Roberta's Blog - I've Been Away

I've been away, but not entirely. In case you haven’t noticed, the Roberta’s Blog portion of Local Scene has been a bit quiet these last few weeks. And my crazy schedule of shows has slowed down considerably. The last two weekends I only covered one show each weekend.

I’ve been limited because of an injury. It not only slowed me down, but made typing difficult so I haven’t been able to write as much as I used to. In fact the first week, just getting the calendar listing up took almost my whole week.

I’m slowly easing back into my work, and hopefully you’ll start seeing more writing and photos. I’ve managed to recruit a little help again with the calendar, and I would like to take this time to thank Cristina Amador-Perez for stepping up and taking on some of the calendar entry duties. A big block of the calendar entries for the last 2 weeks have been hers. This freed up my limited, one-handed typing to write the Busted Chandeliers story that was posted earlier this week. And there are more stories coming.

I would also like to thank the group of friends and family who provided me with transportation in the first couple of weeks after my accident. In my first meeting with the doctor, I was given the news that I would not be able to drive for 3 months! I wondered how I was going to manage that. However, after surgery and a brief recovery period, I was astonished to learn that I would be allowed to drive as long as I could manage without the narcotic pain medication. That took a load off my mind, as some really nice people had been providing me a way to shows and other errands so I could at least stay semi-active. I didn’t want to lean on them any more than I had already. You all know who you are – there are too many to list. Good Samaritans every one!

Thanks to those people, you saw photos from the Still Standing CD release at the RME, Wicked Liz and the Bellyswirls at the Muddy Waters, and the Mark Avey band at RIBCO. Since those first couple of weeks, I’ve managed to catch a special Daytrotter RSVP-only show (catch that Iowa artist Trevor Sensor at Codfish Hollow on May 22… he’s REALLY good!), The Kris Lager Band with Jason Carl & the Whole Damn Band, The Candymakers’ vinyl release party with the Maytags and Dead Larry, Sidetracked Saloon’s 1 year anniversary with the Dirty Water Boys, the Iowa Blues Challenge Preliminaries and the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Fundraiser. Though I averaged only 2 nights of music per week, it still turned out to be a whole lot of great music!

Keep those show flyers and posters coming – each one that is shared out through the Local Scene page goes out on Facebook and through our Twitter feed. We’ve recently added Instagram, and will be posting photos from shows there. Show videos clips go out through Keek – which features 36-second video clips.

There’s so much going on this weekend, I don’t know where to begin. I know I’ll be checking out some shows tonight – including bands I haven’t had the opportunity to see yet (hmm, wonder where I will end up?) and tomorrow evening you’ll find me at a musical wedding celebration and then the Ballroom Thieves/Busted Chandeliers DUAL CD release party. How cool is that? 2 releases in one show! I’ll have photos for sure.