Notes On a Napkin August 27
Praise the Lord for sunshine! Outdoor events are still on the forefront including trips to the beach.
My latest trek to the Long Beach Peninsula included a jaunt to Long Beach for the Jake the Alligator Man’s 75th Birthday Party. I missed the Bride of Jake contest, but arrived in time to see The Graceland Five, complete with an Elvis impersonator spoof. Songs included Warm Kentucky Rain, Viva Las Vegas, My Way and Don’t Be Cruel. Some of the ‘Brides’ were still hanging around in their mermaid’s outfits & makeup; they were quite a sight to behold. The winner posed on one of the vintage Cadillacs from the car show, not far from the outdoor stage.
One of the best outdoor events was Patrick Lamb and his band at the Gresham Plaza. His new CD It’s All Right Now is charting at No. 5 in Billboard and he played a few, such as the upbeat Walk Away, Sweet Tea and the title cut. Other notable tunes included The Closer I Get, Essence, Wild Wood, Everybody’s Talkin’ and New Love (dedicated to Patrick’s alma mater Mt Hood Community College). He commented on his musical education & how he chose MHCC over a full scholarship at Oregon State because of the superb music program there. He lamented the fact that MHCC now has no music program because of budget cuts & encouraged the crowd to support the music programs here. Patrick urged the audience to come closer & dance to tunes like Pick Up the Pieces and Bad Girls. His last song was a rousing version of Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed Delivered, a real crowd-pleaser. Watch for Patrick to be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame this October. The sound system at the Gresham Plaza was one of the elements that make this regular concert series a success, provided by Jay Lawhon of JBL Productions. His new sound setup is top-of-the-line & can accommodate the smallest of venues to concert halls. For information, call Jay at 503-666-3388 or contact him online at JBLDJ.com.
PE&D and friend Jeff Shivers joined me for Lloyd Jones’ Wednesday night jam at Blackwell’s recently. It was a hot jam with the core group including Dover Weinberg on keys, Dave Kahl on bass and Tom Klobas on drums. Vocalist LaRhonda Steele showed up for a few tunes, as well as Peter Moss on saxophone and others. Lloyd performed many tunes from his new CD to the delight of the crowd. See article by Jeff this issue for more news.
‘Til next time, we pray for peace & prosperity……Bonnie Carter, ed.