Monday, April 30, 2007

OMG! There are only 4 days to go 'til


at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Maybe Bobby Plant will stick around for next weekend to party with Johnny Gumbo...

Robert Plant rocks Tipitina's with Lil' Band O' Gold
Posted by Keith Spera (Times-Picayune)

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant made a surprise appearance onstage with southwest Louisiana all-star band Lil' Band O' Gold at Tipitina's on Saturday night. Two days earlier, Plant joined the band at a Lower Garden District studio to record a pair of Fats Domino songs for the Tipitina's Foundation's upcoming Domino tribute album. During his 30 minute guest appearance with Lil' Band O' Gold on Saturday, Plant sang those two songs, "It Keeps Raining" and "I've Been Around." He also reprised two songs popularized by Elvis Presley, "Love Me" and "One Night." In the set's most overt nod to Plant's past, he sang bits of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" as the band played a medley of Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips."

Plant has been busy during his New Orleans stopover. After the recording session on Thursday, he shopped at the Louisiana Music Factory record story, ate at Dick and Jenny's, then saw Steve Riley's band at the Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl, the Soweto Gospel Choir at Tipitina's and The Trio with George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Ivan Neville at the Maple Leaf. He briefly met with Domino on Saturday afternoon.

DON"T FORGET only 5 days to go 'til


at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Shell to sponsor Jazz Fest through 2010 - story
Sunday Cubes

Saturday, April 28, 2007

We can't make sure the drains on the I84 renovations in Cheshire are completed correctly, but we've got a great idea for you to consider.....

The Hartford Courant's Eric Danton informs us that "...State House Democrats this week announced their proposal for a Connecticut music hall of fame, and distributed a tentative list of potential inductees." Danton lists those proposed (too funny!) and offers constructive additions, such as Chistine Ohlman, GE Smith, etc.- Danton blog

My questions: Will there be a funny looking building and a TV awards show and everything? Are these guys paying attention to my tax money? Anyway, if this must be, then Keith Richards is a given, for when you think of CT music, who else?

My suggestions (in addition to Mr. Richards):
  • Wild Weeds, not just Big Al (he should also make it on his own)
  • Jim Koplik/Shelly Finkel for bringing some amazing concerts to CT
  • Brad Davis, love him or hate him, he had a big impact on CT music
  • The late, great Shaboo Inn

    Got any thoughts? Well get some.
    Big Al Anderson/NRBQ at the Iron Horse concert review

  • 6 days to go 'til


    at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    Shell to sponsor Jazz Fest through 2010 - story

    Jazz Fest music at Louisiana Music Factory....

    Each year during Jazz Fest, the Louisiana Music Factory hosts in-store performances from noon to 8pm on non-Fest days. Each set is an hour and you squeeze in as best you can in the isles for a close up look. Pretty cool. Since we will be arriving on Thursday, May 3rd and leaving on Tuesday, May 8th, we can catch some of the following:

    Thursday, May 3rd
    Noon - Kermit Ruffins plus Rick Coleman Book Signing For "Blue Monday: Fats Domino & The Lost Dawn Of Rock 'N' Roll"
    1:00 p.m. - Theresa Andersson
    2:00 p.m. - Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives
    3:00 p.m. - Gal Holiday
    4:00 p.m. - Grayson Capps
    5:00 p.m. - Amanda Walker
    6:00 p.m. - Marc Adams
    7:00 p.m. - Papa Grows Funk

    Monday, May 7th
    Noon - Joe Krown Trio
    1:00 p.m. - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    2:00 p.m. - Jon Cleary
    3:00 p.m. - Bob French Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
    4:00 p.m. - Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos
    5:00 p.m. - Tom McDermott & Evan Christopher
    6:00 p.m. - Paul Sanchez
    7:00 p.m. - Rebirth Brass Band

    Jazz Fest schedule Jazz Fest nights

    Friday, April 27, 2007

    Yes, folks, just ONE week 'til JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!!!!!!!!.....

    So, what the hell is JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY? Funny you should ask. Legend has it that Johnny Gumbo (christened as such during a morning round of Bloody Marys at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar on Tchoupitoulas St.) was looking for a really unique shirt to buy at Jazz Fest a few years ago and came back to CT with his prized "Piano Shirt." Oh my, was Gumbo ever proud of that shirt - one of a kind. He wore it everywhere, soaking up compliments like a big egotistical sponge ("Oh, thanks, it's something I found in an out-of-the-way shop in New Orleans, not a tourist shirt like others get.").

    Well, Johnny wore his PIANO SHIRT down to Jazz Fest last year and, amazingly, we saw HUNDREDS of PIANO SHIRTS in all sorts of variations, even PIANO SHIRT SKIRTS! So, the idea was hatched - designate the second Friday of Jazz Fest to be JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY and photo Johnny Gumbo with every person we see wearing THAT SHIRT. We will post the results here and YOU can pick your favorites!

    Jazz Fest 2007 kicks off today at 11am. Our friends from the Little Freddie King Blues Band are the first act at the Southern Comfort Blues Tent, which is back after a year's absence. Here are the performance schedule CUBES for today featuring Lucinda Williams, Van Morrison and Dr. John.

