Thursday, January 24, 2008

Concert Calendar Information Sources

In my Concert Calendar on Damn Traffic, I cover only the shows that, in my humble opinion, my listeners would be interested in and only shows that are close to San Jose. I do this so that my Calendar is interesting to my listeners and does not take up too much of my show.

So, for you Blues lovers that want to see listings for every show in the Bay Area (and beyond), I have compiled a list of the information sources that I use for my Concert Calendar. I will update this list as new information sources are found.

The one source that I am not listing is the email messages that I receive from the entertainers themselves. Most of them send me this information because I asked them to keep me updated on their gigs through my KKUP Web Page.

The following artists have mailing lists, Yahoo Groups, or My Space pages that you can easily subscribe to by visiting their web sites:

Tommy Castro
Mighty Mike Shermer
Lara Price
JC Smith Band
Daniel Castro
Blues Cadillac

Information Sources (in alphabetical order)

Bistro Calendar
Damn Traffic Facebook Page for 6-3-09
Chris Cain Tour Schedule
Cruzin' the Bluz Blues Todo's This has been my main source for many years. Onnie really does a great job on this. I select most of her picks for my calendar. Onnie also has a list for Blues lovers in Arizona.
Delta Wires Calendar
Don Quixote's Concert Calendar
Calendar for Fox Theaters
Redwood City Blues Jam (Little Fox)
JC Smith Band Dates
JJs Blues Calendar
Number One Broadway
Poor House Bistro Events
The Mojo Lounge Calendar
The Seabright Brewery Calendar
Tommy Castro Tour Dates
Alternate for Tommy Castro on Rosebud Site
Lou's Pier 47 Schedule
Moe's Alley Calendar
Amy Lou's Blues Calendar
Jake Mackey and the Muddy Suns MySpace
Daniel Castro MySpace I'm really getting a warm spot in my heart for MySpace! I've found a lot of great Blues there lately!
Lara Price Website with links to her MySpace and Yahoo Groups
Stan Erhart Calendar
Blues Cadillac
Calendar for Ruthie & the Gents
Rosebud Artist Tourdates
Rosebud Artist Tourdates

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rockers Going Back to the Blues

An increasing trend in recent years is that rockers as they get older start going back to their Blues roots. Two such rockers recently caught my attention with their latest CDs. Alvin Lee blew me away with Saguitar, and Leslie West shook me with Collection.

Alvin Lee has been known for his high-energy, fast-paced guitar licks since we saw him play at Woodstock way back when. Those licks have aged like fine wine or should I say Tequila because they still have a lot of bite. Of course, there is something else there that can be gained only from decades on the road. That something is the Blues, and that something will make you Blues lovers out there really sit up and take notice.

Alvin expresses this new found Blues quality most eloquently in
Motel Blues. You can hear the weariness in his voice and feel the toll that those years on the road have taken. It's All Good really says it all, and I continued my lessons in the Blues with Education.

Leslie West shows us the power that we heard in his Mountain days, and that power has grown to be bigger than a mountain. It is now edged with the Blues to give it a foundation that reaches down to where Earthquakes are formed. He explores that very base in Sinner's Prayer. He really makes you feel for the man heading to the gallows in House of the Rising Sun, and rolls through the tunnel that goes under the mountain in Whisky Train.