Damn, I'm hung over! After eight years of trying to drink that administration pretty, I can finally stop! Last night was a tremendous celebration of out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new; not only were we there to welcome a new President, we also welcomed a new restaurant. Blues & Greens officially opened last night, and the raves are loud. And Dan looks really cute in his chef-wear. Congratulations, Dan! I heard a lot about the salmon. I know what I'm having Friday night.
BARACK'S COMING!!!! Oh wait, I got confused. BOB'S COMING!!! Yes, we officially celebrate Blues & Greens this Friday and Saturday with SRBM, PSOTO, GBOBD (Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Prodigal Son of the Outlook, Great Broads on Blues Deity). On Friday night, Lionel Young (more on him in a minute) is joining Bob and the Delta Sonics for the evening, and rumor has it Michaela Rae will be sitting in with the boys. Michaela Rae has played with Bob before: Blues From the Top, on both the main and side stages, and at only 13, she's an amazing pro. Bob also wrote about her (and other rising young blues stars) last week in a piece he wrote for BluesWax, titled "Young Blues." BOB'S COMING!
Sunday, Lionel and Mark return for their Blues Jam. We've missed you guys! Try the salmon. I'll see you there.
The November calendar is stellar, so check it out. We're closing our Blues month on the 29th with 2008 IBC Solo/Duo winner Lionel Young, and…wait for it…IT'S HIS INTRODUCTORY CD RELEASE PARTY FOR Beautiful Day, a CD which will immediately become a favorite. Trust me. We are very lucky Lionel chose to initiate this CD with us (well, that and I threatened him with a sucking chest wound if he didn't), so join me in celebrating all of Lionel's successes. This has truly been Two Thousand and Great for him. Now back off buddy, I've got Two Thousand and Mine! I'm going to Memphis!
It isn't a big secret that Lionel and I are friends (actually, he's madly in love with me, but then who isn't?), which should make this awkward for me. But no, not at all. Here goes: In late September, Lionel met with Dan and me to play the new CD for us. The three of us sat in Dan's office listening to a magical, wonderful, beautiful record, and about midway through, I turned to Lionel and said, "I don't know how you can sit there. I can't even be in the same room with anyone reading my writing without wanting to set myself on fire." He looked at me, smiled, and said, "I'm looking around for some matches." No need, Lionel, as you know Dan and I both LOVE this album. And so will the rest of the planet once they hear it.
Because Lionel was booked on The Legendary Pacific Blues Cruise in early October, he was unable to join us at the Boulder Theater for the big Obama Bash. However, he insisted on contributing, and bless his multi-talented heart, although the CD wasn't packaged and ready to drop yet, he had two copies rushed for the silent auction. They raised $100. Ok, here's the part Lionel doesn't know: I bought them both. There's a reason for that, and it's called competitiveness. He dropped them by my place a few days before the event telling me, "These are the first two copies." I told him that I received the first Colorado copy of Jason Ricci and New Blood's Rocket Number 9, and now I wanted these. So, I bought 'em. Thanks again, Lionel. It's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful record and I'm thrilled to have two. The first two (see, I told you I'm competitive. I have the first two, and you don't!)! And that I was able to contribute to the Obama campaign makes them all the sweeter. I'm going to loan a copy to Chick and have him review it next week. I'm not terribly great at that; all I can say is, I LOVE IT! Congratulations, again Lionel. Now stop stalking me. You can't afford me. Call me if the CD's a commercial hit. We'll then revisit the stalking issue.
Ok seriously, he doesn't really stalk me. Now, it's MEMO time:
We're not sure why the occasional random address gets purged, but we're working on. Thanks,
Wed 11/5 - Song Slam - Open Mic Songwriters Welcome Hosted by Jenn Cleary JohnnyO plays late show Thu 11/6 - Sammy Dee Fri&Sat 11/7&8 - Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin $10 Cover
~~~~~~ Sun 11/9 - Blues Jam with Mark Diamond and Lionel Young Wed 11/12 - CU Jazz Band Thu 11/13 - Lethal Lisa McCall Band Fri 11/14 - Mary Russell Band Sat 11/15 - Jack Hadley Band
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MEMO TO GRETCHEN
First of all, thanks for last night. Although, in future, please don't' force me to drink so much champagne. Thanks.
Also, thank you very, very much for dinner and the chai-making lesson Monday night. You're the best! Now on to business: I was wondering if you would prefer, for all future gigs, to let me assign your set lists. Frankly, my dear, I'm better at it than you. Your thoughts?
Graciously Yours, Honeybee
You deserved every drop of that champagne! You survived 8 years, and now your hangover should be blurring your reasoning enough so that you can pretend it never happened... (W is still in Texas, Cheney still leads Halliburton, Sarah Palin doesn't exist... it was just Tina Fey, you get the picture). My head is killing me today as well (champagne has a way of doing that), but I am all smiles and some tears too!
Yes, of course you can pick all of my set lists, where I play and with whom; I only do it for the singing part...the rest is now in your capable hands...do I call you "Master" now? That's what Anakin Skywalker called the Emperor after....
God Bless America and all the people who came through!
Here is the absolute dumbest newsletter notice that I have ever inserted or even seen for that matter -
I mean how could you possibly be able to use this subscription link if you never received the letter to begin with?
Tell me it has to rank up there with some of the Darwin awards...
Your Editor, (Not so Mr.) Wiz
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