This Saturday's Revolution will feature a bunch of songs that fit into the Halloween theme. Edgar Winter, CCR, Santana, Pink Floyd, Donovan, the Count Five, Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers and the Amboy Dukes are just a few of the Freaks that will be tripping out with us this weekend. This will be no hallucination, unless of course you actually are tripping, then please go ahead. Just stop by with your goody bag and we will fill it up with plenty of treats. Here try the sugar cube..Let's put the freak back into freaky. See you this Saturday for the show..Say You Want A Revolution..7a-10a.
I am happy to see that a segment of our population feels strong enought about the economic unjust in this country to take to the streets. There should have been a lot more of this in the last 10 years, especially as it applies to the useless wars we are mired in. In the 60s it was not uncommon for 100,000 people to march to Washington D.C. and voice their displeasure about the war, or civil rights. Today we have occupy Wall Street. Small in numbers but getting to the root of the crime...Wall Street. I wish them luck and plan to take my money out of the large bank and put it in my local Credit Union. As this conflict plays out, it will become increasingly clear that the powerful will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing , to hang onto the wealth. And they will be more than happy to wage war and kill countless innocents to make a buck. Greed is the real terrorist in this country. So good luck Occupiers of Wall Street. Here I have put together a few songs from the 60s that helped fuel the Revolution back then.
Turn, Turn, Turn. ..written by Pete Seger, I like the Byrds version
Blowing in The Wind...Bob Dylan
The Universal Soldier...Donovan
With God On Our Side...Bob Dylan
Give Peace A Chance...John Lennon
Most of these are anti-war songs, but Wall Street and War have been doing business together for decades. So hum along and Peace Out.
Saturday morning will be here before you know it, so get a few things together for the trip. We'll take off around 7pm and finish up at...oh..who cares..I'm not that much into time..we finish when we finish. This Saturday, October 22nd is Leslie West's b'day. He was that great big fella who played with the band Mountain and had the hit "Mississippi Queen". Leslie has had a tough time of it this year. In June he had much of his right leg amputated from type 2 diabetes. He has been fit with a prothesis so he can still get around. In fact he will joining somthing called the 3 guitar tour. He also has his own album coming out called Unsual Suspects. Tune in this Saturday and he will speak right out loud on the Revolution. I'm also going to feature some tunes off the Beatles Rubber Soul album. Their first big leap into songs that transcend the simple love song. Are you done packing yet..don't forget the incense and peppermint. Join the love-in this Saturday..shower first.
The Sacramento City Council voted this week to name the alleys of the central city grid. The names will be a nod to our city's history and character. City officials hope that someday to have cafes, housing and shops lining some of the corridors. What!?..If you do that can you still call them alleys? To me that's what I call a street. Some of the names being considered include Solons Alley, a nod to our minor league team that onced called Sacrmento home. Tomato Alley, for obvious reasons, and Jazz alley, a reference to the Jazz festival that no longer exist. With all the challenges this city has at the moment, naming the alleys seems to be a littleÂ silly. But then that's what the Sac City Council does, make really dumb decisions. Take it from me, I have lived in the city limits for over 30 years..these people are lost. The guy who's district contains all the alleys in question is Rob Fong, who represents my district. At least that what he claims, I have never ever seen him in my neighborhood, and he won't return a call from his constituents...great, I guess he is too busy hiding in the alley. Well that's my rant for today..gonna sneak back to the alley for some quiet time, before the construction starts.
MondayÂ marked the birthday of Stanley Mouse, one of the original San Francisco poster artists. The poster art was as much part of the concert experience as the show itself. I just wish I had saved all those posters and handbills. Stanley came to California in the late 50s to look up Big Daddy Roth, the father of Weirdo Hot Rod Art. He met Big Daddy and worked with him for a number of years before drifting to San Francisco and hooking up with other artistic freaks. People like Alton Kelley, Rick Griffin, and Victor Moscoso. Together these guys gave a visual sense of the Revolution like nobody else. It was right away perfect for the times and a real souvenier of the San Francisco Freak scene. It wasÂ Stanley MouseÂ who did most of the Grateful Dead album art. The manÂ was responsible for the iconic images to grace the SF underground. Today Mouse lives in Sonoma County where he continues to paint. Eventually his work would travel around the world. It was this kind of creativity that made this period of time, 1966-68, so colorful for us growing up in the Bay Area. Happy birthday Mouse...thanks for the flash.
Join me Saturday 7-10am for "Say You Want A Revolution"..it's a trip.
Well this Saturday kicks off National Popcorn Month, October. Let's pop up some, get on a good case of the munchies and enjoy the show. Say You Want A Revolution will offer you so much tasty music, that you will love pigging out with me. Got a nice set of tunes about motoring through America, put out your thumb. You remember hitch-hiking right? A little Quicksilver, some Commander Cody and a bunch of the Beatles. Now, I am getting hungry. We have a bunch of artists who rocked last weekend's Charity concert in Sonoma, including the Doobie Brothers and Leon Russell. The Stones and the Doors and all the usual suspects will be here for the wake-up call. And here is more good news, Sunday we continue the Revolution as our Sunday Special. From 10am-3pm, even more flashbacking. Better make more popcorn. See you this weekend, right here.
This weekend on "Say You Want A Revolution", we will highlight some of the albums that seem to be in everyone's record collection in the 60's. Even in the early 70's there seem to be a common thread in the music, let's just call it originality, creativity, one of a kind. Included this week will be David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Talk about something different. David gave us Glam Rock, Space Rock, Gender Bending science fiction, all in this one mind blowing record. It's a good start to your Saturday morning. Another favorite of mine is Neil Young's Harvest. A folksinger who is comning into his own as a songwriter and who comes at it as only Neil can. This one is a classic. The Doors debut ranks among the best first efforts by anyband ever, and The Doors, brought us a little closer to the dark side, but with such glee! The Jefferson Airplane gave us Surrealistic Pillow just in time for the Summer of Love. It was the first really big album to come out of the Bay Area's music revolution of the 60s. Of course there will be many other great albums represented this Saturday, including: Disreali Gears, Tommy, Beggars Banquet and Magical Mystery Tour..don't miss a lick this weekend, come to the revolution and join me ..I promise I won't go faster than 331/3 rpms.
The year was 1964...Beatlemania! What an interesting trip to Florida for the Fab Four. On Friday, Sept 9th, on their way to Jacksonville from Montreal, their flight is diverted to Key West Florida..yes, that's right, Margaritaville.
It turns out that Hurrican Dora was heading right for North Florida so somebody decided that the boys should go around the weather, fly to the keys and hang out until further notice. Despite no public announcement of a change in travel plans, hundreds of teenage fans meet The Fab Four. Having lived 10 years on the island of Key West, I can tell you,word travels fast, Jimmy Buffet called it the "Coconut Telegraph". Just word of mouth, but news of the Beatles got around. They stayed in Key West until the 11th, when they are finally able to travel north for thier show in the Gator Bowl. That show had a lot of drama, the Beatles refused to perform because the stadium was segregated...welcome to the South boys. The Beatles visited the Sunshine State, 47 years ago this weekend,Â and they enjoyed the sun, water, the tropical drinks. Now where is my lost shaker of salt?
Toby Covich teaches art at Placer High School, he has for many years.Â The Cafe Rock lunchtime show is played in the class everyday, and his students start their class the same way everyday.."We're hungry!!". 21 years ago, as a class project, Toby's students made a ceramic fishbowl, with a stand and complete with all kinds of fish and fish by-products in the bowl. It was a wonderful piece and has been with me all these years. Now, 25 years later Toby came by with his student Jason Hicks who presented me with a bust of me. It was Jason's senior project. It was done in the style of 'Arneson', the man who did the controversial Mayor Moscone statue in San Francisco. What an honor for me. Not only to be such a big part of this class all these years, but to have it's students be so inspired to make Cafe Rock themed works. Here is a picture of Toby, his student Jason, and myself. Notice the other person in the room. Amazing. The Bob Keller Bust now lives at the Cafe Rock and you'll have to rub his head for good luck next time you come in. Thank-you Toby and Jason. You made my day.
It's a coincidence that we have 2 birthdays on the same day, from the same band, both turning the same age. Happy B'day to Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Greg Elmore and guitarist-singer Gary Duncan..both turn 65 this saturday. Quicksilver was always one of my favorite bands from the SF Ballroom era. The guys in Quicksilver were really an important part of the Haight-Ashbury community. They hung out at 1090 Page Street, along with the Albin Brothers who would form Big Brother. A band called Sopwith Camel also hung out there and it was quite a scene. The Albin Brothers inherited this huge rooming house, originally intended for Irish immigrants. Music jams were held all the time in the spacious basement.Â This houseÂ was, along with the Deads house at 710 Ashbury, ground zero for the communal music lifestyle that would define San Francisco in the mid 60s.