    New Orleans Jazz Fest honors Ed Bradley - story here

    Thursday, April 26, 2007

    It's kind of a drag (so, guys, wear your sexiest)....

    The 2007 Meriden Daffodil Festival featuring The Buckinghams (get it?) and Gary U.S. Bonds

    Welcome Stage

    Saturday April 28, 2007
    10:30-11:30 The Paul Brockett Road Show
    12:00-1:00 The Furors
    1:30-2:30 The Mountain Movers
    3:00-4:00 Mark Mulcahy
    4:30-5:30 The Reducers
    6:00-7:00 The Manchurians
    7:30-8:30 Kitty Bang Bang

    Sunday April 29, 2007
    10:00-10:45 Rope
    11:15-12:00 Dharma Brown
    12:30-1:15 Big Fat Combo
    2:00-3:30 GARY BURR
    4:00-5:00 Frank Critelli
    Bandshell Stage

    Saturday April 28, 2007
    11:00-12:00 Shelley Valauskas Experience
    12:30-1:00 Ryan Hart & The Blue Hearts
    2:30-3:45 GARY US BONDS
    4:15-5:45 THE BUCKINGHAMS
    6:15-7:00 F.B.I.
    7:30-8:15 Plan B

    Sunday April 29, 2007
    11:30-12:15 Melissa Mulligan Band
    12:45 - 2:45 The RiverStreet Band
    2:00-2:45 The Michael Cleary Band
    3:15-4:00 TUB
    Food Court Stage

    Saturday April 28, 2007
    10:30-11:30 Carlos & Roy
    12:00-1:30 The Gonkus Brothers
    2:00-3:00 Can Kickers
    3:30-4:30 River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs
    5:00-6:00 Divisi
    6:30-7:30 Paul Pender

    Sunday April 29, 2007
    10:00-11:00 The Maloney High Jazz Ensemble
    11:30-12:30 Bop Tweedie and the Days
    1:00-2:00 I.N.I.T.Y.
    2:30-3:30 Groppo Sensacionale
    4:00-5:00 Sean, Kelli & Wayne

    iPod tunes on shuffle while walkin' the trail after work...

    Black Coffee (k.d. lang)
    Mystery Dance (Elvis Costello)
    Luther Played the Boogie (Red Volkaert)
    I Idolize You (Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, Lou Ann Barton)
    Tears of Rage (The Band)
    Keep Walkin' (Eddie Jefferson)
    More Than You Know (Jane Monheit)
    If I Lose (The Band)
    It Ain't Right (Lou Ann Barton)
    Randomness (TV on the Radio)
    My Career As a Homewrecker (Jonathan Richman)
    Blue Moon (Marcels)
    Drop Down Daddy (Lucinda Williams)
    Bye-Ya (Thelonious Monk Quartet)
    Red Deer Stalk (The La's)
    All of Me (Johnny Ray)
    Ricochet In Time (Mary Lou Lord)
    Por Mi Camino (The Iguanas)
    From a Buick 6 (Bob Dylan)
    Just a Little Lovin' (Dusty Springfield)
    I Hear Jingle Bells (Freddie King)
    Detour Ahead (Billie Holiday)
    Hella Good (No Doubt)
    Hey! La Bas (Fats Domino)
    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Diana Krall)
    Party Pit (The Hold Steady)

    It was a graveyard smash....

    `Monster Mash' singer Pickett dies at 69 bBy Larry McShane (AP)

    NEW YORK - He does the "Monster Mash" no more. Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69. "Monster Mash" hit the Billboard chart three times: when it debuted in 1962, reaching No. 1 the week before Halloween; again in August 1970, and for a third time in May 1973. The resurrections were appropriate for a song where Pickett gravely intoned the forever-stuck-in-your-head chorus: "He did the monster mash. ... It was a graveyard smash."

    Pickett used the impersonation in a nightclub act and when performing with his band the Cordials. A bandmate convinced Pickett they needed to do a song to showcase the Karloff voice, and "Monster Mash" was born — "written in about a half-hour," said Dr. Demento. The recording, done in a couple of hours, featured a then-unknown piano player named Leon Russell and a backing band christened The Crypt-Kickers. It was rejected by four major labels before Gary Paxton, lead singer on the Hollywood Argyles' novelty hit "Alley Oop," released "Monster Mash" on his own label. The instant smash became a sort-of Christmas carol for the pumpkin and ghoul set. In a 1996 interview with People magazine, Pickett said he never grew tired of it: "When I hear it, I hear a cash register ringing." - complete article

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio....

    For its 40th anniversary issue, Rolling Stone magazine has published its 40 Songs That Changed the World. The list (in a special foldout) is chronological, starting with Elvis' That's Alright and ending with the White Stripes' Fell in Love With a Girl, and gives why the world needed it, why it matters, and without this song, no......

