So the whirlwind is going to blow out in Phoenix.  Cancelled the Santa Fe show to spend a night in the studio with Dr. Wax (aka DJ LAW aka Damien Hayes.  Damien was one of the DJs on my CD "Bump."   Been staying at his place, he's been doing some turntables on some cuts I've been working on with Phil Luna.  Pretty hip stuff.  Going to spend the night in the studio with him, Jean-Paul De Roover and DJ Slice.  Should be interesting.  After that it's a sprint for home and BandVanAdventuers VIII: the Mojo Rising tour will be in the books.  See ya in a couple days!

Can't believe it's been ten days since the last blog.  Seems like a lifetime.  5 days of Y2K fest, SoCal Loopfest, lots of solo gigs in and around then, Vegas....oy!  What a trip.

California was great.  Not a big surprise as California is awesome.  Had some good shows (thank you John Vargas!) and the Y2K Fest was very cool.  Saw some unreal music.  I was floored by some of it and some of it I was glad to have missed.  All kinds of stuff for all kinds of tastes.   The artists were very cool and very interesting.  Tech was awesome, venues were cool.  It was like a little mini-conference/vacation.  Hung out with the Walkers and their cadre of international loopers in Santa Cruz.  That was a ton of fun.  Hideki - round two!!!

After some lovely time in Santa Cruz it was time to head down to Long Beach.  Started off with some hang time with Zack Walters of 3rd Alley.  Dude made wicked breakfasts and late night tacos, laid down a sweet set of original  tunes at the SoCal fest, took me around town a bit and we talked biz, life, etc... great hang with a friend.  Good times.  Squeezed in a fun day and crazy night with Lew Richards. Lew is an old buddy from the Marines.  Hung out at his studio, (17th Street recording studio in Costa Mesa), for a the day and then we went "exploring" that night.  Suffice to say that was a mistake.  Ended up crashing in my van in the parking lot sometime after 3am and didn't make it back to Long Beach until that afternoon.

DiPiazza's was the location for the SoCal Fest and man was it hot.  By far the best line-up I've ever put on stage - both nights!  Unreal performers, GREAT venue, sound was tight, audience was light.  Got to see Supertall Paul Newman, which was awkwardly awesome and tons of other great acts.  Mike Why from Pittsburgh was hot, hot, hot!  Daniel Park was precise and perfect, Jean-Paul De Roover did his usual Canadian thing and knocked it out of the park and on and on and on.  Talk about a wonderful two nights.  It really was something unusually special. 

And then Vegas happened.  I thought my home state of Montana was devoid of a music loving populace.  And it is.  Vegas is filled with people who actually hate music.  It's safe to say I don't foresee a 2nd Annual Las Vegas LoopFest happening.  It's too much to do too much to organize, none of the international loopers (save Jean-Paul) came and Vegas just sucks.  Although the local acts - Daniel Park and Red Grooves were tight.  The other gigs I scrounged up ended up being a waste.  For me to say that is huge.  I can find something good just about anywhere.  I really can't say enough bad things about it.  Thank God for my mother-in-law being in town or this would have been a very unhappy experience.  Thanks Karen - you were the sugar in a an extra large cup of bitter Vegas tea.   And Ron and Cyndi Press (old family friends from Montana) popped in for a surprise visit.  That was pretty cool.

You know, these posts are such a glossing overview of it all.  I wish I could detail all the details - like breakfast on Newport Beach, what the attendees said, making new fans, making new friends, traffic (L.A. ugh...)  a night out with Dirty Lew, hanging with Zack, 4 days van camping at the Walker complex, all the fun little gigs I did in some pretty cool spots.  But, I don't have time to write it and you don't have time to read it ...what to do.

Anyway, I'm a little drained at this point.  Ready for home.  A little homesick here and there.  Miss my wife, miss my cat, miss my house, miss my friends, miss San Antonio.  Home soon.

 

 

Okay....so it's a few days after the fact. 

The festival was pretty awesome.  Attendance for Portland/Seattle was low.  We didn't get any of the press we got last year.  Somehow we slipped into "ignore mode" via the local press.  Nonetheless, the performances were strong, awesome, delicate, lovely, chaotic, frenzied, and very special.  Got most of it on video and am already posting the footage on youtube.  That's pretty cool. 

Cancellations were a contagious disease this year.  Not just for me either.  It was a very tough year for the NW.  Many challenges in keeping it going.  And I did drop the ball for David Kollar and Paolo Rainier, I didn't have some of the gear they needed for Portland.  I hate messing up! HATE IT!!!  But they did what they could and were champs about the whole thing. Really was a shame as they are an impressive duo.  Their set at Y2K last night was amazing!  I think the Portland group Waffle Taco would LOVE these guys.  Very similar things going on.

The Royal Room is a pretty sweet venue, although the location is off the beaten path quite a bit.  I think the J&M last year was actually a better location, but not with such a perfect layout for us.

The Analog was awesome, again.  This year was two stages, up and down.  That was awesome.  Music going non-stop all day and night.  It was very cool.  Had a nice early crowd and very little coming in later. 

Met some great people, some great new acts (to me) and some interested parties to help with next year.  That's always good. 

The Southern Oregon events went a wee bit sideways.  One of the venues cancelled about 18 hours prior...we split that group and added them to the others.  I was at the winery with Per Boysen, Lucid Brain Integrative Project and Jean-Paul De Roover.  We had an intimate, but awesome crowd that were wowed and well entertained by a pretty hot line-up of 4 artists.  The vineyard was beautiful, the wine was good and the weather cooperative.  Got some good video from that night as well. 

All things being equal - another year of awesomeness.  We streamed the concerts live, go a lot of video, added a third city, got everybody moved on down the road and I'm still alive.

 

Wow....the time is flying by.  It's about 4 hours before the opening night of the NW LoopFest.  I'm pretty stoked.  The line-ups are ferocious this year.  The challenges have been huge!  Had to move cities for one fest. Lost a major sponsor for another.  Had an unusually large amount of cancellations over the summer. And one of my artists was refused entry at customs and sent back to France.  Wow.  But I responded!    Got the fest successfully relocated, picked up Blue Moon Beer to Sponsor the San Antonio LoopFest!  Yay Blue Moon Beer!!!! Got some GREAT acts to replace those that couldn't make the fests and am doing what I can to get our Frenchie back in for at least SOME of the fests.  Craaaaazy... and that's so the tip of the iceberg.

but to catch you up...

