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Joshua Tree Association of Musicians and Songwriters

A division of New Moon Records

PO Box 203

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Gig reports and editorial comments for the week Mar 1-8, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

Something happens during a good live performance. The combination of artist and audience getting on to the same frequency turns the room into a sort of church. To me, this is what being a musician is all about. I love the recording studio, and have made it one of the main pursuits of my life, but there is still nothing like a live performance with a good audience.

You may have noticed what I said a last week about Tim Easton’s performance at the Water Canyon on the 19th. To me, it was the essense of what a music café could be. It brought me back to the first café I played as a kid in Indianapolis. Over the years since then, I have bought many records/cds from artists I heard at shows. Almost always, even if they are well produced, they lack the intensity and vibe that the artist had when I heard the live show. I feel strongly that it’s the audience that supplies the energy that makes a performance magical. A café environment is pretty close to ideal because it can have a concert quality, only looser and funkier and without the stiffness.

Anyway, there’s a cool thing happening March 11th and 12th that I hope you’ll be part of. We will be recording a live CD at the Water Canyon with Tim Easton. Mike Farrow and I will be doing the production. Mike was the chief engineer at the Midwest studio where I learned engineering and production in the late 70s, and is one of my oldest and best friends. He now is a Grammy and Oscar winning engineer in the movie industry. We have been working together once again on production projects since he moved to LA from New York several years ago, and having a great time at it! A couple of grown-up kids having fun!

The plan is to have the door closed during takes, so the artist and audience can get into the mood without disruptions. Then, between takes, we will let newcomers in and the kitchen will also take a few minutes to whip up orders for the crowd. We will ask the audience to be part of the project by being quiet during takes and participating fully in the vibe that Tim creates. We also plan to offer discounted copies of the project to the folks that are there for the sessions.

We will need some volunteers to help with the door and the floor and various stuff. If you are interested, please let me know. I am so pleased that the WC owners are behind this. I also hope the music community will support this fully, and that we can expand this idea in the future.

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

Ps: if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached).


***gig reports***


Water Canyon Coffee Company

Music now Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat…

Yucca Valley at 55844 29 Palms Highway. 760 365 7771

…This Week….

**Tuesday Jazz and Blues 6 to 8 PM**

the Fuzz Balls (local really cool and laid back blues guys- see ‘announcements’)

**Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club 7 to 9 PM **

Musical guest(s): Sue Bradley (teaser for Friday)

Spoken Word- TBA

“spoken words are what most people remember best” Garrison Keiller

**Friday 7 to 9 PM**

Sue Bradley with Tal Hurley (beautiful synergistic talents)

**Saturday Brunch 11AM to 1PM**

Dave Theriault ( guitar instrumentals)

**Saturday Night 8 to 10PM**

Eric Neil w/Jon Bertini and Bob Garcia (performing music from the upcoming CD)


Pappy’s Upcoming Shows:

Pappy’s Original Songwriters Showcase. Monday, March 7: 6-9 p.m. Rojer Arnold, Mark Hughes, City Fritters, and Shanghai Brown. Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown. (760)365-5956. Free.

3/4 & 5: The Terry Hanson Band
3/12: Moot Davis featuring Pete Anderson
w/ The Slidewinders
3/18 The Boneyard Dogs
3/19: Elecktrobek & The Southern Revival ! Late night rock show w/ The Spores & Brandt Bjork & The Bros
3/25: The Rojer Arnold Band & Steve Poltz
4/1: The Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash
4/2: Mike Stinson
4/3 Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion CD release party
4/8 Michael Dart & The Flatlanders
4/9 I See Hawks in LA
4/16 The Blasters!
4/23 Juke Logan's CD Release Party! "The Truth Will Rock You!"

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is at 53688 Pioneertown Rd. in Pioneertown (4 miles North of Highway 62 on Pioneertown Rd). For information call! (760) 365-5956.


