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HOLEY MISS MOLEY
Ka’Tiki Sunset Beach, St. Pete 04.18.14
INFINITE GROOVE ORCHESTRA
3 Daughters Brewery, St. Pete 04.18.14
WESTER JOSEPH’S STEREO VUDU
The Ale and the Witch, St. Pete 04.18.14

I finally hit the elusive triple last night: three bands at three different venues. I almost had a homer, because my original intent for the evening was to see Wishbone Ash at the Ringside, but I ran out of gas. St. Petersburg is one of the places locally where this would even be possible, given so many great clubs willing to present great music on a regular basis. The sad part is that these events, the ones you and I like, almost never appear in the newspaper under the concert listings. Thanks heavens for jambase and the interwebs!

I knew I wanted to start out on the beach at the Ka’Tiki to check out Holey Miss Moley with new addition on keyboards Shema Freeman. It was a great set, WITH a sunset after a day of rain, and Shema has a great voice in addition to her keyboard skills. They have a ton of great original material, and once again they absolutely nailed my favorite of their covers, “Ain’t No Use,” with a nice slow section at the end before raging to a close, and it really benefitted from Shema’s vocal backing that of guitarist Jacob Cox, who had yet another great night. I also had a much better view of drummer Tony Morales than I usually do, and his work all night was very impressive. Mark your calendars: HMM will be playing live on In the Groove on WMNF 88.5 (and wmnf dot org) on Tuesday, April 29th, from 11 to midnight.

I had planned to head straight to the Ringside, but a little bird told me that Infinite Groove Orchestra was playing at 3 Daughters Brewery, a relatively new venue. My car listened to the little bird. Let me just say that this was a bizarre event. 3 Daughters is a giant adult playroom, with ping pong, darts, jenga, cornhole and a bunch of other stuff. The bar in front opens into the actual warehouse, with the huge doors open and people inside and out. And, with the exception of maybe a dozen people, they might as well have been piping in Hot 100 Hits or something; most were oblivious to the music.

The irony was that IGO sounded spectacular and played as well as I’ve ever seen them. It would have been easy to go through the motions and phone this one in, but I think the boys took it as a personal challenge to rise above the din of the game-players. I was blown out – once again. Great jazz fusion filled the warehouse. Festy Man Robin and I were in front of the stage, swept up in the groove. In particular, Jon Shea’s acoustic bass sounded amazing in the room (which is funny, because he said he couldn’t tell at all!). And I enjoyed Josh Formanek playing his personal version of Simon with his pedal array, matching superb playing with magic sounds. If you go to 3 Daughters to HEAR music, understand that you will have to stand right up front and cheerlead.

I was STILL thinking about the Ringside when drummer Adam Volpe (nice to meet his dad, Joe, and Adam’s ladyfriend) asked what else was going on. I checked The Ale & the Witch website and asked Adam about Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu. Adam said something like HELL YES, so I headed over there. Adam, Josh, Joe, ladyfriend and another friend also went.

That was a great recommendation. Wester Joseph’s Sereo Vudu (out of Gainesville) is a really solid, funky band (two guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keys, female vocalist). They knocked out some solid covers but saved their best work for some original compositions. We were especially taken by the female singer, whose voice had great beauty and power. Add another band to my ever-expanding list!

We capped off the evening (I had some cheese grits) as the Infinite Groove boys and I sat for another half hour or so sharing stories. That’s what I call a great night. I’ll stretch a double into a triple any time I can!

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Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:22 pm Profile
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Dang, TYS, you hit two of my favorite StPete venues-- Ka'Tiki and The Ale and The Witch.

And all those bands sound tres cool. I gotta get out more to see the 'local' (FL) bands. It's one of the main reasons I keep thinking about doing Orange Blossom Jamboree. That, and about 200 of my besties go every year :D

Keep up the fine reports. UDAMAN! 8-)


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beach bob wrote:
Dang, TYS, you hit two of my favorite StPete venues-- Ka'Tiki and The Ale and The Witch.

And all those bands sound tres cool. I gotta get out more to see the 'local' (FL) bands. It's one of the main reasons I keep thinking about doing Orange Blossom Jamboree. That, and about 200 of my besties go every year :D

Keep up the fine reports. UDAMAN! 8-)



Thank you. Your CDs should arrive in the mail today, I would suspect.

And I have only one thing to say:

KUNG FU!

