July 30, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

In addition to bringing you a list of what I think are the best live local music events, I report about me. But unlike a real journalist, I can't expose everything about my world. Some things just wouldn't be appropriate to bring to light here even though they might make interesting reading. I guess that is why people must write fiction, poetry and songs. And painters paint and superheroes must right wrongs.

I unburdened myself
Of all the things I wanted to say
With one bombastic swoop
Into the empty skyscraper of cards
That could not support
One more unfulfilled story

The view from precarious heights
Could no longer suffice
To satisfy my desire
To reach the Promised Land

Sometimes a free-fall to Earth
Is the only way
To find your way
By the sunshine of the night

Thursday, tonight, Ruby's hosts The Peloton Records showcase with Erika Carey & the Calamaties, Matt Hoover & the Super Saints and you will be able to see Wonder Twin Powers reprise their Comfest performance with the Superfriends Hip-Hop Orchestra. That was my favorite performance at Comfest '09. Hoodo Soul Band does the happy hour at Rumba followed by The Bygones and Wheels on Fire.

Friday, the Dublin Irish Festival is back all weekend with locals like The Drowsy Lads at 4:30. I've never been to one but I've always been curious to check it out. The Slide Machine and Deerhead are at Carabar. Fox & Hounds does the happy hour at Rumba followed by Joey Hebdo's CD release party with Jesse Henry & the Royal Tycoons and Acoustic Floorwalkers. The Lindsay is at The Summit and The Receiver is at Victorian's. The Pit Bulls have an EP release at Ravari. If it is a nice night, you might want to consider an outdoor screening of Raising Arizona (Nick Cage and Holly Hunter) in Goodale Park at 9 PM.

Saturday, Bryan Olsheski teams up with Bobby Floyd. Jim Rupp and Derek DiCenzo at Dick's. The New Bomb Turks rise again at Ravari. Old Worlds has a 4 song demo release at Ruby's with Teeth on Teeth and This Is My Suitcase. Two Cow Garage is at Rumba. Can't help but note that Candye Kane is at The Thirsty Ear.

Sunday, Jim Maneri is joined by Randy Mather, Roger Hines and Joe Ong at noon at the Gazebo in Goodale Park..

And Tuesday, for all us Randy-philes, they will be performing on the lawn of the Grandview Library, Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

In the sunshine of your love. mark

July 24, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

It's gratifying to know that a few people missed this email yesterday. I was held hostage in a divorce trial in Washington Court House until 7 PM last night. I guess the Magistrate wasn't familiar with the old 5 PM quittin' time thing. That's one of the few Thursday deadlines I've missed over the past three and half years. I hope you were able to muddle through the night without it.

Friday, it's a star-studded evening of great music at Rumba. Happy Chichester starts it off at "Happy" hour followed by Number One Cat, with Nikki Wonder, Scott Gorsuch and the usual suspects from their former projects who are then followed by Paul Abbott's Pocket Full of Sunshine with a slew of well-known guest artists. Jazz and Rib Fest has The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 8:30.

Saturday, The Mendelsonics are at Rumba with Stucco Jones and Burglar.

Sunday, I will be doing Curt Scheiber's "Invisible Hits Hour" at 9 PM on CD 101 (better start listening to all those CDs) and Miss Molly has her CD release matinee at The Thirsty Ear beginning at 5 PM with The Boki Quartet and Matt Munhall.

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Never let it fade away. mark

July 17, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

After apologizing for bothering me so early on a Sunday morning, an anonymous caller told me he had seen a cat that fit Buster's description 10 minutes ago in an alley in my neighborhood. I targeted a 2 by 4 block area between Indianola and the railroad tracks where he might be found if he had been hanging out there the past month and a half. Riding my bike, I scoured the neighborhood repeatedly like an obsessive-compulsive hand-washer. At times, as I glided through the streets and alleys, I softly whistled the call I used to use on the back porch to bring him in at night. I blew it over and over like an ice cream truck chime enticing its prey. Another night, an inner voice coped with the apparent futility of my task by repeating the name of Myanmar political prisoner "Aung San Suu Kyi". After a while, the dogs stopped barking when I would pass by. I felt suspicious riding up and down the same streets and alleys everyday like a stalker with a cat-carrier slung across my back. I imagined how I would explain myself to the police. The squirrels were ubiquitous during the day and, at twilight, the rabbit population was a veritable IHOP for runaway pets-turned-predators. As of today, I'm afraid I haven't bought the lottery ticket it requires to find him.

