Sometimes we get the most interesting surprises. A few months ago we were offered a night with the Blues legend Lazy Lester. At the time we weren't familiar with him. But then a few weeks later we were reading in the New Yorker about the Ponderosa Stomp, a popular roots festival that takes place in New Orleans every year, and read that the festival was named after a song by Lazy Lester. And then we were in Boston for a wedding a few weeks later and were reading the Boston newspaper. You know how there is always a section in a paper listing the famous people who were born on that day? It said Lazy Lester was 76. We began to realize we had a more momentous show booked than we realized. He'll be playing at 7pm this coming Saturday, July 11. Check out his rich history on his website. And we hear he's a very entertaining performer too. After Lester we have Lion Vibes, a nine piece reggae band. We love these guys and have all their songs memorized by heart. Only $10 for the night.
Friday night, July 10, we have the return of The Dick Ramada Band at 8pm, a high energy rock and roll band. Here's a note from them, "The renowned Steve Jenkins (original Bassist/Dick and the Chicks) and rocker Jerry Jerome (Defined Print and The Capitol Hillbilly's) will be joining us on stage. Star watchers will not be disappointed, as
Lenny Sita (The Heartbeats), Jay Charles Wetzler (The Heartbeats), Richard Bryans (Bad Finger), Art Carlson (Comedian), Karen, Glen and Mason (The Firewalkers), Carl Trowbridge (Songwriter of the Year in 1984) and "Steely"Stan (Steely Dan Manager) are rumored to be appearing at this party!" Whoa. $5. After DRB, at 10pm we switch directions and feature an indie power pop band called Six Months To Live. Hard to describe their sound. Give a listen to their myspace and tell us what you think. Flaming Lips crossed with Big Star? $5.
And tonight, Thurs, July 9, after trivia, at 9pm, we have another hard to describe band called Violent Hippie, from Spearfish South Dakota. Kinda pop, kinda punk, kinda electronica, kinda prog rock, kinda none of these. Come hear for yourself. $5.
Killer weekend. Hope to see you here.
Extra Credit: Here's a blues poem by Emily Dickinson, dedicated to Lazy Lester...
There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.
None may teach it anything,
'Tis the seal, despair,-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.
When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.