Twin Falls at the Anchor Bistro was awesome.  Wowed the pants off of some folks, although I had to cut the last hour off due to rain (outdoor gig).  Still, great gig and an early bedtime! Headed out to Boise for a couple of days of evening show and some R&R.   Ended up doing some mobile recording all day Sunday for Ziggy Moonshine, sent the files back to Houston when I got done.  Country sax baby.  Had a fun Sunday night at Tom Grainey's and of to Portland the next day.  Did some domestic duties and promo for the fests for the next day or saw.  Got wicked funky at the Hump Day Jam in Salem with Nathan Olsen, John Pounds and Larry London.  Guitar great Garry Meziere show up to get down with me, which was awesome, and Jesse Ruggles from Phamous Phaces got some music ya-yas at the end as well.   Too fun.  After that was a late night drive to Bend ending at about 3am.  Up about 7/8 for an all day shift online at the local coffeeshop and a round of disc golf in the evening to try and stay fit.  Great little course too.  Did a show that night amongst the local tweaker population, one of whom asked "what are you doing in a shithole like this?"  From there I hopped in the van and drove all night to Kennewick for a 4:45 am load-in at KVEW for some TV spots to promote my gig that night.  After that, it was off to 88.1FM for a radio spot that turned into 2 class lectures/loop demos and a lunch out.  Then it was a driving to Pendleton for an outdoor 4-7pm, back in the car to Richland for a 9pm-1am loop station set and jam with the funky Wabi Sabi band of Dara Quinn, Justin Chapman and Kendrick.  Good times. Passed out in my van somewhere in the 3am hour.  Up almost 2 days....awesome.

Then back to Portland for an early show.  The previous night, blues/soul/gospel (local legend) Linda Hornbuckle died the night before.  I popped in the club where she was supposed to be performing and a tribute was going on. Saw a couple friends and made my way home.  Got seriously jamming at the Portland Marathon on Sunday, super funky, super loud.  It was awesome.  Next day was domestic stuff and online then a dinner with Jim Templeton (Cosmic Dust) former jazz club owner.  Good times with an old friend and music mate.  Next day was online and off to the coast to hang with friends.  Was offline for all of that.  I come back into the tech world and daaaaamn: Nelly has been refused entry into the U.S., other foreign artists are freaking out, some have already arrived in Seattle, many things to do...it's getting tense.  Got huge developments for the SoCal fests with high profile artists - Got SuperTall Paul Newman (BOSS 2013 US Loop Champion) among a couple others.  Very happy about that.   Getting graphics coordinated with the San Antonio fest, trying to get all going and promoted.  Pretty crazy. Made it into Seattle with my sister last night and going like the energizer bunny since.  It all begins soon. 

A year of work and now I sit back and watch, film, broadcast and enjoy the unveiling of it all.  Awesome.

 

 

New News:

The "BandVanAdventures VIII: Mojo Rising" is in full swing.   Upcoming dates in WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM, and TX!  Check the calendar for where and when you can come see me!   Got a few holes in the schedule still - house parties are good, restaurants, your company for lunch, your kid's school!  All good. Shows have been great, seeing old friends and fans is awesome.  But it's basically LoopFest time!

Loopfests!!!   The Kickstarter campaign launches this week - watch for another email in a day or two! And remember, if you can't make it to the shows, no problem, buy your tickets online ($5) and watch it at home!  We still need some volunteers for helping day of - If you have a spare bed and couch and can house a couple of artists - please let me know.  If you want to buy a hotel room for a couple of loopers - please let me know!  Mark your calendars:

NW LoopFest - Seattle Oct 9/10 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8459-nw-loopfest-seattle

NW LoopFest - Portland Oct 11 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8460-nw-loopfest-portland

NW LoopFest - Southern Oregon Oct 12

SoCal LoopFest - Long Beach Oct 22/23

Las Vegas LoopFest  - Las Vegas, NV Oct 24

San Antonio LoopFest - Nov 8 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8461-san-antonio-loopfest

Austin LoopFest - Nov 9 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8462-austin-loopfest

The guestbook page on the site is up and running - leave a comment!

Videos:  My youtube channel has 238 videos of live performances, loopfest showcases, and good old music videos of all kinds of great stuff.  Please watch a few.  They are grouped in playlists and I'm adding new videos of old catalog frequently.  I'll have dozens of new videos from the LoopFests as well.  Don't be afraid to watch them all!

Calendar:  Grab yer techy-doohicky's and make some notes - here's the shows!

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hump Day Jam @ Vic's Spirits and Grill
3165 River Rd N, Salem, OR 97301
(503) 304-5230      7:00 PM
21+
    
 
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ Third Street Pub
314 SE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97702
(541) 306-3017      9:00 PM
21+
    

Friday, October 3, 2014
Good Morning NW @ Kvew Tv
601 N. Edison ST, Kennewick, WA
509-240-3221      7:00 AM
    
Friday, October 3, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ Pendleton Farmers Market
300 Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 969-9466      4:00 PM
All Ages
    
 
Friday, October 3, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions and the Wabi Sabi Jam @ Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant
1314 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, WA 99354
509-946-9328      9:00 PM
Also Playing: Wabi Sabi Jam (10:00 PM)

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ The Hoppy Brewer
328 Main Ave , Gresham, OR 97030
503.328.8474      6:00 PM
All Ages
 
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Portland Marathon @ Mile 24
Larrabee/Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-1111      1:30 PM
All Ages
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ Lakeside Assisted Living
Pvt Event      1:00 PM
    
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The NW LoopFest @ The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(206) 906-9920      6:00 PM
All Ages
    Tickets: Donation
Also Playing: Mark Hamburg, Noah Peterson, Daniel J Davis, Richie Dagger's Crime, Cian, Jean-Paul De Roover, Mandoman, Mister Tim, Prehisto'Zik, Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn
Friday, October 10, 2014

The NW LoopFest @ The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(206) 906-9920      6:00 PM
All Ages
    Tickets: Donation
Also Playing: The Lucid Brain Integrative Project, Eric Muhs, Rejyna, Per Boysen, David Kollar and Paolo Rainier, Just Alliance, Consumer, Thisissammi

Saturday, October 11, 2014
NW LoopFest @ The Analog Cafe & DRD Records Little Theater
720 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR
(503) 432-8079      4:00 PM
All Ages
Also Playing: Rejyna Ted Killian,Cian, Daniel J. David, Jean-Paul de roover, Per Boysen, Eric Muhs, Eric Buchner, Consumer, David Kollar and Paolo Rainer, Mandoman, Richie Dagger's Crime, Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn, Just Alliance, Lucid Brain Intergrative Project, Noise Agency, Mister Tim, thisissami, Amenta Abioto, Prehisto'zik, Noah Peterson

Sunday, October 12, 2014
NW LoopFest: Southern Oregon @ Caprice Winery
970 Old Stage Road, Central Point, OR 97502
541-499-0449      6:00 PM
All Ages
    Tickets: free
 
Also Playing: Jean-Paul de Roover (6:00 PM)