Hey Steve,
If you can add it to your next gig report...
Menage a Trois will be at the Royal Falconer (at the corner of Main and
13th) in Riverside next Thursday, March 3rd from 9PM-midnight.
thanks, Michael


:: mamasutra & new monsoon in malibu this saturday :: road re-opens in malibu - don't miss the funk! The road is open - the road is open - the road is open!!!

where: malibu inn, malibu ca (on pch across from the malibu pier)

time: show starts at 10pm

cost: $10 bucks


Tom Freund

March 4th Hotel Congress, (520) 628-1878

311 E Congress St Tucson, AZ 85701 With Steve Wynn and the Sand Rubies

9pm, $5

March 9th Ruta Maya

3601 S. Congress, Ste.D-200 Austin, TX 78704

512-707-9637 With Abra Moore, $8

March 11th House Concert David Jackson

2707 W. Alabama Houston, TX 77098 Contact: $10 with Matt the Electrician opening


Saturday, March 19: Shawn Mafia’s 30th Birthday Bash, with Shawn Mafia and the Ten Cent Thrills (Shanghai Brown on drums), as well as music by Shanghai Brown and others. 8 p.m. Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe, 61597 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. (760)366-2090, Free (bring Shawn a present).


Wednesday, March 16: Shanghai Brown hosts a special St. Paddy’s Open Mic. 8 p.m. Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe, 61597 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. (760)366-2090, Free.

Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day: A Special Sun Runner St. Patrick’s Day Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club with music by Shanghai Brown, poetry by Vickie Waite and special guest: Shawn Mafia. 7-9 p.m. Water Canyon Coffee Co., 55844 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley. (760)365-7771. Free.

Saturday, April 9: Sun Runner Showcase: Holdstock & MacLeod. 7 p.m. A special evening of traditional British, Scottish and sea music by internationally renowned Northern California duo, Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod. Shanghai Brown & friends open. $10. Hi-Desert Playhouse, 61231 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree. Box Office: (760)366-3777. Tickets also available at Rock-It-Man CDs, Yucca Valley, and The Sun Runner. Tickets now available online at through PayPal

(more details about these gigs are in the ‘announcements’ section)

(sorry, no hot sheet tonight. I got started too late for Al)


JAMS Announcements


From Mark Griffin


The Alice and Albert Benefit Garage Sale has been postponed for a week due to weather. Any donations can be dropped off at the Water Canyon Thursday night. We can use a lot more stuff. Just make sure I can fit into the back of my Ford Explorer and please no old garage boxes with bugs. So far $40 in cash has been raised. Green is always good no matter the size. Thanks to all who have felt inspired to support a wonderful couple who deserve our help.

(garage sale will be tomorrow, cash gifts can still be made afterwards, call Mark)

For more info please give me a call. Mark Griffin


Z107-7 Radio hosts the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council's local arts calendar 2 times a week, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:20. Hosted by local artist Kit Brooks.

Z107-7 present 2 hours each week of local musicians every Saturday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Hosted by Mindee J. Local musicians are featured in this 2 hour show that includes interviews and some live performances.

(I hope all local musicians appreciate a radio station that is programmed right here, and doesn’t get it’s content off a satellight. This is a disappearing breed and a valuable resource, please support it.)


New Water Canyon Show- StevO, AS you are aware,the Water Canyon will now host jazz/blues every Tuesday evening 6-8PM. The band, (the Fuzz Balls), is headed up by Randy Godfrey who is deeply steeped in American blues roots. Others in the band include (Ron Bach, harp) (Neil Frascatore on drums) Bobby Furgo fiddle and key boards) (Kenny Brown bass)(Joel Selzer Guitar) Plus special guests including JB. Signed….Anonymous fuzz ball


Thanks for keeping us informed on the arts.
The Healthy Living Newsletter will be publishing its next issue for distribution first week in April. We are actively seeking support from the artistic community, hoping some of you will take out a $20 back page ad. In addition to supporting getting the environmental word out in the high desert, advertisers report getting phone calls and business from our ads, which are a fraction of the cost of other publications.
We plan to publish twice a year, giving important updates on the environmental/development issues in the area. We will be publishing updates from the Morongo Basin Conservation Association and the Joshua Tree General Plan group, and any other organized/disorganized environmentalist groups/Nature lovers who wish to send us information.
Since art is good for health and soul, we also strive to plug local artists if there is some type of environmental slant we can use (like: the concert is outdoors; a portion of proceeds is donated to an environmental cause; the artist works on environmental causes; etc.)
Would New Moon Records like to take out an ad? Perhaps you have earth-centered songs (New Moon?) and we could feature your company/CDs. We can take up to about 40 words in the ad. Our distribution includes stores/cafes in the high and low deserts, and we are hoping to distribute at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Many out of towners could support local artists that list with us in this issue, after picking up a copy at the festival. We have asked the Festival for a brief feature story highlighting earth-centered groups.
Also, can you post this note on the NMR mailing this week? Thank you so much,

