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Get Freaky with us this Saturday

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. Peace Out
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The Art of Protest

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.
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This Saturday on the REVOLUTION..

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. Peace out
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Sneaking Sally Through the Alley

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 little  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.
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Happy B'day Mouse

Monday 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 was Stanley Mouse who did most of the Grateful Dead album art. The man 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.
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Happy October Flashbackers

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. Peace out.
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The Albums That Got Us High

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. Peace Out
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The Beatles in Margaritaville

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, and they enjoyed the sun, water, the tropical drinks. Now where is my lost shaker of salt?
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Keller's Bust

Toby Covich teaches art at Placer High School, he has for many years.  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.
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Spirits come and Spirits go....The Revolution

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. This house 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. Peace Out
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The Rock and Radio Museum

For those of you who have not visited the Rock and Radio Museum downtown, 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.
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The Beatles last go-round.

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.
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Happy B'day Woodstock

Well here we are in the middle of August and the Woodstock anniversary 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 that included fun, hope, coming alive and changing the world.  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. The 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 in San 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 birthday to 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. Peace Out
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Flashback #101

Hi again, this weekend, Sat. 7-10am., the Revolution will be on the air again. It will radiate the good vibes that 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.  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. Peace Out.
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The Great Yolo Basin

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 be 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.  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. 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.
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Come trip with me

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 Peace out
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From Bangladesh to Watkins Glen..2 big shows.

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 general 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... Were you at either one of them?
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This week's Revolution

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.  We'll also have a rare track, from a young Grace Slick and The Great Society, produced by Sly Stone. 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. Peace out
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Bron-Yr-Aur

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.

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Happy Birthday Ringo

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 Hurricanes at the time.  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 of  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. Peace Out
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Collapse

If you are a fan of live theater, there is no better community theater than the B St. Theater right 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.
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4th of July Flashback

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. Peace Out.
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Rolling with the Stones pt. 2...off to Moscow

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 not 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. bk
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Birthdays this week, Classic rockers who are still with us, and some who are not

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.
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Traveling with the Stones...memories from 30 years on Sacramento radio.

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 to 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 something  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, Ronnie 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
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It started with the "Cat"

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, KZAP would 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.
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Best band out of L.A.?

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.  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 ... peace out
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Thanks but no Thanks

This Saturday marks a day in English history that caused quite a stir. In 1965 The Beatles are inducted into the Order 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. Peace Out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t3oaPNJieg
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The Day Rock and Roll was born

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 at Sam Phillips Studios in Memphis with 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. RockaBilly Michael Dregni
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While your waiting for Woodsquawk..

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.
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The Big Daddy of FM Radio

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. Peace Out
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What We Have In Mind...

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, include Richie Furay..67. We know him from the Buffalo Springfield, Poco and the Souther, Hllman, Furay band.  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 the Blues Project, and later Blood Sweat and Tears. He became a record producer and label executive. He's  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. Peace out.
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Charlie comes through

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.
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A Truly Weird State of Affairs

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 defies  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...
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What's a Skiffle ?

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.  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 a tribute song in 2002 called "Donegans Gone".. Lonnie Donegan is the man, the 'skiffle king'.
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Grace Slick goes to the White House

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.
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Go Ask Alice

This Saturday, April 16th marks the 68th anniversary of LSD. It was on this date that Swiss Chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann first synthesized the drug  in his lab when he was working for Sandoz  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.[5] 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
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A Huge Honor

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 Steinberg signed 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. Sincerely Bob Keller
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Could the Beatles get any higher?

The week of April 4th, 1964. What's on the radio? top 40. Who's on the radio? No one but the Beatles. 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 Airplane when 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.
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Meet Nicky Hopkins

This Thursday, Feb. 24th, is the birthday of a very special musician. His name is Nicky Hopkins, piano player virtuoso. Nicky's keyboards 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) 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 the New 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.
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Cartoon Man Eric Decitas

There is a man who walks among us here in Sacramento who's talents as a cartoonist, have carried 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 2110 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 countless  sickies, like myself, 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.
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Abe Lincoln would approve of the Revolution.

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 former UCLA 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 called Crazy 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.
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Al Kooper

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 about Al 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.
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Neal Cassady

If there ever was a guy who made the leap from the Beat Generation to the Psychedelic generation, it was Neal Cassady. Neal was the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's break out novel "On the Road". The character Dean Moriarity.. Neal wasn't so much  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 generation of 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.
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Classic Rock Heroes of last year

  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 -- Slash Band of the Year: AC/DC Event of the Year: Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" goes Top 10 Reissue of the Year: Rolling Stones -- Exile on Main Street Spirit of Prog: Rick Wakeman Childline Rocks Award: Glenn Hughes Marshall '11' Award: Michael Schenker Classic Songwriter: Roy Wood Outstanding Contribution: John Paul Jones Metal Guru: Geezer Butler (presented by Tony Iommi) Classic Album: Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan Tommy Vance Inspiration: Ronnie James Dio Living Legend: Rush (Geddy Lee accepted)
 
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Birthday this Saturday?

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 the 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 Brother 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,  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
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Christmas at the Oasis

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. 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? Maria
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Sacramento's most famous artist.

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 Thiebold exhibit. 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! 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.
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Generation Gap?

This week marks the anniversary of 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, 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 Auditorium in 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 album becomes 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
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Get on the Bus and have a snack

Tired of the Cafe Rock, try this moveable feast... Dining in an Old School Bus You’re looking forward to turkey. But in a few days, you’ll 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 city’s first bustaurant to serve fine dining-grade food inside a converted ’89 Ford Ward school bus, opening for lunch on Monday in the Wells Fargo parking lot on Brannan. If you’re envisioning pizza Friday in a yellow school bus, you’ll be advised that there are some major departures. First, the bus is no longer yellow. Instead, you’ll find a sleek, gunmetal gray vehicle cloaked in chrome. Second, your food—from the Tenderloin Beef Sandwich to Thai Red Curry Chili—is carefully crafted to avoid any school cafeteria flashbacks. You might’ve caught these guys in soft-opening mode at Off the Grid, but now, when you step inside, you’ll 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 (there’s enough seating for 12), you won’t feel cramped. In a few weeks, they’ll 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.
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One of a kind musician...happy B'day.

This Saturday marks the birth date of Duane "Skydog" Allman. He would have been 64.  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.  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. And Dicky Smothers, and Goldie Hawn just 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
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This week's Cafe Rock Menu

Here is what's for lunch this coming week. MENU: MONDAY    CBGB (Modern Classic Rock....Talking Heads, Police, Pretenders, etc.) TUESDAY    Psychedelic Rock  (LSD's birthday) WEDS.           Math Class (Songs with numbers) THURS.       Class Reunion (1979) FRIDAY      The Eagles -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CLOSED WEEKENDS.
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Sacramento Mountain Lions..hear them roar!

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.  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.
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Want a Cafe Rock Apron?