Friday, October 17, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ De Tierra Vineyards
3 SE Mission St., Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
831.622.9704      6:00 PM
All Ages
    Tickets: free
 
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Y2K14 International Live Looping Festival @ Circle Church
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
     6:30 PM
All Ages
    Tickets: $10
Also Playing: KAI WEN HWANG, Jean-Paul de Roover, , PREHISTO'ZIK, Per Boysen, Mandoman, TULIO ARAUJO

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SoCal LoopFest @ DiPiazza's
5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA
     6:00 PM
All Ages    Tickets: FREE
 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
SoCal LoopFest @ DiPiazza's
5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA
     6:00 PM All Ages
    Tickets: FREE
 
Friday, October 24, 2014
Las Vegas LoopFest @ Boomer's
3200 Sirius Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
702-368-1863      10:00 PM
21+
    Tickets: free
Also Playing: Red Grooves, Prehisto'zik, Jean-Paul De Roover, Noah Peterson

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ Fresh 52 Farmers Market
302 S. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89145
702.900.2552      9:00 AM
All Ages
Also Playing: Prehisto'zik

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Solo Sax Sessions @ Fresh 52 Farmers Market
302 S. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89145
702.900.2552      9:00 AM
All Ages
Also Playing: Prehisto'zik

Tuesday, Oct 28
Noah Peterson at The Underground
200 San Francisco
Santa Fe, NM
10pm $5
Also Playing: Prehisto'zik

Well Moab was cool.  Always is.  Made the late night trip most of the way towards the next gig and hit a rest stop to grab some sleep.  Up bright and early for a fun filled day!  Cruised into Westminster college for the lunch gig and had some fun.  Lots of people were digging it.  Even got a tip from one of the cafeteria workers.  That was very cool.  It's kind of peculiar how I look at the relative success of what I do.  After every show I always get several comments from people about the looping, the show, my playing.  But I still at CD/MP3 sales, the tip jar and consider the applause.  But I'm not really in a "music" venue.  Just a lot of places that do other things and have music.  So it's not like the audience is supposed to clap.  Then it's always tough to engage them with the stories about the songs and really present the material because there's not a lot of response.  Until the shows over...then everybody digs it.  It's weird.  I'm trying to remember that people are listening, they are engaged, they are enjoying it.  It does make it a littler easier.  For instance, the next night I was in a tiny room - very difficult to play. But I just concentrated hard on keeping it musical with solid grooves and appropriate for the setting.  Ended up doing great in tips and CD sales; but the audience was also very engaged. All part of the job...

Anyway...college gig was fun. Wrapped it up and headed down to Creekside in SLC for a little disc golf.  First 18 basket round in over a year.  I did well!   Only one double boogie, and about an even number of pars and boogies.  Park was in great shape, the weather was perfect, it was an awesome day.  Hooked up with a local (self-described ski-bum) for the round and had a nice game.  Really was awesome.  Looking forward to another round today in Twin Falls!

After the 18 holes, met an old friend from Portland (who now lives in SLC) for dinner.  Had some crazy cheese salad for dinner that was awesome.  Spent a couple hours chatting and swapping horror stories about mechanical issues on cars.  They love Salt Lake City.  Good weather, nice people, low crime, booming economy, hiking, fishing, clean, polite, etc... went to a bar to check out a jam session, but they got started around 10ish and I wasn't in the mood by then.  Just drove to my next stop and called it an early night.  Next morning was Vivint.  That was a very fun lunch gig.  People really enjoyed it, had a couple of nice conversations, sold a couple CDs. Always a good thing.  Hopped in the van and off to Lava Hot Springs for the evening gig!

Got in a little early, set-up the gear and took a hot shower.  Went down for a pre-concert beer and a shot and proceeded to rock an empty room for the next hour.  Came back after a break and the dinner room was full.  Well...two hours and one very short break later, a nice tip jar and a fine slice of elk with fried kale were mine to enjoy.  That food was soooo good.  Packed up, chatted with the chef while he cleaned up and headed over for the jam session. The usual suspects were there and we proceed to get down with rock, country, pop, metal, and blues.  And of course, free drinks.  Hit the hotel late, slept in a little and off to Twin Falls for the Friday night gig.  Need to get some work done so I hit the starbucks for some online time before a little play time at the local disc golf course. 

As I reflect upon the trip, my life, the future whilst driving.  (I just hit 2,000 miles - I reflect like mirror).  I think about all the people that I meet and get to know a little.  Take Lava Hot Springs - I know a chunk of the people in that town. It's really cool to walk in the bar and the staff recognize you (some even remember my name), welcome you in and then we get the party rolling.  I always have a great time when I'm there.  I play a lot of music, chat with some fine human beings, get a comfy bed, a fantastic hot meal, a nice little paycheck and hang out.  Mucho Bueno!  

I am enjoying the drive quite a bit as well.  I find SE Idaho to be particularly interesting this time.  Make me look forward to driving the gorge on Monday.  It'll be nice to not do that at night this year.  And I'll get to do it twice this trip!

Enjoying the radio stations in the various cities quite a bit as well.  Good music is everywhere. 

Starting to get a little nervous about the loopfests though.  It's about that time...got a little work to do on it this weekend and then it's email promotion time.  Yee-haw buddy.  It's going to be crazy.

 

Okay... so the BVA Vol 8: my "Mojo Rising" tour is in full swing.  Things started off kind of funny.  As I'm leaving San Antonio I get a handful of phone calls from bands wanting me to join them or audition.  That's always a good feeling.  Plus the bands that I work with got a bunch of work, of course while I'm on tour...but whatever.  So it goes.

Had a long but easy drive to Amarillo.  Slept great at a truck stop, got in for the show a little early, rocked out the seniors and hopped in the Van to head for Denver.   Got in early and reunited with my old friend Marcus.  He and I went to school together and lived across the street from one another in Billings, MT.  Suffice to say we go back.  Waaaaay back.  Anyway, an excellent time was had by all.  Hanging out with his crew, did some motorcycle riding, eating, all that good stuff.  Even spent a little time online trying to not get too far behind on things.  It is a crazy year after all.  Denver was a little wacky this year, two gigs ended up falling through last minute.  No biggie really.  The big shows stuck and went very well.  After a week there, it was time to hit the road and play the Black Nugget in Carbondale.  First time there, that was a hoot.  Mountain people are fun people.  Hit the road after that to crash in Moab.  Got up a little early to spend some time in Canyonlands National Park.  Need to hike it.  Cool stuff for sure.  First time there, I usually go to Arches.  Came back to town and got caught up on my 175 emails...  mostly ready for the loopfests, got a couple of things to finish off yet. 

