Well, I'm back from Verse 254 in Downtown York, PA and the above-mentioned benefit for Curt Potteiger. Curt is a much-loved and respected individual in the arts community here--a computer whiz, a teacher and a brilliant artist are among the many things he's complimented as being. I saw the latter myself in action one evening at a Second Saturday event.
Curt has battled brain tumors and related issues, and is recovering in hospital. The event tonight was to raise funds and make a video of the show that it might give him strength and know a lot of people dig him.
Dan is a good friend of Curt's and he along with Lovie Reinholt-Price put the event on and got it together. I was just happy to help out by being there and playing.
Verse 254 is in a row house, part home part art gallery, and Lovie's works are wonderful to see. She is self-taught, and has many really exceptional pieces. The place has a Facebook page; go look.
The load-in and jamming beforehand made one think this might be an interesting night, and it was.
Dharma Fools ended up opening the show...we were suppose to close the night but things have a way of changing, and we moved to the mid-card. Then we ended up opening. Fine with me.
Our set list:
"Beauty Way" (Eliza Gilkyson)
"Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Curt is a Gordon Lightfoot fan, yay!)
"The Show Goes On" -- this is a "new" song of mine. Actually I wrote it 2.5 years ago, and recently found it.
We did alright in the front room with a small audience scattered about the place. We played damned well, got a lot of nice compliments. For this I am thankful!
Dan then stood in with a fellow named Lane from Alexandria, VA. Used to live in York, and came up for the event. Awesome bass player...what else can I say?
Dan went to six-string, and they cranked through some R&B and rock classics, great stuff! A lady stepped in to sing "Evil Ways" with them, Mary Rose Kelly. Good work!
Dan's OTHER project, Moxy & Mayhem soon followed. Tell you what, Lauren's singing and work (both of them) is getting better and better. They opened with "Wish You Were Here," yes that one...Curt likes the Floyd, and on with some original stuff.
I spent a bit of the night on the camera, but also talking with quite a few other folks from the community. There is a well of great talent, and people are looking out for each other. It's something really cool.
I left after M&M because I gotta work tomorrow, but I think this was a good night, despite the monsoons.
Thanks to Lovie and her people, and Curt well knows there are people who have his back.
Blessed Be, Curt...we know you'll be back before we know it!
Dharma Fools got it done! This past week has been a busy one, as Dan and I worked to get our material ready for Day 1 of Alchemy for the Earth. Our former member Merryiad got us the gig (thank you, missed your presence!), and Cheryl Kilduff provided us with all we needed.
It was for me a nervous period, because we came off a terrible performance at open mic in York...the problem was me, and I didn't even blog about it because I was so unhappy with my show of whatever the hell that was. Just awful.
So I was determined to do better. This was officially the DF's first show under that name, and our first in over three years. A lot of folks have asked us where we were...real life and its circumstances tended to take us away, but since we started doing open mics, it finally took hold.
Alchemy for the Earth continues into Sunday--they are on Facebook. Much of the day was for Native American, spiritual and other events, raisings, rituals, and so forth. Fairy Fresh Farm is in a lovely area of Maryland. Finksburg is the town, but it's out in the farm country. Farms and newer homes co-exist well here.
The farm built us a small stage, down by the roadside, and across from vendors, with the bigger events up on the hill.
Lauren and Chris Mason (she of Moxy & Mayhem, with Dan) and their sons brought us their new PA gear, and we sounded quite good. Well done.
The weather threatened but held off enough for the DF's...our set list:
Back Porch/Beauty Way (latter is Eliza Gilkyson's song)
The Mystery (New song)
Too Many Clues in this Room (Gordon Lightfoot)
He Left Me His Guitar
Is There Any Other Way? (New song)
Street of the Broken Dreams
Fragile Thing (Big Country)
Live My Life (new song, by Dan)
Broken Stones (Paul Weller)
When We Were Stars
End of the Road
Rain dripped in and out, but the small group hung in, and we did have to cut our set of the last two pieces. I was really thrilled to get some of the old songs in, plus a couple of new ones.
Dan's song was a rocker, and he laid down a helluva solo...we need more of that, we do.
As for me, I'm satisfied with my performance. Couple of guitar change slipups near the end, but not a bad show at all. Very grateful I am to get through that and feel really good out the other side.
We also got tips...$5 worth! It's a start! Thank you for that!
So we got done, and M&M were supposed take the stage at four. Mother Nature had other ideas. The rain came down (and it still is out here)...it became a safety issue, and sadly M&M were postponed.
They may get to do it tomorrow afternoon, but they may also go to the Mother Earth Harvest Fair @ Spoutwood Farm in the Glen Rock area. I felt bad for Dan and Lauren, but they took it in stride. Other days are gonna come.
I took a walk about after, visited the booths and talked with some of the folks. Really nice people, and we got some nice compliments on our music and originality. I'm thankful and pleased.
