Well, it’s already been a couple weeks and I still haven’t really figured out how I can ever top the amazing year I had last year.
They just announced the Coachella line up….do I finally take a stab at it and go? The headliners don’t look that interesting, but the rest of the bill has some great bands….hummm, stay tuned on that question. I snagged a ticket to see Jeff Beck for the first time with Imelda May (who I saw at Glasto and Hop Farm). Small place and a cheap seat at the back, but it’ll be cool to finally see another legend that I’ve never seen before. I have to be more cautious after the expense of last year, so I suspect that this year will be more smaller shows Frankly, those are often better shows to see. So, we’ll see how it all plays out. I’ll miss Glasto when it arrives and likely wish I could be back there….maybe someday?
I’ve seen one show so far, however it was a private concert at a trade show I attended in Las Vegas. Phil Vassar, a country artist. I have to admit that it was a heck of a show. In a smallish ballroom at the MGM Grand with just Phil and piano. I wasn’t familiar with his music, but he played some hits (I’m told)….Little Red Rodeo, Six-pack Summer and My Next Thirty Years are all songs I recall hearing and listed on his greatest hits CD. But, more than that…he was a heck of an entertainer. He played so many covers, I can’t even bring them all to mind. But, there was an awesome sing-along on his version of the Billy Joel song Piano Man. He seemed genuinely happy to be on stage and really had a lot of audience interaction. He even signed CD’s for everyone after. And it wasn’t the quick “hurry them through” method. He took time to chat and pose with everyone, asked questions and discussed things like where we were from and really seemed to be having fun. A terrific experience and a cool guy. I plan to check out more of his music, simply based on having such a positive experience.
Really buried with work, but it looks like I may see Robert Randolph and the Family Band in Orlando in a few weeks. I’ll have more more to say about that I’m sure. In the meantime…here’s some Robert Randolph as a bit of a tease…Hope you all enjoy it!