Should have a fine little gig tonight in Moab and then heading north to SLC.  Trip has been a lot of fun so far.  Not getting in the online time I need nor any disc golf, but we'll see what the future brings.  Dropped a couple of pounds, trying to eat healthy and get lots of sleep.   I feel very rested so far.  Good start to a long trip.

 

Hear we go again.

It's 1:12am and I'm finally blogging again.  Who reads? Who cares? Just texted about getting started tomorrow at 8:30am.  I should be in bed.

Weekend was great.  Gig Thurs, 2 gigs Fri, 2 gigs sat, gig Sunday, gig Monday.  Had some studio time, had some social time, had some Bucho time, had some home fix-it time, had some wife time.  Life has been sweet of late.  The summer was spent in a desperate grind of tour booking, festival planning, song-writing, nurturing relationships, making the most of out what was there and seeing what had taken root after 2 years in Texas.  And like all things in Texas, when the rain comes, if it lasted through the summer.  It blooms.  I do love Texas.  Most especially San Antonio.  I can't tell you why.  I just do. 

I'm going to miss my little Bucho.  Little fuzzy booger is practically clawing through my leg right now. Sometime it is hard to believe how much I care for this cat. 

I feel like I'm emotionally in a very different place than last year.  Things usually get pretty stressful during the summer for the loopfests as schedules being to collide and details get worked out, and then changed, and then tweaked and then...it's all very up and down.  Last year, I was pretty tight lipped. I was ready to go and had spent all summer at Six Flags. I was physically and mentally ready to go.  This year I'm still fit.  I didn't do the Six Flags gig again, but I did manage to keep things going musically.  New material.  More maturity. A lot more repetitions through the shows.  Better focus.  This should be a very good tour.

Still got 6 days before I go.  Got a ton of prep to do.  Greatly looking forward to this grand adventure.  Many people to see.

 

 

 

 

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New News:

It's tour time!   Dates in CO, UT, ID, WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM, and TX!  Check the calendar for where and when you can come see me!   Got a few holes in the schedule still - house parties are good, restaurants, your company for lunch, your kid's school!  All good. 

My residency in San Antonio - Wednesday Night Looper's Delight, 10pm-2am at the J&O Cantina, 1014 S. Presa. It's picking up there nicely.  Getting a fun crowd our for music and cocktails.  Two of my favorite things! Got two more Wednesdays to come check it out before the Big Tour!

A1 Radio across the pond in England is giving airplay to Peterson Entertainment, Llc affiliated recordings. Check it out online at http://a1radio.co.uk/schedule.php big thanks to Mike Atkinson and Peter Bergg.

Videos:  My youtube channel has 234 videos of live performances, loopfest showcases, and good old music vides of all kinds of great stuff.  Please watch a few.  They are grouped in playlists and I'm adding new videos of old catalog frequently.  I'll have dozens of new videos from the LoopFests as well.  Don't be afraid to watch them all!

Loopfests!!!   It's almost here.  I'll do a kickstarter campaign in the middle of the month to raise a few extra dollars for these fine folks. If you can't make it, no problem, buy your tickets online ($5) and watch it at home!  We still need some volunteers for helping day of - If you have a spare bed and couch and can house a couple of artists - please let me know.  If you want to buy a hotel room for a couple of loopers - please let me know!  Mark your calendars:

NW LoopFest - Seattle Oct 9/10 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8459-nw-loopfest-seattle

NW LoopFest - Portland Oct 11 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8460-nw-loopfest-portland

NW LoopFest - Southern Oregon Oct 12

SoCal LoopFest - Long Beach Oct 22/23

San Antonio LoopFest - Nov 8 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8461-san-antonio-loopfest

Austin LoopFest - Nov 9 www.concertwindow.com/shows/8462-austin-loopfest

The guestbook page on the site is up and running - leave a comment!

New Music:  

O.M.N.I is continuing with our mission of making online ear-candy.  The album is still under production, but we did put out a new video "At the Military Bass" - check it out here!

The Four Horseman - an avant-garde/free jazz interpretation of the Biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is now watchable on youtube -playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjiWJF83CBikJAtesDro62OaUS60HVKdE

Selections from "Duos &Trios" is also on youtube with some pretty awesome videos as well. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjiWJF83CBinGy33aTd6INw5D4rialHnf

 

Calendar:  Grab yer techy-doohicky's and make some notes - here's the shows!

Sunday, August 31,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market

255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-722-5077      9:00 AM

 

Wednesday, September 3,

Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O

1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 485-7611    10:00 PM

 

Friday, September 5,

Solo Sax Sessions for the First Friday Networking Group @ Hamilton House

5331 Hamilton Wolfe Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229      8:00 AM

 

Friday, September 5,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Eva's Escape

307 Beauregard Street, San Antonio, TX 78204 210-223-5875      5:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 6,

Solo Sax Sessions @ The Farmers Market at the Cibolo

33 Herff Road, Boerne, TX 78006 830-2494616        9:00 AM

 

Saturday, September 6,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Kerrville Hills Winery

3600 Fredericksburg Road, Kerrville, TX    2:00 PM

 

Sunday, September 7,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market

255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-722-5077      9:00 AM

 

Monday, September 8,

Solo Sax Sessions @ The Raven Hookah Lounge

1255 SW Loop 410 #133, San Antonio, TX 78211 210.673.3650       10:00 PM

 

Wednesday, September 10,

Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O

1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 485-7611    10:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 13,

Second Saturday with La Chichada @ Galliasta Gallery

San Antonio, TX 78215 210-320-9080      9:00 PM

 

Wednesday, September 17,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Little Bear Saloon

28075 Main St., Evergreen, CO 80439 (303) 674-9991    7:00 PM

 

Thursday, September 18,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Atlanta Bread in Northglenn

351 W 104th, Northglenn, CO 80234 303-452-8222      6:00 PM

 

Friday, September 19,

Imagine: Music! @ Rocky Mountain Prep

7808 Cherry Creek S. Drive #3-300, Denver, CO 80231 12:30 PM  Pvt Event

 

Friday, September 19,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Stone Brewed Coffee Company

489 N US Hwy 287, Lafayette, CO 80026 720-600-1262      6:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 20,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Mirage Sports Bar

8340 W Coal Mine, Littleton, CO 80123 303-979-9220      9:00 PM

 

Tuesday, September 23,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Eddie McStiff's Restaurant

57 South Main Street, Moab, UT 84532 435-259-BEER      7:00 PM

 

Wednesday, September 24,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Westminster College-Salt Lake

1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 11:00 AM

 

Thursday, September 25,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Vivint

4931 North 300 West, Provo, UT 84604 11:00 AM Pvt. Event

 

Thursday, September 25,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Riverside Inns' Portneuf Grille & Lounge

255 East Portneuf Street, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246  (208) 776-5504    6:00 PM

 

