Monday, March 9, 2015

Empress Ramble Recap, Sam Andrew Celebration of Life : March 22, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to join in on the fun at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo last Wednesday. We had fun and I managed to squeak out a set of tunes despite this nasty head/chest cold that seems to have me and so many of my friends and neighbors feel as if we're hacking up half a lung for most of the day. 

Don Bassey dragged himself out of a sick bed (he's been fighting pneumonia) to play bass on a couple of tunes and MC the evening, despite the fact that he hired Steve Ehrmann (Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Rancho All Stars, many others) to fill for him. 

Artista sister Yana Negri/Hippie Uprising took video of a few tunes. Check them out on her You Tube account. Not my best, but hey, it's real. We need more real in this world. Just my opinion, of course. 

Next Appearance: Sam Andrew Celebration of Life : March 22, 2015

I'm honored to join this lineup of excellent players to pay tribute to our friend Sam Andrew, a pioneer of the psychedelic San Francisco sound; a true Renaissance man who left this earth on February 12, 2015. 

Dinner and show tickets are already sold out, but General admission tickets are still available as of this posting

Sam's Stars lineup: 

Peter Albin (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Stefani Keys (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Nick Gravenites (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Kristina Kopriva-Rehling (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
David Aguilar (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Mari Mack (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Snooky Flowers (Kozmic Blues Band)
Kurt Huget (Sam Andrew Band)
Bill Laymon (Sam Andrew Band)
Barry “The Fish” Melton (Country Joe & The Fish)
Banana (The Youngbloods)
Roy Blumenfeld (The Blues Project)
Linda & David Laflamme (It’s A Beautiful Day)
Peter Lewis (Moby Grape)
Brad Jenkins (Lester Chambers)

Big Brother and the Holding Company will follow Sam's Stars. 

--- MMT

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