Spirits that left us on this date include Woody Gutherie in 1967. Woody, in my opinion, was the origianl troubador. Spreading his truth with his guitar, riding the rails and brushing up against America. "This Land Is Your Land"..He sang about all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly. No wonder Dylan tried to channel his spirit, and in the end, pulled it off. Woody died of Huntington's chorea at age 52. His son Arlo continues the tradition. Another passing was that of Alan Blind Owl Wilson, co-founder of the band Canned Heat. Drug overdose at the age of 27. What is it about the age 27? Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and a dozen others. Spirits come and Spirits go. Be at the Revolution this weekend. Saturday 7-10am. You'll re-connect with some special spirits from the past.
For those of you who have not visited the Rock and Radio Museumdowntown, you are missing a precious part of Sacramento music history. I visited the museum last 2nd Saturday cause that's when it is open to the general public. It's at 911 20th street, site of the old Crabshaw Corners and Oasis Ballroom. The Museum is just loaded with posters, handbills, LPs, 45s, T-shirts and other bits of music and radio memorabilia that has to be seen to be believed. All of this considerable treasure is beautifully displayed with loving care by the curtator and person who is mostly responsible for it's content, Mr. Dennis Newhall. Dennis has been on the music scene for years and brings his passion and experience to this project. If you remember concerts at the Alhambra, listening to the hits on KROY, and later the cool FM tunes on KZAP, or Earth Radio, if you ever went to a show at the Sound Factory, then you must see this exhibit. I even found a framed poster from my 10th year anniversary party when I worked at KZAP. That was 20 years ago. The above picture is Dennis and I. He has put a lot of work into this labor of love, you should really see a bit of our city's history and thank Dennis when you see him.
It was this week in 1966 that the Beatles called it a day, as far as live concerts anyway. The noise, the hype of Beatlemania, it all became too much. They wrapped up this era of live performing at Candlestick park August 29th 1966.Bob Eubanks of the Newly Wed Game fame, was with the band at the time. He produced a couple of Beatles concerts in So. Cal back in 64 and 65, so he had a relationship with them. Bob was a pretty popular radio D.J. in L.A. at the time. He will share a thought or two on this subject when we convene for the Revolution this Saturday Morning at 7am. Another important Beatle anniversary comes around this weekend ..when we remember the circumstances of the famous "Elvis meets the Beatles" episode in L.A. Elvis was filming that fine piece of cinema known as "Harum Scarum". Jerry Schilling, a memphis D.J. and childhood friend of Elvis' remembers how it really went down, he was in the room. Join me this weekend and we'll flash back together to some of the music and adventures of the 60s. Peace Out.
Well here we are in the middle of August and theWoodstockanniversary has reared it's trippy head again. 42 years ago, on a dairy farm in upstate New York, a few hundred thousand people gathered for something that was much bigger than just a music concert. A way of life was defined, and re-defined that weekend in 1969..August 15th-17th. I think it's important to reflect back once a year on the event that brought us all together to look at each other and say 'FAR OUT MAN'. Fashion comes and goes, Woodstock will always be here. A concept to visit whenever necessary. Reflect on it and remember how lucky we were to have a youth thatÂ included fun, hope, coming alive and changing the world.Â
Another anniversary this weekend marks the Beatles coming to San Francisco for the first time. It was the summer of 1964 and they came to the Cow Palace. Called that because it was originally used for livestock, so it had a certain lovely atmosphere.Â TheÂ country was in a state of Beatlemania and the Bay Area was primed for the show. Of course they sang and no one heard them. The screaming would eventually discourage the band from playing live at all. The last show, as it turns out was inSan Francisco's Candlestick Park. Another crappy venue for music. Oh well. at least we had Rubber Soul and Revolver to help us over the shock of no more Beatles live.
A Happy birthdayÂ toÂ Robert Plant this saturday, 63 and still fully engaged in all forms of music. Join me this Saturday, we'll flashback together. See you on the Revolution.
Hi again, this weekend, Sat. 7-10am., the Revolution will be on the air again. It will radiate the good vibes thatÂ we have become famous for. Some landmarks this weekend include a birthday for the man who actually may be the walrus, Mr. David Crosby. He flips over to 70 years old! And has he been through at least a couple of lifetimes or what. So much has happened to him he actually has written 2 biographies! ..In San Francisco, in the Marina district, a nightclub was starting to become famous. A former pizza parlor on Fillmore street was bought by a couple of musicians. Marty Balin and Paul Kantner started the Matrix and introduced their new band there, The Jefferson Airplane. It was August 13th 1965. On that same day, The Beatles released the "Help" album. Â Another San Francisco musician would be working on stage at Harvard Stadium, just outside Boston. It would be the last concert Janis Joplin would ever give. August 13th 1970. On that same day, in La Jolla California, Stephen Stills would be arrested on possesion charges at a motel where he was staying. Certainly some ups and downs for our friends, but it was all part of the thread of the Revolution. See you this Saturday for more stories and some great music.
The other day I was traveling across the Yolo Causeway, as I have a thousand times before, but this time I was a passenger and my wife Shelly was doing the driving. That left me free to really drink in the beauty of the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area. What a treasure this 16,000 acres is, and how rare that an eco-system can beÂ so fully restored. Thanks to a lot of people, especially congressman Vic Fazio, this wetlands is one of the most beautiful in the country. It's home to 200 specis of birds, reptiles, and all kinds of foraging mammals. Getting lost in the scenery as we were driving along, I felt I was miles away from a big city, let alone traveling on one of the busiest roads in America.Â It took a lot of co-operation from many people to do this project. Starting with Vic Fazio who introduced the bill to protect this land, the Ducks Unlimited people, many water agencies and of course environmental groups. President Clinton dedicated this remarkable area in November 1997. Much of this 25 square mile slice of paradise is open to the public. It's managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. You can reach them, if they answer, by calling 1-530-757-2461. They have organised tours for those who wish to learn about the area.Â We are so lucky to have this preserve right across the street from us. With all the rain this year, it's really lush and the weather is perfect. Experience it.
This Saturday at 7am, the Revolution will start to wake up and come alive. Will you be there? Some of it will be mellow, some of it will rock you, some of it will take you inside to where the mystic part of you lives. At the end of it all, you will feel re-born and exhuberant. What other show can offer that eh? It's a lot to take in. Dylan will start the show, spitting the truth and painting his pictures. Eric Clapton will team up with his old Delaney and Bonnie and friends, to give you some slashing blues that will make you shout "YES". The late Graham Parsons will show off with is band the Flying Burrito Brothers, Canned Heat will show us how to get along. The Stones will do some very early material from their album "England's Newest Hitmakers"...and now here we are 50 years later. Gee time flies when your semi-conscious. Joe Cocker will wail from his first album, Leon Russell will do a highwire act and Graham Nash will sing about a tough time in the Revolution..Let's all get together this Saturday. We'll have plenty of that brown rice you
This week a couple of concerts come to mind. It was 40 years ago at Madison Square Garden that George Harrison hosted the very first all star rock show for charity. It was the Concert For Bangladesh and it happened August lst 1971. To celebrate and remember this huge event 40 years ago, The concert will stream for free at The Concert for Bangladesh. Com. You can catch it sometime this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. It features Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Badfinger, Ringo Starr and Ravi Shankar, and of course George.
The other big concert anniversary is that of The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, at the Watkins Glen Raceway in New York State. It has the distinction of holding the Guinness record for largest attendance at a pop festival. The number was estimated at 600,000. Bigger than Woodstock by about 150 thousand. Even more amazing, there were only 3 bands on the bill. The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. The generalÂ opinion was that the performances were a little less than ideal. And the big jam at the end of the show sounded horrible due to the different drug and alcohol intake. The Dead were tripping, The Allman's were coked out and The Band was drunk. Well that about covers it I guess. At the end of the day, everybody went home happy and inebriated. Watkins Glen, happened 38 years ago this week, The Concert for Bangladesh, 40 years ago...Â Were you at either one of them?