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Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:29 am Profile
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May the FU be with you :ugeek:


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Saw R. Kelly Friday night (smutty, smutty, smutty) and Santana on Sunday (awesome, awesome, awesome)


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Santana and he brought his heart and soul and melted my face! 8-)


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I had a blast last night guest-hosting In the Groove on WMNF 88.5. Holey Miss Moley played the first hour live. You can listen via this link:

http://www.wmnf.org/programs/360

and then clicking Listen Again.

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Boz Scaggs last night in Ft Pierce put on a good show


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Just back after 5 days in New Orleans. Heard some awesome music. Started out with 3 night shows then Sat/Sun at Jazzfest. 1st night show was the Honey Island Swamp band at the Little Gem Saloon. I have seen this band a few times at Suwannee and they were great. Several set-ins occurred which was repeated all week. The next night was Greensky Bluegrass and Andres Osborne at Tipitina's which is a great juke joint type of venue with a lot of history. The next night was N. Miss Allstars and Gov't Mule at the Saenger theatre. The Saenger is a great historic theatre, reminded me of the Fox in Atl. This marathon show lasted from 830PM to 3AM. Highlights for me were Sugaree and Ventilator Blues.

http://www.jambands.com/news/2014/05/03 ... w-orleans/

Sat and Sun at Jazzfest rocked...crazy crowed but I expected that. The food at Jazzfest was way above any festival that I have been to. Music Highlights were Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Voice of the wetland Allstars, the Radiators, and Aaron Neville


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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
& THE E STREET BAND
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa 05.01.14

I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT.
Mr. Springsteen rules.
The End.

That was my original quick post. If I knew better, I would leave it at that.

But I don’t. This is not a review, but rather a collection of thoughts about the show. Whether I am qualified to review bands I know is debatable, but I do not know the Springsteen canon well and was unfamiliar with the E Street extravaganza. The only time I had seen Bruce and the band previously was in 1976; I have often said about that show: “I really enjoyed it, but the earth didn’t move (given the hype).”

Well, the earth moved Thursday. You could argue that was bound to happen with umpteen semis full of equipment, with 17 people on stage, with a packed amphitheatre. But the bottom line is this:

Nobody worked harder and nobody enjoyed himself more than Bruce Springsteen.

And I have to believe that is the case every night. He puts musicians half his age to shame. It was a stellar show, two hours, then a 45-encore, and finally an acoustic ‘Thunder Road” to send the faithful home. WOW.

Bruce kicked the show off as only he can, honoring International Workers Day and “the union men and women” by playing an acoustic “Joe Hill.” And from that moment on I was swept into the vortex of music and emotions and elation.

I had no idea about the sign thing. You tour vets know. Bruce occasionally forayed to the edge of the stage to pluck song selections from the dozens and dozens people held up in the pit (and let me just say what a blast it was to be standing in the pit with Spencer!). Then he would hold the sign up for the band to see, indicating what the next tune would be. Beyond showing his true respect for his fans, this demonstrated just how astounding the E Street Band was. Bruce showed a sign and shortly provided his segue between songs: THREE FOUR! and launched into the tune shown. The band hesitated not for a nanosecond. (A cynic would say he was picking signs for songs already on a predetermined setlist; my guess is that a few fell into that category, but that in no way dampened the incredible mood.)

26 songs. 8 covers. And what covers! You want a range? How about the Weavers to the Clash? “Mary Don’t You Weep” (Fisk Jubilee singers) and “Gloria” (Them) stood out for me. And Bruce is one of the few people who can actually get people to ‘shush’ during quiet acoustic tunes.

Best earworm ever – for the next two days – for a song he didn’t even play!
“Mister, I ain’t a boy; no, I’m a man…”

Other highlights:
“High Hopes” – Havalinas cover
“Brothers Under the Bridge” – magnificent tune about returning Vietnam vets
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” – studio recording is OK, but in concert this was as powerful as any song all evening.
Jake Clemons as The Big Man, perfectly played
Max Weinberg – I have never seen a drummer work harder.
Nils Lofgren – because he is Nils (and that hat!)
Bruce leading most of the band on a New Orleans stumble out into the vending area (and returning with a drink somebody handed him!).
Bruce plucking a lady from the audience for “Dancing in the Dark.” I don’t care if he does this every night; I was crying. And every time I tell somebody about it.

I was glad the band did not come back out after their encore closer, because nothing on this planet was going to top “Shout.” Absolute perfection.

Are there bands I like better musically? Yes.
Are there bands that can match this performance? NOT EVEN CLOSE.
NOW I understand WHY they call Mr. Springsteen THE BOSS.

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