    For example, #5 Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen (May, 1963)-
  • Why the world needed it: The crucial distinction between being great musicians and being able to make a great record had not yet been made.
  • Why it matters: This Portland, Oregon garage band is terribly recorded, can barely keep the beat and gets lost midway through the song, and singer Jack Ely sounds like he's got a mouth full of whiskey-flavored marbles - and it doesn't matter, because any band with that riff on its side would win anyway.
  • Without this song, no: White Stripes, AC/DC, Hives, frat parties

    Well, RS editors CHALLENGE you, the readers, to send comments about what songs YOU think have "shaken and shifted our planet" and will publish the readers choices in the June 29 edition. Some quick johnnykmusic suggestions:

  • Neil Young's Four Dead in Ohio- written in the aftermath of the Kent State killings
  • The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA- Harmonies of the Four Freshman meet twangy guitars...where would all the suburban, mid-America surfers be without the Beach Boys .....begot skateboards, urban skaters and the x-treme games....if everybody had an ocean, across the USA...
  • Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth- THE premier protest song of the post-folk period...
  • Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side- Hey babe, hip NYC drag hits mainstream pop and most listeners have no clue what the theme is...."in the bathroom she was everybody's darlin'"....made it cool (if only while groovin') to know gay people (one of my BEST friends knows someone who's gay)...and the colored girls sing....
  • Rick James' Superfreak- Superfunk'd, but catchy enough for everyone...and how many more times will this riff be stolen by other artists?....It's Rick James, bitch!

    Gimme some more...
  • Monday, April 23, 2007

    Concert listing site has possibilities....

    Tourfilter site keeps concertgoers in the know (Reuters)

    Despite the best efforts of promoters and venues, music fans often miss the chance to see concerts simply because they didn't know about them. Chris Marstall, a Cambridge, Mass., software engineer, hates it when that happens. And through the Web site he launched about a year ago, he wants to keep it from happening to any music fan. "I just wanted to create a site that worked for me -- something that would solve the problem I had, which was I was missing a lot of shows," Marstall said. "I did it because this is what I want. This is a site that I would want to use."

    Tourfilter is basically a search engine for venue Web sites that tracks who's coming to town. Fans sign up, put in the 100 or so bands they love the most, and Tourfilter gives them an e-mail heads-up when that band is in the area. "The whole thing is engineered to make it really easy to find out about your favorite bands," Marstall said. Fans of live music are digging the concept, having entered 17,000 band names into the database. Tourfilter is growing at a pace of about 30 percent per month, anticipating 120,000 unique visitors in April.

    For fans, Tourfilter is "totally free. Just come to the site and start typing in your favorite bands," Marstall said. "Once you put in your name and password, you can go away and basically set it and forget it. You can come back and check the calendar listings or just never come back, and we're still going to send you an e-mail if Sparklehorse comes to town or whatever your favorite band is." Tourfilter's world map includes 24 metropolitan areas -- among them Dublin, Melbourne, London, Toronto and Vancouver -- and Marstall will add another 10 U.S. cities this spring. - complete article

    Sunday, April 22, 2007

    Jazz Fest festival map....

    (click on image for larger view)

    U2 donates instruments to help Katrina musicians

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The beloved Gibson Les Paul guitar of U2's The Edge fetched $240,000 and Bono's sunglasses pulled in $20,000 at an auction on Saturday to benefit musicians who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. The auction at New York's Hard Rock Cafe by Julien's Auctions raised $2,436,900, including a 20 percent buyer's fee, for Music Rising, a charity set up by The Edge and other musicians after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane. It marked the first time such a wide selection of U2 memorabilia was available to collectors, organizers said.

    Among the more than 200 items sold were Jimi Hendrix's 1966 Red Fender Mustang guitar, which fetched $400,000, former President Bill Clinton's saxophone ($54,000) and a pair of John Lennon's round, blue-tinted sunglasses ($30,000). "I have to say that it is a strange feeling to see some of your stuff up here," said The Edge. In addition to the Les Paul, which was acquired by an anonymous buyer, The Edge donated his 1958 Gibson archtop guitar, which sold for $105,000 and an assortment of accessories worn on stage, including a pair of sneakers ($7,000) and one of his signature cotton knit caps ($11,000). The autographed Irish Falcon Gretsch Guitar of U2 frontman Bono sold for $180,000, while U2 bassist Adam Clayton's Fender Active Jazz Deluxe went for $22,000 and the tom tom used in the U2's Vertigo tour by drummer Larry Mullen Jr. sold for $19,000.

    The most emotional sale of the seven-hour auction involved The Edge's Les Paul guitar, which he had used on every U2 tour since 1985. Dallas Schoo, the Irish rock band's longtime guitar technician, told Reuters he regretted the sale of the guitar. In concert, "whenever Bono yells that he wants to go into free form," Schoo said, "that has always been my go-to guitar" to hand off to The Edge. "It looks like it's been through a war," said Ralph Trenke, an avid U2 fan who took home The Edge's 1958 Gibson archtop but came up short in bidding on the Les Paul.

    Wearin' (out) of the green....Happy Earth Day....

  • You can send your friends their special Earth Day e-card - here
  • Green Day
  • Al Green
  • green eggs 'n ham
  • another three-putt green
  • Notre Dame football
  • Boston Celtics (fire Danny Ainge/Doc Rivers)
  • Behind the Green Door starring Marilyn Chambers
  • Bolden - NY Times jazz film review....

