KindieComm things to do…

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I am headed to KindieComm. A conference of my kindie peers and I am a bit excited to meet some new people and talk to old friends. Here are 11 Things I hope to accomplish while I am in the city of Brotherly Love…

  1.  Share a beer with the Legendary  Kathy O’Connel(Kids Corner)
  2. Hang out with the Jim Cosgrove and family
  3. Watch Seanster and the Monsters perform (Great CD!)
  4. The Liberty Bell
  5. Visit old Pine Forest Camp friends
  6. Go eat at a LA diner with KPL’s Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Wait I did that while Rolling with the Bogle ! So…
  7. Rollin’ with the (OWTK) Bogle…  PART DEUX!
  8. Hanging with Joanie Leeds Drummer (we never mention him by name)
  9. Hear great new music
  10. Book a gig or 2
  11. Laugh a lot

So if you’re at the conference be sure to stop by and say Hi!

How do they do it?

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For many of us that play in the kindie realm  we are all aware of the Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkners, Dan Zanes and The Okee Dokees of our genre. But how many are aware of the Kurt Gallaghers, Laura Dohertys and Jim Cosgroves?  LauraDohertyThese three fine individuals have been at this music thing for a very looooonnng time and making a living at it. If you’re going to KindieComm and a would be pursuer of music in this kindie/childrens/family/all ages realm and looking to make a living at it. I suggest you find one of these fine folks during the conference, buy them a beverage of their choice, sit down, ask some pertinent questions and hear what they have to say. That’s the best part of these festivals. The panels are informative but the conversations had with other artists and fellow kindieteers are PRICELESS.  Buy em a beverage and tell em John sent ya!

Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.

Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.

St. Patricks Day Weekend

Have a great weekend everybody! We’re going to the Chicago Northside Irish Parade which the kids are eagerly anticipating. I remember St Patrick’s day parties of the past which you can read about hereshamrock

Gone too soon. Thank you Oren

A  couple of years ago a fellow blogger and friend James Zahn (The Rock Father) invited me to join a Dad Blogger group on Facebook.  A man by the name of Oren Miller (A Blogger and a Father) welcomed me to the group he had started as a way for dads who blog to talk about their families, exchange ideas, argue a bit, offer support to fellow fathers and bloggers and most of all recognize the positive force dads are in society.  The only rule in the group is “Don’t be a Dick.”   Well this past week the man who had the brilliant idea to gather dad bloggers of all types died of stage four lung cancer.  He leaves behind a wife and two children .  I can only offer this.  Thank you Oren.  You inspired and touched the lives of so many people and so many that never even had the chance to meet you, myself included. You challenged people to be better by your words and actions.    I leave you all with an Old Irish Blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You can donate to Oren’s Family by clicking HERE.

Grammy Day!

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Five.  That’s the number of people and bands I know up for a winning a Grammy today. Four of them happen to be in the same category and the fifth I just met the other day and posted about (What are the odds?).  You won’t be seeing them during the prime telecast but the pre-show festivities are available to watch via the Grammy Webcast.   Oh those artists I mentioned. Well around here we’ll be rooting for Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Not forgetting my recent adveture with Keb Mo who has a few nominations of his own.  Good luck everyone and you’re all Grammy Worthy, even if you don’t win!

What are the odds?

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What do Keb Mo and I have in common?  We  both think Midwest Buy and Sell is one of the coolest guitar stores in the world.  This postage stamp of a store is filled with guitars, amps and assorted other music equipment. If  your’re driving  by looking for it at 6019 W. Irving. A few doors west of Austin Avenue don’t blink, cause you’ll miss it!  What was once a pawn store is now one of the coolest music places around.  I have bought  guitars, amps, monitors, etc. at great savings thanks to Wayne and his staff.  It’s a no pressure place when purchasing an instrument and they never try to “sell” you.  So you ask how I came by the fact that Keb Mo is a fan of Midwest Buy and Sell.  Last Monday I happened to be in said store (buying guitar strings) when Wayne and a customer were talking about how Keb Mo hadn’t stopped by the store in awhile and how he used to always stop when he was in town.  As I was working the upcoming Keb Mo show I informed them Keb Mo was going to be in town on Saturday.  There was a bit more conversation and I thought nothing of it till I went with Missy (Keb Mo’s tour manager) to pick up Keb Mo at the mall.  Upon picking up Keb I informed him how of the conversation I had earlier in the week. He mentioned he liked the store and asked how far it was. I said “20 minutes”. After a brief discussion with Missy he said “Let’s go!” with a big smile on his face.  Which totally made my week.  How often do you get to drive one of your favorite artists to your favorite guitar store?  First time in my life that 20150131_145726happened.  Do yourself a favor.  Go listen to Keb Mo ‘s new album cause it’s really good and then go buy it! Don’t forget to visit Midwest Buy and Sell either and tell them I sent ya!

Keb Mo and Laurie Berkner?

That is how my weekend is looking.  First Up is Keb Mo and I shall be the show runner which is a fancy word for gofer for the band.  Most importantly this allows me to see the show backstage and if you haven’s seen him perform he’s pretty darn good. His new album is well worth a listen.  A couple tickets are still available  at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts Skokie website.

Then Sunday Morning I shall be headed to see the superstar kindie singer  Laurie Berkner with my son at the Park West.  This will be the first concert I go to with just him. Up to now my daughter has been my partner in crime but it’s time to give the lad his due.  We’re looking to have a lot of fun as Laurie is one of the best for the younger set.