Julie (Jaya) Gerstman

Ad Deadline March 15


Great and preposterous greetings to all,

OK. It’s nearing that time of year again. The time when snakes quiver in fear, when the shamrock pokes its wee petaled head from the cold, loamy soil to taunt losers with the promise of good luck, when ill-dressed and debauched leprechauns guzzle cheap whiskey and belch loudly into their greasy beards, dreaming of their pot of gold that could have been, had only the rainbow stopped weaving around like that. ’Tis indeed drawing nigh unto that time of year, when American bars equate Bud on tap, with green food coloring, with real beers from real brewers, when Yanks try to figure out how many carbs are in corned beef and cabbage, when toasting the saint leaves many lesser men huddled at the watery altars of the loo.

Yes, it is the time for Shanghai Brown and the occasional miscreant to come forth bellowing songs of Irish heritage and history, of drink and wit, of love, loss, and putting over a good one on some unsuspecting sod.

So, please join me, Shanghai Brown, for any or all of the occasions listed below (actually above, in gigs). Yes, if you go to all of them, you may well here some of the same songs, but I warrant there will be fresh meat at each, to toss to the lions. Bring your good humor, your thirst, and your best boisterous voice, for there will be many an opportunity to join in. Be prepared to pound on the table, to raise your glass high, to scream, yell, and raise holy hell. Be prepared to buy the shantyman a drink.


May 13-15! partial line-up & early bird ticket info

the Frequinox

(members of Galactic, 20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars, Motherbug & the Headhunters) Zilla

(Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident) African Showboyz of Ghana Papa Mali + Signal Path Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra Victoria Williams + Thamusemeant Aphrodesia + Tim Easton Shamans Dream World Groove Ensemble Spoonfed Tribe + Ted Quinn Taarkastra + Spoonshine Audio Angel + Jamie Janover Mojow & the Vibration Army

Limited Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

Early bird discount tix available now via the website. Magical locale. Outrageously talented eclectic lineup. Kids of all ages dancing under the stars in the shadows of the National Park.


The Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley's Murder Mystery Night "Lethal Luau" was filled with fun and surprises for the 120 guests who attended the event Saturday night. Of the eight suspects at each table, the murderer ended up being "Bodacious Joey Breakers", a surfer dude, who did the dirty deed. The "S" Club of Yucca Valley High School sponsored a hula dance for all the 'Sweet Lelanis' and a limbo contest for the characters who portrayed 'Les Baggs'. The 20 baskets, donated by local businesses and Soroptimist members, raised over $1,200.00 in the Silent Auction and all the proceeds from the three course meal, prepared by Fun-tasia Catering, will be put to worthy causes in the Morongo Basin. Next year the Soroptimist Club will sponsor another Murder Mystery Night in February with a different theme, don't miss it!


JOSHUA TREE - The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 7:30 am, in the Chamber Office at 61325 - 29 Palms Hwy., Suite # F, in Joshua Tree. The agenda will include:

Americans for National Parks Letter Annual Contract with San Bernardino County Public Comments: Celeste Doyle – Grant Projects Review and Approval of Treasurer’s Report Chamber Director’s Report Old Business Billboard & Signage By-Laws Committee Turtle Days Planning

5. New Business

6. Adjournment

The Meeting is open to the public. We encourage everyone to attend. Your opinions and suggestions make it possible for our community to continue to grow. For more information, please call 366-3723.


Greetings Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Members!

Spelman Downer of Copper Mountain College would like to invite you and your friends to….