    In Search of the Man Who May Have Created Jazz by MICHAEL CIEPLY

    New Orleans- NO one is really sure what this city’s first “cornet king,” Charles (Buddy) Bolden, sounded like 100 years ago, much less what made him tick. The lore says a single wax recording of Bolden’s namesake ensemble was demolished with the old shed in which it was stored in the early 1960s. What is probably the most reliable rendering of his trademark tune, “Buddy Bolden’s Blues,” came from Jelly Roll Morton, who had heard it performed and put it on a record years after the master’s death. But even the song’s own lyrics warn against trusting too much. “I thought I heard Buddy Bolden say,” runs the remarkably tentative opening line.

    Yet this elusive character, who some aficionados say invented jazz before lapsing into ultimately fatal insanity before the age of 30, has been coming into focus in recent weeks as a troupe of seasoned filmmakers and impassioned amateurs struggle to capture Bolden and his world in not one but two, related, movies.

    Eccentric in concept, ambitious in scope and not cheap — backers put the cost at more than $10 million — the twin pictures will probably stretch the limit of what independent film can do by the time they are seen on festival or commercial screens next year. - complete article

    Saturday, April 21, 2007

    Come Saturday morning....

    Listened to The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America as I tortured my soft hands raking the lawn yesterday (I've got blisters on my fingers!). Love the lines "she was a really cool kisser and she wasn't all that strict of a christian" and "she was a damn good dancer but she wasn't all that great of a girlfriend." Alternates sounding like early Springsteen (when he was hungry, clever, wiseass) and Counting Crows.

    Are you getting really excited about JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY? I thought so.

    Have you sampled Daily Nuggets yet?

    Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy opened with Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good - GA music guide

    Email update from the Sawtelles...

  • 21st SAT- 8pm show at neverending books, state street right near the “YOUR SPEED IS” flashing sign, just past Modern Apizza. 8pm NOT TEN PM AS REPORTED IN THE PAPER. There will be wine/munchies. The Rock Yer Socks folks ( Manchester contingent of hall/all-ages shows a la Manic Productions) are joining us with their Panda and Child project, as is a form of the TylerTrudeauAttempt. Could be solo, could be duo, it is anyone’s guess. Come to this show if you’d like to get involved in the Manchester scene. They’ve got a good thing going up there. Bring a couple of bucks for donation to the bookstore. Eight pm eight pm eight pm
  • 29 SUN- Smokin Sandy’s in Naugatuck , 2pm showtime, we are on at 3:30p. this is a benefit for Chris Philbrook, a local musician who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. There will be raffle tickets/food/no cover charge. Come at 3p to see Grimfacts Ed. Other bands to follow all day long.
  • MAY 4 Sat- the NEST in Bridgeport . This is a new art opening at this funky DIY space right off of rt 95. doors at 6 and we got on first at 7:30p. there will be cool bands all nite long. You can find the nest online along with all of their info. Free and all-ages and byob as well..
  • 6 SUN- second installment of the craft fair that Ed Leonard has a local music table at. This takes place at the “museum” on Whitney Avenue just past Books and Co, same side of street. There is a body of water right there for a reference point. This year a stage will be set up with music starting at 11am. We’re on at 12 noon and you know the whole day will have some awesome local talent.

    Now for news: P almost had has ass kicked at toad’s place last nite! An ex-bandmate was playing there and she had him come up and play drums on her last song. So he did and the owner of the drums freaked out. Everyone thought that the drums belonged to one of the other bands who were friends with the headliner. Yes, they belonged to one of the other bands but apparently the headliner did not know them. And one of the guys in the headlining band went up and grabbed a guitar and played it but it wasn’t one of his own band’s ones… it could have been a messy situation but the ex-bandmate profusely apologized to the lunkheads and all was well.

    While at toad’s we explored downstairs and found the HOTTUB in the dressing room. Did you know there was one in there? Did you ever have any encounters in said tub? We’re guessing that many moons ago that exact spot was teeming with huge bands and many groupies utilizing that very tub. I wonder whose DNA I could have found there- like could I clone a little mick jagger or blackie lawless??? Euwwwwww. Actually we found out that they keep the toad in there and he’s almost outgrown the space.

    check this week's Play Magazine, with Rob DeRosa on the cover. they review our disc and we review six random discs ourselves. - First Listen with the Sawtelles - Sawtelles Myspace
  • Friday, April 20, 2007

    Just 2 weeks to go 'til JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival!....

    So, what the hell is JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY? Funny you should ask. Legend has it that Johnny Gumbo (christened as such during a morning round of Bloody Marys at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar on Tchoupitoulas St.) was looking for a really unique shirt to buy at Jazz Fest a few years ago and came back to CT with his prized "Piano Shirt." Oh my, was Gumbo ever proud of that shirt - one of a kind. He wore it everywhere, soaking up compliments like a big egotistical sponge ("Oh, thanks, it's something I found in an out-of-the-way shop in New Orleans, not a tourist shirt like others get.").

    Well, Johnny wore his PIANO SHIRT down to Jazz Fest last year and, amazingly, we saw HUNDREDS of PIANO SHIRTS in all sorts of variations, even PIANO SHIRT SKIRTS! So, the idea was hatched - designate the second Friday of Jazz Fest to be JOHNNY GUMBO PIANO SHIRT FRIDAY and photo Johnny Gumbo with every person we see wearing THAT SHIRT. We will post the results here and YOU can pick your favorites!

