That`s where i hung out with my friend Lucas Garzoli, who shows me
all the new groovy things and creations, regarding guitar!
I was there last night, and i was once again blown away by the playability,
and sound of the Ron Asheton
signature series Flying V beauty,
of Reverend guitars.
Lucas is always surprising me with suggestions regarding amps and guitars.
He knows what i like and he always hits me with the most accurate suggestions.
The sound that was coming out of this 20 watts
amp was HUGE and crystal clear with a quality that i really love.
The tremolo is very musical and so inspiring too, so i found myself using it all the time
to create a Robin Trower vibe.
Later on, i stole some time off of my teaching schedule,
to go and see
who was giving a mini performance with his trio at Rudy`s,
while explaining the different sounds
that he gets out of his Reverend guitar and that was fun!
The fact that my student and friend Carlo is treating me to a concert every year,
as a Christmas present, It has become the norm
for the last three years.
So last Tuesday Dec. 14th, after we had dinner at O`Lunneys,
we walked to “Best Buy Theater, right here
in my neighborhood, The square of All Times,Joe Satriani.
We were there in time, so i`ve had a couple of Jack Daniels
at the bar, while watching the opening act Ned Evett
on one of the screens.
When we realized how good they were we went inside.
The show was great.
I discovered Joe in middle 80`s, while living in Stockholm,
when his second album “Surfing with the Allien” came out.
I`ve seen him live in Athens in 2001
in the middle of the summer, outdoors, and it had been a wonderful experience,
as it was last Tuesday night.
He still plays with the passion,brilliance and fury that has characterized his playing form day one.
Rock on Joe, Rock on!
Thank you Carlo for another great night out with you my friend!
Kathleen outside Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
On Wednesday i went to see my first matinee show titled Elling
which started at 2:00 pm.
For the next two hours i travelled to Oslo,
Norway where the play takes place,
and to another society, where humanity plays a big role in the everyday life,
where universal health care is provided by the state, and where the motto is
that all human beings are born good and equal and that society`s roll is to help them live a good and descent life.
The cast is superb with Mr. Brendan Fraser in the leading role
as Kjell Bjarne and Mr. Dennis O`Hare as Elling,
and Mrs.Jennifer Coolidge in four different roles.
Every one is fantastic in his roll, and i enjoyed the fact that you can really get a glimpse into
the Scandinavian reality with the
Christmas carols sung in Norwegian
and even the announcement, after the 15 minutes intermission, was made in
Norwegian, which luckily for me, i do understand,
since i have lived in Stockholm and i do speak Swedish which is very similar to Norwegian.
Needless to say i enjoyed the show tremendously and i strongly recommend it to everyone
who loves a good comedy.
It plays at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
which i visited for the first time an i loved it.
A Broadway show at it` best.
Thursday night was a fun night out.
Kathleen and I were invited to the P&G Bar
where Cracked Ice was performing live from 8-10.
There we met my student Craig and his girlfriend Heather who were interested in
hiring the band, for their wedding reception next October.
It is a great soul band with very good musicians and we had lots of fun grooving to their original and cover tunes.
I was happy to see and chat with musician friends who were hanging out
especially with Jon Paris, whom i met way back
in 1986 while living in Stockholm,
playing bass and harmonica and touring with Johnny Winter,
and he is now appearing on Mondays at BBKING`s
Yesterday , Friday was a gorgeous day so i walked up Broadway
to Borders for
to check out the new monthly music magazines such as Guitar World
, Guitar Player
Ivan at Lucille`s.
Playing the Blues.
PLaying my Blade.
Ivan at Lucille`s.
Playing the Blues.
PLaying my Blade.
Sunday night November 7th at Lucille`s
the spirit was high, the band was smoking, and everybody was groovin`.
Singing my new songs, that i recently recorded with Ivan (Funkboy)Bodlley
on bass and Joe Gorettion drums,in front of a live audience
was such a thrill especially when people responded very warmly to them.
I was happily surprised to witness people who had run the
Marathon dancing to the music till 1:00 am.
That`s what i call stamina!
Together at BBKING`s.
It has been almost three months since i posted my last blog. The reason for that is that i have been crazy busy. Traveling,teaching,playing,writing. All for good though.
But i also saw many concerts, some more worth mentioning than others.
On Thursday April 15th after returning from my trip to Michigan and the suburbs of
Detroit i saw Joe Bonamassa playing at The Town Hall.
A great venue and a great rockin`blues concert. Joe was in top form and so was the rest of the quartet.
Later this month i saw Robert Cray at BBKING`s, who was as good as always.
Great sound and style.
On May 20th i saw one of my all time favorite guitar players, singer,songwriter Sonny Landreth at BBKING`s again.
I discovered Sonny and his album “Outward bound” way back in 1995 and he has been a great influence ever since. I love his sound,playing,writing and singing so it was a thrill to see him performing live and to meet him backstage. We immediately hit it off, and he too was thrilled to meet a Greek musician who knew so much about him, owns all his cds and loves his music so much. Hey maybe it is our South Connection after all that brought us so close together in the first place.