Lots to talk about this Saturday when we harken back to the days of incense and peppermint, and a few other herbs and potions. Steppenwolf's song The Pusher was an interesting social conflict. Yes he is the pusher and he is after your soul, on the other hand, he was the man WITH THE CANDY!!. In my circle of friends, he wasn't call a "pusher" cause no one was getting pushed into anything. He was however the "Dealer man"..and he brought the "stuff man". So if he is a Pusher then that's bad I suppose, if he is the Dealer man, well then let him in and get him a cold drink. We'll also peek into the darker drug, morphine. A good drug to have on the battlefield for wounded soldiers, not such a great drug for tripping out and having a good time. John Lennon had his share of drugs, some pretty hard stuff from time to time. He kicked them Cold Turkey with the help of something called Primal Therapy. By the end of the song he is CURED!...Pusher man, Sister Morphine and Cold Turkey...songs from the altered state of mind. We'll get them all this Saturday. Another big milestone is the 40th anniversary of Rock's first benefit concert...The Concert For Bangledesh. George Harrison put it on with some help from is friends, like Ringo, Leon Russel, Billy Preston and Eric Clapton. It was held at Madison Square Garden on August 1st, 1971. It raised a little over a quarter of a million dollars, most of which seemed to dissapear. John Lennon was invited to come an play, only if Yoko stayed at home. Needless to say John didn't show up. Paul said he couldn't see getting together to play since they just broke up..what's the sense?. The concert became an album and a movie. Dylan even showed up and played, only to dissapear for the next 3 years.
Â We'll also have a rare track,Â from a young Grace Slick and The Great Society, produced by Sly Stone.Â A bit of SF music history from the beginning of the local folk-rock scene. All this and free vibes of the good variety..see you this Saturday.
Bron-Yr-Aur is a little 18th century cottage in Wales. It’s important because some very important music was conceived within it’s walls. The cottage was used by the family of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant during the1950s as a holiday home. In 1970 Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page spent time there after a long and grueling concert tour of North America. Though the cottage had no running water or electricity, they used it as a retreat to write and record the songs that would appear on Led Zeppelin III. It was just what the boys needed, a working at their own pace kind of time-out. According to Jimmy Page “It was the first time I really came to know Robert. Actually living together at Bron-Yr-Aur as opposed to occupying nearby hotel rooms. The songs took us into areas that changed the band, and it established a standard of inspiration..which is the best thing a muscian can do”. It was a very creative time for the band. This Saturday, get to the Revolution early and you’ll catch a whole bunch of Zeppelin and the music that would become Led Zeppelin III. Another album we’ll jump into is “The White Album” from the Beatles. Plan on being there with me. This Saturday 7-10am for Say You Want A Revolution..the Eagle’s flashback to the 60s.
Ringo Starr turned 71 this week. Ringo, I can see him now sitting behind those drums, keeping perfect time to some of the best pop tunes of my generation. I was one of those people who initially felt Ringo just wasn't a very good drummer and was not in the same league as the other band members. His playing seemed so simple and understated, not very exciting, pretty predicable, etc. Now that I look back on it however, he was exactly right for that band. Ringo, though not fancy, was one of the best drummers on the English scene when John and Paul put the Beatles together. They wanted him originally but settled for Pete Best because Ringo was working with Rory Storm and the HurricanesÂ at the time.Â I go back now and watch the Beatles, and Ringo is the anchor that keeps the thing rocking. He locks into that mersey beat and the rest of the band can just take off. Ringo Starr always seemed pleasant to me, smiling, flashing the peace sign and was a positive force throughout the break-up of the Beatles. Ringo would add a whimsical touch to the songs he sang lead on, like Act Naturally, Yellow Submarine and With a Little Help From My Friends. His solo work included Photograph, It Don't Come Easy and a remake of You're 16. Ringo has acted in movies and played the miniature Station Master on the PBS series Shining Time Station. Since 1989 he has led his annual All Starr Band tours with other alumni ofÂ poplular 60's and 70's groups. Ringo, for a little guy with a big nose and a big heart, we send you our best this Birthday. Many more and thanks for keeping it fun.
If you are a fan of live theater, there is no better community theater than the B St. Theaterright here in Sacramento. I love this theater. It's small and in the round. You are only a few feet from the actors during the performance and I find that fact alone, worth the experience. To be that close to actors who are great at their craft is fascinating to watch. The play I saw this week was called "Collapse". It is brilliant. The production is so original, the acting superb and the story is amazing. Collapse is a contemporary play by Allison Moore, who has a personal stake in the plot. The four actors in this production are Jason Kuykendall, Elisabeth Nunziato(amazing actress), Amy Resnick and Adrian Roberts. Again, I just love being this close to these people and see them really sell these characters. I got swept away, and that's what good theater can do. Especially satisfying because of the intimacy of this little venue. Soon, the B St. Theater will be moving to bigger digs. I hope they maintain the up close feeling that we have now. Better go see this excellent play soon, while it's still the "little" experience that it is now. It runs through July 24th. You can call them at 916-443-5300.
Well this is a long holiday weekend and it's going to involve BBQ and explosives. Let Freedom Ring..This Saturday we are gonna revolution all over you. Our morning ritual starts with stretching and then quickly sitting back down. I have some English Progressive bands to get things off to a cerebral start..Yes, Pink Floyd and Moody Blues. Then we'll drop into a nice set of California bands. CSN from the first album ..we are gonna get on those Wooden Ships, Chicago will jam from the Beginnings and Jimi Hendrix will get us all down to the Spanish Castle. Double shots of the Stones and The Beatles plus some good ol Quicksilver Msgr. Service to remind us at one time, we were the center of the universe. That's what Freedom is about. To just go where the music and your mind take you. Say you want a Revolution? Of course you do. This Saturday morning 7-10am.
More memories from the last 30 years in Sac. Radio. Picking it up from the last blog, I was in Copenhagen with a bunch of radio personalities from around the country. Oh yeah, we were following the Stones on their European tour. The next stop was Moscow and after seeing the band play a killer show the night before in Copenhagen, we got on an Aeroflat jet that was actually held together with tape and wire. With much trepedation I boarded with our party and headed to the former Soviet Union. To see the Stones!. We landed on Communist soil, was inspected and stood around till somebody bribed the security gaurd with a pack of Marlboros. Then it was off to the 2nd best hotel in Moscow, which was a real dump. It was going to be worth it though, we would see the Stones play their first ever show in Russia. Except the Stones weren't coming. They changed their minds at the last minute, leaving a bunch of crazed radio d.j.s in the hands of the Soviet ministry. Everybody tried to put a happy face on the situation, Budwieser, our sponsor, took everybody out on tours and to see a local hard rock band. While the band was playing, somebody drove up a truck and stole 100 cases of Bud from the premesis. Corruption is the key word in this world. Everybody was on the take and taking what they could. Things were bad in Russia then. Did I mention that everyday of this "paid" junket, I did a radio show? I broadcast live from our first stop in Toronto, several days in Copenhagen and every day for 4 days in Moscow. What a trip. I did interviews with locals, including a kid who was fishing in a park. He was about 7 and said that the U.S. was a "bad" place. I tried to explain the whole fishead thing but our translator could notÂ quite make that leap. I won't lie, this trip exhausted me. I was the only d.j. of all of them to do my show everyday. Kent my engineer and I managed to send back, on really old equipment, a show to Sacramento. It was kind of cool cause when I got back to town, people who heard the show would bring up things they heard on the radio. Did I mention that I kissed the ground when I got back to the U.S.A.? It was worth it. It was one of the most awsome radio experiences of my 42 year career. Me and the Stones..still going.
This week marks birthdays for some pretty important musicians. How bout a man named Mickie Most, ring a bell? Probabley not. He would have been 72 this week, he passed away in 2003. He was an incredible English producer from the 60s. He had hits with the Animals, the Yardbirds, produced Donovan's music including the amazing Sunshine Superman, also Jeff Beck and the Nashville Teens(tobacco road). He kept the swinging 60s ...swinging. A guy who is happily still with us turned 67 this week, Ray Davies, lead singer and songwriter for the Kinks, memeber of the rock n'roll hall of fame and hit the charts for the first time in 1964with "You Really Got Me". Other cake and ice cream candidates include Todd Rundgren, Howard Kaylan (the Turtles), Robert Hunter(Grateful Dead Lyricist), Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Beck, Chris Wood (Traffic sax and flute), and Arthur Brown (the Crazy World of) Fire!. Well that's it, Happy Birthday you guys, and thanks for giving us the best music of our generation. Check into the Revolution this weekend and hear these people and even some people who are not celebrating birthdays at all. Peace Out.