    Let's welcome back to our town, Sonny & Cher !!!!!!....

    Florida Senate takes on rip-off bands (AP)

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate embraced the "truth in music" movement Friday with passage of legislation barring oldies acts using famous names to which they're not entitled. The bill now awaiting House approval would prohibit a person from advertising or holding a live performance using such a name under false pretenses.

    Bands with famous names performing with at least one original member who has the legal right would be allowed. The measure also would still allow people who own a federal service mark or trademark to use the name of a band. For years, music legends from the Coasters to the Shirelles to the Drifters have complained about unauthorized impostors. Nine states have either passed or will soon pass laws to try to make sure that if you go to see The Pretenders, you're not getting mere pretenders. Salute-to or tribute bands would be OK, too, so Elvis impersonators need not worry. Violating the law would be a misdemeanor.

    Thursday, April 19, 2007

    I can hear Cleary now (at Jazz Fest), the rain is gone....

    Jon Cleary promo email: In between touring with Bonnie Raitt, The Monster Gents, and working on his castle in swampurbia Jon made some recordings in hotel rooms along the way and fashioned them into a tasty morsel called Do Not Disturb, a 4 song EP featuring a couple choice covers and a couple new numbers. The CD will be available in New Orleans during Jazz Fest and for download online through Jon's web store on April 24th.

    Jon Cleary will perform a variety of night shows around the Crescent City during Jazz Fest 2007 starting with a 2-night residency at Preservation Hall as part of the Midnight Preserves Concert Series on April 27 with an all-star band and April 28 with The Monster Gents.

    On Saturday, May 5, at Tipitina's, Jon Cleary will open for new British soul singer, Corinne Bailey Rae headlining her only US show on break from a tour with John Legend. Joining JC will be Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Cornell C. Williams and Derwin "Big D." Perkins. Get tickets while they last.

    Jazz Fest Shows:
  • April 27- Preservation Hall (showtime: 12AM) The Good, The Bad, and The Funky featuring Jon Cleary, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, George Porter, Jr, Shannon Powell, and Amadee Castenell
  • April 28- Jazz Fest, Acura Stage (showtime: 12:35PM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • April 28- Preservation Hall (showtime: 12:00AM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • April 29- Jazz Fest (showtime: 5:40PM) Bonnie Raitt Band w/ Jon on keys
  • April 30- WWOZ Piano Night (showtime: 8:15PM) Jon solo
  • April 30- Tipitina's/Instruments A' Comin Annual Benefit (showtime: 10:45PM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen with Very Special Guest
  • May 2- Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar (showtime: 10:30PM) Jon solo
  • May 4- House of Blues Parish (showtime: 10:30PM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • May 5- Tipitina's (showtime: 9:00PM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gents Trio opening for Corinne Bailey Rae
  • May 5- Maple Leaf (showtime: 12:00AM) Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • May 7-Louisiana Music Factory In-store Performance Series (showtime: 2:00PM) Jon solo
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Amy Winehouse is coming....

    Just received an email promoting one Patrick Wolf, but I was more interested in the fact that he "has teamed" with Amy Winehouse for her North American tour. Did I mention that I REALLY like her new CD? Dates in the area are May 7 at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston and May 9 at the – Highline Ballroom (SOLD OUT!) in NYC.

    Some PHOTOS of our girl at the Bowery Ballroom on March 13.

    If you are interested in Mr. Wolf, here is the remainder of the aforementioned email promo:

    Patrick Wolf has teamed up with UK soulstress Amy Winehouse for a U.S. tour in support of his upcoming album The Magic Position (out May 1 on Low Altitude). The tour dates mark Wolf’s first proper U.S. tour since his debut album Lycanthropy in 2004, and if a trio of NYC dates earlier this month are any indication the shows won’t disappoint. A limited amount of tickets are available, reply with requests to cover!

    New York City residents can also catch Patrick Wolf on Monday, April 30th for an in-store performance and CD signing at Virgin Records in Union Square before he officially hits the road. See you there? I thought so. And stay tuned for more solo dates to be announced.

    The Magic Position is Wolf’s third release, and finds him shedding his former fascination with the minor key in favor of major key piano-pop chock-full of electronic flourishes, hand clap-like drums, and orchestral strings. Check out the title track below.

    Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

    04-30 New York, NY – Virgin Records Union Square location - Performance & CD signing

    Monday, April 16, 2007

    Cat Power coming to Pearl Street....

    The Greatest will appear at the smallest of the Northampton music venues on July 9 fronting the Dirty Delta Blues, her new all-star bank featuring Jim White of the Dirty 3, Gregg Foreman of Delta 72 and Judah Bauer of Blues Explosion. This is a great opportunity to see Ms. Power (a/k/a Chan Marshall) in an intimate setting. - Pearl Street Nightclub

    Sunday, April 15, 2007

    Just realized!....

    Go, Kat, go....
    A dead ho....
    Three weeks to go....

    Isn't that something? Oh.

    Go, Kat, go....

