When the summer music festivals end, the indoor venues get going again. Last week was a big week – Bryan Ferry was in Milwaukee and the iconic King Crimson played the Barrymore Theatre in Madison WI! It was a rare assigned seat show and VIPs paid $90 for tickets. Not me though because I’m a volunteer usher. King Crimson is one of the most secretive bands. They allowed no pictures at all – even of the set up stage before the show! Then the aisles were cleared and no one was allowed in or out for the first 20 minutes! This is the best video I could find on YouTube. It approximates the first part of their encore – and yes, they have 3 drummers!
Bryan Ferry played the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee WI on Tuesday night. It was a great show in a terrific venue! Bryan Ferry fans were treated to a little bit of everything, including several Roxy Music songs. (Someday, I’m going to post “Love Is The Drug” just because I’ve always liked it!) Anyway, here’s a cover I never thought I’d see Bryan Ferry do, “Let’s Stick Together” from a few months ago.
In my last post, I talked about the great night of Blues we had at Badger Bowl in Madison WI in support of Ken Saydak’s fight against cancer. The big draw that night was W.C. Clark, the godfather of Austin TX Blues. Ken has played keyboards for W.C. many times. W.C. has also mentored and played with local Blues standbys like Tony Menzer and Chris Aaron who also showed up to support Ken. Here’s W.C. Clark doing the classic, “Time Slips Away” from a show in Las Vegas last year.
A great night for Blues last night at Badger Bowl in Madison WI! Many great artists showed up to support keyboardist, Ken Saydak, who has been fighting cancer. The good news – Ken is currently cancer-free so we had that to celebrate! There were many highlights and I’ll be featuring other artists who were there in future posts. Today it’s the Alex Wilson Band. This set is from earlier this year at a club in Memphis. Enjoy!
Much fun this past weekend! I finally got back to Sturgeon Bay WI in beautiful Door County for some golf, great food, drinking and of course, music! We met up with pat mAcdonald and melaniejane from Purgatory Hill a couple nights for some revelry. Exciting news that they’ve purchased the building next door to the Holiday Music Motel and named it the Tambourine. It will become a recording and performance space as well as a sanctuary for artists. Here’s one of my favorites from Purgatory Hill. And pat is correct – it’s either drinking or driving in Sturgeon Bay – the cops are everywhere!
Wow! What a week! I’ve been busy at the Epic Systems User Group Meeting in Madison WI. Let me tell you – you haven’t lived until you’ve worked to feed ribs, tenderloin and lobster at a dinner for 10,000!! Whenever I accomplish something difficult, I like to reward myself. “Expressway To Your Heart” by the Soul Survivors was one of my favorite songs in high school. So I’m rewarding myself by posting it today. Hope you like it too.
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers playing his classic, “Room To Move.” Hard to believe this song was recorded in 1969 – it still sounds fresh today! John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers have included some of the best blues guitar players, from Eric Clapton to Peter Green to Coco Montoya. He’s still going strong at 80. I saw John Mayall with the Bluesbreakers in Milwaukee WI several years ago. I hope he comes back to see us again soon.