One of the greatest things about working in radio, is the opportunity to do stuff most people wouldn't even think of. It's like sitting in the front seat when you were a kid. Wow, look at all the cool stuff! In my 30 years of Sacramento Radio, I have been fortunate to do a lot of great things. Like throwing out the first pitch at a Giants game, flying in a B-17, traveling to Austria to ski the alps, Flying to NYC for the Grammies and meeting and interviewing everybody. So many things come to mind. But the biggest of them all, was traveling toÂ Denmark to meet the Rolling Stones. Then on to Moscow to see them play their first ever show in the Soviet Union. That part never happened. That's another story. We left Sacramento one sunny summer morning in 1989. It was me, my wife Shelly, my trusty Engineer Kent Randles and his beautiful wife Patti. We landed in Toronto a few hours later and checked into the Hotel where a dozen other radio personalities were already checked in. The plan was to fly out the next day to Copenhagen, check out the Stones concert, meet them, then go on with them to Russia. Traveling with a dozen of the top radio personalities was to say the least fun as hell and we all really enjoyed each others antics. Copenhagen is a really cool city. Hip, clean and always somethingÂ historic to check out. A couple of hours before we were to see the Stones play at a nearby soccer stadium, we had an outdoor bbq a few blocks from the venue. Budweiser who sponsored this entire junket, had set up a tent, grills, lots of Bud and plenty of food. About half way through the pre-concert picnic, 2 old beat up VW vans pull up. The doors fly open and out walk Mick, Keith, Charlie, RonnieÂ and Bill Wymann. They bounced into the area like kids, like the Beatles when they were running around in Hard Days Night, just animated and of good will. We spent a while with them, ate, drank and had a great time. Keith talked to me and I became kind of freaked out. I just sort of froze. He walked away thinking "this guy is on the radio?"..we walked the 4 blocks to the stadium, which was actually pretty small. As you walked up there were people outside selling shots for a buck a pop. Sure why not? Inside were people from all over Europe. Flags from everywhere, colorful, international..it seemed so right. The show was during the Steel Wheels tours. Over in Europe they called it the Urban Jungle tour. It was mindblowing. Meanwhile Budweiser is sending over 32 oz. Beers, 6 at a time...whew. One of the best nights of my life. To this day, it remains the best concert I ever went to. It was a complete night of perfection. Next time I'll tell you about the rest of the trip into Russia. 30 years and so much to share.
Cheers, Bob Keller
30 years in Sacramento radio. Long time. It got me thinking about my first day in town. It was April 14th, 1981. A Sunday. A man I never met, but who hired me to come out here and do radio, met me at the Airport. His name was Les Tracy. We had a bite at the Monterrey Canning company restaurant, got to know each other a bit, and he then took me to the station, KZAP- Sacramento's Rock Station. At that time it was on the 3rd floor of a dilapitated building that would be torn down within the year to make way for the huge Library going in. This was at the corner of 9th and J st. I loved these studios, it was like a 14 year old's room...posters, pictures, tons of LPs, a complete happy mess. The best part was the view from the studio. A panorama of J street and 'Gallo" park down below. I was lucky enough to land at a legendary station and the people I met there were some of the most talented in the biz. Tim Bedore went on to become a nationally recognized comedian, he cracked me up! John Russell had the great deep FM pipes that make radio so cool. The evening guys was a young kid with a parrot on his shoulder. Long hair, surfer kind of dude. His name was Curtiss Johnson and he left shortly after I got there. Today, he is my boss and has been for the last 10 years. As you can see, his career skyrocketed, mine, well, I do lunch. In the years to come, KZAPwould send me around the world a couple of times, send me to cover some cool things in New York, and would allow me to throw out the first pitch at a Giants Dodgers game a couple of time. In days to come I will expand on some of these experiences. Other people who passed through KZAP while I was there included Bill Prescott, Pat Still, Tom Cale, The Godfather and Kevin Boom Boom Anderson. What a crew! We had some big fun my friend. And judging by the comments from people who heard the station, they had fun too. What a great start for my 30 year run. It started with the Cat.
The Doors were named the Best L.A. Band ever on a recent Los Angeles Times Magazine list. Good call. The Doors WERE Los Angeles, in all it's beautiful and perverse charm. They bubbled up from the Sunset Strip, Venice Beach, and Laurel Canyon. They made their reputation by playing small clubs like London Fog and The Whiskey. Word got around and they became L.A.'s own phenom. Rounding out the Top 5 were The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Los Lobos. I would like to throw in a short lived band called Love. They only made 3 albums, burnt out before they could really shine, but if they had stayed together, They would have given the Doors a run for their money. They were the premier West coast psychedelic band around 1966. Led by Arthur Lee, a drifter, con man, scammer and hanger on, who had more talent than most 3 other bands in town put together. The sheer palette of colors this guy used is astonishing.Â So, how bout you? Any ideas on some really good L.A. bands? Maybe The Monkees, War, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles? Or 3 Dog Night, The Grass Roots or the Turtles. Well, while we are here in So. Cal, I'm going to Disneyland. If you can't join me, do the next best thing, meet here at the Revolution this Saturday morning. You must be this tall to ride
This Saturday marks a day in English history that caused quite a stir. In 1965 The Beatles are inducted into theOrder of the British Empire...one of Englands highest honors. While Rock and Roll fans applaud the move, others are outraged. Canadian legislator Hector Dupuis, a previous honoree, decries being "placed on the same level as vulgar nincompoops". Some prevous M-B-E winners return their medals in protest. Ironically John Lennon would return his 5 years later as a protest to England's involvement in the Vietnam war. Way to go John. This weekend we have a ton of great music. T-Rex, featuring Tommy Bolin, when he switched from a folk muscian to a full on rock and roll cowboy. The Byrds jamming with a trumpet player they met at the Monterey Pop Festival, A Bay Area dance band that re-defined funk and whos ideas still resonate in today's music. How bout some Dylan working out with the one and only Leon Russel?..oh yes my brothers and sisters, even some hypnotic Fleetwood Mac before they were "commercial"...Light the incense, pass the pipe, it's how we start our Saturday, and it makes for a mellow time.
Recently I interviewd Michael Dregni..the man who wrote the new book "Rock-A-Billy, the Twang Heard Round the World"..it's about the creation of a sound that still resonates today, the sounds of early rock and roll. Starting atSam Phillips Studios in Memphiswith a young truck driver named Elvis. The pictures are amazing, the story is profound. Here is a bit of our conversation from the other day.
Before we go live to Woodsquawk this Saturday, drop in on where it all really started...The Revolution. This week we'll salute Birthday Boys John Fogerty and Bob Dylan, and a couple of more who are not exactly household names.
The Beach Boys will guarentee smooth sailing early on, then the Doors will pick up the pace and the thing will keep building until the Yardbirds and Iron Butterfly completely blow off any chance of getting our cleaning deposit back. We shall Roll some Stones, Feel good with Traffic and salute the place where it all started...Woodstock. That should blend in nicely with our live coverage of Woodsquawk, our celebration, 4 days of Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding. Don't miss a note..Oh, the humanity!
Keep feeding each other.
The guy who made radio hip and cool and relevant has a birthday this Saturday, Big Daddy Tom Donahue was born May 21st, 1928 and died on April 28, 1975..he was 47. Tom brought the first alternative programming to the Bay Area and it was on the FM band which brought new life to the music, the sound quality was so good. It was in 1967 that Tom started playing album cuts, reintroducing live radio broadcasts and utilizing the airwaves as a true public service to it's listeners, Donahue founded "underground radio". The first station Tom worked at that allowed him this kind of freedom was KMPX. It soon became the first full time album station in the country. How great it was to hear the Doors, Frank Zappa and The Rolling Stones on one station! It was an inspiration to me, a young hipster growing up within the signal of this new sound. Donahue and his staff moved to KSAN-/fm on May 21st 1968. It was wildley popular and Tom became General Manager in 1972. Tom Donahue was a big man, clocking in at around 400 pounds. His large form could be seen all over San Francisco in the early days of the Revolution. In 1965 he opened one of the first psychedelic clubs in San Francisco, he called it Mother's at 430 Broadway in North Beach. He formed Autumn records, hired Sly Stone as a producer, recorded one of the first Bay Area band to challenge the Beatles, they were the Beau Brummels. He also produced Grace Slick's first band the Great Society, he produced rock concerts in the park years before Bill Graham would, he helped produce and promote the Beatles last public performance on August 29, 1966. It's hard to believe one guy could be that busy and productive. Alas his life was cut short by his enormous weight and bad lifestyle. Tom was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1996. Without Tom would Sacramento have had it's KZAP? Would Boston have it's WBCN? Philadelphia it's WMMS?..FM underground radio is part of the Revoluton's DNA. Thanks Tom, for giving us so much and for showing me a way to make a living that didn't involve pulling a muscle.