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.
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The Central Valley Turns On...

 Psychedelic Poster  Art, 1965-1975  ...Psychedelic rock music flourished in San Francisco, the  acknowledged counterculture capital of the world, during the 1960s and early  1970s, with local bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and  Country Joe and the Fish gaining widespread popularity. The artwork promoting  their shows at famous locales such as the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom was  as revolutionary as the music itself: wild colors, dynamic composition,  flowing hand-drawn lettering. The posters that came out of San Francisco  during this period have been the subject of exhibits and books, but the poster  art that came out of the Central Valley has not yet received its due. Concert  venues from Fresno to Sacramento and beyond produced their own promotional  posters and handbills for big-name shows, pieces that were as strikingly  creative as their Bay Area counterparts. This winter, The California Museum is  proud to partner with a few major collectors to present over forty of these  rare, low print run posters, many of which have not been publicly displayed  since they were made in the 1960s and 1970s.  The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street Sacramento. The Poster Exhibit starts Novemeber 6th and runs through the end of May.  
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Get your Cafe Rock Apron!

Join me Saturday, November 6th. from 1-3pm for the grand opening of the newest BareBones Workwear store in 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!
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A New Book About John's Last Day

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. Of course it was one of the saddest days of our lives, but to the interesting part was how the book tracked the people, 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. Keith Elliot Greenberg 1 Keith Elliot Greenberg 2 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.
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Famous Guitars

Here is a list of famous guitars that people said they would love to own..well yeah, duh. I'd take any of these home proudly.
 
 
Guitar World magazine has compiled a list of the Top 10 Star Guitars You Wish You Owned. Topping the list is Stevie Ray Vaughan's battered Fender Number-One Stratocaster. It's followed by:
  • Jimmy Page's double neck Gibson SG
  • Rick Nielsen's Hamer five-neck
  • Eric Clapton's Blackie Strat
  • Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat
  • Ace Frehely's smoking Les Paul
  • Dimebag Darrell's ML Dean
  • Brian May's homemade Red Special
  • Peter Frampton's custom three-pickup Les Paul
  • Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Stratocaster  
 
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Taste of Sacramento

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 where a Taste of Sacramento comes 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.
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Dog Days? Family Dog Days? flashback this Saturday

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 favorite jug band turned 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TKUk9nXjk
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Cafe Rock Menu for next week

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 Clapton will 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.
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60s dance party craze sweeps nation?

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 the Fillmore East and 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 the most 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.
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This Saturday's Revolution

Hippie festThis 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 first Earth day celebration..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 won George C. Scott an Acadamy Award.
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Tiger blows my mind

thumbnailI 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?  Tiger you blow my mind!
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Local Boy Playing in the Superbowl

LIVIN' THE DREAM: Former Substitute Teacher Playing In Super kyleBowl
At this time last year, the Indianapolis Colts' Kyle DeVan was standing in front of classrooms of kids as a substitute teacher. On Sunday, he will be standing in front of 100 million people, playing in the Super Bowl as a guard, blocking for Peyton Manning. He worked his way from living with is parents in Vacaville, California, substitute teaching, to playing in the arenafootball2 league with the Boise Burn, to getting a tryout with the Colts in training camp. He made the most of it, earned a spot on the roster -- and here he is.
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Stone's get their Ya Ya's out again

The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out

ya yaJanuary 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out. When it was released, Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone Magazine declared it the greatest live album of all time. But the main reason the album was recorded and released to begin with was to counter a very popular live bootleg recording that was circulating at the time, called “LIVEr Than You’ll Ever Be”. Many devout Stones fans and critics actually still consider this 1969 bootleg the best live Stones recording of all time. It had been recorded by a fan in the audience at an Oakland Coliseum show using a “shotgun” microphone and a small 5 inch reel to reel tape recorder, a fairly primitive method even for the time. Remarkably it boasts very clear well balanced and full sound. But it’s not just the recording quality; it’s the Stones performance itself. Let It Bleed had yet to be released at the time of the actual Oakland show and the Stones were heard blazing through Live with Me, Midnight Rambler and Gimme Shelter before anyone in the audience had actually ever heard them before. The Stones countered in January of 1970 by releasing, Get Yer Ya, Ya’s Out. A series of shows in Madison Square Garden in New York City and one show in Baltimore had been recorded the previous November. Mick Jagger’s initial vision of the album was to have it be a double disc that would include opening acts, B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner, but their label at the time would have none of that. The “suits” at Decca would say, “Who is B.B. King, who are these people” and trashed the idea. Mick says “I still have the original tapes at home and they’re very good”. And in fact you can now hear them for yourself as they’ve just been released as part of a four disc CD/DVD package that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original release of Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out. Whether you check the expanded new version or listen to the original vinyl or CD you will hear the Stones arguably at their creative prime. Beyond a strutting Mick Jagger and one of the best Rock and Roll rhythm sections of all time with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watt’s, you’ll hear newly minted Stone, Mick Taylor joyously sparing and trading licks with Keith Richards. Sympathy for the Devil is a particular highlight. But there are really no bad moments and the adrenalin soaked version of Jumpin’ Jack Flash and the greasy, gut bucket blues of their Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out version of Honky Tonk Women will go down in Rock and Roll infamy. Grab the volume knob and give it a hardy twist to the right and let us raise a whisky bottle and hail the band dubbed the “Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World”, from a time that they really were with a performance that perfectly marks them at their cockiest best!.
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Motorcycle exhibit at Museum

3935419169_d68e093ec1_mThis past weekend I went to the California automobile museum on Front St. here in Sacto. They have a really cool exhibit called "Born to Ride: Motorbikes past and present. If you love motorcycles, not just riding them but the bike itself, this is really a great collection of two wheel fun. There are motorcycles from Italy, Germany, Jampan and England, and of course the good ol U.S.A. I was amazed at the old vintage bikes like the 1942 Harley XA, a prototype bike. also the 1912 Harley owned by Steve McQueen and  a rare 1942 Crocker and a 53' ariel Mark ll.  The exhibit will run through March 12th and the Calif. automobile museum is located on Front Street. You can't miss it,  it has a Model T on the roof. Admission is 8 bucks for adults, kid under 5 are in free.
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New Years resolution for guys

3155595645_0917b748d0_mNEW YEAR'S: Resolutions All Guys Should Make
Have you made your New Year's resolution for 2010? Let me guess -- you're going to quit smoking and go on a diet and exercise more, right? Boring. You've already tried those and failed miserably. Try these instead ... AskMen.com has 10 resolutions that all men should make and follow through on in 2010: 10. Build a shelf. Do something productive around the house without hiring someone to do it. 9. Read a big book. 8. Make an appointment for a checkup. 7. Go to a career conference. 6. Devote more time to your hobbies. 5. Workout using the P90X (Power 90 Extreme) home exercise system. 4. Open a savings account. 3. Conquer a fear. 2. Help someone else. 1. Visit a new destination.
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King of the Bar