    For those who like rockabilly, Go Kat Go Radio is a great resource for listening to that genre and finding its live shows. Kat (a/k/a Michelle Tarranova) hosts "the only radio show in CT specializing in rockabilly and psychobilly" from 8-10pm Tuesday evenings on WNHU 88.7FM. I saw her with entourage a couple years back at the Rosie Flores/Wanda Jackson show at Cafe Nine in New Haven. Although she apparently no longer produces live shows, she provides an extensive LIVE SHOW LISTING covering NJ, NYC, CT, RI on her site. Check her out. Below is the playlist for Tuesday, April 10th -

    Artist / Song / Album / Label / * Request

    The Truckstop Playboys / Its Martini Time / “LIVE” / Self Released
    Full Blown Cherry / She Gets Down / Full Blown Cherry / Git On It Records
    Bill Kirchen / Womb To The Tomb / King Of Dieselbilly / Hightone Records
    The Droptops / She’s My Baby / The Droptops / Wild Hare Records
    Brian Setzer And The Tomcats / BJ’s Boogie / Live At TK’s Place / Collectibles
    Stray Cats / 18 Miles From Memphis / Runaway Boys / EMI Records
    Brian Setzer / Rockhouse / Rockabilly Riot! A Tribute To Sun Records / Surfdog Records
    Stray Cats / Blast Off / Live In Bonn / Surfdog Records
    Johnny Carlevale / That Ain’t No Way To Spend A Friday Night / That Ain’t No Way To Spend A Friday Night / Self Released
    Go Cat Go / Please Mama Please / Billy Volume One / Hepcat Records
    Hi-Fi And The Roadburners / I’m Ready / Flat Iron Years 86-89 / Victory Records
    The Planets / I Wonder What Changed Him / Come Into This Space / Far Out Records
    Nate Gibson And The Gas House Gang / Trolley Tour Boogie / Sing All The Way Home / Cow Island Music
    Hetten Des / Ace Of Spades / Ace Of Spades / Drunkabilly Records
    Mike Ness / Rest Of Our Lives / Cheating At Solitaire / Time Bomb Records
    Carl Perkins / Blue Suede Shoes / 50th Anniversary Edition / Sun Records
    Carl Perkins / All Mama’s Children / Glad All Over / CeDe International
    Carl Perkins / Gone, Gone, Gone / 50th Anniversary Edition / Sun Records
    Pat Fergusun / Fool I Am / Rockabilly Shakeout / Ace Records
    Rusty York / Sugaree / Rockabilly Essentials / Hip-O Records
    The Chop Tops / Teddy Boy Stomp / Triple Deuces / Split 7 Records / *
    Dash Dip Rock / Fall Down Go Boom / Hee Haw Hell / Alternative Tentacles Records
    Teddy Trigger And The Gatling Guns / Tied To Hell / Teddy Trigger And The Gatling Guns / Raucous Records
    The Goners / Arcane / Drink, Dance, Die / Self Released
    The Ed Random Band / The Steps Of Descent / Welcome To Circus Punk-A-Billy / Wolverine Records
    Bamboula / Bamboula Bop / Guilty Pleasures / Kaiser Records / *
    Kings Of Nuthin’ / Justine / Split 7” With The Briggs / Disaster Records
    Speed Crazy / Speak My Mind / Unsafe At Any Speed / The Orchard
    The Amazing Crowns / Halos & Horns / Royal / Time Bomb Records
    Rezurex / Everyday Is Halloween / Beyond The Grave / Fiend Force Records
    Shark Soup / Johnny & Hellgate / Fatlip Showbox / BYO Records
    Mad Sin / Plastic Monsters / Dead Moon’s Calling / Sailor’s Grave Records
    Sasquatch And The Sick-A-Billys / Mean Mean Man / Burning Miles Of Sin / Wet Floor Records

    Music Bed For Mic Breaks: Band / Album / Label
    SPF-4 / We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Vocals / Self Released

    Saturday, April 14, 2007

    A dead ho......

    HONOLULU (AP)- Legendary crooner Don Ho, known for his raspberry-tinted sunglasses and catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," has died, his publicist said Saturday. He was 76. Publicist Donna Jung confirmed the singer's death, but had no details. He had suffered with heart problems for the past several years. Ho had a pacemaker installed last fall and also underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand in 2005. -

    Johnny Gumbo emails some of his fonder ho remembrances: "Saw the Ho a couple of times when I was in Honolulu back in the late 60's...and then again a couple of years later on R & R from VN. Really put on a great dinner show...."Tiny bubbles in the wine, makes me feel happy, makes me feel fine" Ahhh...those were the days."

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    New Rusty Records release features Bristol talent.....

    ALERT FROM BIRSTOL OLDIES GURU JIM KANE: - I just received a copy of Bristol Talent 2 CD from Rusty Records owner - Dr. Francis "Rusty" Camp. Although still getting his feet wet in the recording business, his enthusiasm for Old Time Rock N Roll knows no bounds. I especially admire the way he included his vocal group - The Blue Devils, at the end of the CD. Old Bristol standouts, such as Bristol's 6 Olde Fartz, The DEE-Lites, The QTs, The Page Park 5, Flash Carlson & The Cadillacs, Woody & The Woodtones, and others have really outdone themselves this time. Newcomers - Candy Barr & The Playmates, Little Richard & The Corvettes, The Boulevard High Notes, have added some new spice to the lineup of Bristol stars.

