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Hey Y'all,

Just woke up from lastnight's show at the Snoqualmie Casino, well after having run some errands after some diggin' in the yard, with no kids, no dogs, and the getting my oldest one home to go pick up some smoked salmon, two "Growlers" (equal to 4 pints ea,) of "Elliot Bay Brewery's " finest, and a fifith of Makers Mark y'all....we then headed home for me to shower up, pack up and then head out with the wife to pick up a couple of friends( one of who's wife could not go and she was bummmmmed) so that we could scramble up to the casino in the Mustang and and blare some Mofro along the way.

Once we got to the casino, and saw all of the cars, I, thought "Oh shit, this aint gonna happen, the place is packed, but I forgot that it was a Fridaynight.... Oh, and another thing, as we left Seattle, and crossed over Lake Washington on I-90, over the floating bridge, while the "Sunshine" was still still shining, and starting to set, as we kust passed through Bellevuve, I got another phone call from the one and only...Mr. Lee Oskar.  Lee was kind enough to call me back, as he said he would, and shared with me that he was just pulling up to a meeting, and that he did not think that he would be able to attend the show.  We chatted a bit on the the phone, and I thanked him again for atleast considering and calling me, as he told me to give JJ his best regards, and that if he could even try to get out and up there he might, but he was running a bit late, and probably would not make it up.... nevertheless Lee was very kind and gracious with his time and words, something I will always remember.

Once we got parked, and inside, I made my way to the Ballroom, and talked with one of the security detailed gentlemen.  He of course had his own ideas as to how I should handle the way I wanted to and was told by his boss how to handle, what I had hoped to do, but as I talked him through the "Plan" , he seemed convinced enough to go double check with someone in the band.  As he did that, I went to the sound board and laid dowm my plan on one guy who I believe was with the casino, who then told me I should maybe talk to "Chris"... who I recognized, but not by name...and I was thinking of "Lilbowwow"...yet could not remember his name either at that moment.  Just then, Chris was walking by, and I went up to him, reintroduced myself....and oh yes...he knew the plan......thnk you 'King Clay"!!!  So, now the guys at the casino know, that I know, that the band knows, and y'all know what that means.....we're all good ! Although they would not let me bring it in andput it on stage as I was hoping to do, I had to be considerate of that, and be thankful that we could hang around afterwards to pass along some Pacific Northwest goodness.

Oh, I'm guessing that by now, some or all of you want to know about the show, or have fallen asleep.  Well, as we sat with our friends, Cathy noticed  AC standing up watching the first group play.....Kristen Ward, and doing his usual relaxation techniques...groovin' and sippin'.  AC was talking with a guy, and as I approached, and rudely yet fondly interupted, AC turned, shook hands, gavehis usual hug, and the other guy said hey"don't go taking my drummer"...I told AC that we had some goodies for the band and he said "Cool, we'll catch up after the show".  We saw Anthony too, and then.....well, let's just say when it came to showtime...we were up front standing on the floor, and grooving like it was "On Any gospel Sunday". !!!

Cathy and I along with our friends Shelley and Roy, plus the guys we went up with, Shelley and Roy's friends, and Mike and Linda, were getting our groove ON!!!  We were a bit concerned leading up to the show, about not having Daryl, Art, and Dennis in the line-up, they add something very special indeed to the groove.  We told ourselves, as a way to calm ourselves, that even though, they were not there, we would do our best to enjoy the experience, like King Clay and or others here told us, as to how we would be seeing something not always seen.  It was not less than or greater than, but definitely equal to, in terms of experiencing the band and the music, because it was different, and still sounded great for different reasons.  Fantastic show !! I don't even remember the setlist order, forgot to ask them for one, and was mesmorized by not only JJ's guitar playing, Anthony's keyboard playing, AC's drum playing(on that relatively small kit)and Andrew's bass playing,.......this band is nothing short of just flat out  TIGHT !!!, All of these guys, be it the whole group or not, are something to behold, because their talents, enthusiasm, joy, connect and SOULFULNESS, are hard pressed to be matched by dare I say any other band of this genre to date.  They are such a mix, that gels together so well, that the proof is in the audiance, as you witness the grooving of the regulars, and that of the newcomers. They played their hearts out, smiled throughout the show, and you could see their appreciaton in their faces as the turned towards each other, it was heart warming to witness. Friends and fans alike were having a great time, and Shelley and Roy kept thanking me,for what I don't know, I guess the fact that I got them strung out on this junk....stuff and aint a one of us gonna go to rehab !  Our friends Ryan and Chad, and no they are not gay, but after lastnight who knows cause by the time we got them home at 3:00am after going to Dennys for breakfast, after sitting in the Cigar Bar at the casino, after pouring back a few, after getting their JJ Grey fix, after meeting the band, and getting to thank them for a great show, and after Chad's wife text him to say that the morning newspaper made to the house before he did, and that she was just checking to see if he was all right, who knows about him and Ryan?  No, they're fine, and their gonna brew up some home brew today too.  My regret was that Chad bought "BlackWater" and I had a Sharpie pen in my pocket but forgot to even ask or think about getting it signed ...my bad. 