So yeah, we got soaking wet in tearing everything down, and drove back through nasty weather, but it was worth it!
So far, our next event will be in York on October 11th, the benefit for Curt Potteiger, but I assume we'll find more to do.
Thanks to Cheryl Kilduff, and to everyone else for their having us, the support and the good compliments. Feels really nice to get it done!
Well, well! A pre-Labor Day full house in effect at the Holy Hound Taproom! An excellent night of music, and I will do my best to make sure I include as many people as I can remember.
Chris Dempwolf, and these are not in order...a cool duo named Eddi &...someone, argh I'm sorry I can't remember. Electric guitar and piano, and a great cover of a Peter Frampton classic.
Elijah Cross, brilliant on piano and vocals as ever...lovely version of "Levon."
A violinist and singer named Helena and two friends did some great stuff...the guitarist borrowed mine, and wouldn't you know?
I have a Martin...and the jack keeps coming loose and cut out! A Martin! Oh, someone is gonna hear from me about this.
Anyway, Helena and her friends were fantastic. Williamson Vetter came to play, our friend Keith with help from others...Jasper the Tourist, acoustic solo, very nice...Brian Shoop, acoustic solo...
We were in the middle of it; with a shot guitar, we just mic'd the front and rolled with it.
Our set list:
"Beauty Way" (E. Gilkyson) "Dark Star" "He Left Me His Guitar" "Fragile Thing" (Big Country) "Black Ambition"
We were good, but not as good as most of the others. This is something we need to remedy, but we did get good compliments on our tightness. So it's all good. We have three weeks to get ready for Alchemy of the Earth in MD, and we'll do it.
Ronn Benway was on hand to close the show, but as always Sympathy and the Lion stole it! They are an exceptional group, and if you can seen them, by all means do so!
There may have been others and I'm sorry if I forgot. But a full house and a great night of fantastic music!
It is a lot of fun, and makes a rough night more than bearable.
So yeah...we are getting ready for the show on the 21st...more on our page!
Well, another fun night of music at the Holy Hound Taproom...you never know who will show up at these things.
Chris Dempwolf, our compere opened with another good set. Next up was a fellow named Tony C., who drums locally, but he gave us a one-man Beat Box performance, which was really quite good! Like I say...you never know.
Our friends Williamson and Keith are now called "Room for Rent." They did a couple of country classics, and I mean Classics: "Help Me Make it Through the Night" and "For the Good Times." Keith can sing anything...they then moved into some other tunes, including a couple of W's. Good fun.
Then it was our turn--our set list:
"Back Porch" (instrumental we warm up with) "Beauty Way" (E. Gilkyson tune) "Blade" "The One at the End of the Road" -- this is an old Ahltyrra song that we brought back. Little rough, but okay. "Fragile Thing" -- a Big Country song I've loved for years, and we finally got to do it. "Unifnished" -- another from the Ahltyrra catalog. "Black Ambition"
I think that was it.
Brian Shoop, who is Chris' bass player came in to sing a number of his songs, always good.
Then the stage was cleared for three members of Sympathy & the Lion. Local Americana type band, very good stuff!
Our man Ronn Benway was there tonight, but did not play...odd...but he is always fun to be around.
Well! Good get back for the first time in a while. We are playing in Finksburg, MD at the Alchemy for the Earth event on September 21st--Dan's other band, Durango Moon is also on the card. Really interesting event of Native American, New Age, Pagan type events. I think we will have a good time--the Facebook page has details!
Well, some good news...the Dharma Fools are slated to make their official stage appearance here!
Alchemy for the Earth takes place in Finksburg, MD on the 21st of September -- times, stages and so forth not yet determined, but we'll keep you up.
We'd heard for some time about this event, and it appears we are now headed to play the fall, and do well with it...very excited!
My back is doing better, but is still a short distance from fully healing. A long, slow process but that's how it goes. I am playing again, and we'll be out and about soon.
Thanks for reading and your support!
Wow, one month from! Was it really that long? For those who wondered about the Dharma Fools, well yours truly has been on the Unable to Perform List for a time.
I underwent surgery to correct an issue in my leg on July 1; while at it, two sebaceous cysts were also taken out of me. The one on my lower back has been the big issue: it was the size of a small tennis ball, and the wound was troublesome. Stitches kept breaking, and finally it had to heal inside out. Still doing it, but needless to say, standing and holding a guitar, or sitting with one the way I play was not happening. Too much stress, and I'm still feeling it.
Dan and I did return to the Vibe Room tonight, and we will try to get back to Open Mic Night at the Holy Hound on Sunday.
We went over some old stuff, a couple of songs from the treasure chest, and Dan played me some of his stuff. Good licks, good songs.
As for playing elsewhere...Dan's other project, generally known as Durango Moon, also goes by the name of Moxy & Mayhem. They landed a spot at the Music Fest coming up in Hanover soon. Supposedly they are also on the bill at the Maryland Harvest Festival; DF's should be too, but we don't know for sure.