    This CD will be given out at this year's Bristol Friends Party - Dinner/Dance. I have just spoken to our contact in Memphis Tenn., and we are assured of radio airplay for this CD. An independent station in Orlando Florida will be highliting this CD on Friday night. Once again, Bristol Talent has risen to the occasion. I know you will enjoy your copy of this CD. See you June 30. Jim

    Monday, April 09, 2007

    Tough Jazzfest matchups - who you got?....


    Friday, April 27
  • Van Morrison v. Lucinda Williams v. Soulive v. Percy Sledge & the Blue-eyed Soul Revue
  • Dr. John v. T-Bone Burnett
    Saturday, April 28
  • Rod Stewart v. Norah Jones v. Pharoah Saunders Quartet v. Sonny Landreth v. Linda Hopkins
  • Johnny Rivers v. Calexico v. Richie Havens v. Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys
  • Rockin' Dopsie v. Mose Allison v. Tab Benoit
    Sunday, April 29
  • Brad Paisley v. Bonnie Raitt (no contest)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis v. Irma Thomas v. George Thorogood & Destroyers v. Pete Fountain
  • Clarence Frogman Henry v. Theresa Andersson

    Friday, May 4 (Johnny Gumbo Piano Shirt Friday)
  • ZZ Top v. Counting Crows v. George Benson v. Walter Wolfman Washington
    Saturday, May 5
  • John Mayer v. Allman Brothers v. Iguanas v. Joe Krown
    Sunday, May 6
  • Harry Connick v. Radiators v. Taj Mahal
  • Steely Dan v. Joss Stone v. Marva Wright
  • Allen Toussaint v. Anders Osborne v. Eric Lindell
  • How come he don't come and p.l.p. with me down at the meter no more?...

    Chuck E's still in love _ with life by JOHN ROGERS, AP

    He's a singer-songwriter, bebop hipster, poet of spoken-word jazz and — for better or worse — the living, breathing embodiment of Rickie Lee Jones' most famous song, "Chuck E's in Love." If there has been any downside to that latter distinction (and one could make a strong case that it has taken more attention than it should have from his own music), Chuck E. Weiss doesn't dwell on it. "When I first heard it, she played it for me," Weiss recalls of the 1979 song that memorialized him in the greasy spoons and hipster hangouts of Hollywood that have been his haunts for more than 30 years. "Yeah, I was flabbergasted."

    Then he adds with a knowing chuckle, "Little did we know that all in all we would both be known for that, for the rest of our lives." Both Weiss and Jones have been vague about the song's origin, with Weiss claiming he never asked her what inspired it. At the time, she was a frequent companion of Weiss' and Tom Waits', who were both living at West Hollywood's fabled Tropicana Hotel, home during those years to numerous writers and musicians. Although the song ends with the words, "Chuck E's in love with me," both Weiss and Jones have said they were never romantically involved. Weiss says one legend about the song's origin may be true: That Waits told Jones off-handedly one day, "Did you hear? Chuck E's in love." - complete story - song lyrics

    Sunday, April 08, 2007

    Sasha Frere-Jones on Prince in Vegas...

    DORIAN PURPLE, Prince’s new temple by Sasha Frere-Jones (New Yorker)

    Permit me to plan your dream weekend. You’re going to see a musician, a great one, play at a small club in Las Vegas. For a hundred and seventy-five dollars, you could stand on the dance floor in front of the stage. But, if you want to sit down, house policy requires that you buy at least two tickets and pay an additional three hundred and seventy-five dollars, which entitles you to a bottle of alcohol and seats at a V.I.P. table at the edge of the dance floor. At midnight, the performer will begin a hundred-minute set. Afterward, as you wait half an hour in a queue for a taxi to drive you to a hotel that is roughly three blocks away but inaccessible by foot, you will see adults throwing up into garbage cans and waving plastic necklaces above their heads. You will get to bed at approximately 3 A.M.

    Why would you do this? Because the musician you are seeing is Prince, who made an agreement with the Rio hotel—its purple d├ęcor reportedly pleased him—to turn Club Rio into a club called 3121, after Prince’s agreeably funky but modest 2006 album of the same name. Prince has been performing midnight shows there on Fridays and Saturdays since November (though he’s missed a few weekends). It doesn’t matter that the artist, who is forty-eight, has released only a handful of decent recordings in the past fifteen years. He is perhaps the greatest living performer in the pop tradition. The fact that, as he says during his live shows, “my friends all look different—I look just the same” simply enhances the impression that he is our Dorian Gray, if Gray had been raised by Cher and James Brown. Prince’s songwriting heyday, which stretched from 1979 to 1988, is rivalled only by the Beatles’ in generosity, formal variety, and intensity. - complete article

    Saturday, April 07, 2007

    Johnnyk health alert!!!!.....

    Although the focus of this site is, of course, the music, there are times when opportunities to help mankind present themselves. This is one such opportunity. We urge you to read this most important research study: Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. Thanks to Nancy K for the....heads up.

    So, from all of us here at johnnykmusic, have a
    Happy (and healthy) Easter!!!!!!

    Friday, April 06, 2007

    New music in the house....