Thursday, tonight, Doo Dah drum major, Jim Maneri and Randy Mather are Dick's and my favorite new bluegrass couple, Dottie & Clyde, are at Victorian's.

Friday, it looks like I'm headed down to Athens to catch the Brew Choo Choo and sample a few during Ohio Brew Week. Back here I'll be missing Happy Chichester and The Mendelsonics doing the happy hour at Rumba followed by Mojoflo and The Floorwalkers. Paul Brown will be at Dick's and Ghengis Green and Town Monster will be at Bernie's.

Saturday, the Charles Mingus Tribute with Honk, Wail & Moan is at Dick's, Matt Munhall does his CD release in style at the Lincoln Theater, The Spikedrivers are at Skully's, Matt Monta and Za's Pawnshop Special are at Treehouse and the Volatility Festival raising funds for Madlab (105 N. Grant) features a long list of acts including Bicentenial Bear, Hotel Eden, Deerhead, Silo the Huskie, The Receiver and Ghost Shirt. 2 PM to 1 AM.

Sunday, it would be worth being a little sleepy Monday to see Woody Pines at the Treehouse.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. mark

July 13, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

Just before Comfest, I joined Facebook so I could help spread the Comfest "No BYOB" message. Should have known better. I try to ignore it but it sucks me in. It has been a nice way to see a lot of Comfest and Doodah photos and it did connect me with one long lost friend. But reading all the flotsam and jetsam from other people's lives can be as addictive as eating potato chips and just about as mentally nutiritional.

Long day in court. Sorry I'm tardy. I actually hope I decide at the last minute to take a vacation somewhere next week so if you don't hear from me....

Thursday, tonight, Ghost Shirt, Karate Coyote and Pomegranites are at Treehouse.

Friday, Jesse Henry and the Royal Tycoons are at Dick's, Super Desserts and Blastronaughts are at Rumba and This Is My Suitcase has an album release with Karate Coyote, Couch Forts and Tin Armor at Skully's.

Saturday, the Columbus Music Co-op's "Here Comes Your Weekend Parking Lot Blowout IV" adjacent to the Surly Girl takes off at 3 PM with Apocalypso and continues until 11 or so with bands including Deerhead, Guinea Worms and Cheater Slicks. Always a good time. Jazz Bassist extrordinaire, Andy Woodson's Magically Delicious is at Dick's, Erika Carey & the Calamities has a EP release with Matthew Hoover and the Super Saints and Matt Monta at Rumba and there is a WCRS Benefit at The Summit with Jesse Henry, Moons and Trains Across the Sea.

Wouldn't you like to fly in my beautiful balloon? mark

July 2, 2009

What's Up This Weekend?

Comfest is always a mixed bag for me. This year, some very high highs and some very low lows. Musically, Hayseed and Wonder Twin Powers were the spine-tinglers. Dancing as hard as I possibly could with Jodi K. on the side stage while Happy Chichester performed with his group of fabulous musicians was memorable. Every year, the thing that I do to remind myself about what makes all the hard work worthwhile is just walking through the park and seeing people having such a good time sitting in the shade of a tree with their friends. Comfest is my religion and my mission is to do my part to make it possible for the people of my community to come together and celebrate our humanity. Now my staycation begins.

Throughout this weekend, Christian Howes' annual Creative Strings Festival (CSF) continues at numerous locations. Go to http://christianhowes.com/workshoplive.htm for a complete schedule. I will mention just a few of them.