Friday, September 26,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Anchor Bistro & Bar

334 Blue Lakes Boulevard North, Twin Falls, ID 83301  208-733-6566      8:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 27,

Solo Sax Sessions @ High Note Cafe

225 North 5th Street, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 429-1911    7:30 PM

 

Sunday, September 28,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Tom Grainey's Sporting Pub

109 S 6th St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 345-2505    10:00 PM

 

Thursday, October 2,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Third Street Pub

314 SE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97702 (541) 306-3017    9:00 PM

 

Friday, October 3,

Solo Sax Sessions @ Pendleton Farmers Market

300 Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801 (541) 969-9466    4:00 PM

 

Friday, October 3,

Solo Sax Sessions and the Wabi Sabi Jam @ Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant

1314 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, WA 99354  509-946-9328      9:00 PM

Also Playing: Wabi Sabi Jam (10:00 PM)

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New News:

River Barons are pluggin along nicely.  Our arrangements of classic rocks hits are fun and loud. We are getting down THIS Friday at Dorcal Distillery starting at 11pm.  C'mon on out for some rockin' music!

My residency in San Antonio - Wednesday Night Looper's Delight, 10pm-2am at the J&O Cantina, 1014 S. Presa. It's picking up there nicely.  Getting a fun crowd our for music and cocktails.  Two of my favorite things! And we're broadcasting live at: https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/8070-noah-peterson-solo-sax-sessions

Gearing up for the BIG, BIG, BIG Fall tours.  Going through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  Got a spot for me to play at?  Want to host a house concert? Shoot me an email and let's talk!

 

New Music:  Peterson Entertainment, llc is very excited about bringing Phillip Luna to our catalog of recorded works.  Phillip is a wonderful musician, human being, artist, family man and friend.  And his stuff ROCKS!!!!  And when we talk about Phil Luna, we have to talk about videos - Phil's newest project, The Please Help had a great Heat of the Summer tour.  One of the projects I've been helping Phil with is Roots in the Shadows of San Antonio.  "Roots" is a compilation CD of 13 bands that have been rocking central Texas stage for over 20 years.  Click the link to download your FREE copy.  Great bands on there and we're working on "Roots II"

O.M.N.I is continuing with our mission of making online ear-candy.  The album is still under production, but we did put out a new video this week "At the Military Bass" - check it out here!

Last month we accounced that we signed Garrett T. Capps to a one record development deal. Demos are raging along.  This is powerful, in your face rock and roll.  We're pretty excited for what we're getting here.

The guestbook page on the site is up and running - leave a comment!

 Calendar:  Grab yer techy-doohicky's and make some notes - here's the shows!

Wednesday, August 6, 10pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O
1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210

Friday, August 8, 11pm
River Barons a Dorcal Distillery
2001 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78210

Wednesday, August 13, 10pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O
1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210

Saturday, August 16, 8pm
La Chichada plays a benefit for Eduardo Garza @ Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
600 Hemisphere PlazaWay, San Antonio, TX 78205

Saturday, August 16, 11:45pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ The Raven Hookah Lounge
1255 SW Loop 410 #133, San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, August 20, 10pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O
1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210

Friday, August 22, 10:30am
Solo Sax Sessions @ Morning Side Ministries
1050 Grand Blvd, Boerne, TX 78006

Wednesday, August 27, 10pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O
1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210

Sunday, August 31, 9am
Solo Sax Sessions @ Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market
255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

Wednesday, September 3, 10pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ J & O
1014 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210
 
Friday, September 5, 5pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ Eva's Escape
307 Beauregard Street, San Antonio, TX 78204

Saturday, September 6, 9am
Solo Sax Sessions @ The Farmers Market at the Cibolo
33 Herff Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Saturday, September 6, 2pm
Solo Sax Sessions @ Kerrville Hills Winery
3600 Fredericksburg Road, Kerrville, TX 

 
 
 
 
 
 

This has not been a good stretch of time.  Totally getting the shaft these days.  Fortunately, I know it won't last but daaaaaamn this is no fun.  Music stuff taking a hit, domestic stuff taking a hit - thank God for my good wife (whose actually been out of town) that keeps me grounded.  rather than take the opportunity to push things whilst I have an open schedule, I opted to stay home and lick my wounds.  Of course, since my stove crapped out it wasn't exactly comforting myself with hot foods - or coffee.  My home warranty company has yet to deliver a repairman to get that fixed.  Can't say I'm thrilled about that.  Nothing like not having a have stove for 4 days.  We'll see what happens come Monday, but I'm guessing a big, fat nothing.  Went to a union meeting and to see what was going on with Local 23.  Nothing but a bunch of white dinosaurs too dumb to know they were already extinct.  I don't get it, it you're in San Antonio and there's nothing but white people in the room, you're in the wrong room.  Don't mistake me, I don't give two shits about racial anything - but San Antonio is a Mexican town.  If you don't have some (and it really should be a majority of) Mexicans in the room, you don't have an adequate representation of population.  And, once again, with the possible exception of one female, I was the yougest in the room by at least a decade and I'm over 40.  For those of you who think of things like "future" and "sustainability" and "growth" this is why I used the word dinosaur. Over and done.  So futile, it's not worth talking about.

At least I got a tiny project done around the house and put some videos and booked some tour gigs.  The Please Help is done with their Florida tour and high-tailing it for it home with one cancelled gig and they fell short of the fundraising goal - but I think we can still pull everything off from what we pulled in.  Still need to debrief with Phil after he gets back. 

I am thinking I want to keep the label focused on dead copyright.  Far less headache and I have full power to do what's needed. That does make it faster, easier and more profitable.  

It's safe to say my honeymoon with San Antonio is officially over.  Probably for the best. I need to strap it on and get down to some serious business instead of fiddle-farting around.  Not to say I haven't been productive, but I'm a little demoralized and that's quite a statement coming from me.  It's times like these when I treasure the best thing in my life and it sure as shit ain't music.  I pick my lovely wife up from the airport tonight, it'll be good to have her home.  I need my partner.  Usually I enjoy the time apart, but it's been so many ass-kickings in such a short period of time that I've barely been drinking and just going to bed early trying to get up and get it done the next day. I keep going by force of habit and that fact that I'm just not one to give in.  I was having a conversation with a great looper, James Sidlo, before our gig the other night.  He said I must get a lot of fulfillment out of doing music full time and putting on my festivals.  I told him, if I did for that I would have killed myself from a broken heart a long time ago.  I get zero fulfillment from this.  Ups and downs.  When you work for yourself, especially in the arts, the ups and downs are very extreme. Unlike a day job, money follows those ups and downs.  You can have a bad week at work and you're still getting a paycheck.  I have a couple of bad weeks and it's not just my mental state that suffers.  It's my bank account, my future, all of my work.  Fortunately, I've been doing this long enough to know I'll get through it.  That's why I've been going to bed early, trying to rush the cycle along.  Things will pick up when my sweetie gets here.  She'll have a shitload of things for me to do and get my up and going and she'll be there to help me.  Looking forward to having her pull me outta this. 

