April 23, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

Tough Tuesday morning. Started out early at the doctor's where I got my ear repeatedly water-boarded and came out pretty dizzy and nauseous. Rushed over to meet with the City to determine into which sewer opening I could pump out the basement of my rental property. Drove home and got dressed in make-shift bio-hazard gear. Drove out to the west side to rent the pump and back to the apartment to do the dreaded deed when I discovered that if I had just checked the basement while I was out there with the City, I would have noticed that the foot or so of waste water that had been there the night before had drained itself. It was still a lot of fun getting my face about an inch from the disgusting floor to re-light the water heaters. On the way back to the rental shop, my inelegant morning finally came to an elegant gliding halt as I ran out of gas on I-70W before the Mound St. exit. I had earlier spurned a gas station because I thought the price was too high. I sat in the sun on the guardrail waiting for my partner to rescue me, thinking about all the mistakes and unpleasantness I'd been through, when I received a much needed change of perspective as it dawned on me that I was staring across the freeway at an old cemetery. I smiled.

Thursday, tonight, The Spikedrivers do the happy hour at Rumba and Neko Case is at The Newport.

Friday, The Ray Charles Tribute featuring Roger Hines is at Dick's, Dane Terry, a pretty amazing pianist, singer/songwriter that I recently came across, is at the James' Club 88, located at 55 W. Long St. Cut Bait, a good new R & B band, is at Oldfield's. The Loyal Divide at Skully's revisits their old hometown after moving to Chicago. One of the best new acts I've seen, Josh Fitzwater and the Shambles, are at Scarley & Grey.

Saturday, Wet Darlings is at Oldfield's, Super Desserts is at Rumba, and In 3D is at Skully's. mark

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
The ones that crawl in are lean and thin
The ones that crawl out are fat and stout
Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out
Your brains come tumbling down your snout

Be merry my friends
Be merry

What's Up This Weekend?

The sun is shining, the temperature is just short of warm and there is great stuff to do this weekend. Can't wait to get started celebrating living here on Earth. The convertible top will be down.

Thursday, tonight, The Randys do the happy hour at Rumba followed by Bucktown Kickback. The Earthday festivities start with a benefit show at The Grarage for the "Picture This '09" group that is organizing the Saturday worksites and the Sunday festival in Goodale Park. Eric Nassau, Stretch Lefty, Tin Hearts, Dying Breed and Paper Airplane do the honors. Ghengis Green is at Oldfield's and RFTO Bandwagon is at The Summit.

Friday, Jen Miller is at Dick's, The Andy Shaw Band CD release is at The Thirsty Ear and Eric Nassau's CD release witll be at The Treehouse with Megan Palmer, Tin Hearts and You're So Bossy. I and my good buddy will be cruising down to Athens to see Wilco. Roger that.

Saturday, I should be working one of the Earthday sites but I will be returning just in time to attend the first Clippers game at Huntington Park. Later, after exploring a venue called The Warehouse at the corner of Hudson and N. Fourth in search of Comfest talent, I will be found at Skully's in Gil Mantera's Party Dream. There is also the Mojoflo CD release at Rumba with The Floorwalkers and Stretch Lefty.

Sunday, I will be stage managing at the Gazebo in Goodale Park for the Earthday Festival. Starts at noon with Bum Wealthy, then Erika Carey and the Calamaties, Heartbreak Orchestra, Couch Forts, Flotation Walls, Tin Armor and ends up at 6 PM with Two Cow Garage. That is a line-up I'm proud to say I had a hand in choosing. Stop by the Comfest booth and sign up for your volunteer shift while they're still hot.

With a Sky Blue Sky. mark

April 10, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

April has a cruel sense of humor this year
One day it is warm and sunshiny
the next it is cold and wet
The day the snowflakes were flying around
like feathers in a pillow fight
I walked out of the windy chill
into a warm aromatic coffee shop
and instantly experienced a disorienting sensory elation
remembering how wonderful it feels to be
sheltered from the cold cruelty of the world
in a cozy room with the one you love
on the type of wintery day
you were just cursing on the cusp of Spring

Thursday, tonight, Fluid Thought Collective is at Dick's, Couch Forts is at Oldfield's, Jesse Henry and the Royal Tycoons do the happy hour at Rumba, Dr. Kenny Delicious is at Ruby's and Erika Carey and the Calamities are The Treehouse. There is a benefit for the Third Hand Bicycle Co-op with Appalachian picker Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Megan Palmer and Miss Molly among others.

Friday, The Spikedrivers and Jakob Freely and the Mixtape Bandits are at Skully's. Bop du Fway does a regular set at Dick's and then a Midnight Mass which is not to be missed especially if you are a recovering Catholic.

Saturday, a great new young band, Daycreeper is at Bourbon Street and next door at The Summit its Two Cow Garage and Ghost Shirt. Also, my lovely friends in The Ooh-La-Las celebrate their 5th anniversary of burlesquing at Ruby's with musical guests Apocalypso.

I am the spring, the holy ground,
the endless seed of mystery,
the thorn, the veil, the face of grace,
the brazen image, the thief of sleep,
the ambassador of dreams, the prince of peace.

Easter Lyrics by Patti Smith

April 2, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

And now, your moment of Zen. You're late. People who are waiting for you are going to be pissed. As you try to rush out the door, you stop, lean up against the fridge and quietly stare at two cats eating their dry food, crunching each little chicken meal and rice formula nugget one shattering crack...at...a...time...so when they finish you can let them out before you leave.

Thursday, tonight, a good new jazz group, Fo Mo Deep is at Dick's, Miss Molly and Nova Madrugada are at Oldfileld's, Couch Forts is one of many at The Summit and "the band formerly known as Hugs + Kisses" is at the Treehouse. If you go, you may learn their politically-incorrect new name.

Friday, The Muzzleloaders do the happy hour at Rumba with Unit One followed by The Max Power Trio and The Andy Shaw Band. El Jesus de Majico and Necropolis are at The Summit.

Saturday, Blueprint is at Bourbon Street and The Fabulous Johnson Brothers are at Park Street Tavern.

Sunday, The Spikedrivers are at Ravari. Huh?

Ommmmmm. mark