43426112_c342566442_mNEW YEAR'S:  Be The King Of The Bar  You only have one chance to make a first impression, which is why you need to know how to make an impressive entrance into the bar this New Year's Eve. You're going to be hunkered down at your favorite spot for several hours on New Year's Eve, so you want the other patrons to know that you're there to party and not just sit on a bar stool and complain about how much 2010 is going to suck. Maxim can help you. According to the men's magazine, how you enter the bar will determine what kind of night you will have. Haven't you notice that whenever you walk into a bar, everyone turns to see who just walked in? They all do it. You want those people to say, "Now there's a guy who's here to have a good time." Walking in with your head down as you make a bee-line for the bar will guarantee that you'll have a boring night. Maxim has a great idea. They suggest making friends as soon as possible. So how do you do this? It's easy. Walk up to the bar and immediately buy everyone within earshot a beer. It's going to cost you a lot cash, but you'll make instant friends, and it will most likely ensure that you won't have to buy another drink for the rest of the night.
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Xmas at Gramps farm

3352555230_b8570b62cf_mThis year my family and my staff from the Cafe Rock will be spending our Xmas day at my Grandpa's farm.  Old Max Keller is so old now, this might be his last Xmas with us. We will celebrate the Holiday with a good old fashioned country Xmas..Grandma will bake a Xmas goose that Gramps shot himself...I think from the pond at Land Park..The barn will have a warm stove, a long table and a few piles of manure..the kids love that. We'll play some touch football take a one horse open sleigh ride, well a goat actually, so we can only pull a few at a time. Gramps has been so generous allowing us to have Woodsquawk on his property every year. We are all going to make sure he has a great Xmas, we have a wonderful gift. I'ts a slide show of all the past moments of Woodsquawk
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Taking the checkerd flag

2606212059_ba7508e66b_mSomething happened this week that never happened before in Sports..a race car driver won the  " Male athelete of the year" award from Associate Press. Jimmie Johnson and his #48 car took the season championship for the 4th year in a row..4th consecutive year in a row, it's never been done and to me, seems almost impossible. This is like a team winning the Superbowl or the World Series 4 times in a row, and believe it, stock car racing is a team sport. Not in NASCAR'S 78 year history has a single driver/team won 4 consecutive championshiops, Jimmie Johnson is, as Mark Martin says.."Superman" Jimmie beat out Roger Federer Usain Bolt, Kobe Bryant, Albert Pujols and Tiger Woods.  Jimmie is simply the best stock car driver competing today. He is not the most colorful, interesting or controversial, but he is without a doubt, the best damn driver in NASCAR..Congrats to Jimmie.
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Momma's not too happy

2311054148_32de2c4824_mTIGER'S MOM GROWLING AT HER CUB Tiger Woods's charm isn't working on one woman -- his mother. Kultida Woods, who is very close to the troubled golf icon, is "furious" with him, according to a family friend who tells People magazine she "is hurt, angry and disappointed in Tiger [and] wants to know how he could do this to his family." Tiger lost another endorsement on Friday. Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has severed ties with him, a decision that will cost Woods about two-million bucks a year.
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Not such Fast food

3062117056_7d466a8966_mCongratulations, people of Denver! You've got a new neighbor ... the Ganja Gourmet -- a sit-down marijuana restaurant. Owner Steve Horowitz opened the restaurant, which features recipes with marijuana as an ingredient. "Once I started checking out dispensaries, I realized no one was specializing in edibles. I love to eat marijuana -- it's a much better buzz, it's a much different buzz, a more alert buzz," explained Horowitz. "And I'm a restaurant connoisseur, so I decided to get a license and open up and have the best edibles around." Ganja Gourmet offers lasagna, gourmet pizza, jambalaya, paella, chocolate mousse, and flavored cheesecakes, among other dishes.
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The Real Fleetwood Mac

250825751_37a57954a1_mThe Big Mac… No, not that Mac… or even that Mac! Mention Fleetwood Mac to most Eagle listeners and they think of Stevie Nicks and the band that made 1977’s Rumors, which sold in excess of 10-million copies. But allow archeologist Bob Keller to dig into the ancient history of the band and explore some of their early works as a Blues band and one of the most revered guitar players to ever pick up a Les Paul, Peter Green. Who? Is the response you get from most people, but many guitarists… and many brilliant guitarists in their own right, worship the playing of the guitarist that led a very different Mac: the 1967 to ’69 edition led by guitarist Peter Greenbaum, better known as Peter Green. No slight to the modern Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, another brilliant player, but the earliest incarnation of Fleetwood Mac milestone in the British blues scene. Green, bassist John McVie, and drummer Mick Fleetwood jumped ship from John Mayall’s influential Bluesbreakers (The band that brought Eric Clapton and the Stones, Mick Taylor their earliest fame) to form the band. Along with guitarist Jeremy Spencer, they were joined in 1968 by a third guitar player, Danny Kirwan, giving us the version of the group that recorded Fleetwood Mac’s third album, 1969’s Then Play On.  The Mac’s first two albums were true Blues revivals. But there was a hint of things to come in the Green-written singles, “Black Magic Woman” and the instrumental  “Albatross”.  Fleetwood Mac would become much more than just Blues tribute/cover band on Then Play On. The historic album is a masterpiece of blues-rock psychedelia and one of the greatest guitar romps ever set to Memorex. In addition to the now-classic riff-rampage of “Oh Well,” the album features the rumbling slide guitar exhibition, “Showbiz Blues”  and the shivery “Rattlesnake Shake”. The album is a mix of acoustic and electric moods that is comparable to Pete Townshend’s textural approach with the Who. But the Peter Green version of Fleetwood Mac was more organic. Instead of synthesizers they employed roadhouse piano and hypnotic drones on tunes like “Oh Well” not with sequencers, but with good old-fashioned finger power. Greens would  amaze with physically taxing riffs, but he was equally as staggering with his emotional, moody and melodic flights he took on his now legendary 1959 Les Paul. He achieved his dark creamy sound by serendipity; equal parts physical skill and accidental good fortune. At some point — a luthier working on Green’s instrument reversed the neck pickup putting it electrically out of phase with the bridge pickup, achieving a unique and distinctively throaty sonic quality.  That guitar made its recording debut on John Mayall’s A Hard Road, where it can be heard surfing the crest of feedback on “The Supernatural,” an instrumental that’s a perfect illustration of Green’s taste for shaded, minor-key melodies and singing, voice-like tones. Hearing “The Supernatural,” it’s obvious Green’s influence on Carlos Santana extends well beyond the Carlos’ cover of “Black Magic Woman.”  After leaving Fleetwood Mac, Green sold the guitar to his then student, Thin Lizzy guitarist, Gary Moore for a few hundred dollars. Earlier this decade Moore sold Green’s former guitar for well over $1-million, a big, fat testimonial to the instrument’s iconic status. Sadly, Green’s health degenerated after leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1970. His dabbling with LSD may have worsened his predilection for schizophrenia. Green spent much of the ’70s and ’80s struggling with his illness. In the ’90s he regained enough of his former self to begin playing again and the Peter Green Splinter Group. The Splinter Group recorded several albums, including 1998’s The Robert Johnson Songbook, before disbanding. Today Green tours occasionally with a new outfit billed as Peter Green and Friends. So if you want to explore a forgotten gem in the annuals of Rock history, let Professor Bob suggest, the Mac before they were the big Mac… massive Mac and listen to Fleetwood Mac’s, “Then Play On”.
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Back to basics