We have the Revolution in mind, for this Saturday, right here on the Eagle. Some birthday's this weekend that are important to the Rock and Roll timeline, includeÂ Richie Furay..67. We know him from the Buffalo Springfield, Poco and the Souther, Hllman, Furay band. Â Richie is currently rehearsing with Neil and Stephen Stills and will be playing as the Buffalo Springfield again in Oakland June 1&2, two nights! I hear tix prices are pretty steep. Hey, another birthday boy just popped his clown like head in here, I'm sure you remember Wavy Gravy, the clown prince of the revolution. This is a big year for Wavy, 75 years young and still doing good work on the earth. He is a walking testement to good vibes... entertainment activist. And finally a happy birthday to a guy who's name isn't a household word, but like many of the unsung, he has his place in the evolution of our art. His name is Steve Katz and he was a contemporary of Al Kooper's. He and Al formed theBlues Project,and later Blood Sweat and Tears. He became a record producer and label executive.Â He'sÂ 66. Come to the birthday party this Saturday..party supplies and plenty of great music will be available. Till then, be sure to hold it in.
Charlie Sheen, a huge baseball fan, has stepped up and donated a significant amount of money to help Bryan Stowe, the Giants fan who was beaten in LA after a Dodgers game. He just wrapped up a personal appearance in SF, and the money from merchandise etc. was set aside to help out Bryan. It came to about 20,000 dollars. Charlie went even further recently by setting up the Charlie Sheen Foundation called Sheen's Korner. I think this was a great move and as a Giants fan, I want to say thanks Charlie. It is a grand gesture.
Well it's official. I have known it for years, but now it's really a matter of record. Florida is the weirdest state in the union. Several "experts" have decided that Florida took over the title from California around the time of the 2000 Presidential campaign. All those hanging chads. I lived in Florida for a total of 10 years. 2 in Miami and 8 in Key West. Florida defiesÂ description..other than weird. Whenever that many senior citizens, New York transplants, Southern rednecks, Gays, Hippies, Cubans, Pirates, Scammers, Smugglers, Skinheads and professional political thieves get together something strange is bound to happen. Example: Living in Key West in the early 70s, and the Fire Chief gets arrested in an FBI sting for selling cocaine from his fire truck. The city manager is also busted and several other city officials go off to jail. It took about 5 years before the next group of thieves would take over. The kind of corruption I saw in Florida would embarass any third world country.The Sunshine State, currently under the Governorship of a convicted criminal, continues to be it's own little fifedom. They used to call California weird, well, say hello to Florida, the new champ...
This week marks the birthday of a musician who quite literally, changed the face of popular music, influenced the Beatles, Stones, sold 3 million copies of his first record and inspired over 50, 000 bands to play the kind of music he was playing. His name is Lonnie Donegan and the music is called Skiffle. Lonnie's birthday is Friday. He passed away almost 10 years ago, when he was 71 and in the midst of a sold out theater tour. He was about to perform at a George Harrison tribute concert with the Rolling Stones. Â Lonnie's claim to fame in this country included his first big hit, Rock Island Line and then later one called "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor Overnight"?..Hard to connect the dots..how can these songs be so important? ..Well look at it this way, in the 50s Skiffle was about as hip as it got for the pre-baby boomers in England. That would include a certain John Lennon who's first band, the Quarrymen, was a skiffle band. It had a rhythm to it and it featured guitar before most other music at the time. Lonnie Donegan got England's foot tapping and from that came a pulse in the music that was not there before. Eventually, Rock and Roll would traverse the Atlantic and England would really start to swing. If there were no Skiffle would the post war kids of England have anything to sing? Mark Knopfler released aÂ tribute songÂ in 2002 called "Donegans Gone"..Â Lonnie Donegan is the man, the 'skiffle king'.
This weekend marks the anniversary of an interesting intersection of events. The Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick gets an invitation in the mail April 1970. It's from Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia. It says it would love to have Grace attend an upcoming party at the White House. Apparently Tricia just loved the Jefferson Airplane, which is pretty funny because the band's whole attitude was one of Revolution and anarchy. So Grace of course excepts the invitation and shows up at the main gate of the White House with her escort...Abbie Hoffman. Abbie was in the news those days as one of the Chicago Eight. He was being tried in Chicago for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention..Needless to say Grace and Abbie were denied entrance to the party. They both left and got high at some D.C. watering hole. I have to wonder "what was Tricia Nixon thinking!?..probabley like most kids back in those days, just wanted to piss off her Dad. Let's keep that spirit alive this weekend. Saturday morning we will launch another trip down the paisley path of righteousness. From the Animals to the Stones we have a good one for you this weekend. See you at the Revolution.
This Saturday, April 16th marks the 68th anniversary of LSD. It was on this date that Swiss Chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann first synthesized the drugÂ in his lab when he was working for SandozÂ Pharmaceuticals. He was looking for the healing properties in certain fungus, when one thing lead to another and the next thing you know...LSD. Dr. Hofmann tried some of it himself, a very small amount. Almost immediately he knew things were changing, and he asked his assistant to take him home. They were both on bikes and Dr. Hoffman described the effects..
... affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away.On behalf of the 60s, thanks Dr. Hoffman. Also Ken Kesey, Owsley and Tim Leary send their regards. Here is Dr. Hofmann. LSD voice over
You might ask yourself from time to time, what are those California Legislators working on? Are they fixing the financial mess, the infrastructure, creating jobs maybe?..Well it turns out that this week they were Honoring Me!!. I guess they are all caught up on their regular work, so they took time out, and the President pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Darrell Steinbergsigned California Senate Resolution #509. Basically it states my accomplishments in radio, here in my 30th year as a radio personality in Sacramento. Wow, this is so cool, and probabley one of the biggest things to ever happen to me. I am first and foremost a Californian. I can say that after having lived in most other parts of the country. I was born in SF and happen to think this is truly a blessed place on earth. Certainly the natural beauty but also the fresh way people think and always a forward momentum. The world looks to California, the left coast. So to get an award from the California State Senate means a lot to me. I have been lucky. I work for a great station, the Eagle. The people I work for and with are all smart, fun, and great to be with every single day. My Program Director Curtiss Johnson encourges me everyday. So I am a happy guy. This might be my last year, I worked in Radio 12 years before arriving here in Sacto. Either way, I am hanging this Resolution right above the cash register at the Cafe Rock. Thank you all for your support all these years.
The week of April 4th, 1964. What's on the radio? top 40. Who's on the radio? No one but theBeatles. In an incredible feat, that has never been repeated, the Beatles owned the top 5 songs on the record charts. Top 5 all by the Beatles! Add to that 7 more singles scattered throughout the top 100 and you get an idea of what Beatlmania was in this country. The top 5 songs? 1. Can't buy me love 2. Twist and Shout 3. She loves you 4. I want to hold your hand and 5. Please Please me. That about sums up the state of radio and music in the Winter and Spring of 1964. The Beatles. Sadly just 6 years from that date, almost to the day, The Beatles split up. McCartney distributes his own "self-interview" along with review copies of his solo album. Paul cites "business and music differences, but most of all it's because I have a better time with my family". He concluded, "I don't foresee a time wthen the Lennon and McCartney partnership will be active again in songwriting". And thus ended one of the most stunning music events in the history of modern times. Something that would never be repeated. Maybe now is a good time to just say "Thanks" to the Beatles for the highwater mark that left it's mark on a generation. And then generations afterward.
Of course there will be Beatles on this Saturday's show, Abbey Road, their last and one of their best. We salute a few birthday people like Spencer Dryden. He was the drummer for the Jefferson Airplanewhen it really mattered..For the Surrealistic Pillow album. Some early Fleetwood Mac will remind us why this band has been so good for so long. Just a few of the "hits" we will inhale this Saturday morning on "Say You Want A Revolution" 7-10am. Peace out.
Feb. 1964, It begins.
This Thursday, Feb. 24th, is the birthday of a very special musician. His name is Nicky Hopkins, piano player virtuoso. Nicky's keyboardsÂ flavored some of the hippest recordings in rock history. Because of poor health since childhood, Nicky didn't tour a whole lot, he is know mostly for his studio work. A veteran of the early 60s British scene, playing with the Who, The Kinks and of course the Beatles and Stones. That's him you hear on Revolution by the Beatles, and him on John Lennon's solo albums, same for George Harrison and Ringo. He has played and recorded with Paul McCartney, Donovan, and joined the Jeff Beck group that featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on guitar.