Thursday, tonight, CFS presents Jeremy Killel and Marcello Viera at Dick's. The Spikedrivers are right back at it for the happy hour at Rumba followed by Friday night Comfest Jazz Stage headliner, Liquid Crystal Project. I'm going to check out The Boki Quartet at Giorgio's to see if they are the right group for my street party later this Fall.

Friday, CFS is at Rumba with Chris H. & Friends including this incredible teenage violinist Alex Hargeaves from Texas that I saw last night. CFS is also at Dick's with Daniel Kelly and Billy Contreras.

Saturday, is the Doodah Parade and I invite any of you who wish to join the Doodah Marching Band to meet at the carriage house behind 1036 Highland St. (Maison Maneri) between 11:45 AM and 12:45 PM. No experience necessary. Wear something provocative. Bring something to make noise, uh, I mean music with. Be prepared to party early. I purchased a lovely patriotic frock for the occasion and I've been promised a trombone. Later, Dr. Kenny Delicious is at Ruby's and Daycreeper is one of three at Rumba. Huh? CSF has Chris and The Bobby Floyd Trio at The Lobby (6-9 PM, Free), Daniel Kelly at Gallery Hop and then Chris & his Friends move down to Dick's for the evening.

The Camptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da
The Camptown racetrack's five miles long
Oh, de doo-da day, mark

What's Up This Weekend?

The anticipation during the week of Comfest is so delicious. I especially enjoy imagining Friday night on the Main/Bozo Stage, how I will introduce the acts, dancing back stage and all the emotions that will be flowing through me as I look out on that seething sea of people. I'm starting to be able to stand back and see how the thousands of brushstrokes I've made over the past year are coming together to create a three day long kinetic mural of a Village of Joy.

Thursday, tonight, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippie Folk is at Victorian's, The Main Street Gospel is at Rumba, El Jesus de Magico is at The Summit.

Friday, Comfest has The Floorwalkers at Gazebo, The Liquid Crystal Project at Jazz, Daycreeper at Off Ramp, Hayseed, Erika Carey & the Calamaties and Trains Across the Sea at Solar and This Is My Suitcase, Happy Chichester, The Muzzleloaders and Two Cow Garage at Main/Bozo with Yours Truly as MC. Later, The Andy Shaw Band and The New Basics Brass Band are at Oldfield's, Earwig is at the Treehouse and Erika Carey & the Calamaties are at Victorian's.

Saturday, check out Main/Bozo mid-afternoon, lots of great bands and Tim Easton makes an unscheduled appearance around 5:20, The Mendelsonics are always fun at Gazebo, The Brian Casey Tribute with Mary Adam 12 should be interesting at Jazz, Wonder Twin Powers followed by The Ooh La Las will be fun at Live Arts, Bygones, You're So Bossy and The Lindsay are at Off Ramp. The line-up at Solar is one that I am very proud of including Time & Temperature, Jordan O. Jordan, Dane Terry, Super Desserts and Couch Forts. Later, if Tim Easton wasn't performing at Rumba, I would be at Oldfield's for Wonder Twin Powers. You can refill your Comfest mug at Rumba for $5 all weekend!

Sunday, after what you've just been through the past two days, you just can't beat relaxing to the music at Main/Bozo early in the day followed this year by an awards ceremony in which Tim Easton will perform the Comfest-inspired "The Festival" and I will receive one of the Honored Volunteer awards which makes me very happy. You can see Megan Palmer & the Hopefuls and The Randys at Gazebo and then walk over to Main/Bozo to end your festival with The Spikedrivers. If you have anything left, The Spikedrivers head over to Park Street Tavern, The Flex Crew is at Skully's and The Hoodoo Soul Band gets back from Chicago just in time to do Rumba.

If you are looking for me at the festival, I will be at Main/Bozo Friday. Saturday 4-8 and just about all day Sunday, I will be at the Clean-up and Recycling Headquarters just west of the shelterhouse. Come by and say "Happy Comfest". I hope you all experience some Comfest Magic. mark