backjoyI never buy stuff I see on TV on informercials. But lately, my back has kept me at home cause I threw it out on Thanksgiving. So I'm home and see this product advertised called "Back-Joy"..of course it looked too good to be true so I went ahead and ordered it for the free 30 day trial. It finally arrived this week, and this thing is amazing. If you sit long hours and your back is taking the pain..this is the product. It doesn't look like much but it does work. check out their website..do a search for "Back-Joy"..ahhhh relief!
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Muscle Car

424167196_06408d2291_m101-YEAR-OLD GUY BUYS 426-HORSEPOWER CAMARO A 101-year-old man in Illinois, who happens to be eight months older than General Motors, bought a bright yellow, 426-horsepower Camaro SS -- the "Transformers" special edition model. Virgil Coffman traded in his Chevy Monte Carlo for the Camaro. "Driving by myself, I didn't need one of those big cars anymore," Virgil said. "I wanted a sports car." Virgil has already put about 1,800 miles on his new car, keeps his speed down. "Once in a while I like to kick it up," he said. "But I'm afraid to drive too fast and get a ticket, and then they might take my license away."
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Alice's restaurant

200px-Alice's_RestaurantAlice's Restaurant Massacree" [sic] (commonly referred to simply as "Alice's Restaurant") is one of singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, a musical monologue based on a true story that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965, and which inspired a 1969 movie of the same name. Guthrie, in a radio interview, said the song points out that any American citizen who was convicted of a crime, no matter how minor (in his case, it was littering), could avoid being conscripted to fight in the Vietnam War.[1] The song lasts 18 minutes and 34 seconds, occupying the entire A-side of Guthrie's 1967 debut record album, also titled Alice's Restaurant (Warner Reprise Records). It is notable as a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, in addition to being a hit song in its own right. The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the U.S. draft, and to end war. We will be playing the entire story/song on the eagle on Thanksgiving day..at 8am, Noon and 6pm. Take a seat at the table and dig in!
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Young and Rich

114781228_feb5ac32d3_mA 21 year old Michigan poker professional who chose cards over college won the World Series of Poker's main event in Las Vegas early this morning..winnng 8.55 Million and becoming the youngest player to win the tournament in it's 40 year history. Joe Cada of Shelby Township, Mich. turned over a pair of nines early after 46 year old Darvin Moon called his all in wager with a suited queen-jack.  You'll have to ask Tom Nakishima what all this means..the money part I get.
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Van Morrison with a side of fries

  54974250_0690c757f8_tVan Morrison and Bono to go...A restaurant in Las Vegas has put Van Morrison and U-2 frontman Bono on its menu. Murphy's Law Bar and Grill now has a Van Morrison breakfast wrap. Las Vegas Weekly calls it "a pile of corned beef hash combined with scrambled eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes and cheddar cheese, wrapped tight in a garlic herb tortilla."Murphy's Law named an item after Bono that seems more to be channeling the culinary excesses of Elvis Presley. His sandwich is "a thick layer of crunchy peanut butter and banana between two slices of fluffy white bread hand dipped in batter and fried golden, drizzled with chocolate syrup. There's no word on whether either of the celebrities offered the recipes or have ever consumed either of Murphy's new belly-busters.
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Festive Protection

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When it comes to people's sex habits, nothing should surprise us anymore. But, there are some novelty condoms out there that are just downright weird. The website WillyWardrobe.com has taken novelty condoms to a new level, letting customers wrap their junk in such things as:
  • Bananas
  • Crocodiles
  • Beer Mugs
  • Zebras
  • Gas Masks
  • Pigs
How nice to have your johnson wrapped in a beer mug..sexy?
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Most influential men 2009

3864402562_94ecff71ab_mASKMEN'S MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN OF 2009 AskMen has compiled its list of the 49 most influential men of 2009 -- and topping it is a man who doesn't exist. After more than 500-thousand AskMen.com readers voted, Mad Men's "Don Draper," played by Jon Hamm, landed atop the heap, ahead of Olympian Usain Bolt and Barack Obama. Here are the Top 10: 1. Don Draper 2. Usain Bolt 3. Barack Obama 4. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) 5. Simon Cowell 6. Michael Jackson 7. Steve Jobs (C-E-O of Apple) 8. Roger Federer 9. Peyton Manning 10. Dana White (U-F-C president) 11. Chef Ptomaine
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Academy of Science

3040387360_b6d78be6e4_mRecently visited the newly refurbished Acadamy of Science in SF. It's right across from the De Young Museum, the same location it has been it since it was built. I remember going there when I was in elementary school, the bus would take us there on a field trip. The place was magic then, and now it's even bigger and better. The Steinhart Aquarium, the Planetarium and a tropical rain forest are all under that roof..in fact the roof itself is living, planted with native plants..They have added a 'cypress swamp"..complete with a 12 foot albino alligater. The restaurant serves great food and the whole place is a monument to Natural History. Check it out..after you have walked through the museum, the good news is your at Golden Gate Park. take a walk around and enjoy  one of  San Francisco's finest assests..
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Fisheads Alert

250593029_671b312fd1_mFRIED GOLDFISH A Pasadena, Florida, woman had the cops called on her by her former common-low husband after she stole his goldfish and ate them. The woman was apparently angry that her ex had taken back some jewelry he'd given her when they were together. So she returned the favor and took seven goldfish that belonged to him. After taking the goldfish to her apartment, she fried them up and ate them. Since the fish were considered community property, the husband will have to take the issue to civil court.
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Cooking better than sex?

2887427240_f52c12c69d_mMost people assume that, in general, sex and babies are the main reasons people historically started getting married. But, according to anthropologist Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, men and women have a more important bond that unites them -- cooking. Wrangham believes that early human couples first bonded over food, especially once cooking techniques were developed. As soon as meat didn't have to be eaten raw, men would go out hunting and women would stay home to cook. In exchange, the woman -- and the food -- would also get the man's protection. Couples started partnering up -- and marriage was just around the corner.
  • Do you and your girlfriend or wife bond over food? Are there any foods that are particularly important to you?
  • How often do you and your girlfriend or wife cook together? Grocery shop together? Do you each have your own territory? Or ... Do you work together when getting meals together?
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High on the Job?

