|| I hate to see…ah, you know the tune. Well, weren’t
a purty picture, a herd of crusty Cowboppers at 6 am, (and of course,
the splendid PintoPammy). We made it across town just before rush
hour and played with the kids at JFK High School, they were swingin
Night Train, an interesting choice for that time of the morning.
Ron R had em a goin though, we got in some licks, taught them the
Bruze scale—not to be confused with the blues scale—and
jammed til first period ended.
Then we retraced our steps and caught the rest of Illinois’
66, and ambled on foot across the Chain of Rocks Bridge . Then,
an executive decision was made, I headed for the Hill, St. Louis’
famous Italian district—which is chock full of great spots
to eat—and dined like Caesar. Some of the hearty Italo-American
food, deep red sauces that’ll have you playing behind the
beat for a week…yeah! We were almost skunked for a sec, today
being Columbus Day, but there were a few that were serving, so we
lucked out. Might have to go for another round tomorrow, might be
the last last hit before the west coast, I’m gearing up for
some good Bar B Que after that.
Stopped in at Fazio’s a world famous guitar store, they got
it all going, great equipment and a cool education scene too, I’ll
be back, you can bet on it. David might have found a new amp too,
we’ll be testing it out tonight at our concert at JFK, and
it looks like we found a few extras for the show in first period,
I’ll let you know how it turns out.
We made the hit, a small but mighty crowd…mighty small. Was
a whole lot of fun. The band sounded better than ever, fun as usual,
and some new cow bop-a-holics in tow, turned out they were a western
swing band from Lake of the Ozarks, they called themselves Barnyard
Jazz, so, we ain’t the only ones with the idea. We listened
to their CD in the van on the way back to the pad, it was more traditional
western swing than our stuff, but swing was the operative word,
really good, a great steel player. Ron R, the band director from
JFK sat in and burned down a whole bunch of choruses, man the kids
are lucky to have him! And by the way, the kids played Night Train
for an opening act, thanks guys! David digs the amp, it is a little
thing with a big sound…wow! Well, got to go check my eyelids
for leaks, got two workshops and a gig tomorrow…and hopefully,
another meal on the hill. Buona notte!
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