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A Bit of Catch Up… Jeff Fest, Slab Fork and Lollapalooza!

WebBanner_960x338What a great time we had at Jeff Fest again!  The band sounded good and the sound folks did an excellent job.  Not to mention Rob and Sharon made us feel like a million bucks and quickly took care of any problems at hand.  It is really one of the best festivals in the City and many thanks to the Jefferson Park  Chamber for making it happen.  If you have kids this is a must festival.  For a mere $5 entry you get the bounce houses, arts and crafts, a fantastic family stage with many interactive acts not to mention the great music coming from the mainstage!  With plenty of great food and beverages available I highly recommend you to put this one on next years calendar.

slab forkI would be highly remiss here if I failed to mention the show my friend and fellow Poochamungas bandmate put together back on July 16th.  Alton Smith gathered some of the best musicians in the city (some of my favorite people too!) and once again paid tribute to the music of Bill Withers. For a mere $10 at the City Winery one got to behold the power and majesty of a tour de’ force musical experience.  When and if they perform again I shall let you know and you should make haste to wherever they are playing.  Thank you Bill, Wally, John, John, Gerald, Mike, Steve, Manny and Alton for doing what you do so well!

Kidzapalooza-6-photo-imageThis Friday I get to play on the Kidzapalooza stage at Lollapalooza with some of my favorite Chicago Kindie Folk!  Many thanks to Laura Doherty for setting it up and for Tor Hyams for having us perform.  If you’re at Lolla stop on by Friday at 1:30pm. I will be performing along with some super talented Chicago folks including Little Miss Ann, Mr. Singer, Jeanie B!, and Ralph of Ralph’s World not to mention Laura herself!  Make a visit it’ll be a lot of fun!

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A Gig to the Wayback… Jeff Fest!!!

jeff park signThis weekend I am super pumped to be playing the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, more commonly called JEFF FEST! We take the stage on Sunday 2pm.  Back long ago when I was a mere skinny lad with a full head of hair. Back in the summer of 1980 (I think). The place to be was the Jeff Park Pool.  My friends and I were part of the first twenty kids in line when it opened.  Finally we had a public pool of our own with a diving board!  Prior to it opening we had to go to Norwood Park Pool which had two significant problems. One you had to jeff park poolget a ride from a parent to get there.  Chauffeur us as they did, a lot (before the seatbelt laws you could get quite a few kids in a station wagon), they had things to do and weren’t always available.  Second was the fact it was the coldest damn pool in the Midwest.  I recall the pool leaked and instead of fixing it they just kept filling it.  I can remember jumping off the diving board, hitting the water and my eyes froze open. Arms and legs felt like they were encased in ice.  Did I tell my buddies how cold it was… well the scream as I surfaced may have given it away.  They all jumped in anyway.  It became a rite passage.  The Jeff Park Pool represented freedom.  No longer did we have to get norwood park poolrides because it was only a THREE BLOCK WALK and one major intersection to cross.   No longer was the pool freezing!   By the second week all the lifeguards knew our names and eventually made us junior lifeguards (swim tested at the beach).  We all became pool rats and swam every day. The next summer as well.  I did once manage to forget my sister once (she claims twice) and she never lets me forget it, Sorry (again) Mouse.  Other than that all I can remember is magical days of Marco Polo, can openers off the diving board (bigger splash than a cannonball) and seeing who could swim a length underwater.  So if I’m a bit nostalgic on stage on Sunday it’s because I’m remembering all those great times I had back in the day with the kids from this neighborhood. Sunday we’ll be creating new memories and making our own nostalgia.WebBanner_960x338

We’ve been on a 5 month hiatus due to work and life so we’re all primed and ready to rock.  Stop on by the show Sunday, July 27th at 2pm.  There are a lot of great acts over the weekend so if you can’t catch our show be sure to check a few out. Other than the food everything else takes place in the park proper and it is very family friendly. Drum circles, arts and crafts, kids stage, bouncy houses are all included in the entrance $5 entrance fee (kids 12 and under FREE). Plus don’t forget all the great music which is what Jeff Fest has become known for.   We’d be going to this fest even if I wasn’t playing as it’s one of our family favorites.  The action starts today.  Hope to see you there. Jeff Fest is where it’s at!

pooches at Jeff Fest

Jeff Fest and CD status

We had a great time at Jeff Fest.  The organizers couldn’t have been nicer and the sound crew did a fine job of making us sound good.  The wind caused some feedback in my guitar but that’s part of what happens when you play outdoor gigs.  We had the 12:30pm slot and families and friends arrived early and the concert area filled out nicely as we played.  Anyone who stopped to listen stayed to the end of the show.  Then my guitar strap did a second set with the Kuhls and the were pretty darn good as well. If you missed it we play next Saturday, August 10th in Kenosha. Go to http://www.poochamungas.com/events for times and links.

So the CD is in the hands of those who shall reproduce it. Very excited! It should be back in the next two weeks. So be on the lookout for updates.

Photos and Summer Gig Schedule

Pooch head stars

Today we not only have a rehearsal we also have to take photos for the upcoming CD release.  Not my favorite thing to do but necessary to promote the materials.  I have hired a professional photographer instead of the usual DIY photos we usually use.  So today he’s gonna take pics during rehearsal and then after as well.  I hope to get some good stuff given he’s taking photos of me… But I digress.  The big day is only 3 months away and lots to do before the “Official Release.”  No worries.

pooch summer schedule 13'

We have six great shows this summer.  Make sure you come on out and enjoy one of our live gigs.   We venture out of state a couple of times as well.  Like us on Facebook and keep up with our travels and gigs.