48267762_07cfc29028_t1Smoking weed while trying to do anything "productive" doesn't make sense. The two just don't mix. If you're a lawyer, airline pilot or brain surgeon, you probably need all your brain cells to get the job done. But for many of us with far less intense jobs, pot might actually HELP you do your job. Here are some jobs where weed actually improves your job performance: 1. Video Editor -- After watching hours of the same video footage thousands of times, weed calms you down and lets you see things through fresh eyes. The smoke delivers clarity. 2. Phone Company Customer Service Representative -- We can only absorb so much punishment. If it's your job to listen to people complain all day about the bad service they're getting, being high will definitely help take the edge off. 3. Artist -- Smoking marijuana might as well be a prerequisite for this job. Getting high opens up your creative mind in ways that sober thinking never can. 4. Rock D.J....oh yeah.
  • Do you have such a miserable job right now that the only way to get through it is to stay drunk or high?
  • Have you ever been busted for being drunk or high on the job? How did that go down? Were you fired on the spot? Or... Were you able to talk your way out of trouble?
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Drink up and Drive

103785506_c7bdf3e4e0_mDESIGNATED DOLLAR SIGNS A man in Pinellas Park, Florida, won a $209,000 judgment against a bar that roughed him up and threw him out because he was a designated driver and wouldn't drink. The case led to the Florida Legislature to pass the "designated driver law," which prevents bars from kicking out customers who don't drink alcohol. Representatives for the bar didn't even show up to the court for the proceedings, which led to a quick decision to grant the victim a victory. Now he is a rich designated driver.
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Free NFL !?

3890000588_50c304c3d4_mNFL REBROADCASTING BLACKOUT GAMES Expecting crappy ticket sales this season in a down economy, the NFL will be posting blacked-out games for free viewing on their website -- after the game has already been played and broadcast on network television. Games that are blacked out in home team markets will be shown in full for free beginning at midnight on the day of the game -- and will remain on the site for 72 hours. It's the least NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can do, right? "We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously," Goodell said. "These free rebroadcasts on NFL.com will allow our fans that can't get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game." Right ... Twelve hours after the smoke clears.
  • Has it gotten to the point where you'd rather watch football from the comfort of your own home, on your high-def TV instead of paying through the nose to battle traffic and sit a mile away from the action? Or... Is there still no greater thrill for you than to sit in the stands and cheer your team on?
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    Supercharged Jerky

    158661201_2a70bd1c18_mCAFFEINATED BEEF JERKY We live in wondrous times. If you've ever been too lazy to open a Mountain Dew while chewing on a Slim Jim, you can now just gnaw on Perky Jerky, which is beef jerky infused with 150 milligrams of caffeine. The caffeine comes from guarana which, as a nutritional supplement, provides about twice the amount of caffeine as coffee.... Do you eat weird foods in the morning? Any non-breakfast foods that you happily chow on before work?
    • How hooked on caffeine are you? How many doses are you getting each day? All throughout the day? How rough would it be to quit cold turkey?
    • What's the most ridiculous processed food that you enjoy on a regular basis? Anything that has absolutely, positively nothing natural in it?

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    You say Rod Stewart started like this?

    2612352468_42b7618ee2_mTwo street performers in London were banned from a local suburb after residents complained that they played the same two songs over and over again.   Using a guitar and garbage can lids, the two beggars would play renditions of "Wonderwall" by Oasis and "Faith" by George Michael ad nauseam.   After hearing enough complaints, the Birmingham City Council banned the two men for life from the neighborhood.They were also banned from begging anywhere in England or Wales. Countles musicians have "busked" as it's called when you play on the streets for change. Rod Stewart did it for years, So did Steve Miller. Of course, they sang really good songs.
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    Are you rich enough?

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    According to a new study from the University of California-Berkeley, the rich got richer and the poor got poorer during 2007. The wealthiest 15,000 American households, those making more than $11.5 million a year, accounted for a record 6.04 percent of the nation's $8.7 trillion in income. The previous year those households amassed 5.46 percent of the total. On the other hand, the share of all U.S. income made by the 66 million Americans who earn less than $30,000 a year shrank by 2.3 percent from 2006, a decline of $149 per taxpayer.:
    • What do you honestly think of people who have more than you do or are more professionally successful? Do you feel jealous? Resentful? Or ... Does it inspire you to work harder?
    • Do you, right now, consider yourself to be rich? (Almost nobody does ...) Do you consider yourself to be poor? How much would you have to make for your to consider yourself rich?
    For me, wealth is something that goes beyond money. Wealth is health and happiness..how bout you?
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    Rod Stewart upgrade

    rod1 Pam Nelson of Sacramento  won a 3rd Row tickets upgrade and Definitive Rod Stewart CD courtesy of Rhino Records. Pretty good night for Pam, thanks for listening to the Eagle.
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    BEER HERE NOW

    201746278_7ca1c765af_mWHAT YOUR BEER SAYS ABOUT YOU

     

    There was a lot of attention paid to the brand of beer chosen by each participant in the White House "Beer Summit" last Thursday ... President Obama had a Bud Light, Vice President Biden had a non-alcoholic Buckler, Professor Henry Gates had a Sam Adams Light, and Sgt. James Crowley had a Blue Moon.

     

    Bud/Bud Light: The everyman

    Bud is the beer for guys who like beer. In a relationship, a Bud man is a man's man. He might favor traditional gender roles, but the Bud Man is nothing if not dependable.

     

    Red Stripe: The jet-setter

    Instead of drinking beer to drink beer (or simply to get drunk) this guy has a beer because he likes the taste of it. He could just have easily gone for a good scotch, but instead selected this beer. This man is always up for an adventure but may be slightly detached emotionally or easily distracted.

     

    Blue Moon: The trendy guy Blue Moon is the beer guys drink when they think they should grow up and stop drinking Bud. While the Blue Moon man can be into appearances, he still has a good deal of confidence ("Yeah, my beer has an orange slice in it, what of it?") and would be a good partner in a relationship.

     

    Corona: The partier

    Corona is a beer for a fun-loving guy. Whether it's Cinco de Mayo or a backyard cookout, the guy with the Corona is probably double-fisting them and having the time of his life. He's also probably a fast and fun lover. Expect a wild time from this guy.

     

    Keystone Light/Natural Light: The college boy

    If he's still drinking Keystone Light or Natural Light he's still in a college mentality. And that's fine ... if he's still in college. If not, you might want to wean him onto something else.

     

    Pabst Blue Ribbon: The hipster With PBR making a counter-culture comeback it's easy to pick out the hipster in your midst. A PBR drinker is going to be more sensitive to your needs and want to take time to please you. The down side is he might also be emotionally dependent.

     

    Where does that leave me? I like Schlitz...oh, wait here it is, it says I am so out of it, I should be drinking Olympia. ..how bout you, what's your favorite.??

