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Erica Brown / Blog

Erica & Friends June Schedule, fun with The Samples, and More!

Hey everybody! Not even (as I’m writing this) a week thru June yet, and last weekend was a crazy fun preview of what the month will be! Starting with some “accidental fun”- Friday the 3rd, I accompanied my “younger brother” Adrian Williams to a great small venue called Teddy T’s (soon to be The Continental-new owner Steve Lemonidis is revamping the place in all the right ways). I chatted with Steve, and watched the band set up. Steve told me that none other than The Samples were the band for the evening! Okay, this place is DEFINITELY going in the right direction! Steve was everywhere at once, making sure all was well with the patrons and the staff. I have to say I was really impressed. So I picked up a menu that had the new logo on it and had a peek. I’m a fan of steak, and when I saw the menu, I thought, “okay, kinda ambitious, but whatever”…then I saw what was coming out of the kitchen. Heaven on a plate! But that evening, I was there for the fun and music, so I reluctantly passed on dinner, but gonna go back soon!! Anyway, once the band arrived and started to set up, I realized the bass player was none other than old friend Rich Ross!! I knew Rich through Xiren (whose song “Gateway Drug” I can’t get out of my head!!) when I did backup vocals on a couple of tunes for his CD “Trip-R”. So Rich introduces me to Sean Kelly. Sean is really a fun dude (I loved watching him take pictures of fans and friends as they were taking pictures of him!) and I was psyched about hearing the music! O…M…G…ya’ll. Sean’s voice is unbelievable!! We were all dancing on the dancefloor, the aisles, in our seats, and anywhere else we could find room, singing along to songs we knew, and I was blown away by the power and passion that they display onstage. Oftentimes, you can love a band on a CD, but in my mind, the measure of a band is in their stage show, and these guys truly deliver! Rich tells Sean that they should have me up to do one, and Sean is all in, so we go for it at the top of the next set. Another measure of a great musician is how much direction you need to give if you’re really winging it (aka never even met before, much less played together). And these guys needed nearly NO direction…we were seriously using the Force-and it was using US! Lemme tell ya, we TORE THE HOUSE DOWN and the energy was through the roof!! To paraphrase my dear friend Bob Margolin, “nothing hurt, and I knew I’d made some new friends” Fellas, I LOVE you!! Saturday the 4th, the band went to Oskar Blues in Lyons, CO. It is always a homecoming playing Oskar’s, and it holds such a special place in my heart. The very first blues festival I ever played was for them, back when the EBB was a young and hungry blues band getting our foot in the door of Colorado blues. We made new friends, caught up with old friends, and had a magical night! Well, I’m bracing for the insane onslaught that is gonna be the Greeley Blues Jam June 10th & 11th! We will headline the outdoor Plaza Friday night at 6pm after the youth showcase (and stay tuned…I’ll have a special guest or two up for some fun that evening) and I’ll be hosting an Allstar Jam on Saturday evening after my group’s slot and right before headliner Robert Randolph and the Family Band!! I’ve wanted to share a bill with them FOREVER, and we finally get the chance!! What a weekend this will be…go to the website for more info, cause there is so much that I can’t list here! I’ll recap our time there in the July Log because I’m sure there will be a ton of fun to talk about!! The last public show in June will be at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids on the 25th of June. Our very first turn in there was back in February, where we recorded the live tracks you can hear on the Music page. We’re looking forward to having a wonderful time there again, so come out and hang with us! Love to all!...E