 

Can't believe it's been almost a month since a blog entry...you'd think carving a few minutes out here or there would be pretty doable.  Anyway...projects are having some small success.  Roots is getting picked up here and there for some airplay - pretty stoked about that. Got a another 3 videos up including One Eighty Six Ninety One: The Money  by O.M.N.I.  which is a huge amount of fun.  Got a few shows, been hitting things hard in the office for my artists and doing some late nights.   Sadly, the neighborhood has had a bad week.  Lots of cops and emergency vehicles this week. I guess they have been saving it all up for the past couple of months and are dumping it out in a short time period.  That crap really needs to stop. 

I'm still not used to my wife's new work schedule.  She gets up waaaay to early now.  I had a usual night - after 1am before coming to bed.  My cat normally wakes me up by pouncing on my feet and belly because he thinks 6am is playtime in the bed.  After that subsided, I hear my sweetie getting ready to go and out the door she goes.  I doze off and wake up thinking man I should really get up, the day is slipping away, there's a bunch to do, I so tired from this week, I have to pee... I get up, get cleaned up, go grab my coffee and look at the time, it's 8:03am.  I was thinking it was about 10:30.  Suffice to say, I'm all caught up for today and going to do some "extras" and get ahead a little bit.  That's always awesome.

 

Really been grinding things out.  Not a lot of "productive activity" per say, but a ton of tinkering behind the scenes, pulling deals together, keeping things rolling.  Starting to get the feeling of anxiety in the gut.  Things are a bit stuck for the moment. Two big wheels to make another turn tonight and will have a handful of things off my plate by tomorrow.  Definitely in a personal creative rut for the moment, but I see my path out of it. The next week is going to be very busy.  Much to do.

Things move slow in San Antonio.  It's part of the charm of living here.  It's also a little frustrating at times.  But patience and politeness pay off.  Had a nice double on Sat.  Played a great winery in the afternoon - yummy vino, decent paycheck and good tips followed by a meeting with one of my artists and then a last minute gig with the River Barons.  Felt like the old days!   Made some money, played a ton of music, had a great time.  Loving it.  Sunday is a day of rest with the wife and the Spurs tonight!  Go Spurs!

So last night we had a party.  When I say we I mean Phil and Jason put together a compilation record to promote the rock scene in San Antonio.  Phil and I are pretty thick in biz together so this was folded in and my label is providing promotion support.  Phil and I grabbed some gear, a keg of beer and literally set-the-stage. Most of the bands showed up, lots of fans showed up.  Keg was drained early.  Met some very cool people.  I had a blast!  Let me say it again. I had a blast! Pretty sure everybody else did too.  Raised some money to mail out the CD and gave away many copies.  This was a very cool event. Woke up with a smile on my face. 

 

 

Busy, busy, busy...aka Kurt Vonnegut.  I do like to keep busy.  Although I have found myself not packing my every moment with work.  Which is nice.  My wife said to me last night, this is the most I have ever been around you in our relationship.  (We've been together 15 years).  Fortunately, she seems to be enjoying me.  I certainly am enjoying her. 

She doesn't want any part of the public side of my life, but this is my blog and I get to write whatever I want.  Don't like? Don't read it.  What I do find odd is that y'all are actually reading it.  This is my most dynamic page on my site as the content comes stream-of-conscious from my brain to my fingers and I try to do it often.  Although I seem to fail in doing it "often."   I often have great days and sometimes not so great days and I have these (I think) wonderful, relevant things that I want to blog about it.  But, two weeks later when I finally have a moment those moments are barely remembered and seem like a lifetime ago.  And so much of my social media is all biz, I want this to be personally revealing about me.

Here's a few things.  For the past 5 or 6 years I've been doing push-ups three times a week as my "work-out."  It's the perfect exercise.  Keeps your arms, back and stomach strong.  I do it so I don't hurt myself moving gear and so I can do all the manual labor I have to do to fix my house and get my yard work done.  Got it up to 4 sets of 80 per work-out. And then last fall, just before my big loopfest tour, I hurt my shoulder in a weird way that bothered my nexk and back.  Had to stop playing disc golf, had to stop the push-ups.  Of course, strapping a sax to my neck 2 to 3 times a day and living in a van for 2.5 months isn't exactly quality healing time.  Got home pretty messed up.  Spent about a week on my back.  Didn't do anymore than I had to for a month (and that was quite a bit - something like 140 videos editing and posted in that time).  But the house needed stuff done and I put it off as long as possible. But...when you go crawling under a house and fixing stuff at weird angles, un-healed injuries get re-injured.   Right about the time I'm ready to gt back on it, bam - broke a finger, then I tweaked my neck and then I realized I'm just getting older and that crap just hurts now. So after 6 months off, I'm back on the work-outs.  Got it up to 4 sets of 65 already.  I feel better. Posture is better.  Still not raring to go, but I have gotten back on the proverbial horse.

And speaking of proverbial horses - I also joined a band.  The River Barons - we're new group.  Cool guys, fun and loud blues/rock.  I think we're going to do okay.  I've also been doing a little subbing in a zydeco band.  This is fun and I love it.  I'm messing around doing other stuff here and there, but it's mostly loop station stuff outside of that. 

My days of composing have slowed considerably.  I'm doing a lot of collaborating.  Zach, Phil, Brant are my main partners in this endeavor. But I'm always looking for more.    Got about 10 new videos up. Just plugging away doing what I do.  LoopFests are humming.  Label is making all kinds of new inroads although the tasks to get done are always daunting.  And of course there's dealing with the "talent."  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't know how some people eat.  Words are one thing, actions are everything.  How often the words and action are in contradiction in the music biz.  It's unprofessional.  It's not good art.  It's not good people skills.  It's not good.  That's not to say I've been a perfect saint or done everything right or well.  But it ain't my first time on the horse.  Nor my last.  Some people just don't get it and they never will.  Some people embrace it and it changes everything in their life.  Some people take what they can get from it.  Some people try. Some people want it but just can't do it or they need a lot of help.   The thing is, there's no one way to do it.  But that doesn't mean right and wrong doesn't exist. 