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    Extra Money

    artichokeHey  it seems everybody could use some extra money,  what are you doing, if anything, to generate a little income? Whether you are lucky enough to have a job, or unemployed and looking for one, we all have to come up with ways to bring in the dough. Any ideas? What has worked for you?..One of my favorite ways to raise some quick cash is to go down to Raley's, buy 4 artichokes for a buck and then sell them at the off ramp of the freeway for 50 cents each. That's 100 percent profit right there my friend.  Well good luck, and when you feel the need for an artichoke, I'll be at the intersection of X street and 15th..
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    Eating & Driving

    446461295_b04af9f15d_m1WORST FOODS TO EAT WHILE DRIVING   Just about everyone does something OTHER than drive when they're behind the wheel -- like texting, putting on makeup, talking on the phone. And yes, a lot of people eat while they drive.   Some foods only require one hand to eat, some have a higher spill factor and some are downright dangerous! Insure.com lists some of the worst foods to eat while driving:   Coffee: It always manages to spill somehow and it's usually HOT. Hot soup: Many people drink it like coffee and it poses the same risks. Tacos: A food that can disassemble itself without help = MESSY! Hamburgers: From the grease to ketchup, mayo or mustard, there's plenty of goop to end up on your hands, clothes, steering wheel, etc. Anything BBQ: The sauce may be yummy, but it will end up on whatever you touch. Fried chicken: Another food that leaves you with greasy hands that can also leave the steering wheel greasy, along with staining your clothes. Jelly doughnuts: Has anyone ever eaten a jelly doughnut without some of the stuff oozing out? Imagine it on your clothes or car seats. Chocolate: As it melts, it gets all over your fingers, leaving its mark anywhere you touch. Try cleaning it off the steering wheel and you could end up swerving. Just Asking ... What are you guilty of eating or drinking in the car? Have you ever had an accident or a near-miss? What's the most dangerous thing you do while behind the wheel?
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    Hendrix Murdered?

    jimiFor close to 40 years there's been speculation over whether Jimi Hendrix was murdered. Now John Bannister, the doctor who tried to resuscitate Hendrix on September 18th, 1970, says '"it's plausible". I wonder, is this the same doctor that tried to bring Michael Jackson back from the dead. The Doctor says that the volume of wine in Jimi's hair, clothing, lungs and stomach was enormous. James Tappy Wright, Jimi's roadie, recently revealed in his book Rock Roadie, ..that manager Michel Jeffrey admitted killing Jimi because he was "worth more dead than alive". It remains speculation mostly because the principle people involved are either dead or discredited. It will be a story that will live on for a while. It gets me thinking about Brian Jones and his death. When so much booze and drugs are involved, the lines get blurry as to what really happened. In fact I can't even think about this anymore..I'm going out for a drink. Check the video blog for more on this story.
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    Staycation

    2762110389_8129973610_m3THE STAY-CATION   Let's fact it, a lot of us can't afford to take a trip this summer. But that doesn't mean we can't have a vacation. A "stay-cation" can give you much needed R&R -- and you won't have to leave your zip code or bust your budget. Here's how ...   1. Break The Routine: It's a vacation -- you gotta treat it like it is one. That means no fix it or clean it projects around the house. This is the time to stay up late and sleep in, eat whatever you want, spend hours reading in the yard, or go out for a long lunch. 2. Turn Tourist: Know how people who live in Paris have never been to the Eiffel Tower? You probably haven't visited your own local tourist traps. Grab a travel guide, hit the library or contact your local tourism bureau! 3. Treat Yourself: OK, the whole idea of the stay-cation is to save money, but that doesn't mean you can't splurge a little. Take the dough you saved on airfare and treat yourself to a spa day, dinner at a fancy hot-spot, or an expensive bottle of wine. You'll still come out ahead ...     Just Asking ... Did you have to scrap your vacation plans this year? What are you doing instead? Anyone actually having a stay-cation? Any tips for making the most of it?
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    Sweet Cop Shop

    208692428_8a433b5267_m     COPS BUY DOUGHNUT SHOP   The Police Department in Clare, Michigan, purchased a local bakery that was being closed and re-named the establishment "Cops & Doughnuts." The nine-member department will volunteer their time to the 113-year-old shop and do not expect to be paid for their baking efforts.   The cops are selling apparel for their new store, including a T-shirt stating, "You Have The Right To Remain Glazed.
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    BBQ tips for the 4th

    2632138944_72489f70de_mSo, the big Fourth of July party will be held at your place. Basking in the glory of being the grill master is the easy part. Paying for the party is the hard part. Meat, if you haven't noticed, is expensive. Luckily, you can get away with putting out a great spread without breaking the bank. You just have to know where to look for cheap meat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when firing up the grill: 1. Buy in Bulk -- Always buy your meats in family packs. You get a much better deal and you can repackage leftovers into freezer bags. 2. Skewers -- Consider making skewers and use a bunch of (cheap) veggies. Dainty cubes of meat are much more reasonably priced than big slabs. 3. Fat Content -- Cheaper cuts of steak often grill better due to the fat content, so go with the 7- bone chuck steaks. 4. Cheat with Potatoes -- Always bake potatoes on the grill before your cuts of meat. You can fill your guests up on a baked potato so they don't chow down on your expensive meat.
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    Mind if I play through?

    35901522_a680d43f9d_mDRUNK OF THE DAYA Richfield, Wisconsin, man attempted to drive a golf cart 40 miles to his home ... while drunk. Oh, and he was on a major highway as well. The 47-year-old had downed at least ten beers before he took off on the cart after relatives had left him at a local golf course. The police report later said that the man wasn't sure where he was when the police pulled him over and that "he did not even realize he was driving the golf cart on the road until he saw the squad with the lights behind him." He was released into his wife's custody after being charged with multiple offenses.
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    Where did my sandwhich go?

    MAN ATTACKED FOR BOLOGNA SANDWICH 2206103469_2bdb60aeca_mGeez, it's bad enough the big bully kid took your lunch money when you were a kid...these things shouldn't happen when your all growed up! An Oklahoma City man had his bologna sandwich stolen from him when a man punched him in the face, snagged the sandwich, and then ran away. Twenty-four-year-old Roger Hamilton was sitting on a bench waiting for a bus when another man began eyeing him and his sandwich. When cops arrived they found Hamilton with a swollen lip and a face covered in blood. The bologna sandwich was priced at 76 cents.
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    Shower thoughts

    shower Not everyone sings in the shower, which is probably a good thing. Some folks do their best thinking while lathering up -- and the Waterpik company found out exactly what we're thinking about. People were allowed to pick as many answers as they wanted to. 56 percent of people go over their to-do lists. 41 percent think about their problems. 33 percent simply daydream. 28 percent think about work. 24 percent have sex on their minds. 20 percent obsess about their weight. For what it's worth, women have a little longer to think about all this stuff. The average gal showers for 14 minutes, while the average guy takes only 12.  
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    Dine Out for less