    G-Man malls it and comes back with new Amy Winehouse (Back to Black) and Lily Allen (Alright, Still). Thanks to Marsha, Marsha, Marsha V for forwarding a copy of Keb Mo's latest, Suitcase

    Wednesday, April 04, 2007

    CBGB's R.I.P..........

    photo courtesy of Daily Nuggets

    Chances to catch Jon Cleary at Jazz Fest....

    May 2, 2007 - Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar (venue link) - New Orleans, LA | showtime: 10:30PM - Jon solo

    May 4, 2007 - House of Blues Parish - New Orleans, LA
    Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

    May 5, 2007 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA
    Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gents Trio opening for Corinne Bailey Rae

    May 5, 2007 - Maple Leaf - New Orleans, LA
    Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

    May 7, 2007 - Louisiana Music Factory In-store Performance Series - New Orleans, LA | showtime: 2:00PM - Jon solo

    Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Sharie 'n Keithie 'n Johnny with James Hunter at the Iron Horse...

    Whew, that was close, getting through the Hartford rush hour traffic.....yeah, Keith, big traffic jam alert in the metropolis, so we had to leave early! Got to Northampton in about an hour - UPHILL!!!! We zoomed into Northampton center where we finally settled into a parking space across from the tony Hotel Northampton. Keith parked close enough that we could walk to the curb from there - nice job. No change for the meter, so I raced around the corner to an antique store to disappoint an eager salesperson by requesting four quarters for a dollar - we settled on 2 and five dimes. A quick pit stop in the hotel (Sharie's 2nd in an hour), a jaunt over to Turn It Up and then over to the Iron Horse Music Hall to wait in line. And what a line it was; characters welcome. Sharie, who had worried about US being the oldest, need not have fretted, for it looked like a hippie reunion (of course, I might have to be counted with THEM). Friendly folk.

    At 5:30 the line begins to move and in no time we've called will for our tickets. Hmmmm, so you are three. Yes, square pegs in a hall of 2 or 4 seat holes (anyone remember Sarah Jessica Parker as one of the two nerdy leads in Square Pegs? Theme song by the Waitresses. No?). ANYWAY, we land a table near the stairs, not bad for a thressome. I point out my table-for-uno that I occupied the last time I saw Jimmy here. Okay, beers, burritos, cheeseburgers. Where the hell is the opening act!!!!

    Serena Ryder (no relation, that I can find, to either Winona or EZ), comes out and, after blaming damn airports for being late, opens the show with an a cappella blues number that Keith hates, but I love. Great voice, interesting song choices, no backup band, just her accoustic guitar. Has a new album If Your Memory Serves You Well. Toward the end of Serena's performance, James Hunter slinks along the aisle toward the back, exchanges smiles with Sharie and continues downstairs to the artists' dressing room.

    Showtime. He's got a new band this time around. Same youngish, dye-blond, trim beard, cigarette-behind-the-ear keyboard player, but new standup bassist, drummer, alto and baritone sax players - all dressed in dark suits without ties. The band from the album we are told, not the hired Yankee guns from the previous tour. James must be getting some respect. A quick hello-glad-to-be-back quips and Hunter launches into rather short, but very tight versions of his People Gonna Talk album. Immediately noticable is the rasp in Hunter's voice, forcing him to compensate with more uptempo arrangements, holding the notes for much shorter lengths than his recordings. A bit disappointing. He has lots of charisma, energy, style, but the ballads suffer. And Keith is aching for Mollena. Poor lad. Loved the band and James was ever the showman!

    Keith's view - Thought he was a great entertainer, enjoyed himself on stage and it translated to the crowd. Voice a bit off (maybe more than a bit - listened to Mollena after we dropped you off!!). Can't handle back-to-back appearances. Would love to see him again on the first night of a tour, or after a layoff!! (Made it from THE PARKING SPOT to your driveway in 59 minutes. As Sharie so deftly commented, Psycho Driver!!)

    Brothers K stalk the Raveonettes at Southpaw....

    A concert review gleaned from Daily Nuggets

    About a month ago, JK and I (G-Man) went to a concert of his choice, The Raveonettes…they were visiting NYC and that night played in Brooklyn, our home borough, at “Southpaw”…a solid venue for a concert, small enough to get a good spot for viewing, but large enough to leave room in between the smelly stranger you got stuck standing next to…going into the concert, I remained open-minded because that’s just the way that I am…this was JK’s band, and previously I’d listened to the Raveonettes…I liked the music, but was turned off by the apparent voice distortion of vocalists, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo…JK advised, “When in doubt, just stare at Ms. Foo…she never fails to entertain”…and I quickly observed she was sporting the cleavage for tonight…how thoughtful…

    …We got there an hour early for entrance into “Southpaw”…this was to get good spots, and to throw down drinks…another method to create entertainment for self in case the music didn’t supply enough…we maintained by the bar, and I was leaning against it, showing off my backside, for I was wearing my new pair of tighter jeans…JK hit me on the shoulder, which I didn’t appreciate, but he did so to point out that Sharin Foo just walked by…I forgave him…he had informed me that she was white and Asian, a deadly combo, but I didn’t believe it until now…me and Tokyo Rose will make beautiful kid’s…that is for sure... - complete story