We gave the guys the goodies after the dhow, and they seemed genuinley appreciative as usual.  They also seemed a bit tired, and JJ was on his way to the van, through the long hall, pulling his stuff, and he seemed a bit tired, so we said a quick hello, introced our friends, complimented him on the great show, asked about the baby, and home, where he told us he had not been awya from home like this for a while, and you could see it on his face.  A bit different than Winthrop, yet with all of that traveling it is understandable as to the rigors that they go through for our enjoyment.  Our frinds were very impressed with the music, the show and the nature of they guys who make it all happen.....definitely some new fans.

The only bad thing, was right at the end, when they finished up, and had time for one more song, and the lights were still off, as we were hoping for the encore, some knuckleheads, a dumbass and some broads, got into it and it got security's attention, so the band held back, and by then, it was all over.  JJ told us after the show, when I asked about not playing "On Fire" was it because I left the dolls at home ? (Jokingly of course) He said "We were gonna come out and play it, but something was happening up front so they called ot off".              Jackasses I tell ya.

Anyways, it was a great night, and Cathy just wanted me to tell y'all, that her head is still up there !!  We might just have to get urselves down to Portland this summer and y'all knw why !! The sun is still out here in Seattle, so, I better get going, gotta "Skeleton Theater" production meeting to go to so we'll talk later.  Hope that this has not pu y'all in a coma.

Take care,
Richard


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All that sun up there seems to have put you in an overdose of vitamin D, lol! 

 

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. 

 

 


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WOW! I think Richard squeezes the most out of a show as anyone can. If that ain't a helluva day and night I don't know what is.  That's awesome.

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So the show was taped, FYI, but the one taper I know had numerous problems with his deck.  So, we will see what comes of it all.  Thanks for the review R.
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Well ain't that the proverbial good news/bad news. Regardless, thanks much for the fill-in hollis; we'll keep fingers crossed. (I continue to be impressed with your network.)

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Uhollis......

"So the show was taped, FYI, but the one taper I know had numerous problems with his deck.  So, we will see what comes of it all.  Thanks for the review R."


Next time, I think that I will figure out  a way to complete all of my missions.  That would be of course, seeing and enjoying the show.  Bringing the boys something to en joy afterwards. And next time, being as covert as possible when needed to tape the show for ya'll.  I really wanted to do that for this show, but in order to do it right, as you had suggested before, i.e. getting the right equipment, and mic set up properly, would have meant making myself visible, and then  possibly being ejected, and then not getting to complete my first two points, thus not really having made it worth it.  There has got to be a way to get in with the band or present myself in a way that makes it appear to be for the greater good of mankind.  When it came to giving the boys some Northwest goodies, my plan was to place them up on stage.....yah sure to show off, but really to see their collective faces, and to see the reaction between the audiance and the band, but that got lost in the efforts to communicate what had been told to me earlier by the boss of security.  I did not need any conflicts at that point, and overall, the mission of supplying the boys with some beer, smoked salmon and Makers, was accomplished.  If we can pull off going down to Portland, I think that I will make a greater effort in taping that show.....just because. Even if that means and for all future shows, if I have to wear the damn gear as some sort of prostethic piece of body parts in order to get the job done.  Hell, I can wear some and hell again, so can my wife and friends.

Oh, and for the record, and correction or apologies for my poor typing.  JJ was not the one who refered to the dumbasses who got us no encore as Jackasses, that was me, although it might have appeaered so in my line as part of the quote.  I don't need to put words into his mouth, and disrepect fans or make it look like that's what he was saying...it was all me. Man that clown was bigger than me, and the women were mouthy broads whose old men were just standing back as to not get their butts kicked, so I just had to go over and put my arm around the big guy and tell him how it and they were not worth getting into a shit load of trouble, plus...."You're killing my need to hear one more song you dumb F_ ck" I thought to myself.

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homeboy had a major deck fail, and reboot took a while, so i think he missed the first three or four songs.

i got him set up for a sbd patch and he was gonna run a matix, but he got there a little late, and really you need to be as early as possible as to not be a wrinkle in chris' ass.  dude and skot know all about that.

it'll be interesting to see what he grabbed.

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