Nicky, who eventually would move to Marin County (Mill Valley)Â to live and play, helped define the San Francisco music scene of the 60s. You can hear him playing with the Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Steve Miller band. He briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service and his inpspired work can be heard on songs like What About Me . He performed with the Airplane at Woodstock. Other notable Nicky riffs can be heard on the Rolling Stones song "She's a Rainbow" and "Sympathy For the Devil". One of Nicky's main complaints regarding the music business was he never received any royalties for his session work, not for any of the songs that became huge hits. Because his status as a "hired hand", the bands felt he was not entitled to collect the $$$. That is one of the reasons he joined Quicksilver Messenger Service, they were fair in their payment to him.
Nicky Hopkins died at age 50, in Nashville Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery. The Kink's Ray davies wrote a memorial piece that appeared in theNew York Times after Hopkins death. Nicky Hopkins, a piano man for the ages. Happy Birthday Nicky, on what would have been your 67th.
Peace Out from the Revolution.
Here is a little sample of Nicky's work with the Stones. Check out his runs up and down the 88s.
There is a man who walks among us here in Sacramento who's talents as a cartoonist, have carriedÂ his art around the world, and has entertained us more than we care to admit. His name is Eric Decites and this week he has a showing of his original drawings at Gallery 2110Â on K Street. Eric has been published in countless magazines, has a line of postcards that are hysterical, and continues to draw new work everyday from his home here in Sacramento. His work sells into the millions of dollars every year, and still Eric gets up and goes to work everyday at his job with the State. Eric's most iconic work is the one that really put him on the map, and I'm sure you have seen it. A rather fat ass woman is putting up a poster for her lost dog. All the while the dog is actually caught in her butt cheeks, apparently she sat on it and didn't know it. It's this really offbeat, often politically incorrect approach that attracts countlessÂ sickies, like myself,Â that love Eric's work. He is on the edge, much like Gary Larson but further out. I first met Eric when he introduced himself to me as I was walking around the neighborhood, he lives about 2 blocks away. He said he was a big fan of the Cafe Rock and he drew some characters that he saw in his head when he listened to the show. I was amazed when he took me to his studio and showed them to me. This was 25 years ago. Those drawings hang in the hall at the Eagle radio station. Eric did something I never thought possible, he gave form and shape to these people that live in my mind. And he did it hilariously. Check out his work at the Gallery sometime over the next month. It's called Gallerly 2110 at 2110K Street. I will be down there tomorrow and shoot some video, you'll see how cool Eric's art is, and maybe we'll get lucky and run into him. Stay tuned.
Today let's give a big birthday hello to Abraham Lincoln. What a guy! What a President. For many "Honest Abe" was the greatest president of the United States. Sharing his birthday this Saturday is Door's keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Ray, the formerUCLA film school classmate of Jim Morrison, pretty much defined the sound of the one of the tightest band to come out of L.A..The Doors. Ray came from Chicago who cut his teeth on the Blues scene, but he was also classically trained. Actually Ray feels pretty much at home with any form of music, he is extremley versatile. He still performs Doors songs with his old partner Robby Krieger. He also collaborates with lots of other musicians and even some poets. Ray is an old timer, he will turn 72 this weekend. Raise a glass this Saturday to the man who made the organ the coolest instrument around.
This weekend also marks the anniversary of some pretty interesting live performances for several reasons. Starting with the Beatles and their two concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC. The NY Times reports that 3,000 people in the audience were the real show, the Beatles were merely the accompianist. This would be Beatlemania 1964. The next year Feb. 12, 1965, The Stones wrap up their Austrailian tour with an afernoon show in Perth. Roy Orbison is on the bill, but some guy named Rolf Harris steals the show with his hit song, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport"..and you wonder why Keith turns to drugs. On that same day in New York the Beach Boys perform at the Acadamy of Music and Brian Wilson announces he will no longer tour with the band. He kept his word. In 1970 a little ol band from Texas plays it's first show with the name ZZ Top. A really crummy bar in Beaumont Texas was the venue, about 2 dozen people showed up. And finally Neil Young on this date in 1970 played his frist show backed by the former Rockets who are now calledCrazy Horse. This was at the Bitter End in New York. All big shows and all happened today in the Flashback Almanac. All because Abraham Lincoln had a birthday. Thanks Abe. Peace Out.
This Saturday marks the 67th birthday of one of Rock's unsung heroes. A guy who should have been inducted into the RnR Hall of fame decades ago. I'm talking aboutAl Kooper, the musician, producer, engineer, talent scout and songwriter, among other things. He has played on hundreds of albums by the likes of Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Alice Cooper and Cream to name just a few. Remember the french horn intro to the Stone's song You Can't Always Get What You Want>? That was Al's idea. Al Kooper also pulled a hot Southern bar band out of obscurity and made them legends. I'm talking about Lynyrd Skynyrd, he produced their first 3 albums. He first broke out at age 14 with a little ditty called "Who Likes Short Shorts"?..it was a top 40 hit believe it or not, his next one "This Diamond Ring" was an even bigger hit for Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Then Al started Blood Sweat and Tears and did that first brilliant album. Then he formed the Blues Project out of New York, they played at Monterey in 67. He brought in Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills into the studio for a cult favorite "Super Sessions". He met Bloomfield around the time that Dylan was putting together his electric band in 65. Al auditioned for the guitar part in Like a Rolling Stone, didn't get and instead sat down at the Hammond B3 Organ. His playing was the signature sound on that hit record. He is still active in music, still an individual who has followed his own musical muse, and compromising very little to the suits of the business. This man should be in the Rock and Roll hall of fame, in about 5 categories actually. I interviewed Al Kooper a couple of years ago when he came to Sacramento. He had his iPod with thousands of songs he was involved with but also lots of brand new bands he likes. He never stops listening to what's out there. A few more Al Koopers in the world would make things sound better right away. Happy Birthday Al.
If there ever was a guy who made the leap from the Beat Generation to theÂ Psychedelic generation, it was Neal Cassady. Neal was the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's break out novel "On the Road".Â The character Dean Moriarity..Â Neal wasn't so muchÂ a literary figure as one who inspired the beats to be as "out there" as they could get. Neal was a speed freak years before it became popular and he ran with the likes of Alan Ginsburg and Ken Kesey. He was a hip talking little con man who was too damn much fun to discount. When the beat generationof poets and writers began to fade in the late 50s and early 60s, Neal would hook up with the next cultural hurricane to explode, the 60s drug culture. He became a mainstay with the Merry Pranksters, the band of acid heads that Ken Kesey assembled. He drove the famous Bus named "Further", that is now in the Smithsonian exhibit. He burned brightly.. a little too brightly and passed away at age 41 in Mexico. After surving the Beat/Jazz/ Coffee house scene of the 50s and the Hip acid freakout of the Trips festival and the 60s, he ran himself to death along some railroad tracks in Mexico. Just toppled over from the speed and the drink. Neal was one of the very few who made his prescence felt in both of the major cultural changes of our time. A true bohemian. A true pleasure seeker. Like Ken Kesey said "Your either on the bus or your off the bus"..Neal was on the bus for the whole damn ride.
England's Classic Rock magazine held its Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards last night in London. Winners included Rush, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Journey. The awards were hosted by Alice Cooper and featured a performance by Cheap Trick.