Anyway, just good to get back at it for a bit!
Well, it's a regular thing for us, and the Holy Hound Taproom has become one of the better Open Mic shows in the York area.
Chris Dempwolf opened up as usual, followed by a fellow named Chris Pearson. A young folksinger who has some Neil Young to him. Has an interesting moving of his feet style as he plays, but it works for him.
We went next...the set list:
Beauty Way (E. Gilkyson) The Mystery (new song of mine) Blade Too Many Clues in This Room (G. Lightfoot) Dark Star Don't Kick Me When I'm Down (G. Santarella) Black Ambition
We have done better, but we did well to get some nice applause and fine compliments.
Dan joined our friends Williamson and Keith for a cool fusion/folkie set of stuff...always fun to listen to and watch.
Ronn Benway dropped in for an acoustic set and was joined by Chris' bandmate Brian Shoop on Roland synth. Neat stuff.
A lot of fun...right now, it's a needed thing. Not seeing much in the way of paying gigs out there, but we keep at it, we'll see.
Can't say enough about the Hound. Nice place in the downtown, good people, good music, always a pleasure.
A steamy night in York, and another good one for music at the Holy Hound Taproom in the downtown. Good crowd tonight that filtered in and out, and quite the lineup.
Chris Dempwolf opened up, and followed by a number of solo and ad hoc acts. Durango Moon (which includes Dan on bass there too) returned and played some good stuff.
Our friend Keith and his Black and Bluez collection included Lauren, Dan, Williamson and a fellow with a gorgeous Gibson electric I did not get the name of.
We did nicely tonight, and got extra time:
The Beauty Way (Eliza Gilkyson) Blade Street of the Broken Dreams Don't Kick Me When I'm Down (Gary Santarella) Black Ambition
We were tight tonight, all good. Two members of Sympathy & the Lion closed out the night. This is a band that has got a very unique sound, very Americana like. Reminds me of the Jayhawks.
Real good stuff, and nice guys.
Got some good compliments, and I feel quite over the moon. Some nights, it's just good. Way good from top to bottom of the bill!
Well, Dharma Fools went back to the Holy Hound for the Sunday night Open Mic. One of those odd nights...slow filling up, then a good crowd, then they were gone.
Lot of good stuff tonight; a band that is making a name for themselves around here called Sympathy and the Lion played just before us...really awesome Americana type of band, reminded me of the Jayhawks. Good stuff.
Our man Williamson was there, among others, too...a fellow named Tom Kerns (hope I got it right) played some acoustic oldies, and our friend Keith joined him.
We went on kinda late, and the crowd vanished after Symphony. We went ahead:
The Beauty Way (Eliza Gilkyson) Blade He Left Me His Guitar Black Ambition
We did alright...then Keith came back on for Black and Bluez...well, like Sons of Different Mothers, B/B is a band that is Keith and whomever shows up.
He reeled seven of us, including Dan, Williamson and me into it, and we ended the night with a heavy blues jam. Great night.
Keith is a deacon at a nearby church, and the basement is free because it is...man plays flute, harp and sings...we all felt really jacked after it...another band in the works, another project, who knows?
Either way it was a lot of fun, and those of you who left? You missed it! Fun was what it was all about, on the night. See what happens after that...
Alright...back from the Second Saturday event, my first time there, and what a night indeed. For those who do not know, it's like this: The Office Furniture Outlet, 519 N. Franklin St. in York is just that, a warehouse for office furniture of various sorts. Well, Ronn Benway and the gang host benefits on the second Saturday (natch) each month.
Tonight's event was an art show with some of the proceeds to benefit the Universalist Unitarian Church. And of course, music...open mic, cool stuff.
I hopefully will be able to snag some photos and a couple that I snapped, but I must say, the York music scene is alive and very well.
I'm sorry to say I'll not remember every name and face, but I'll do my best: Sabrina Duke, Williamson, Cody K, Kennedy, the Plums, and us, and...yeah, that's my memory, I apologize.
We'll have photos and stuff eventually and you'll see more here or on our Facebook page.
"The Beauty Way" (Eliza Gilkyson) "Blade" "That's Entertainment" (The Jam) "Black Ambition"
Beauty Way is a great song that is so much the story of a lot of our lives. So many versions, but my personal favorite is Ray Wylie Hubbard's. I sing like him on it, so there you go.
"Blade" is an old song never before played live. The content was such that our old band would not do it, because it was too personal.
It found its way into my e-book, "Parasite Girls" which comes out later this year. SHAMELESS PLUG!
Those and a couple of staple tunes went over well! Very relieved and thrilled.
Met lots of cool artist people, performers, our old friend Parker, great time.
This is really fun, even though we're not making money (yet). Nice to meet like minded folks who dig music and each other. Very nice indeed.
So tomorrow night, we go to Holy Hound for the Open Mic! See you then!