Brent tried out something new with this hip little number. I told him to try it by singing in French...and wearing a beret.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
El Guapos opened. They were a really fun band with a big following.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Like many Barenaked Ladies fans, I was saddened to hear of Steve's recent arrest for drug possession. And, also like many BNL fans, I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Steve and his bandmates. I first saw BNL in 1992 in Cincinnati at Bogarts, and quickly became a a loyal follower. About 12 years ago, due to some luck and timing, I somehow befriended BNL, and went to many shows over a three-year period (1996-1999). (You can find accounts of the shows I attended at http://www.onthatnote.com/bnaked.htm, but be kind about the 1997 Web design style. That site was what ultimately sparked an entire career change.) Before now, I never shared these personal experiences in public, mainly because I didn't want the guys in BNL to feel that I was trying to capitalize on my access to them. But, now I feel compelled to share my impressions of a group that is being unfairly characterized by many media outlets.
Over the entire time that I was in the company of Barenaked Ladies, I never saw a drug, heard of anyone discussing drug usage, never felt that anyone associated with the band was involved in any sort of drug scene. Even drinking was conservative. During that three-year period, I probably went to a show a month, on average, sometimes shows over several days in a row, in cities around the U.S. I even took a trip to Germany to see a BNL show in 1999. I spent time with them before and after shows, occasionally tagging along for meals or other events. They even came to my house in 1997 after their Earth Day Show in Houston. I have introduced many friends and family members, including my mother, to the guys in BNL, and they have always been welcoming, friendly, and charming. There may be others with different impressions, and granted, I haven't been in the fold for a few years, but these are my experiences.
Each show I attended, Steve has always had a warm greeting, a kind word, and a sincere interest in what was going on with me. Although I stopped "touring" to see BNL when I entered graduate school in 1999, I still see them when they come to Austin, the last time being about a year and a half ago. Steve has had a particular interest in my academic career, and I have been equally interested in his work with the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. He is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met and had the privilege to get to know. His family has always been important to him, so it saddened me to hear of the breakup of his marriage.
If you haven't seen a BNL show, then you might not be aware of what a rare talent Steve is. He's got an amazing voice and a quick wit. He can belt out "Memory" from Cats better than any Tony-award-winning actress. He breaks your heart with "Break Your Heart," and was surprisingly light on his feet during the show-stopping rap numbers that ended BNL sets for many years. If you search around the rest of my site, you'll see that I have seen quite a few bands in my time. But, few have delivered the consistently delightful performances that I experienced with BNL.
Those years traipsing around with BNL were very important to me. The memories are special. I remember my car getting stuck in the mud at HORDE in Austin, and Ed hanging out with me until someone came to tow it out. I remember a lovely sunset at Zilker Park, sitting on a rock with Kevin and Jim. I remember playing frisbee with band and crew behind the stage at HORDE in Oklahoma City while Smashing Pumpkins performed. I remember hanging out with Kevin in Germany, after his successful treatment for Leukemia.
Whatever the current circumstances, I support my friend Steve. I feel I have some insight into his true character, and I am pained by reading the accounts of his arrest. I wish him health, peace of mind, and the same joy that he has provided to me through his music and performances. I know the days ahead will be complicated for both him and the band, but he needs to know that his fans love him and want the best for him.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Craig Marshall was featured at the weekly Quack's showcase. Neal Mehta and Tony Velasco also played, but I arrived too late for Neal and was too busy chatting during Tony. Tony and his sister Claudia did a nice job with that Robert Plant/Alison Krauss song The Letter. I'll definitely get video of Tony next time.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
A solo set by Andrew Duplantis (of Son Volt, Tia Carrera, Jon Dee Graham, among others):
Neal Mehta doing an awesome cover of Pete Yorn's Strange Condition:
Basically some fun-filled enjoyment for the whole family!