Album of the Year: Slash -- SlashBand of the Year: AC/DCEvent of the Year: Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" goes Top 10
Reissue of the Year: Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main StreetSpirit of Prog: Rick WakemanChildline Rocks Award: Glenn HughesMarshall '11' Award: Michael SchenkerClassic Songwriter: Roy WoodOutstanding Contribution: John Paul JonesMetal Guru: Geezer Butler(presentedby Tony Iommi)
Classic Album: Cheap Trick - Live at BudokanTommy Vance Inspiration: Ronnie James DioLiving Legend: Rush (Geddy Lee accepted)
Some real cool rockers celebrate a birthday with us this Saturday. Right at the top of the list is Keith Richards, born December 18th Dartford England. Keith is still having a great time, playing music, living the dream, touring behind his new autobiography called "Life". He had packed a lot of living in his 67 years. Also celebrating his birthday is Texan Bobby Keyes. Keith says in his book, Bobby was his twin brother born on the same day but half a world away. Bobby and Keith became fast friends, got in lots of trouble together and made some incredible music. It's hard to imagine the Rolling Stones, circa Sticky Fingers, without the soulful sax of Bobby Keyes. Bobby has also played with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, John Lennon, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson. Another birthday boy is Brian "Chas" Chandler, the original Animals bassist who left the group when they broke up in 1966. On their last US tour, Chas had seen Jimi Hendrix playing at a New York club. He convinced Hendrix to come to Britain and helped put together The Jimi Hendrix Experience for which he became producer and co-manager. Chas died in 1996 at age 57. Finally a happy birthday out to Sam Houston Andrew, who's crazy, almost out of tune guitar, delighted theÂ crowds at the Fillmore and Winterland ballrooms whenever Big Brother and the Holding company would play. Sam was a favorite of Janis Joplin's, and when she split from Big BrotherÂ to form the Full Tilt Boogie Band, Sam was the player she took along with her. So if you have a birthday this December 18th, you are in good company. We'll offer you cake, ice cream and of course copious amout of the orange Kool-Aid. This week I recieved a copy of Joel Selvin's book called "SmartAss". Joel covered the SF Music scene for 30 years for the SF Chronicle, Â and has some great stories. I will interview him this week and then get it up on our website soon after that. Should be interesting. Well enjoy your week, and meet me here at the pad, we'll commune, we'll love, we'll eat birthday cake. Peace Out.
BOBBY KEYES SAXMAN
This Saturday night we are in for a special treat here in Sacramento. Maria Muldaur brings her Xmas Blues and Jazz show to the intimate 24th street theater. I have been a fan of her music for years. She always knew the right songs to cover, she has in my opinion, great taste. Actually I knew about Maria a long time ago. She was this cute little fiddle playing girl with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band out of Cambridge Mass. 35 years ago.Â They played the college and club circuit and Maria was just so damn cute to watch. Since then she has had a long and wandering career. So many people know her only from her hit Midnight at the Oasis, but she has been at this for 38 years and has a ton of rootys Americana music on her resume'. Her upcoming Xmas show at the 24thst. theater should be a swinging time. With some great Bay Area muscians to back her up, the joint will be jumping. We are giving away tix to the show on the Eagle. Come out this Saturday night and really feel the spirit of the holidays all the way down to your toes. Below is a little snippet of my conversation with Maria earlier today. See you this weekend?
Last weekend I went to the "New Crocker Art Museum". The new addition is absolutely astonishing. Wow, to have a world class museum like this in Sacramento is really special. The reason I went Sunday was because it was the last day of the extensive Wayne Thieboldexhibit. Wayne is Sacramento's most famous artist/painter and I am crazy about his work. His work is known around the world and he is recognized as one of the masters of the pop art world. Actually his work pre-dates pop art. A lot of his subject matter is food: Pies, cakes, ice cream cones. He also does some pretty amazing landscapes, especially of the Sacrametno Delta. The thing about his work is first of all it's accesible, second, it's really colorful, and lastly it is full of humour and humanity. This guy is a treasure. He has seen it all. Worked for Disney, for Madison Avenue, went to school and graduated Sac State and UC Davis. Taught at these schools as well. In 1994 he was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He still paints all the time. He is 90 years old!Â When asked "What do you think defines an artist?"..his answer was "An artist creates his own world". Unfortunatly Wayne Thiebold's exhibit has moved on, but the Crocker still has several of his works that are there year round. It's worth checking out some of America's finest modern art. In fact, the whole Crocker Art Museum experience, regardless of who's work is on display, is worth the time. A great rainy day activity.
This week marks the anniversary ofÂ one of the more bizarre manifestations of the 60s..".The Generation Gap". A rather handy shorthand for the ever widening canyon between the hip kids and their confused parents. With so much of the "Woodstock Generation" steadily finding new ways to live and new values to embrace, the Government of course started to freak out. On December 4th 1969, President Nixon, Vice president Agnew and 40 US governors began a fact finding mission to discover the causes of the generation gap. They view films of simulated acid trips and listen to hours of anti-establishment rock music. Their findings were, Well,Â as Dylan said "Something is happening here and you don't know what it is, do you Mr. Jones"?..Listen below to Agnew's conclusion of what he learned from this experience. Musically we start at 7pm with a musical trip around the world from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Simon and Garfunkle will give the weather report, we will get soulful with Otis and Sam and Dave. Wow, it just keeps rocking with Canned Heat, Vanilla Fudge, and Jimi Hendrix. Another anniversary this week is the great Kieth Richards electrocution. It happened here in Sacramento, at the Memorial Auditoriumin 1965. It took a while for the smoke to clear. Were you there? Another Memorial Auditorium moment is highlighted this Saturday. The Beach Boys concert albumbecomes their first to top the charts on this day in 1964..recorded at the Memorial. Birthdays this week include the late Beach Boys Drummer Dennis Wilson, Byrds guitarist Chris Hillman, Bob Mosley from Moby Grape, Ozzy Osbourne and Jim Messina. Be sure to tune in at 7 sharp, don't miss a lick. It will be festive. Peace Out
69 Spiro Agnew generation gap
Tired of the Cafe Rock, try this moveable feast...Dining in an Old School Bus
Youâre looking forward to turkey.
But in a few days, youâll be seeking out anything but that.
So we think a meatball sub out of a souped-up school bus-turned-restaurant sounds about right...
Introducing Le Truc, the cityâs first bustaurant to serve fine dining-grade food inside a converted â89 Ford Ward school bus, opening for lunch on Monday in the Wells Fargo parking lot on Brannan.
If youâre envisioning pizza Friday in a yellow school bus, youâll be advised that there are some major departures. First, the bus is no longer yellow. Instead, youâll find a sleek, gunmetal gray vehicle cloaked in chrome. Second, your foodâfrom theÂ Tenderloin Beef Sandwich to Thai Red Curry Chiliâis carefully crafted to avoid any school cafeteria flashbacks.
You mightâve caught these guys in soft-opening mode at Off the Grid, but now, when you step inside, youâll discover four extra inches of headroom and skylights, so when you take a seat at one of the copper tables squeezed in next to the restaurant-equipped kitchen (thereâs enough seating for 12), you wonât feel cramped.
In a few weeks, theyâll start parking near a bar (hint: one serving a good selection of Belgian ales) and dishing out prix fixe dinners with courses as extravagant as sashimi or as hearty as chicken meatloaf.
This Saturday marks the birth date of Duane "Skydog" Allman.Â He would have been 64. Â Founding member of the Allman Brothers and one of the most unique guitar players ever. The thing that made Duane special for me was his putting exactly the right feel into whatever piece of music he was working on. Whether it was with soul giants like Aretha and Otis, or with Guitar god Eric Clapton.He had what musicians call "the touch". We will for sure have a great song from the Brothers that will show off some of Skydogs steam.Â Duane shares his birthday with another guitar player, living, who has his own meat and potatoes sound. Basic 3 chord rock and when you hear him play, you just know your listening to Joe Walsh. Our groovy birthday room continues to fill up with real characters, like the one and only Gris Gris man from New Orleans, Dr. John. AndDicky Smothers, and Goldie Hawnjust to keep us smiling. It's hats and horns this Saturday for our Revolution, cake and ice cream too, just don't drink the Kool Aid! Have some suggestions for our flashback show? Call, write, text, scream of stop by and let us know what you have in mind. In the meantime, keep it real, and stay groovy, just keep feeding each other. Peace out.
Here is some magic from Duane Allman
Here is what's for lunch this coming week.
MENU:MONDAYÂ Â Â CBGB (Modern Classic Rock....Talking Heads, Police, Pretenders, etc.)
TUESDAYÂ Â Â Psychedelic RockÂ (LSD's birthday)
WEDS.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Math Class (Songs with numbers)
THURS.Â Â Â Â Â Â Class Reunion (1979)
FRIDAYÂ Â Â Â Â The Eagles
It's been an interesting year in Sacramento. We have a professional football team and they are selling thousands of tickets for their home game. Have you been to a Mountain Lions game yet? They play at Sac State's Hornet Stadium and pretty much sell it out every game. I guess we are hungry for pro football in this town.Â With the Forty Niners so dismal it's not hard to root for these guys in the UFL. The team began play as the California Redwoods in October 2009. In the league's 2009 season, the Redwoods played were originally slated to play all of its home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco, including the first ever UFL game. Due to a conflict with the San Francisco Giants, the UFL's first game was instead played in Las Vegas. Poor attendance in San Francisco led to the league relocating one of the Redwoods' home games to Spartan Stadium in San Jose.