EarthWorksNow2005 International Biennial March 11-April 30

Copper Mountain College and Hi-Desert Nature Museum

March 11 Opening events:


2:00 pm, show at Coyoteria, inside the CMC cafeteria

2:30 pm, Dedication of Isla de la Tortuga, next to Greenleaf Library

3:30 pm, Guided tour of campus earth works

At Hi-Desert Nature Museum:

5 to 7 pm, Reception at Museum, Showing all Gallery works


Art Announcement from Wally Pacholka:

For those of you who haven't seen my slide presentation of "Night Sky Gallery" images over JTNP, come join us at the Basin Wide Foundation's monthly breakfast next Thursday, March 3, 2005. Also, for those of you who haven't been to one of these Basin Wide Foundation breakfast meetings, they are by far the best event going anywhere in the desert. Details below.




Artist Gathering
Hi Steve, I have scheduled our May gathering for Sunday, May 1st at the Integratron. The party will last from 4-6PM. I am looking for someone to volunteer to play music and thought maybe you would be interested or would know someone who is? Thanks, Jeff Hafler



(jeff, I will put something together for it unless you have someone else )


Sun Runner Showcase featuring: Holdstock & MacLeod in Concert

7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2005 $10 admission Hi-Desert Playhouse

61231 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

(760) 366-3777 Tickets available through Hi-Desert Playhouse box office, Rock-It-Man CDs, 56318 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, and The Sun Runner, 6455-C Mesquite Avenue, Twentynine Palms. The Sun Runner Desert Arts & Entertainment Magazine, based in Twentynine Palms, California, is launching its eleventh year as the voice of the hi-desert arts community with a Sun Runner Showcase concert, featuring Holdstock & MacLeod. Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod are an internationally renowned musical duo from Northern California who perform traditional British, Scottish and sea music. Holdstock and MacLeod have performed and recorded together for more than 25 years, captivating audiences from coast to coast. The Sun Runner Showcase on Saturday, April 9, provides an opportunity to enjoy the music of Holdstock & MacLeod in an intimate concert setting. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available, and Dick and Allan will sign copies of their CDs after the performance. Don't miss this rare Southern California appearance of Holdstock & MacLeod at the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shanghai Brown & friends open the concert. For media information, please contact Steve Brown, The Sun Runner, (760) 367-6410 or Hi-resolution and web photos available. Interviews available.



Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings from February 25th through March 26th, with an additional Thursday evening performance on March 3rd and a matinee on Saturday, March 19th.

"The Apple Tree", is a unique blend of three one-act musicals about men, women and a little thing called temptation. The first act, "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple, adapted from Mark Twain's "Extracts From Adam's Diary." The second act, "The Lady Or The Tiger?," explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom. Finally, "Passionella" is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love.

Witty, tuneful and utterly charming, these fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek musical miniatures are filled with the warmth and humanity that is the hallmark of Harnick and Bock, the songwriting team of "Fiddler On The Roof" and "She Loves Me" fame. "The Apple Tree" is being directed by Catherine Stanton, with assistance from many of the regular Theatre 29 back stage supporters.

It is recommended that you make reservations for all of Theatre 29 performances you wish to see. Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563. The John Calveri Theatre, home of Theatre 29, is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd around the corner from Barr Lumber in Twentynine Palms.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors, Military with I.D. and DAN Members and $6 for students. Reserved seats not claimed 10 minutes prior to curtain time will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget $1 Student Rush is available FIVE minutes prior to curtain (open seating only) with student I.D. Certain Restrictions apply.


Greetings MBCAC Members who are interested in displaying their art in YV on April 23!

The Town of Yucca Valley is hosting its third annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 9:00 til 3:00 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The event features local conservation and natural resource agency's, local landscapers, master composters, face painting, food, live music, live dance demonstrations, live radio broadcast, and for the first time this year balloon rides!!! The previous years the event has had between 600 and 700 attendees.

From a recommendation of many of the existing vendors and demonstrators we are extending an invitation to you to display your works. We have indoor and outdoor spots available (approximately 20 indoor and 6 outdoor). The booths are free. Advertising will take place on Z107 and the Hi-Desert Publishing papers. Also the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will distribute information at the Palm Springs Thursday night Village Fest.

Please call me direct at the number below if you're interested or email

Our primary sponsors at this time are Thacher & Daughter Realty and Loans and Yucca Valley Chrysler, Ford, Suzuki.

Respectfully, David T. Munro Senior Management Analyst Office of the City Manager Town of Yucca Valley 760.369.6585 ext 230 (direct)

760.369.7207 (switch)


Some of you expressed interest in dancing at the Manhattan Club Show in Riverside. The date has been changed from March 4 to Friday, March 11th. The dancing will be from 7:30 pm to 8 pm. The 10 piece jump swing band, Phat Cat Swinger, will be performing live.

