Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What Have I Been Up To?

Lately, I've been laying low and haven't been going out very often. I am fighting off a cold. I've been hanging out at the World Famous Tuesday Night Blues Jam[TM"> at the Mojo Lounge on Tuesday nights.

Here's a brief excerpt of a previous entry that I wrote up and never finished fro the week of February 04, 2008.

February 5, 2008 - I went down to the Mojo Lounge to attend the World Famous Blues Jam. There was a pretty good turn out. Lots of new players were in the house. Here is some video from the fabulous opening set with Steve Freund, Randy Bermudes and June Core. While I was sitting there, I was thinking, we are really blessed to have some amazing talent in the area. Many of these folks are very generous with their time.

I haven't been shooting much in the way of photos, but did manage to fill up a memory card with some video of the opening set by Steve Freund, Randy Bermudes and June Core lay down a very nice version of the classic, I Wonder Why.

February 6, 2008 - I was out in Livermore so I decided to drop in for a visit at Babe's Place. I met up with East Bay Wes, Mark Irwin, Steve Ahola and a couple of other folks. It was a fun night. There were some good players and a couple of really good Blues singers sitting in. If you're out in the Tri-Valley area, this is an interesting place to visit on alternating Wednesday nights.

2008: The Bay Area Blues Scene in Review

I haven't written much here lately, but it seems like a good time to get caught up. I'll start off with a photo entry.

I started up my annual Bay Area Blues in Review photo gallery. The photos are in the usual place:

Who have I captured this year?

Some of the usual suspects, plus some photos of new faces belonging to people that I hadn't seen before.

January 23, 2008 - I visited the Redwood City Blues Jam. It was hosted by Steve Freund and his Trio. Steve had several guests join him during the course of the evening including Jan Fanucchi, Johnny Blues Boyd and myself.

Sadly, I forgot to charge my camera battery and only caught some photos of Johnny Blues Boyd, Steve Freund & Burton Winn.

January 13, 2008 - I headed down to the Mojo Lounge in Fremont. I caught the Red Archibald Tribute show. It was a day long musical extravaganza that commemorated the life and music of Red Archibald.

Some of the people that I caught in action included:

Delta Wires (including Ernie Pinata and Richard Healy), JC Smith, Rene Solis, Taylor P Collins, Suzy Tyler, Tumbleweed, Jimmy Dewrance, Raymond Victor, Diane Dutra, Rick Kellogg and Andrew Beal

January 11, 2008 - Photo from the Poor House Bistro of Kid Andersen and Sid Morris sitting in with Charles Wheal and his fine band.