One of my brothers spent a good portion of his career as a church music minister.  Now if you think the regular music biz is shitty, get into church music.  WOW...it's a whole 'nother level.  I have never seen people get treated so badly.  It kind of makes sense.  Most of the people that hire and fire church musicians are volunteers. And they do things for the "great good" of the church.  But it's way it's done.  And it's generally not done well.  I've seen it at the churches I've gone to.  I've heard stories from other musicians about it.  It's still a professional environment.  They folks should still be treated professionally.  Just because you volunteer on a board doesn't mean you get to crap on the staff.  I'm assuming if you're on the board, you have a job or had a job and it probably was a job where people skills matter.  What am I blithering on about?  I've always wanted to play in the church.  I've done a stint here and there, but would still love to be in "Christian" band getting down with God.  I have realized that this is an area of my life that will probably remained unfulfilled.   I joined an online community to network about church music jobs or band openings.  I'd even do it for free.  All my previous church bands were volunteer.  I don't do THAT for money. (of course some pay would be nice...) Had a contact to do some services out of town, when I was in the area.  Went back and forth and then got a really passive-aggressive message from the "dude" that ended with. "Blah, blah, blah...but whatever. God Bless." I've got a pretty thick skin.  I've got a pretty big ego. So big it's almost invincible from being slighted.  But "dude" hit my button.  He could have been an ass the whole time and I really wouldn't care.  The "...but whatever" thing is a hipster go fuck yourself if I've ever heard one.  Not a fan of that.  If you're going to end anything with "...but whatever" why say anything at all?  Clearly the point was to insult with no response.  A chicken-shit move. And the "God Bless."  Not "God Bless You."  Just a simple look how pious I am. That phrase is often used as an I can dump on you and wash it away; because if you say anything after I said "God Bless" you are the child of the devil.  All I can say about it this.  I see why that "dude" is constantly looking for players.  It's because they won't put up with getting crapped on.  The odd thing is all I said was, I can't come up 80 miles (one-way) for a free show.  I can play if I have a gig in the area on the same day.  I didn't even get a "okay dude, let me know when you're around and I'll if I can squeeze you in somehow."   It was at the moment I realized I'm never going to play in a church.  Not because I don't want to.  It's because it's hateful.  And that is shameful. Stole my joy away. 

A couple months after that and I get the same kind of crap from another real "duder."  And it was about a blog post.  Seriously?  Yep. Seriously.  Stupid stuff.  Wanna know the worst part?  This ain't the first time "duder" pulled that with me.  I might not say things the best. I might not be that sensitive to your issues.  But my actions speak for me. What I do says it all.  I can think of one person where I handled things very badly.  Not to say what I did was wrong, but how I did it was wrong.  I lost a friend when I fired that band mate.  A man who I respected and enjoyed lost all respect for me and I deserved that.  He and I did meet and talk about it after.  But the damage was done.  There was no repairing it.  I think about that a lot.  I have never done that since. I felt like it cost me a little piece of my soul.  Not this last time.   My problem here is I can't believe how mad I still am.  I don't want to be mad.  I don't want to be hung up on this.  It's not worth it.  That's not the kind of man I am.  I keep hoping for it to fade, but when it pops up in my brain my heart goes dark.  I don't like that.  That's not me. 

What do I do? Take a deep breath, shake my head, scold myself for being shallow and move on to something productive. I try and make sure I don't get mixed up with people like that again.  I'm not worried about protecting myself.  The biz is like love.  You have to be willing to get crushed to make it work.  Otherwise you've lost before you've even started.  Now that I've put this down I can say that I do appreciate all of the cool musicians I get to work with.  And since moving to Texas...let me say the quality of people (generally) I'm meeting is way up.  It's been a real pleasure.  That's probably why I was all hot to get back into a band.  I want to play music with guys that are fun to play music with.

Back to the grind.  Lots to do. 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm getting pretty excited about the LoopFests.  San Antonio has taken a huge leap to the front of the pack.  I haven't signed the contract yet, but Luminaria is pulling the San Antonio LoopFest into their festival.  How does this change things? 300,000 people come to Luminaria.  It's a multi-million dollar event.  Promotion.  Serious promotion.  I have a budget. I have sound, stage, hotels, all of that.  I've got a fantastic line-up and I'm not even done confirming artists yet.  The NW is packed is awesome.  The S.A. and Austin are looking awesome.  SoCal is a bit neglected, but Y2K14 should fill that out.  It's crazy.  It's awesome.

Might have finally found a band to join in S.A. as well.  Starting to turn my attention back to my own career for a change as well.  Been pulled a ton of directions building the label up and some things have some traction.  But I need to make some money.  That means me playing gigs.  Been a weird few months....  Crazy ride.

Well...it finally happened.  Had to my put kitty down.  Tabetha was about 16 and hadn't been eating for weeks.  So my wife and finally took her in to the vet to euthanize her.  Poor little fuzzy-head.   But she was suffering and not very mobile so it was an entirely sad affair. 

And now it means my Bucho gets the run of the house.  I don't know if he has realized that Tabetha is gone. I think he'll figure it out pretty quick though.  Especially tonight we he gets to start sleeping with us.  Although that's going to take some adjustment.  He likes to attack your feet in the middle of the night and pounce on your belly early in the morning.  And when I saw your I mean mine.  What a cute little booger. 

Goodbye Tabetha, you were a cutie and will be missed.  Thank you for being such an important part of our life.  Meooow!

If you've been watching my FD posts and reading the blogs, it's pretty obvious that things are going pretty awesome.  Of course, there are some bumps in the road.  It's not all fun and games and it is a lot of hard work.  But some of it you need to get a little dirty first before you can make some decisions.

I've got project that I dip my finger into on occasion for a variety of reasons.  Just to help "get out" on the scene.  Some are just to meet people, some are for fun, some are push myself.  But there comes a time when the music just doesn't resonate with me and it's time to move.  That's not to say it's bad or anything like that. it just isn't for me.   I'm beginning to hit that here and there.

There's also long-term relationships.  Sometimes they just are played out.  Nothing more to get out it.  The friendship has long been over. There aren't pulling their weight on the partnership side.  The workload, time and compensation are so far out of balance that it causes resentment.   And then there's the petty stuff...ick. I'm done.  The lack of respect, the lack of help, the lack of partnership, the entitlement, the immaturity, the stupidity.  I should have walked away sooner.  But I didn't.  I didn't get burned but I get crapped on pretty hard for the last couple of years.  I'm done.  I can't work with some people.  I know this.  It's okay.  But for this one special case, I'm done and it's not okay.  Time to walk away.  Past time.  Ugh... 

Fortunately, I'm not letting that ruin my day nor did I let it ruin my weekend.  I've got so many other things are taking off. Things that are positive experiences. Things that I enjoy and partners who are working hard.  Lots to do, lots to learn.  This is part of the process too.  I handled myself pretty well through the hard parts and really got some great things out of some tough situations.  Time to move on.  Happy Monday everybody - git 'er dun!

