The new Bobby McGee's - Tuesday night, 01/12/2010
Hello friends. Sunday afternoon. And it's time for my weekly self-ordained responsibility, which is to convince you of the cultural benefits that will wash over your spirit upon a visit to the New Bobby McGee's. You're certainly invited to the other venues that I'm fortunate enough to be playing at, but for the most part those venues are well established and in less need of your sponsorship. Wegman's isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But the New Bobby McGee's (we'll drop the "New" if we survive this) is New in every sense, save for our Tuesday night offering. With the new location comes a new financial responsibility for the owner - about double if you want to know. And though we retain the name of the restaurant and our aforementioned Tuesday night jazz experiment (sans the curious lighting), we're still new to the location, and the growing pains are expensive, extensive, and extremely hypertensive. Basically, I'm appealing to those of you who recognize what we stand to lose should we fail. Bobby McGee's is a business, but what we do musically is not about business. It's about culture and art. It's about community. And it's about leaving the same cultural legacy to those that follow as was left to us by Grover Washington, Elvin Sheppard, Russ Messina, Anne Fadale, Richard Kermode, Al Tinney, Joe Madison, Joe Romano, Gerry Niewood, Lou Marinaccio, Chu Nero, John Licata, Ben Baia, and the many others whose names escape this moment of reflection. We were passed a torch, and we barely knew it. And now it's time. We hope you recognize the import of our mission.
Barbara Jean, vocals Andy Weinzler, saxophone Michael T. Jones, piano Cameron Kayne, bass your host, drum set
So what do we do? We stay true to that mission. We bring in a deserving artist you've never heard of. Pianist Mike Jones told me about Barbara Jean, having recorded her maiden CD, Sweet. Upon hearing it I was utterly charmed. Obviously the musical qualifications are in place - pitch, phrasing, time. And I'm always moved by a direct delivery unencumbered by affectation. But what really knocked me out was that I had never heard most of the tunes on the CD. They were all standards, or so I thought, and they all swung - right out of the Great American Songbook. Then I looked at the composer credits - BarbaraJean! If this girl didn't live in Jamestown she'd be writing tunes and lyrics for LA screen projects. She'll steal your heart with musical stories that touch your very life. So join us. I know, it's winter in Buffalo. But you're not driving from Jamestown. Come out to meet and hear BarbaraJean. Buy a personally signed copy of her charming musical life story. It'll likely stay in your car stereo for months like mine did. The hours are a forgiving 7:00 - 10:00, the acoustics are perfect, and your friends will be there. The New Bobby McGee's, located in the Maple Ridge Plaza, Sweet Home & Maple Roads. Tina, Jyl, Magan, steady Billy & quiet Mike - good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and still a great hang.
Friday, 1/15/2010 at Wegman's Sheridan 6:00 - 8:00
Mondays at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00
1/11/2010 Civiletto & Michaels
1/18/2010 Civiletto & Michaels
1/25/2010 Civiletto & Michaels
Tuesdays at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00
1/19/2010 Randy Stirtzinger
1/26/2010 Bobby Militello
2/16/2010 Clay Jenkins
Thursdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 p.m.
1/14/2010 Blues Society of WNY
1/21/2010 open Pyramid Band rehearsal
1/28/2010 Salsa Dance Lessons with Sarah Hooper & the Latin Jazz Project
Saturdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
1/16 Sophisticated Swing
1/23 Joe Rozler
2/20 Tenor Guitar Madness
75 last week, had he made it...
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.
- Elvis Presley
Have a good year.