Former NFL head coach Dennis Green was hired as the Redwoods' head coach prior to the season. Our Quarterback is Daunte Culpepper and he is a veteran of many NFL games. This weekend is the 9th and final game of the regular season. The Mountain Lions take on Omaha and their well worn QB Jeff Garcia, who we all remeber worked with the Forty Niners for several seasons. Win or lose, it's always a pretty good time at the game. This last game on Saturday will have live music, tailgate parties and lots of prizes for the fans. The Eagle will be out there, stay tuned for your tickets, listen to the Cafe Rock everyday.
Join me this Satruday from 2-4pm. at the New BareBones Workwear store in the Ikea center, West Sac. I will be signing Cafe Rock Aprons, limited edition, that you can purchase for a nominal fee that goes to Easter Seals. I will also have about 100 FREE Cafe Rock T-shirts to hand out. There will be a free parking lot concert featuring the Rhythm Vandals salute to Santana. It will be a great opportunity to meet in person and have a good time. Hope to see you at the new BareBones Workwear this weekend.
Â Psychedelic Poster Â Art, 1965-1975Â Â ...Psychedelic rock music flourished in San Francisco, the Â acknowledged counterculture capital of the world, during the 1960s and early Â 1970s, with local bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Â Country Joe and the Fish gaining widespread popularity. The artwork promoting Â their shows at famous locales such as the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom was Â as revolutionary as the music itself: wild colors, dynamic composition, Â flowing hand-drawn lettering. The posters that came out of San Francisco Â during this period have been the subject of exhibits and books, but the poster Â art that came out of the Central Valley has not yet received its due. Concert Â venues from Fresno to Sacramento and beyond produced their own promotional Â posters and handbills for big-name shows, pieces that were as strikingly Â creative as their Bay Area counterparts. This winter, The California Museum is Â proud to partner with a few major collectors to present over forty of these Â rare, low print run posters, many of which have not been publicly displayed Â since they were made in the 1960s and 1970s.Â The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street Sacramento. The Poster Exhibit starts Novemeber 6th and runs through the end of May.
Join me Saturday, November 6th.Â from 1-3pmÂ for the grand opening of the newest BareBones Workwear storein the Ikea center in West Sacramento. A free concert by the Rhythm Vandals tribute to Santana will be going on. I will have 100 free Cafe Rock/Eagle T-shirts to give away, plus there will be Cafe Rock Aprons, autographed by the entire staff, for sale. All those proceeds go to Easter Seals. This will be fun. Hope to see you there. The date has been changed, so you know, Saturday Nov 6th!
Join me Saturday for a birthday wish for Grace Slick, a heaping helping of good vibes and some searing rock and roll from the likes of Neil Young, Joe Cocker and The Who. Stephen Stills, hot off his gig with the boys in Buffalo Springfield, will be jamming with us. We are also going to have a real good Freak Out with an hour of Halloween themed music. The Doors, Donovan and Santana will get a little bit creepy. Traffic and Van Morrison will take us to some pretty surreal places. And of course Jimi Hendrix will take the party to another level. We'll talk about a woman who was not only Mick Jagger's lover, but she had a hit of her own and made big news when Mick had to go to court during her divorce proceedings.
I just finished reading a book called December 8th 1980, The Day John Lennon Died.It was written by Kieth Elliot Greenburg and it's not quite as depressing as it may seem.Â Of course it was one of the saddest days of our lives, but to the interesting part was how the book tracked the people,Â actions and events that led up to Mark David Chapman's moment of madness. Greenburg said he wanted people to feel what it was like to be in New York that day. The book does that and much more. Here is author's comments on his book. December 8th, 1980.
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A flashback to the Jefferson Airplane before Grace Slick. From the first album called Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. This was pretty much the band that played the Fillmore many times. I like the reference to the Graduate.
If there is one thing Sacramento can boast about it's the fine food in our area. We are blessed to have within our reach, some of the finest food grown anywhere. Consequently we have some pretty spectacular restaurants in our region. Local Chefs who know what they are doing and are using the finest ingredients available anywhere in the world. That's wherea Taste of Sacramentocomes in. This Friday evening at the convention center downtown, over 80 restaurants will be offering the best they have, plus some incredible wineries and breweries will be on hand. It's all a benefit for the Easter Seals society who year in and year out help our kids with disabilities and other problems. Tickets are availble at the door of the convention center. Starting at 5:30pm, this event will be one to remember. Hope to see you there.
45 years ago Bob Dylan shocked the "folkies" by plugging in with the Paul Butterfield Band at the his 1965 appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. Half the people almost had a heart attack, the other half thought it was kind of cool. We'll start the show at 7am with a couple of things from Bobby Dylan..voice of a generation. In Fact we will also play some Paul Butterfield Band's early chicago blues stuff..Spencer Davis will tell us what influenced his soulful rock and roll on his 71st birthday..old man!. Double shots of the Doors and the Who should bring it all back home and we'll go deep into Deja Vu for a Neil Young classic. Carlos Santana turned 63 this week, he is still building his Empire in many financial interests, clothing, wine, his brand is on a lot of things. He still plays some of the hottest guitar around. We'll drop in some of his work from 72. Steve Miller who has left the stadium, but not the building will wail with some work he did with his old buddy Boz Scaggs. One of my favoritejug bandturned pop band is the Loving Spoonful, count them in for this Saturday. Well that's it for this week, actually there is a lot more, I mean we have 3 hours to fill up. Me?, I'm gonna stick out my thumb and hitch down the coast, I have a date with a Sunset somewhere over the horizon. Stay cool and Be You.
Well here I am, slaving over a hot bunsen burner again, fixing next week's menu and getting ready for the second week of June. I'm taking Monday off and me and the staff will be going up to Max Keller's farm and help with the clean-up, it will be going on for a while. Then back for Tuesday and welcome the class of 1978, Weds, we will have some old friends in for the special, the Doobie Brothers, and we'll have tickets to see them.. Eric Claptonwill take over the main dinning room on Thursday. He will bring his entire resume' with him, music from the Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes, solo and acoustic work....whew! that should fill you up..We'll finish things off with the band that just Don't Stop Believing...Journey. Of course there will be plenty of Prizes in the take-out window...if you are not afraid to bend your mind, you should really participate..Well, I gotta go clean up the mess at table 4...another satisfied customer. See you Monday-Friday for the lunch on the Eagle.
This week our collective groove will start with a potent double shot of Beatles from the wickedly good White Album. Then things will take a decidedley darker tone with tales of war and destruction. Sorry, that was part of the 60s unfortunatley. We'll drop into Studio B with Stephen Stills, a rare acoustic look at a simple love song that turned into a career for CSN. And that's just in the first hour. The Allman Brothers will rock the roof off theFillmore Eastand then Duane will show up later to show you what he and Clapton can do together. Van Morrison will take us to the country, so will Canned Heat. We shall talk a little about Woodsquawk coming up. That my brothers and sisters will be a real outdoor good time, a festival inspired by themost famous of all festivals. We'll throw in some soulful music from Rare Earth and hit a couple of stops on the John Lennon circuit. The Stones will let it Bleed, and Cream will burn off the wheels with some incrediblely heavy stuff.The Dead will finally show up and put it to bed for another week. Peace Out.
This weekend, the tribe gathers at 7a this Saturday and joins the happening we call Say You Want a Revolution, our flashback to the 60s and early 70s. In the first hour we'll start with the band that has a history that includes Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Dylan and the Band will be around, Hendrix will give us a twofer and Pink Floyd will play the very first single they ever released, about a nice guy who gets off on women's undies..hey, who doesn't? Then we'll move into the 8am hour with the Doors, Traffic and our favorite rascals, the Rolling Stones. Buffalo Springfield will give us a Neil Young contribution, the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison will keep the big beat going and the Beatles will help us get behind the wheel..of our 68 VW van. Finally, the 9am hour will be a flashback to the year 1970, a time of loss, goodbye Jimi, goodbye Janis, but a time of rebirth, the firstEarth daycelebration..a year of hassles, rip-offs and put downs..gee, at least the music was great. From Derek and The Dominoes and the Grateful Dead to Chicago and Rare Earth..1970 will rock you. Here is a little trailer clip from the movie that wonGeorge C. Scottan Acadamy Award.
I didn't hear Tiger Woods statement live, but I was shocked to read the text! According to the Daily Onion, he said he was totally bored with Rehab, and was going back to Sex...for good! Crazy he would say that in front of his mother. Then he excused himself and went to, as he said, "To Slice Some Off"! geez, what happend to the role model our little kids look up to?Â Tiger you blow my mind!