Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013 One Blog,Two Social Club Announcements for May & June

Like most people, the warmer weather means I have less time spent indoors doing things like planning my Social Club meetings. So...drum roll please...this blog will include both the May & June dates for the Social Club. The May event will be at the 143rd Acoustic Jam / Open Table Potluck at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond, IN. The address is 416 Sibley Hammond, IN. The following are the details I copied from their Facebook page.

THURSDAY, MAY 30th, we will offer another TRUE ACOUSTIC night at Paul Henry's Art Gallery. The JAM begins at 7PM.

Musicians, singers and songwriters, and fans thereof, bring your voices and your instruments and your energy, 7PM til 11PM. (Each and every Thursday!!)

No amps! No mics! Just you, the music and the audience. Additionally, bring your contribution to the potluck food table, entree, side dish, dessert or finger food. If you play or bring a food item, it is worth two dollars off the cover charge of $5.00.

We will definitely have the grill going out in back and the picnic table set up...bring something to put on the grill if you wish!

Visit the following link if you would like a fine look at the activities during the JAM, courtesy of Jim Quattrocki. http://vimeo.com/59661699.
I have been to the art gallery and the Acoustic Jam Nights several times. The building is behind the Towle Theater, where we have season tickets for their plays. What makes this place so special, at least in my opinion, is that the building is over 100 years old and was a hardware store for most of it's existence. Once you enter the building, you will realize you are in an old time hardware store with some very interesting pieces of art displayed throughout the building. There are many local artists who have their work on display here, yes it really is in Hammond, IN. If you've ever read my blog, you must know I love supporting local artists and live music. So come out next week and support both with a few dollars for a night out. I know several of my friends are musicians and/or singers, so come out and perform. It is a really laid back vibe at this place. So if you've ever thought of playing in public, this would be perfect for you. Just for the record, I have no musical talent so I won't be performing, just appreciating those who do play or sing. I chose the Lou Shields video below because I saw him play that night at Paul Henry's and I bought one of his amazing drawings from his "Soul Yard Revisited" series. Check him out at http://www.loushieldsart.com/


The June Social Club event will require you to stay up all night long. I've done this event a few times and it is a blast. It is the L.A.T.E. Ride. (It is short for Long After Twilight Ends) It is a nice slow paced 25 mile bike ride through the streets of Chicago that starts after midnight and includes riding along the Lakefront Trail as the sun rises over Lake Michigan. Here are a few links of blogs I have on this event...2009 L.A.T.E. Ride , 2010 L.A.T.E. Ride ,  2011 L.A.T.E. Ride.  This event will be on June 29th /30th. You must sign up at  Lateride.org. Just so you know, it starts and ends at Grant Park. If you have any questions, contact me. If you are planning to attend let me know. We'll probably meet at Buckingham Fountain about midnight. I'll post details about meeting spot closer to the date.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

April 26, 2013 Jazzfest With A Side of 23 Oysters

The first band we saw today was Flow Tribe. We loved them. A great mix of musical styles both old school and cutting edge at the same time.

We passed a Mardi Gras Indian Parade on the way to...

... a dozen fresh oysters.


Somehow these pictures got out of order and I'm way behind on updating this blog so I'll describe where necessary. This is Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. They put on a fun show.

Everyone on this Fais Do Do stage was entertaining. This is T'Monde. They played old fashioned Cajun music and were very good.

People were always dancing at the Fais Do Do stage. The good times were infectious here.

Chris Clifton & His Allstars playing traditional Dixieland music.

New Orleans would be very boring without it's colorful characters and they are everywhere...

...from all walks of life...

...and all kinds of music.

The Gospel Tent had them dancing in the aisles, thanks to the Friendly Travelers...

...dancing at the Lagniappe Stage thanks to Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners.

The last of the great New Orleans singing street vendors, Mr. Okra.

The Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians were a sight to see and a sound to hear.

They had the Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Club dancing before their parade.

It always comes back to food for me and Chrissy, as she tries the crawfish enchilada.

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band.

Donald Harrison Jr.

Dr. John..sorry couldn't get anywhere near the stage.
The very entertaining Brice Miller & the Mahogany Brass Band.

Chicago in da house.

Whoa Christy, slow down on those tasty N'awlins Rum Punches.

Love the signs and banners at Jazzfest.

The great thing about Jazzfest is the people that attend love all types of music and are there to have a good time. Isn't that what life is about? Great music, amazing food, dancing and drinking with long time friends and new acquaintances. I love this city for all those reasons.

We watched John Mayer from waaaay in the back, then checked out Band of Horses.
We picked up my brother and had dinner at Acme Oyster. There was a very long line but we got seated quickly at the Oyster Bar. When in Rome etc, etc. So I ordered just a half dozen oysters this time because my very worrisome brother was warning me about mercury levels in shellfish. But this charismatic young man just kept putting oysters in front of me and I kept eating them. This northerner knows enough to be polite and accept southern hospitality. Another well spent day in NOLA.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

April 25, 2013 A Day in New Orleans With My Brother

We started our day at the Audubon Zoo which is in a beautiful park.

This silverback seemed to be practicing his yoga positions...

...while this gorilla was practicing a position I have perfected.

This male bird was doing his best to impress....

...this female but she had no interest in him at all...

...but like most guys, he kept strutting around for no good reason.

Chrissy posed us by this sign for some reason...

...she was probably hoping this guy wanted an 'otter' snack.

The zoo has an amazingly elaborate Swamp exhibit.

After the zoo we took a nice drive along Magazine Street to the French Quarter where we had dinner at Oceana. The chargrilled oysters were very good.

Jeff & Christy on Bourbon Street.

We stopped at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar for a Voodoo drink as we headed to Frenchmen St.

We stopped at BMC to see the Hubcap Kings and later in the night we saw Truman Holland's Back Porch Review.

We also stopped at an Art Market on Frenchmen St., where I ran into my photographer friend, Andy Levin.

There's always live music on Frenchmen Street.

A late night dessert at Café Du Monde before calling it a night.