Today was one of those days...for the past seven weeks I've been tore up.  Let me tell you why.  For starters, this is all LoopFest stuff.  I run a few in several cities.  They are a tremendous amount of work.  The joy of doing them and watching them literally makes my heart strong and my spirit fierce.  They power me like Jesus powers me.  I'm not one of those guys that likes to be "public" about my faith.  But I'm also not a pussy and I don't take kindly to being crapped on about it either.  Fair warning has been given.  What I find humbling about it is when good things happen.  I thank God for it. I thank God for the people I met that got me there. I thank God for putting me in the places I needed to be.  Today was a humbling day.  The San Antonio LoopFest was picked up by Luminaria.  This means I get to pay performers.  I can give some travel support.  I have an entire organization that has infrastructure, advertising, promotion and tech support that is now sponsoring this Festival.  I have loopers coming in from the region, from out-of-state and from other countries.  It's going to be amazing.  And I say God is good.  All the time.  Even when I put this event on with no support and the bands came and played I said God is good. All the time. 

Now it's outside sponsorship time for ALL the loopfests.  It's a beautiful time for me right now.  I've never been more at the top of my game.  My life is good, my wife is good, and I know it's not all me.  It's a host of people I've met, friends of friends, other players, fans, music and culture lovers, my family, my friends (My A-One SUPERFANS!!!) civic organizations, festivals, businesses... the first rule of the music biz.  There's no such thing as a self-made man.  Think about it.  Superstars are superstars because of the millions of people that support them.    I'm so grateful for all of you who have given to me.  You buy my records, you come to my shows, you play my gigs, you play on my recordings, you support my efforts, you contribute to my causes, you support the artists on my shows and my label, you watch my videos, read my posts let me crash at your pads and care about what I am doing.  I am nothing without you. And without God's blessing none of this bears fruit.  Thank you.  Today is a great day. And it's a great day because you think what I'm doing matters.  Awesome.

 

The hot weather is finally here.  Had our first 100 degree day yesterday.  Still feels good to me.    Been going pretty hard on things for quite some time so I eased off last week.  Put things in slow gear, spent some extra time with the wife, even took a day off for napping and movies and cocktails.  Then I went to bed early.  Good times. 

But all things must come to an end... back on it today.  Hitting the yard work pretty good. Got some cypress mulch on the shrubs, expanding my grass patches (trying to...), got most of my rock/dirt pile gone got a few things in the garden.  Ready to button up my water tanks.   Getting going on the house as well.  Got the mesh up for stuccoing the skirting.  Starting to dig out some spots for concrete.  I do have some other repairs on one wall that need to be done, but I gotta see what the wife wants to do about it.  Need to fix the plumbing so I can get my tank going.  Already have a plan for that.  Going to start fixing the shop outer wall and get the roof properly sealed up. 

Lots going on the music stuff that's starting to chew me up a little.... still waiting on the city for loopfest/luminaria.  Not happy about the delay.  But it would be nice to have that support.  If not, I have another offer to make the event bigger by partnering with a posterfest.  That doesn't suck at all.  Too many things to fret about...and I need to start booking myself some shows. Back to it...

 

Wow...all caught up.  Getting ahead.  Trying to get back to playing, writing and making some music.  That's not to say I'm neglecting my artists and videos.  Got another 10 videos or so up this week. And very busy with my acts. Having a good time though.  Took the "day" day yesterday and gig some house work.  Cleaned out my water tanks which seem to be functioning perfectly.  Busted out some concrete steps, replaced some rotten wood steps, did some car maintenance.  All good things.  Good my kitty on my lap and working on videos right now.  Waiting for them to convert and upload.  Two more and it's yard work and practice time.  Got a little guitar practice in for the first time in weeks as well.  That's all new and strange to me still.  Wait, wait wait....these little machines have to do their work.

Waiting for emails and phone calls to be returned.  Waiting to hear back if gigs are going to happen.  Waiting to hear if San Antonio if bringing my LoopFest into Luminaria.   That last one is enough to give me an ulcer.  Waiting to see how many radio stations are going to spin Emmett's new CD.  So much....yikes.

I put everything I got into this stuff.  But there are many wheels to turn and they all move at their own pace.  In the meantime, I grab another project and get going instead of treading water.  Got a lot of waiting that's tearing me up a little on the inside though.  Back to it!!!

You know - I really wanted to be making entries more often.  But there's been so much going on I haven't had the time to write it.  The website is ever expanding.  New pages for artists, more content, updated content.  Loopfest's are coming along. Austin loopfest is booked at The Brass House, which I'm stoked for.  Great venue.  Totally thrilled to have it.  Booking a couple more acts for the loopfests in San Antonio and Austin.  I should be hearing from the city this week if San Antonio is going to bring my loopfest into Luminaria.  Crossing my fingers for that one.  Got Emmett's CD "Them Poetry Blues" in the mail to 90 stations around the U.S. and 10 magazines.  Signed a new band - Villela, pretty hot stuff.  Been getting a bunch of video shot and posted on my youtube channel and website, doing some shows, jamming with some bands.  Staying on top of everything really.  All my "hot item" projects are complete and now it's time to get back to the grind of getting everything even better.  Pretty happy, pretty tried.  Loving it all.

 

Wow...what a month.  Crazy busy.  Got a ton of new video up, projects are rolling along, time is slipping away, trying to book gigs, tours, promote records, videos, put on concerts, loopfests... yowza!

All kinds of good things happening though.  Heading to Ohio in a couple of days, really feeling the pinch of booking right now.  Spring is here and that means there's a bunch of house repairs and yard work to do.  Got my sax fixed, in the middle of getting a crown on my tooth - that's no fun.  :(  Working with my artists pretty heavy of late and need to get back to me!  All kinds of things I want to blab about, but I want to wait for official confirmation before I say anything.  So much to be excited about, so much to be nervous about, so much to do...my head is spinning.  Time for a little break and back to it!!

I can't believe it's been a month since my last post...so much has happened. 

Just got back from Portland.  Jim Miller's memorial service.  A tough and emotional day.  What a great man.  I don't have the words to really sum it all up.  Quite a lovely outpouring from his friends. 

Since this wasn't a performing trip, I got a ton of visits in.  Literally stacked back to back.  Old friends, music compatriots, band-mates, neighbors, all of it.  What a beautiful visit.  I know some really cool folks.  I enjoyed them all.  What a great time.  I wish I had more time to see them all.  So much success, so much adventure.  Their lives are all full.  I was more than a little worked up emotionally so there was some extra sweetness in it for me.  Back home so soon and out on the road again in a week to Ohio for the 17th Annual Pro Music Festival at Tiffin University. 

I'll try and get some recaps of other things in the next week.  Got a ton of projects finished and should be able to actually do it!

Until then - RIP Jim.  You are missed.

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