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    Dining out is one of the first things to get cut from the family budget in tough times. But even if you're tightening your belt, you can still find some bargain eats out there. Consumer Reports magazine offers the following tips to get the most bang for your buck when hitting a neighborhood eatery.Look for bargains on the menu. Many places offer buy-one-get one-free appetizers and entrees, or all-you-can-eat specials. And ask about getting a half-portion for a lower price. Sign up for E-mail alerts Show your age Time your visit. Order takeout. Don't forget the Eagle's half off Sacramento deals! Getting food to go at least saves the cost of a tip, and the list of chains accepting online and telephone orders is growing. So are the ranks of those allowing curbside pickup. A lot of eateries offer specials on weekdays and at off-peak hours. . Many family chains have reduced-price menus for kids under age 10 or 12 and seniors over 55. If you reveal your birthday, some chains are particularly generous. . Chain websites are a great source of menu specials, discounts and other promotions. Plug in your E-mail address and the coupons will roll in.
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    Cleaning up after Woodsquak

    ac28njwcar73igjca5ky082cajkkojxcaq9tzggcagbjth5calfw77mcaylf347ca23wuzvcanxaa22cau4o7otcaae8d4hca4d3m3qcaw5y578cahrh1s3ca14vhu4ca7jglsicasu40e6ca334dksWe have collected over 150 tons of trash from Max Keller's farm. If you lost anything check back in about a week. I found a great set of Dentures, (lower) that some left in an empty jar of peanut butter. We also have hundreds of pairs of soiled underwear. We found a small dog under the conession stand who answers to the name of "dog". Be sure to check back here for some of your lost garbage. If not claimed in a month, we will be glad to burn it for you. Thanks..
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    Sweet Dreams

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    Sometimes counting sheep isn't enough to help you get to sleep. More than half of Americans say they sleep well only a few nights a week, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Prevention magazine has some suggestions on how to get all the Z's you need.
    • Unplug an hour before bed. That includes the television, computer, cell phone and any other glowing tech tools. The brain misreads artificial light as daylight, so it doesn't release melatonin, a sleep-regulating chemical.
    • Meditate or pray for 10 minutes. Several studies show that it can help reduce anxiety, release negative thinking and improve sleep. Sit quietly in a comfortable position and repeat a phrase you find relaxing.
    • Set a bedtime and stick to it. Going to bed at different times throws your body clock out of whack. It's better if you hit the sack at the same time every night and set the alarm for the same time every morning -- even on weekends.
    • Keep the bedroom cool. Exactly how cool depends on your preference, but 65 to 68 degrees usually works. Wear lightweight pajamas and cover up with a sheet instead of a blanket. This will reduce the likelihood of night sweats.
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    This may not be the best time to go looking for a new job -- but it's the perfect time to improve the one you have right now. Career coach Chris Connolly has a few easy-to-implement tricks to do just that.
    • Improve Your Workspace. Photos and plants can work wonders, but if you can't add those, just do some spring cleaning. If you clear off your desk and get control of clutter, you'll feel less stressed.
    • Talk Amongst Yourselves. Being social not only makes life more pleasant, it can improve your work profile. When you chat with the boss, you can highlight your achievements without grandstanding.
    • Get Some Fresh Air. Never eat at your desk -- it blurs the line between your personal and professional lives. And sunlight eases the risk of depression.
    • Cross-train. If you're bored with your daily tasks, ask for more. Seriously. If you hear of a project that sounds interesting, ask to be counted in, even if it means a little more work.
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    Money talk

    money1Money has always played a huge role in marriage, and in these shaky economic times, it has become more important than ever before. According to Bethany and Scott Palmer, also known as "The Money Couple," the trouble with money and marriage isn't even the money itself. Instead, it's learning how to talk about your finances -- in other words, "financial intimacy." Some clues that you don't have financial intimacy:
    • You Argue About Money. Some couples believe they're supposed to argue about money -- that it's natural. It's not. There are ways to hash out differences without getting worked up.
    • Talking About Money Makes You Uncomfortable. If talking about money makes you uncomfortable, you're likely to avoid the topic, which can lead to further troubles.
    • You're Resentful of the Way Your Spouse Handles Money. Both people in the relationship need to be committed to the family's financial goals. If you're not, it's only a matter of time before resentment boils over
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    Party Chatter

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    The old saying that you should never discuss politics or religion at parties still holds true. But those aren't the only topics that should be avoided.Social etiquette experts agree that these seven things will bring any party conversation to a screeching halt.
    • A dream
    • The recent changes in your child's nap schedule
    • The route you took to get here and the traffic you experienced
    • An excellent meal you once had at a restaurant
    • The latest additions to your wine cellar
    • An account of your last tennis game
    • The plot of a movie, play or book -- in particular, the funny parts
    What do these subjects have in common? The listener has nothing to add. He or she must just hear you describe your experience. So stick to topics that let the other person talk as much as you -- and ask questions, don't just tell stories.
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    Let em' Roll

    THIS COURSE IS CRAPS Wannabe gamblers, this is the class for you. A community college in Connecticut is offering a non-credit course for students interested in learning how to play craps. 68-year-old Nino Nistri, who teaches the course at Manchester Community College, said he's been gambling since he was 11 and has been teaching people the rules and language of the game of craps since 2000. The class, which begins today, consists of four two-hour sessions. Each student will receive a pair of regulation dice, a laminated odds sheet and a copy of Nistri's book, titled Craps.dice
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    Hungover at work?

    workHUNGOVER AT WORK? Had one too many last night? Work never seemed so much like WORK, did it? Here are 10 Tips For Getting Through The Work Day: 1. Drink Lots Of Water Chances are, you're still dehydrated. So your first step is to grab a big glass of water. Sip it slowly (especially if your stomach's feeling dodgy). 2. Take Painkillers A mild-to-moderate painkiller will help with the headache. You might also want to take something to settle your stomach. 3. Eat Something Most people don't feel like eating when they're hungover, but food will help your body recover faster. Try some dry toast or crackers if you really think your stomach's not up to much. 4. Avoid Conflicts Of course, it's a good idea to avoid getting into arguments with workmates anyway -- but if you're hungover, make an extra effort to avoid situations where you're likely to over-react. One of your co-workers has just said the stupidest thing ever about the economy? Let it go. 5. Take Your Time Even straightforward tasks can be a struggle when you're hungover. Don't rush things. Even if you have a lot of work going on, you're going to lose more time by making mistakes that you have to fix than by taking your time in the first place. 6. Avoid Clients This might not always be an option, but if you don't need to see clients, then try not to. Let's face it -- you're not looking your best.. 7. Tackle Easy Tasks If you have some choice over your work (and most of us do), then go for some of those boring, routine little jobs that you keep putting off. It's a good chance to get through them while you're feeling sub-par. 8. Take a Nap During your lunch break, or another official/scheduled break, put your head down and take a nap. (Note: avoid doing this when you're supposed to be working, however tempting it is. It's extremely unlikely to impress your boss.) 9. Ask For Help Even if you're normally totally confident about the reports you write, the problems you solve, or the widgets you make, you might make mistakes when you're hungover. Ask a colleague to look things over for you. 10. Don't Mention The Hangover It's amazing how many people will tell co-workers outright: "I'm so hungover today." The last thing you want is for the boss to hear about this ... and office gossip can spread fast. If anyone comments on your paleness, just say that you slept badly or that you're feeling a bit under the weather. For more on this click here
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    He listens to what?