After the band's performance, the show officially begins at 8 pm and includes big band movie clips, a 40's radio show, a sultry vocalist, dancing cigarette girls, stand-up comedian Steven Pearl and myself as M.C. This is a dressy event so all dancers must be dressed up. Formal attire is not necessary. Vintage clothes are a plus.

This event is invitation only so let me know if you want to be included in this show on the 11th. Those of you in the Hi-Desert who need a ride can carpool in my van, but I will be leaving no later than 5 pm.


Christopher Perry



Hi Steve,

A new nonprofit organization, Skys the Limit, is working on a really cool project to build an observatory in Twentynine Palms. They've already purchased the 10-acre site off Utah Trail adjacent to Joshua Tree Nationa Park. They're going before the city Planning Commission with the site plan within the next two months.

The group is holding a fundraiser, the first ever Cactus Flower Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23 (Earth Day weekend) at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

There will be a multitude of activities, including live music. They're looking for a variety of musical acts to perform at the event (obviously there's no pay involved since it's a fundraiser for the observatory project). They could also use someone to handle the sound, etc.

If anyone is interested, they can contact Jerri Hagman, chairwoman of the Skys the Limit committee, at her business Homestead Inn Bed and Breakfast,

760-367-0030 or her toll free number: 877-367-0030.

For more information, check out the organization's new Web site,

~Kelly O'Sullivan

P.S. Jerri has requested that you put her on your weekly mailing list. Her email is


CALL FOR ART at the Cactus Flower Festival!

When: April 23, 2005, 11am to 7pm

Where: Luckie Park, 29 Palms (outside)

Why: Fund raiser for the Observatory to be built in 29 Palms, at the north entrance to the JTNParkl

Sponsored by: Sky's The Limit

Contact: JERRI HAGMAN of the Homestead Inn at 367-0030 if you are an artist interested in selling your art outside at Luckie Park on April 23 as a fund raiser for the Observatory, to be built adjacent to the north entrance of JTNP


(there are a lot of auditions, classes, and performances for theatre and music folks listed in this week's DAN newsletter. To subscribe email


JAMS Comments


Hi Steve,

Hope all is going well for you. Love the newsletter. Keep up the great work. Just a quick one to let you know that the Terry Hanson Band will be playing up at Pappy & Harriets March 4th & 5th. I'm really looking forward to getting back out to my favorite place in the world. We'll be covering a lot of west coast honky tonk and classic country in the show. Hope you can make it out a night. All the best Terry


"Watching the 109th Congress, one would be forgiven for thinking our Constitution was the blueprint for a government of Big Business, by Big Business and for Big Business. Forget the people - this is Robin Hood in reverse". Robert Scheer, Of, By and For Big Business, see JPSupplement


Steve! thanks for including us in the JAMS! lean and mean sounds like a great idea......i should apply that to a new work out regimine.....great show Saturday! our best, b and k Barnett English


"If you hate the truth, you'll love DoD TV!" Arianna Huffington- see JPSupplement


If no child gets ahead, then no child will be left behind.


Hi Steve, Just to let you know I have appreciated all forms of the newsletter and applaud whatever decisions you make to keep this not only full of wonderful information, but workable for you. I too have kept up email newsletters for years...

HUGS! Stephanie


Hey Stev0, Though some of us may have seen something in the news last week about the International Monetary Fund's warning about the state of the U.S. economy, my guess is that it was missing or downplayed in most American corporate media. Though the IMF's warning is delivered in placid, fiscal bureaucratese, it is something that should be of interest to everyone. thanks, Shanghai


Hey Stev0,

Now that I have assembled my new and improved Sun Runner desk, I’ve been busy working on our website. If local musicians would like us to stream their music over our website (a different artist per page, preferably linked to their performance somewhere, or CD release, etc.), they should send a CD, along with written permission to play their music (sans compensation), to Steve Brown at The Sun Runner, PO Box 87, 29 Palms, CA 92277. Also, we’ll be offering local music CDs from our website ( in the near future. We are accepting CD consignments for sale from the site. If musicians are interested, I would like bio information, album art, musician photo (that can all be sent digitally), along with at least three copies of the CD and one for our use (streaming on the web, review, etc.), and artist contact info (so we can send them a check, and/or reorder CDs).

