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Hey Y'all !!!!
Shit first of all, here I am at the Apple Store, in U-Village (University of Washington) mall.....eye candy and Victoria's Secret near by.....oh wait...I am with my boys and nephew too.   Well, this being the end of my vacation week, and having just got back late last night from the coast, Ocean Shores, Wa....some sun, some rain, lots of fun, and sand everywhere, smores, wet dogs, goofy kids, mini van loaded like the Grizwalds......shit.....give me an AC Cobra, mp3, and my wallet......all in all, not a bad week.  Oh hell, and hell again, there was some other road trip pin' and some music too. After leaving here, we'll rush up to Harborview Hospital, get the keys from the wife to her van, that I forgot to get this morning, so the kids can get their bags, and then head out with their grandmother and great aunt back over to Central/Eastern Wa.....Yakima.

So, the shows......well, were do I start....first let me say, JJ Grey and Mofro don't need to open, co-host or share the headliner spot with anybody.....at all.  If I start pissing anybody off.....to damn bad, because by now, nearing the tender age of 50, one I don't give much of a shit about what might offend, nor do I need to be told how good some musician, band or music is, if one I can't figure it out with my own ears, or see it live and make a call based on my previous experiences.  Does that make me better than anyone else....hell no, but I know what I like, what I will spend my money on, and what I will tell others about the musical experiences that I have had to date.  Plus, if an artist seems stuck, or has not produced much lately, spent their wad early, grew to fast to soon, needs more time to live life, leans to much on their own interest while hoping to keep their fans glued to what once was, and spins out their style of playing longer and wider than needed, not to mention sounds damn near nothing like their recordings, which have buttered their bread, then maybe they should go back to what once worked, and work on covering their own music, better, than they cover others.  

Don't get me wrong, Jonny Lang, and his band, are extremely talented musicians, with hours of hard work,practice, stage time, performances, abilities and music under their collective belts, but Jonny needs to, as King Clay told me on the phone just before we headed to Tacoma....."to dance with who brung him".  A friend of mine had seen him play at the same venue a year ago or so.....and left the show early......I think I now better understand why he did so, yet I stayed both nights, one because I drove a long way, and two, well it is about the experience, and the respect for the talents these musicians all have, yet some of it is not quite to my overall liking.  Lang seems to be searching, rediscovering, learning, what ever you want to label it, but it needs to, in my opinion, his style that is, get back to the blues, and go with what works.  As I told Cathy after the first show, it is as if the difference between the two artists/bands....is this.....JJ Grey and Mofro is an experience........Jonny Lang is an experiment.........and I am not a lab rat.


On Thursday the 18th, Cathy and I sans our boys and dogs, headed east on I-90 to Spokane, getting our....my usual late start, and made it to the east side of the state just in time for a little bit of Spokane rush hour traffic.  Not much, so no big deal, but as for the fucks on the road who are from California, drunk,high, retired, or even from Washington pulling their ton of money bass boat with their ton of money F-350, hey assholes....turn signals are not factory options.....use them. As we made our way into town, found our hotel...."Ruby Hotel" an old joint, remodeled, with a bit of music theme to it, right across the street from the venue, the Knitting Factory, we headed down Sprague Street, seeing the buses, and as we pulled the Mustang along side....we see Art and AC, in the bus, give a honk, Art steps out we say hello, and I offer up some barbecued/smoked chicken.....cold of course. He politely declined, and we told him see y'all later.   We checked in to the hotel, made our way to a local camera store to buy a camera, back to the Knitting Factory to get into the club next door to eat, and well....to late...full.  We, get in line, and the fun starts.....as we talk with others about the show.....most there to see Jonny Lang, not knowing JJ Grey, and the sales pitch begins, let me rephrase that, the education....commences.  Y'all know the drill, there could not have been one person there, who was new to the ways of Mofro, who walked away disappointed, in awe, asking themselves and others...."who is this guy and why have we not heard of them...?" Plus, by the end of the evening, I bet John the merch guy, had sold a couple of CDs or two.....definitely by night two....he had some sold.  I introduced myself to John, told him our story, and also told him my plan was to scramble home on Friday, unload, and fire up the Big Ass Barbecue to smoke some ribs, bake some corn bread, and cook up some green beans then chill them and flavor them with garlic, olive oil and salt, oh and the growlers of local brew too.     He was all smiles, and told me he would help me out,how ever he could.  

Hey, I gotta get these kids rolling, so they can make their road trip......so let me continue when I can.....sorry....this is tacky.....but hell.....do ya think I'm concerned...?


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Richard's back!


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Holy crapola…. This could be some of his best work.. Let’s say I’m intrigued..

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RICHARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


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JJ Grey and Mofro is an experience............Jonny Lang is an experiment...................and I am not a lab rat

Welcome back Richard !!

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Thank you Richard!

