Lake County Music Guide – 11.28.23

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news… The good news is – there’s so few live music events to report I might get done writing this guide in time to make it out to the Blue Wing’s Monday Blues to see the Loralee Christensen Band play, (I always write this on Monday). Woohoo! The bad news is – there’s not much going on this week in regard to live music. Boo! Oh, well, guess we better make hay while the sun still shines, so to speak… Here’s the live music report for the week of 11/28 through 12/4…

Lake County Music Guide – 11.22.23

Got your turkey thawed out yet? It’s that time again. What can I say about Thanksgiving that I haven’t said before?… Well, on Thanksgiving Day, it’s gonna be all about turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, cranberries, string beans, dinner rolls, tons of snacks and pumpkin pie. Friday, it’s leftover turkey, mashers, stuffing, yams etc. Then from Saturday on it’s turkey parmesan, turkey crepes, turkey sandwiches, turkey a La king, turkey casserole, turkey enchiladas, turkey crunch wrap, turkey tetrazzini, turkey and stuffing meatballs, turkey eggrolls, turkey tacos and of course, the leftover skeleton makes a great turkey soup. By the time all the turkey and other foods are gone, it’s time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Rohatsu, New Year’s Day and Solstice, plus a host of other celebrations and parties where gorging is a part of the event. It’s enough to make one cry on New Years Day, “TGIJ!” (thank goodness it’s January…). Well, there are gonna be some music events happening this weekend that are just waiting to make you wanna dance in both preparation and reparations, well, you know… Here’s the live music guide for the week of 11/21 through 11/27…

Lake County Music Guide – 11.14.23

Right now, I’m nursing myself back to better. Friday night, when I finished playing a gig, I was walking down the stairs, missed a step, and accomplished something akin to a triple gainer off the diving board. Fortunately, I landed more on my guitar case than my face. No damage to the case, but I ache from my shoulder to my toes. Chalk it up to a stupid old man incident. Fortunately, no one was there to witness it. Here’s something we can all witness – the live music guide for the week of 11/14 through 11/20…

Lake County Music Guide – 11.7.23

Well, it was a bittersweet weekend for me, closing the books on two of my bands, Dr Groove and the 1st Sunday Open Jam. Bittersweet only because it’s always sad to see something come to an end, and sweet because of the turnout at the Sunday Jam. They will both be forever locked in my memories. But these endings serve to bring on new beginnings and other fun things to come. No, folks, I’m not hanging up my guitars, just the opposite – I’m preparing for something even more exciting. Stay tuned… In the meantime, there’ll still be many live music opportunities here in The LC for the week of 11/7 through 11/13. Check it out!…

Lake County Music Guide – 10.31.23

I just read how there are quite a few slang words many of us Boomers and Millennials still use that have become so outdated it’s embarrassing to some to just hear them used. Words like; groovy, rad, fo shizzle, tubular, cowabunga, righteous, bitchin, bogus, cool beans, word and psyche. Bummer, Dude, that eliminates most of my vocabulary… Slang is for the most part a regional expression and much of it is embedded in the lexicon associated with certain eras. Well, maybe I’m just getting senile, but I stand by the slang words I grew up with. Who’s with me?!?… Um…, okay, here’s the live music guide for the week of 10/31 through 11/6…

“The Only Smoke They Should be Exposed to” – Prizewinning Essay by Alani Ethelbah

They hadn’t come home in a long time. That’s why the elders are mad. The roundhouse is a sacred place for our people. It’s where we go to bring in the new year, to give the newborn babies their native names, to celebrate our strawberry festival. It’s where we go to heal and connect with our culture and pay respect to our traditions. Yet there are people who turn their backs to it all. People who never come home. The elders are mad. They say that these people have lost their way. That they are poisoned. No good.

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