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Surprises at Every Turn (Local Live Music) 4-26-12

Jam at Muddy's
Vid James and Perry Hultgren at Muddys
Lee Blackmon and Friends

I expected not to have much to talk about this week, as my weekend was pretty well tied up. But things really did pop! And it all started with a jam at my favorite haunt…The Muddy Waters…

Impulsive? Me?

Jammin with Johnny O
The Karry Outz at 11th St.
Justin Morrissey solo
Mitch Bergeson and Vid James with Wicked Nature

My mother has been telling me for years that I’m too impulsive. This weekend I proved her right, and did some things so unexpected, so random I didn’t even have time to tell people I was doing them! But let’s start with Thursday’s Johnny O Jam, shall we?

Pardon Me, I'm a bit Scattered 4-16-12

If it hasn’t been obvious from my blog posts the last couple of months, here’s the truth – I’ve been a bit scattered lately. Yep – I’ll admit it. I’ve lost focus.

In 2000, I started on a path. I knew what I wanted and knew what it would take to get there. I wanted to work in Information Security – specifically Business Continuity.

I was convinced there were hundreds; no, thousands of organizations that needed to learn how to back up their data…

Pardon Me, I'm a bit Scattered 4-16-12

If it hasn’t been obvious from my blog posts the last couple of months, here’s the truth – I’ve been a bit scattered lately. Yep – I’ll admit it. I’ve lost focus.

In 2000, I started on a path. I knew what I wanted and knew what it would take to get there. I wanted to work in Information Security – specifically Business Continuity.

I was convinced there were hundreds; no, thousands of organizations that needed to learn how to back up their data…

Slow Down and Enjoy the (live) Music! 4-12-12

Danika Holmes and Band at Heros Pub
Jeff Hazen of Simon Says Uncle
Lee Blackmon on the patio at The Muddy Waters

Friday night at Hero’s Pub in Davenport, my conversation with Danika Holmes went as follows:

Danika – Hey! Great to see you!

Me – Hey! I’m glad I came out!

Danika – So where are you off to next?

Actually, that’s the same conversation we had the week before. Hmm…

So Much To Do So Little Time - Live Music in the Quad Cities 4-6-12

What a busy weekend for the music scene! Technically it’s becoming more like there is music happening somewhere in the Quad-cities every night of the week. My music week started Thursday night with the Johnny O Jam at the Muddy Waters. The usual suspects were there, including John T. O’Meara and Perry Hultgren. This week we saw some talented young musicians, including bass player Johnny Pena. The Thursday night jams at Muddy’s are great listening, especially if, like me, you love blues. I could listen to that all night… if I didn’t have to get up in the morning to go to work!

Shameless Plug for My Favorite Band? 3-29-12

I wasn’t out and about this past weekend like I have been recently. Family obligations kept me busy all week, including Friday. Saturday night I was in Muscatine with 1st Impression. For those who don’t know me all that well – I’ve known Lyle Harris for 20 years (gosh we’re old!) and Becky Anson since the early days of the band, more than 12 years ago. John Biondo and his awesome wife Tanya have become like family as well. I manage their Facebook page and Tweet their announcements. I’ve shot all the videos on their Youtube channel too.

St. Patrick's Weekend in the QC - 3-22-12

I headed out March 16 to visit old friends and make a few new friends. It turned out to be a great night, with some surprising and unusual musical instruments.

More Quad Cities Live Music 3-15-12

Last Friday, I finally went out to see a band that’s been on my wish list for a while, the Dirt Road Rockers. These guys have good energy and a great sound, and I really enjoyed the set. I got a few decent photos and shot some video (though I haven’t had the opportunity to review the video yet). Martini’s on the Rock (in Rock Island) is a cool place, but seems so small for a hard-rocking band. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough this summer to catch an outdoor show there on a nice night. And I’ll be looking for another opportunity to catch DRR as well.

Live Music - Weekend in the Quad Cities 3-8-12

I’m going to have to start calling this blog the Weekend Review (or something like that). Only this week, I’m adding a little bit about a weekday.

One day last week, I made a special trip downtown Davenport to Barrelhouse 211. I was meeting my son for dinner anyway, and he had a class downtown. I had heard that Danika Holmes was going to be playing an acoustic gig that night, and though I’ve mentioned her before in the blog, I haven’t had the opportunity to see her play. Here was my chance.

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