Hey Got Mofro...love the new avatar pic man.
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Ok....shit where was I...? Hey, since I am in denial about yet another power cord and battery going south....wait, that's an insult, having gone T.U. on my Toshiba, and now I have hijacked my mother in laws's computer....since she is outta town, I am going to save up and buy a Mac......I'm as close to done with all of the PC, mismatched shit....I just want to plug it in, hook it up, and drive.....my kid is right.  Anyway,let me try to get back on track about our two night run seeing the boys play, and play they did.  Hell, here I go, sounding apologetic for comments made about Jonny Lang,....well, actually I am not going to apologize, because there is nothing on my end as a fan, or listner to apologize for or to.  What I have learned over the past few years, and recently too, is this, and listen to me Madison House, Monterey, Alligator.....and company.  It is as if the powers that be have a formula, reason, rationale for booking groups together, and I am sure that they have their collective reasons, yet some of their thinking does not make sense to me, nor maybe should it......or maybe it should, even better yet, maybe my thinking ought to made to make some sense to them. 

There is no denying that the shows that we saw were loaded with talent, practioneers of great musical being and presence, but, there should be a pairing, like with food, that not only compliments each other, taste good to the palate, but also is easy to swallow. If I had the power, and if I get off my ass and write to the powers that be, I would strongly suggest that they pay attention to this web page and boards, that King Clay has done so well with, and put together, because within in its depths, are the collective understandings of what works, and what does not, so why mess with what does ?  I would survey this site, early in the touring season or at the end of, and see what the masses want to hear, see, and spend their monies on.  If I were left to do the choice making, I would pair JJ Grey & Mofro up with the likes of Anders Osborne, Eric Lindell, Dumpstafunk, and most certainly without a doubt, bring along one Mr. Conrad Oberg. Plain and simple.  This would just be a start, and certainly there are many others out there in the vast music making world, that could compliment and evening with our boys, something that is parrallel, along the same vein, closer, not further away from, the sound, vibe, feel, funk, soulfulness, that is what we are expecting. Oh, maybe it is diversity that the handlers are attempting, or creativity for us, but what they miss is, that I don't need to be served up their notion of taste, I want my palate to be served up what I enjoy, and maybe with a little bit of spice, flavoring, or difference that is near to the original liking, or should I say pairing. 

The audiance's tone may very well change due to their own preferences and experiences, such as was the case for both nights, from what I saw, as most seemed to be going with the name that the knew or heard of, and that was Jonny Lang. Oh sure, they were turned onto, suprised by, and witnessed the actions of us JJ Grey fans and his music, but there was a shift, a movement, that took place, like a changing of the gaurd, almost a bit disruptive, in that, folks seemed a bit unsure of what to do with themselves, or make of it all.  Ok, so maybe that is a bit over stated, but there was a noticable differince in the crowds take on the two groups, and the later almost seemed flat, or strung out on the hopes of their half and guy getting closer to what they came for, whereas those of us in the other camp, hell, we knew what we were going to be served up, and even if it was a short order, we were still going to get something mighty damn tasty.  It is just too bad, that the whole evening could not have carried the same energy, from start to finish, or atleast progress, rather than skip a beat, plateau, and maybe even flounder a bit too.  It could have been paired much better, and don't even get me started on the ticket prices.......$30.00 at the Knitting Factory, and then $35-75 dollars at the Emerald Queen Casino.....really ? Seated too, no dance floor area.....hell, y'all don't want to hear how one of my friends, who brought his friend, bought a 75 dollar ticket at the door, night of the show, for 20 bucks, and then worked it out with the venue for me to swap seats with him....albeit by myself, sorry honey......2nd row.


After Thursday's show, I spotted Trube and told him how he was off the hook with his steel guitar....tossing it around, bouncing it off the floor....crazy shit.  Cathy and I headed back across the street, to get a nights rest for the return trip back home to Seattle, the next morning.  She wanted to sleep in, but I wanted to get moving, so that I could get home and get the rack of ribs smoked, cornbread baked, and green beans cooked and chilled.  Lucky me, for the Jack hammer punding away at 6:55am, and very little sleeping in after that, so eventually we leave the hotel, get gas, coffee, eats, and on our way....bustin' home to Seattle.  Oh, did I mention, little about the show...hell y'all know how they go, but I handed JJ a new Lee Oskar C harp, and shit, it fell out of the case, onto the floor between the stage and security curtain.  He got the case, and I got the harp after the set, and gave it to John, who gave it to him.   So, bust ass across the state to home, and get the shit ready for Friday night.  Smoked some pork ribs, in a bath of rub, honey, local beer in the bottom of the smoker, apple wood as the source, and the corn bread and beans too.  We loaded up into the 66 Galaxie, headed to our friends' house, where they were eating chicken kabobs, and drinks, waiting for their friend from Portland, who is a big fan, and I pull the hot ribs from the blanketed wrap job in the trunk, to put on Chad's grill to keep warm, and then I call Clay, chat a bit, only to get word it's time to roll.  Arriving at the casino, to a line of cars and lot that is looking full, I think shit....the Galaxie is gonna suffer tonight....but after talking with a couple of security guys, I get the ok to drive back to the buses....oh did I mention that earlier in the week, I had called the Entertainment Director, yet never heard back from him.  As I pull the car around the back of the venue, and see the buses, these guys in black t-shirts, laniers, and looking important, all stop and look at the car and me like...."who in the hell is this guy?"....I give a shout out the passenger window....that I am the guy with some food for one of the  bands, and this older gentleman approaches the car, and asked me..." are you Richard....you got ribs ?"  Who in the hell is he I wonder, only to find out he is Bill Bolie, Mr. Bolie, the Entertainment Director.....and I guess I'm in now.  As I pull over, get and shake hands, he calls out for someone to get someone, or the TM for JJ....so out walks Aaron, all slender, in black, with his baseball cap, and smile.  We shake hands, shoot the short shit about his predessors, Colin and Adam, how we met up with Adam at the Trombone Shorty show....and then we make our way to the trunk, and as I open it to the wafting trunkfilled aroma of barbequed/smoked ribs, the crowd is doing the what the fuck look, like where is ours...?  Mr. Bolie even asked....with a grin, and I told him, I'd come back sometime with some... Aaron took some of the food, and as another, maybe John, who knows, asked him..."where to...the bus?" Aaron looked and said...."No, to the green room", with a smile, so, we shook hands, again, and I passed along to fresh growlers of "Elliot Bay" local brew, and told him thanks for coming back up, and enjoy.  Wish you could have seen the looks on the faces of the guys working out back.....priceless.