I’m still trying to accumulate musician listings too (I know – herding cats), but I’m only willing to do so much to provide free publicity for someone else.

Also, in addition to doing a set at Water Canyon on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), I have been invited to do a paid gig at The Jetty in Palm Desert. If there are any musicians interested in joining me (doesn’t have to be all Irish music, but some helps), and getting paid to do so, please contact me at (760) 367-6410, or via e-mail at The gig goes from 7:30 p.m. to around midnight, and I need someone to open it (while I’m doing my set at WC), and to do a set or two later.

One last thing (I hope) – we’re rapidly approaching deadline for the April/May Music Festival Special Issue of The Sun Runner. If anyone has an event to list, they need to send it to us now. And festival organizers (Turtle Days, Cactus Flower, Chuckwalla, JT Music Fest, etc.) need to send us event information and musician line-ups ASAP, so we can include everyone in the next issue.

Thanks for all you do O’ great fellow editor fellow,



Hey Stev0,

Though some of us may have seen something in the news last week about the International Monetary Fund's warning about the state of the U.S. economy, my guess is that it was missing or downplayed in most American corporate media. Though the IMF's warning is delivered in placid, fiscal bureaucratese, it is something that should be of interest to everyone.




Keyboard Magazine's 30th Anniversary Concert/Jam Session at the 2005 Winter NAAM - Pulse Lounge - Anaheim Hilton

My name is Arlan Schierbaum and I was honored to participate in the event as musical director and vintage keyboard equipment specialist. The stage was filled with 10 keyboards at all times, Mesa Boogie Amps and tons of killer effects boxes. Dozens of musicians sat in and as many as five keyboard players were jamming at one time. The music ran non-stop for 6 1/2 hours taking us all on a magical journey past 1:00am. So many great moments of music...some of my favorites were: trading Moog solos with Tom Brislin, Joey DeFrancesco and Tony Monaco on two Hammonds, The Patrick Moraz Rhodes Duo Jam, John Legend getting soulful, the Wizardry of Jordan Rudess, "Valdez in The Country" with John Thomas, "Green Onions" with Al Kooper and two Hammonds, Pete McNeal's Renlentless Drum Grooves, Eric Levy's Slow Burn Wurly/Moog Adventure, The Ultimate "Billy Jean" Jam, Jupiter 6 noise/filter solos and outside Minimoog melodies, "Low Rider" morphing to the End of the Night Jam Climax, but I keep going back to The Herbie Tribute Medley. We started with "Watermelon Man", J.V. Collier on bass, Randy Mitchell on guitar and Joe Travers on drums, John (J.T.) Thomas set up the tune on Wurly, Cheche Alara was on Rhodes, Giovanna Imbesi took the Motif 8 and I, Arlan, played the head on Hammond C3. Everyone took turns blowing and we brought it back to the head and held out a long sustained ending chord. Giovanna stepped down and Cheche moved to the Motif, J.T. came over to the Rhodes and I moved into the 5 layer station. As "Maiden Voyage" kicked off the vintage mini-moog blended perfectly with the Rhodes for the melody and the voyage truly began. J.V. took a killer bass solo, and all of the 5 food groups of music were again represented before our voyage came to rest. For our third piece of the medley "Chameleon" was a no-brainer. J.T. and I started up the groove with dueling Clavinets while J.V. switched out the bass rig for Molly Boyles to step in. Molly laid down the sickest Chameleon bass line with ferocity and we all piled in on top of it. Rami Jaffe jumped up on Hammond C3, and Michael Gough joined us on stage with his mind-blowing Theramin technique, Edward Brown tore the place apart with a Motif piano solo from out of this world, the vintage Moog ripped the seams of time did all of the other soloists, and we were all in Chameleon bliss for well over 30 minutes! Such an amazing night of music with great people...I look forward to the next one, and hope it happens soon. (o:



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They should be subject to a 30-day ban for each offense!

And you don't need to thank us for reading, we thank you for the writing!!

Thanks always for your words, your music, and your sound....

Leslie L.


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