I don’t often post pics from friends’ FaceBook posts, but this is one time I couldn’t resist. Congrats to Sami Jo Lien and Bradley Weaver who went and got themselves legally married this weekend …and as usual for such celebrities, they managed to avoid the press by keeping it all a secret outside of family and close friends. Bradley is 1/5 of Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, and Sami Jo is Senior Publicist at JKSCommunications according to her FB page.
In the meantime, Mrs Goat and I celebrated our anniversary (on the same day you guys?? Really?? Does this mean a joint anniversary party next year?) Congrats you two from Mr & Mrs Goat.
Local blues guitarist/vocalist James Speiser recently had a bike accident that required his elbow be replaced and a plate inserted into his wrist. James is a full time working musician. Like many in our scene he doesn’t have sufficient insurance to cover a situation like this. In a FB post from James this weekend he says, “With $92,000 in hospital bills and out of work, I have to thank MusiCares for helping me with some expenses and my surgeons cost. I have to thank David Booker and the Colorado Blues Society for hosting a benefit to help me. Denver has an amazing blues and music community and we really help each other out. I am very grateful.”
“The MusiCares Foundation, Inc., was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation’s programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.” – wikipedia
On Oct 21, 2013, Musicare announced the establishment of the MusiCares Colorado Relief Fund in an effort to provide support to members of the music community affected by the September floods in Colorado. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacements; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. (http://www.grammy.org/news/musicares-establishes-colorado-flood-relief-fund)
Not to be outdone or overlooked, the Colorado Blues Society is a Colorado 501C3 non-profit with a mission to “increase awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).” Although their primary function is education, the organization is also very active in relief efforts for local causes, and has been known to help out as they can when local blues artists are in need.
The Colorado Blues Society is hosting a benefit for James at Herman’s Hideaway on Nov 22. At the present time, it looks like the lineup will include Steve Crenshaw, David Booker, Delta Sonics, Chris Cheslin, Armando Lopez and maybe John Long, and will include special guest appearances by Pattie Melt and others. There may also be a silent instrument auction.
Speaking of blues, this weekend marks the closure of one of Colorado’s most loved, respected, and venerated blues establishments – Blues & Greens at The Boulder Outlook Hotel. Mrs Goat, Goat-boy, and I stopped by to say hi to old friends celebrating the end of an era. Here’s a snapshot of the day …
This is the week I pull spins data from around the state for the next NEWS NOTES & SPINS column due out NOV 1. It’s also the week I cut and edit the next Offstage …Beyond the Music, with November’s featured artist, Reed Foehl. Thanks to Richie Furay for being October’s featured artist. What a thrill.
It’s a very busy week in the goat den. This is also the final month for submissions for BEST OF consideration for 2014. Any new releases from October on are considered 2015 releases.
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Video Pick of the Week
PLAYLIST S8|EP41 2014
(D) debuted lp, ep, or single
(N) new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1993)
The Simpletones “Tattooed Angels” from Squiggly (1996)
The Seers “Deaf In June” from Cellophane Eyes (2014)
Lion Drome “Winter” from Curve of the Earth (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy “Forgive Me” from Love Songs (2014)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger (2013)
Jami Lunde “Some Place Tonight” from Big Black Birds (2011)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Beliefs” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Monroe Monroe “Engines Will Come” from Engines Will Come (2011)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)
Zephyr “Mad Dog” from Heartbeat (1982)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014)
You Me and Apollo “Ghosts” from Sweet Honey (2014)
Euforquestra “Take Me Dancing” from Fire (2014)
Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014)
FaceMan “Tackle Me Down” from Talk Talk Talk (2013)
Poco “A Good Feeling to Know” from The Essential Poco (2005)
Richie Furay “Hand In Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014)
(N) Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Analog Son “The Game” from Analog Son (2014)