Ok, I could bore the shit out of y'all some more, about the show, sitting solo, in the second row, taking pics and all with Chad's buddy's iphone, with the security guy breating down on us, but hell that's no fun. Let me just say again, as I did the lizard eye thing, one on the stage, one on the crowd, it was like they were in a state of new foundness, and being delvered form their unsoulfullyfunkified ways.....a realeas if you will. They enjoyed not only JJ's music, but his stories and comments, as we all have come to know, and even if you've heard them a million times.....they are still damn interesting to hear, and part of the "experience".  I was a total screw up on the photos and all, got some, will post later, and will rely on Tom (Chad's friend) for what he captured.  Ran into Brian Sykes at the show....he's seen every one up here since they first played....and the solo show last April too....again, Brian...you're welcome.

Before the show kicked off, I had asked the guys out back, and Mr. Bolie, if there was any chance I could park the Galaxie near the buses, or in a fairly secure area...cause it gets kinda rough down there, and after some thought and consideration, he told me..."this is what I'm gonna do for you, you park behind Jonny Lang's trailer, but get your butt out here before he finishes, so they can load up."  He even told me to look for him, and he would get me back by going through the backstage....nice ! 

So, doing as I was told, and just after JL finished his set, before his encore, I approached one security person, who not only had no athoriiiii---tie, but took me as a scammer, and passed me along to the next guy, who, seemed a bit more bulldogish, yet when I dropped Mr. B's name.....and as he told me to wait, while he poked his head behind the black curtain, and there was Mr. B ( ha, Emerald .....and the Wizard of Oz.....) Mr. B. motioned for me, and then as I made my way backstage, while Jonny was on solo, his bandmates, one of which is his sister Jessie, came off, and then his drummer Barry (big muther fer with cannons) stood next to me, so I felt inclinded to say hello, and all.  Well, cut to the chase Richard....the show winds up, I get out back, move the Galaxie up the street a few spaces, come back down through the back door...using Mr. B's name, find my group.....oh did I mention that as Jonny was finishing up, AC walked past me, I reached up and tapped him on the arm, and we shook hands, I told him we saw them the night before, and asked him if he got some ribs and beer.....and with his big assed AC smile, he reached out and high fived me ! I told him Brian was hoping to catch him, and he headed out to the floor.  I made my way back out, then in with our group, then over to the merch table, where Chad and Tom bought some things from John, which we then took back outside to the buses.  The wives did not want to be pests.....yeah right, whatever....so we made our way back to the buses and out walks Lang's keybord player, guitar player, and his sister too.  We get some photos, and Tom hits Jessie up for a spare cigarrette, as she lights one up, they shared some jabs with weach other, and a photo taken.  Then, out come Farrell, and Trube too. We catch Anthony, and compliment him on the show, plus I of course have to tell him we saw both, and asked him about the food.  He told me "man I was hungry, and was going out to get some casino food, and this comes in......oh man....thanks."  Anthony was kind enough to take the poster and t-shirt back to the bus, and get the rest of the guys to sign, including JJ.  Tom got a t-shirt for his buddy back in Portland, who also is a big fan, and not doing well health wise.  He knew it would mean alot to his friend, and was super pleased when Farrell took it back to the bus.  Anthony came back out, handed us the items, took a picture, and we wished him and the guys well.  All in all it was another great experience, and one to remember......oh, did I mention that I got the setlist for both nights too...?  I'll post them when I can, and as for the wives....well, go ahead and stay behind.....cause we told them the could have gotten on the bus too.........well, maybe they would have, and we would have stood outside....like we did.
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how about a book's length review about the show Richard, lol!


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Thanks Richard! I think it's safe to say that is the longest review ever on the board. You have faithfully lived up to your royal title sir. I'm not quite finished reading it yet actually. I've set aside an hour a night for the next 7 nights and am hoping to get my way thru it by then.
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