Ronnie Baker Brooks has become the ultimate entertainer. He gets better and better every time I see him. His voice is so smooth, his guitar playing is amazing! Tight, crisp and electrifying. RBB is carrying the Chicago blues torch of his father and setting the blues world on fire with it. He is a man obviously loving what he is doing, smiling and playing the hell out off his guitar. Roaming the crowd with his axe…shaking hands with his fans…and never missing a note. He made his Fender whisper and cry, then scream, shake and rattle the rafters! One trip through the crowd he took over the bar, used a whisky bottle as a slide, then made himself a drink and sipped it down...again never missing a note. Once his thirst wasquenched he climbed on top of one of the tables and kicked into a raucous “Sunshine of Your Love”! I was shaking and tingling…then realized that was only the end of set one!
Ronnie has a killer band backing him: Steve Nixon-keys, CJ Tucker–drums and Carlton Armstrong-bass, and Carlton is one of the coolest looking/moving entertainers I’ve seen. He has an evil look on stage but is the nicest guy off it. The added treat last night was one Jelly Bean Johnson, a killer guitar player who also joined RBB at the Greeley Blues Jam last summer. Jelly Bean is a helluva talent, a former drummer for Prince in the 80s, a producer on a Janet Jackson single, and above all else, a MONSTER guitar player! The duel action of Jelly Bean and RBB trading licks resulted in something so incredibly amazing I figured it had to be illegal. A virtual orgy for my ears! But as I said, this night was really something special. I’veseen some great shows at the Outlook, where the guys run the gauntlet of their latest CD and it’s always some good stuff. But this was no ‘cookie-cutter’ set of the latest RBB CD. Every few minutes something/someone new was added. The second set brought up Lionel Young to weave his electric violin between whatever spaces RBB & Jelly Bean left between their notes. Then Rockin’ Jake joined with some blues harp and Bill Rich (Taj Mahal’s Bass player) switched off with Carlton. The jam was building to a fever, moving and grooving! Funky at times with a little Stevie Wonder “Superstition” tossed in. The Insomniacs were in the house, appropriate because NOBODY was sleeping through this gig (guitarist Vyasa Dodson had tried but Dean was nice enough to roust him from his room). So RBB coaxed Vyasa to switch off with Jelly Bean and Alex Shakeri took over twinkling the keys. The result was a tasty three way trade-off between Vyasa’s slick guitar, Lionel’s violin, and Ronnie’s growling Fender that was dazzling! Whew what a night! Hell I even bought a $40 RBB shirt,which BTW, makes it the most expensive shirt I ever bought in my life, but well worth it to commemorate this special night! On the Outlook website is this quote from my friend John Catt, “The future is bright if you turn off the light your TV gives off and get to a live show." Nothing could emphasize that statement more than the show at the Outlook last night. ~Chick Cavallero~
Thu 11/5 - The Insomniacs ($3 Cover) Fri 11/6 - Doug Kershaw ($15 Adv/$20 Dos) Sat 11/7 - Catfish Kray Sun 11/8 - Blues Jam w/ Mark & Lionel
Tue 11/10 - Blues Jam Hosted by Al Chesis Wed 11/11 - C.U. Jazz Band Thu 11/12 - Jimmy Thackery($15 Cover) Fri 11/13 - Rex Peoples & X-Factr
Sat 11/14 - Delta Sonics Sun 11/15 - Jazz Jam w/ Mark Diamond
Thanks, Chick. What a night. What a night. For Gretchen Troop, it was the best Outlook show, out of a lot of really great ones, and for Scotty, "Top three." I think most of us having the privilege of witnessing the musical majesty of last evening would also say, minimum, one of the top five shows we've seen ANYWHERE! To quote Chick, wow, and double wow. Just wow.
After the award-winning Insomniacs wow our room, AGAIN, we have the Ragin' Cajun, Doug Kershaw coming to Blues & Greens for the first time. Truly a Lousiana legend, Kershaw has a long musical legacy behind him, and yet is still out there. He played the Greeley Blues Jam this past June, which is the first time I heard him. It should be a wonderful night in here. Backed by Sammy Dee, another Lousiana man who also backed him in Greeley, we're preparing for a very high-energy night. Here's some info from his Myspace page: In the late 60's Doug Kershaw seemed to explode out of nowhere with his amazingly unique fiddling and singing style. Actually he'd been performing onstage since the age of 9, eventually joining the Grand Ole Opry with brother Rusty when he was just 22. Doug's big break came when he was asked to be on the premiere episode of the Johnny Cash Television Show in 1969 with Johnny, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Since then he's performed on the same stage with such major stars as, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon and Shooter Jennings, Roger Miller, Jay Leno and the Denver Symphony Orchestra to name just a tiny few. Doug Kershaw nearly single-handedly brought Cajun music and the Cajun culture out of the swamps and into the popular culture. We can be glad he is still out there fiddling, singing and tearing around the stage as the original Ragin' Cajun!
Tuesday brings the Delta Sonics back for their monthly jam and then two days later WE HAVE ANOTHER THACKERY THURSDAY!!! I love me some Jimmy, so I'm doing metaphorical backflips in anticipation. My Jimmy! Thackery Thursday! Yay! More on him next week. The Catfish Cray Blues Band is this Saturday night, and the Blues Jam this Sunday. Busy week.
I want to leave you this week with something important. With all the fund-raisers Chick ~n~ Patii have attened and to which they have contributed, it's now their turn to throw one. Here's what's up, and as it doesn't conflict with our calendar, I'd like to encourage as many Blues fans as possible to mark their calendars for this important benefit:
Benefit for Injured Loveland High Teacher: Allan Baclasky Celebration! Saturday, November 28th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) from 2 pm to 8 pm at the Duke of Windsor (526 Main Street, Windsor, CO). In September, Allan, a Loveland High School teacher, was riding his bike home from work and had a serious collision with an SUV. He suffered numerous fractures and a head injury that left him in a coma for several weeks. Allan is starting to mend and is now in the Craig Trauma Center. Help us celebrate Allan's recovery with a PARTY! ALL proceeds go to help with Allan's hospital expenses & therapy. Silent Auction, Raffle and Prizes plus live music (Rock & Blues)featuring Black Box Warning, The BluesDoGs, Dan Lovett and Friends and PapaJuke . Great food and drinks available. Tickets $5. All donations accepted! Take a break from shopping (recover from 'Black Friday), crazy relatives and a hectic holiday weekend. For more info call 970-581-3942 or email email@example.com.
Thank you Chick ~n~ Patti, and I'll certainly be there. They are also looking for auction items, so if any of you have something or know someone...
Videos of Ronnie Baker Brooks & Jelly Bean will be on the Webpage tomorrow (11/5/09)
Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites, 800 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80303, Tel: 1 303 443 3322