    When a new relationship blossoms there are new discoveries every day. Some of them are happy and others -- well -- they are almost deal-breakers. For instance, Laura Tisdel scrolled through her new boyfriend's iTunes library to uncover the truth about his taste in music. Laura was appalled. There, amidst Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones albums, were ones by Air Supply ... and Wham ... and Meat Loaf! "Not their greatest hits," Laura said with a sigh. "All of them." Her heart kinda sank at that moment. "I went through a moment of mourning," says Laura. But that was two years ago, and they're still together. They've recovered. Laura says she can accept his quirky taste in music -- but when they're in the car together she controls the tunes

    Do you and your significant other have a music conflict problem? I am lucky, my wife Shelly has great music-bandtaste in music and knows the good stuff from the bad…lucky me.

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    I Do?

    marriageMarriage is a big deal in America. It's constantly talked about and analyzed. It's entered into with HUGE fanfare. It shapes the way our entire society functions.   But according to Andrew J. Cherlin, author of The Marriage-Go-Round, Americans marry, cohabitate, and switch partners more than other Western societies, despite the fact they place more value on the institution of marriage than other societies do.   Cherlin also points out that marriage for many is a STATED GOAL. People (especially women?) set out on a quest to settle down and get married. In that case, marriage isn't really romantic. It's just a relief. (Whew! I found someone ... or ... Whew! I fooled someone into marrying me.) How bout you..did you feel pressured to get married?
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    Mexican Import

    mexico Mexico is such a generous country. Over the years they have given us Killer Bees, Drug crazed gangs, illegal immigrants and now the Swine Flu.Here is a list of some preventitive measures you can take to stay healthy and happy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for preventing the spread of influenza -- both the swine and other varieties. (We've added an interpretive statement alongside each entry. Feel free to add your own.)
    Avoid close contact It's time to shower alone
    Stay home when you're sick Stay home when everybody else is sick
    Cover your mouth and nose Some folks may need to cover more than their mouth and nose
    Clean your hands And wash behind your ears
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth In short, don't pick your nose
    Hope these suggestions help..good luck Ole'
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    Classic Rock Swap Meet

    bob-r5-11Join me Saturday April 18th at the R5 record store at 16th and Broadway for a swap meet of rock and roll memorabilia. Music, Posters, Programs, Pictures or anything is welcome. There will be live music, vendors, food and drink and lost of great memories. This is a free event and will go on for most of the day. If you want to have vendor space call R5 records and reserve your spot.
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    Turn off your Computer!

    electric2As companies try to cut cost in today's economic meltdown, an amazaing statistic surfaced recently. U.S. organizations squader 2.8 billion dollars a year to power computers that are unused. That's about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide roughly the equivalent of 4 million cars, thrown into the environment.  I know when I leave the Eagle at night, I somtimes forget to turn my PC off..what a waste!. It turns out that if the world's 1 billion PCs were powered down just one night, it would save enough energy to light the Empire State Building-inside and out-for over 30 years. I guess workers don't feel responsible for the electicity bills at work. It so simple to turn off your PC, takes about 1 or 2 seconds, and you are saving your company money, your saving the environment and it really will make a huge difference over time. I would tell you more, but I'm going to turn off my computer now.......see you next blog.
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    Tony Stewart Home on the Range

    tony-stewartWell NASCAR has found even new ways to market the many corporate sponsors you see on the cars, the drivers, the track and everywhere you look. They have a new online show about driver Tony Stewart. It's a reality show called "Off Track With Tony Stewart". The show takes you to his sumptious 414 acre property inthe woods of southern Indiana, it will take you into his garagae where you can take a pick at his 79 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The Smokey and the Bandit edition no less. Tony is a colorful guy, personable and very talented as a driver. He formed his own team this year, Stewart-Haas . His life is busy and about to get busier. The show which can be seen at NASCAR.com and Yahoo.com will start airing episodes, on April 1st. No this isnt' an April fools day joke, although with Tony Stewart, you never know. Be sure to play the Eagle's "Race For The Cup" online at eagle969.com. Pick Tony one week, he is in the #14 Car...good luck.
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    Morganna the kissing bandit

    morgannaDo you remember Morganna the kissing bandit? She was a sports icon for all the right reasons. From the early 70s through the 80s she would show up at sporting events, usually baseball games, and run out onto the field and kiss the hell out of  one of the players, usually the pitcher. She had way over sized breasts that she would hide under a bulky coat. When the time was right she would jump onto the playing field and do her thing and the crowd would go crazy. She was arrested each time she did this which of course would fuel her notoriety. She has been retired for over 10 years now, her last notable appearance before retirement was in the Farrelly Brothers feature film Kingpin, appearing as herself. Morganna now live in Columbus ohio. She no longer grants intervies or does appearances. It's a shame there is no Youtube or any clip available for viewing. America's pastime has lost track of one of the greats..maybe she'll show up in Baseball's hall of fame. Cooperstown here we come!!
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    Getting back to Nature

    bob-gone-madTaken on a sailboat somewhere off the coast of South America..1977
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    Welcome To The New Site!

    eaglestaff-200x1501Hey guys! Welcome to what I think is the best damn website I've laid eyes on in a long time-the new and improved Eagle website. You'll notice some nice features on here, like new blogs from all of the staff, which will be updated regularly. Also, I like the front page video player a lot. Take a look around and let us know what you think. Send us an e-mail at feedback@eagle969.com
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    Valentine's Day Used To Be Fun

    Valentine's day used to be fun. When I was a kid, we would have these little envelopes on our desk at school and each kid would put a valentine into the other kids envelope. It was like delivering the mail. Of course I would look to see right away if the hot little girl across from me left me a valentine. Of course she didn't and the beginning of a long cycle of rejection started at an early age. The disturbing part was a lot of the guys left cards in my mail box. Gee it's great to have friends, but this is Valentines' day for crying out loud. The teacher would always leave one and my 6th grade teacher was beautiful. I took this as a good sign and maybe one day we would run off together. It's a bit odd to have 6th graders celebrating love and romance..I get Xmas cards, but Valentines Cards are for people who's hormones have started to kick in. Maybe it was just a good life lesson in the value of buying things for the girl in your life. These days the little valentine card isn't enough..these days, it's off to Shane Company for a little gemstone action. Of course my wife returns the favor, she puts a little valentine in my envelope on my desk at home..everything comes around eh?
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