It’s been quiet here on the blog as I processed post Lollapalooza and the end of the summer. Now that the kids are back in school and the Poochamungas have 2 shows coming up I shall be writing again. I am also looking to broaden the page to be more than just music but can’t seem to get wordpress to work the way I need it too. In the meantime I have a new Hipwaders CD to talk about (Yeah!!!) and we’ve been listening to Brady Rymer’s latest Just Say Hi!. Hope you all had a great summer and great Labor Day weekend and see you back here soon!
This 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 get 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 rides 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.
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!
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Tagged Concert, festival, gig, Jeff Fest, jefferson, kids, kindie, lifegaurd, marco polo, music, norwood, nostalgia, park, rock, roll, summer, swimming
Photo by David T. Kindler
It’s Jeff Bogle’s (Out With The Kids) fault. A couple of years ago he convinced me to attend the Grammys as I had access to tickets and he was looking to go. Many fine kindie artists had been nominated that year and so I attended the Grammy Pre Telecast show to which one of my colleagues would win (The Okee Dokee Brothers won, yea!). Then in the middle of the show I was introduced to the music of John Fulbright with a blistering performance of Gawd Above. I became a fan on the spot. This year my photographer friend David Kindler asked if I was interested in attending the American Music Festival at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn. Heck yeah! I had wanted to go for years and knowing John Fulbright was playing sealed the deal. What a great fest indeed. I prefer my concerts without jumbotrons and this one is just the right size. Here are the highlights for me attending on the last day of the festival…
Walked in on the Bellfuries (Austin, Texas) with the sterling vocals of Joe Simeone and the Rock-a-sense-ability of Schecky Seaver, Mike Molnar and Chris Sensat. I could listen to them all day!
The Split Squad – What do you get when you hook up a bunch of career rock and roll guys? FACE MELTING ROCK! I also got some vinyl of the band. Double Win!
COCHOMBO – You take a Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Po’ Boy) + The best Andouille sausage I’ve ever had = Superior Sammich. The Cajun Combo so to speak. I ate two (one early, one late). Tom “Festival” Cimms and staff do a fine job indeed!
Girls, Guns and Glory with Sarah Borges – Amazing! Best surprise of the festival. Had no idea about either of these acts and was blown away. They have a 7″ Vinyl coming out out on July 20th and highly suggest you check it out!
John Fulbright – opened the show singing Acapella and quieted a full crowd. Amazing talent and songwriting ability. The inspiration for my coming to the festival and it was well deserved
Free Water available all over the festival.
$3.50 Miller Lite bottles
David Kindler – My favorite photographer. Never fails to make an introduction and really enjoys his work. His photos really capture the festival as seen here in this article. I was there because of his invite and will be back again next year.
Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly – Joe is an American treasure and sang a Townes Van Zandt song. You should catch him with Reckless Kelly who were down right smokin’. Magical closing song of the night for me with Not Fade Away.
The Sound Guys – Kept things rolling and sounding good with sooooo many bands.
Many thanks to the Fitzgerald family and staff for an outstanding job. This was my first year attending but definitely not my last. All fests should be run so well. Thank you for an outstanding day.
All Photos by David T. Kindler
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Tomorrow my daughter goes back to school. The inevitable return. The school year was moved up because of eliminating the different school tracks and putting all CPS on the same schedule. We were left with a short summer because of the strike combined with this earlier starting date. I know some parents are glad for the kids to be back. I understand with sitters and work and camps and life it’s easier for some families when the kids are in school. Well around here the Mrs. and I feel we just got our summer stride and it’s gone! Not only does my girl return for 3rd grade, my boy starts preschool half days! My year round partner is growing up too fast following in his sisters footsteps. I won’t say that having a few hours in the morning isn’t a nice thing, it’s just that it could have waited another month. When I was ready for it. Now is just too soon. Would of preferred a couple more bike rides, walks to the park and swimming in the neighbors pool. But that’s the nature of the universe. It always hands you today those thing you hope will land on a later day. Well time to move forward. We still have some warm weekends ahead. Hope everyone had a great summer and here’s to a happy, safe and healthy school year.