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Hey all....anyone else going to make it to the "free" show at the Iowa St. Fair in Des Moines on Thursday??? CANT WAIT!!!!
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Hey all....anyone else going to make it to the "free" show at the Iowa St. Fair in Des Moines on Thursday??? CANT WAIT!!!!


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I'll be there with a group of friends.  Went to school with John (JJ Grey) back on the Westside of Jacksonville.  Wouldn't miss it!

 

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Good to hear from you Grit!

Welcome to the Front Porch twells1111! How cool you went to school with JJ "Grey." You know now that you told us that you'll have to tell us stories about what he was like at school and stuff.

Just kidding. I don't want you to feel like you're speaking out of school (pun intended.) So when's the last time you saw him? And I'll not be so personal as to ask how you got from W. Jax to Iowa, instead I'll just say the culture shock must've been immense.

Hope to see ya often round here.
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... And I'll not be so personal as to ask how you got from W. Jax to Iowa,...


It's called the Witness Protection Program.  Why did you think any of us are here? 

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Welcome twellis1111!  how cool you went to school with John!! 
iffin you would want to share any stories ...... 

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... And I'll not be so personal as to ask how you got from W. Jax to Iowa,...


It's called the Witness Protection Program.  Why did you think any of us are here? [/QUO

yes.  There was definitely some culture shock (but it wasn't witness protection that brought me here).  I saw John about 3 years ago at a class reunion.  I have a large group of friends back in Jax that go to all of his local/regional shows, still.  It is so funny listening to some of his music.  It really takes me back home.  I'll be at Jalapeno Pete's prior to tonight's show.  Maybe see some of you there.
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  1. Country Ghetto
  2. Brighter Days
  3. War
  4. Beautiful World
  5. Dirtfloor
  6. Somebody Else
  7. Hide & Seek
  8. Ho Cake
  9. Lochloosa
  10. EGIB
  11. Orange Blossoms
  12. Sweetest Thing
  13. Encore:  Tupelo Honey
  14. On Fire (substituting for Junior, which was originally slotted).

Well, that was different.  Nice to have a show a mere 35 miles away, virtually in my back yard. 

Opening day at the state fair, with an expected crowd of > 90,000.  People wandering around everywhere.  I found the Riley Stage, which was conveniently near the Craft Beers tent, which offered 36 different brews from 16 Iowa brewers.  Had no idea there was all that craftiness going on around here.

As for the "stage", it was more of a plaza, maybe in the shape of a semi-circle.  It looked like it was set up to accomodating alternating acts, as the band occupied one side of the space, basically a huge flat slab of concrete, gently ramping down to covered bleacher seats, maybe 75-90 feet from where the band would be.  With a sign that said no standing in front of the handicapped area (wherever that was).  And plenty of park benches on the sides under the trees.  So it was interesting to see how many of the gathered people were going to stick around for the show, or were just finding a temporary place to sit down and get out of the sun.

No gathering of fans up front before starting time, as typical elsewhere.  So sitting for a while figuring where I would end up, a got a tap on the shoulder and re-met Kelli from Cedar Rapids, who was with a contingent up front at the Prairie Dog Fest 2 weeks ago.  For whatever reasons, the rest of them couldn't make it (their loss), but this time, Kelli's friends Kathi, Patti and Lisa came along.  Turns out we were standing just a few people apart at both the St Louis and Chicago shows earlier this year.  They were discussing how weird it was going to be to sit through a Mofro show.  Sit?!?!?!?  Hell no.

So the band starts to come out, and I wave to 'em to follow me.  But as it turns out, Iowa is an old Native American word which translates to "No one shall stand, dance or commit activities of any other nature in the 75-90 feet of vacant concrete in front of the band."  A little old man (security, I guess) pushed us off to the corner, which as the evening wore on, grew to a pretty sizable wedge of happy dancing people.  And when somebody would dare venture out to the middle, they would promptly be escorted back to the holding pen.

All the fairgoers that stuck around got to see a fine show, if from a bit of a distance.  I'm guessing there were 30-40 people already familiar with the music, with a few OB and GW shirts among us.  But JJ must have been preparing for a "family show".  When he was storytelling during Brighter Days, and got to the part about his dad telling him "I have my ass on my shoulders", he edited it tonight to "I have my behind on my shoulders."  That really didn't work, and was also an indicator that we likely won't be hearing Slow Hot and Sweaty tonight. 

Somebody Else made the set again and was well received by the crowd, which I'm guesstimating at 300-400.  From Ho Cake on, the show had good momentum, with Sweetest Thing ending the set.

As the band left the stage, we decided that, little old man or not, we were going to the front of the "stage".  Funny, how all it takes is a few people to lead a mass of many.  But, hilariously, the little old man did try to make us all move (we didn't).  JJ introduced the encore as a song by his favorite Irish soul singer of all time.  Thanks to Indy tipping us off in his Kalamazoo review, here it came, Tupelo Honey!!!  Hadn't heard this one since Tampa Bay Blues Fest in 2010, the show that just wowed me.  What a treat!!  And by then, JJ must have figured the kiddies were all gone, as he gave us the full uncensored "ass like an army mule" story leading into a totally raucous On Fire to end the night.  And got to meet Twells1111.


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As the band left the stage, we decided that, little old man or not, we were going to the front of the "stage".  Funny, how all it takes is a few people to lead a mass of many.  But, hilariously, the little old man did try to make us all move (we didn't).  JJ introduced the encore as a song by his favorite Irish soul singer of all time.  Thanks to Indy tipping us off in his Kalamazoo review, here it came, Tupelo Honey!!!  Hadn't heard this one since Tampa Bay Blues Fest in 2010, the show that just wowed me.  What a treat!!  And by then, JJ must have figured the kiddies were all gone, as he gave us the full uncensored "ass like an army mule" story leading into a totally raucous On Fire to end the night.  And got to meet Twells1111.



If you can call what I wrote a "review".  hahaha.  I'm still recovering from that show.  Modifab, devyn, Shannon, and myself all put a hurtin' on ourselves in Kalamazoo.  Awesome that you guys got Tupelo! 
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The best part of the show by far was when we could actually get up close and personal. I think JJ enjoyed that too.

Can't wait for New Years!!
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River Running Backwards .... LOVE the screen name! 
Welcome to Our Front Porch!! 

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Thanks Craven as always for bring it home to us. I can't believe that with 36 kinds of beers nearby you could even stand.
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  Must be a universal Native American language. I've been to a few fests that do the same thing. I they always put a little old man there because they know nobody'll take a swing at him. Funny how how thought he was going to herd everybody back at the end, like y'all were a bunch of cattle.

"Somebody Else" makes the list again. And you got "Tupelo Honey." That's special. In all the shows I've been to I've only seen him do TH a handful of times.

So'd you get a deep-fried chocolate covered corn dog dipped in cinammon sugar, fried again, dusted with powdered sugar and slathered with BBQ sauce on a stick?
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A warm welcome to River Running Backwards and I 2nd Sunshine's comment about your screen name.
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Barely standing, with lots of wobble.  Therefore, no foods on a stick.  Somebody coulda got hurt (How Junior got his eye put out). 


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