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  1. Actually, the Stephen Talkhouse is out past all the Strip-Malls of Long Island, and even out -past- the Hamptons. When I was in grad school I lived a bit past half-way out on the Island, and the Stephen Talkhouse was still a 2-or-more hour drive. I saw Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph and others out there a couple of times each. Nice little venue. Smaller than the Horseshoe. But nicer. Last time I saw Yonder in a place as small as either of those was in 2001.
  2. You lucky bastards YMSB @ the Horseshoe August 2nd Tickets go on sale May 22nd Hey, OK, it's the Horseshoe, BUT, it's YMSB! I think I should come over for this
  3. THE SILVER DOLLAR ROOM 486 SPADINA AVE.(@ College St.) TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 416-763-9139 http://www.silverdollarroom.com New Riders of the Purple Sage Featuring original members: David Nelson & Buddy Cage with Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna) Johnny Markowski (Stir Fried/JGB) Ronnie Penque (Stir Fried/JGB/Ripple) The New Riders of the Purple Sage Ride Again SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST, 9:30PM, $25(doors @ 7:30pm) http://www.ticketpro.ca http://www.thenewriders.com The long-awaited return of The New Riders of the Purple Sage has fans in a psychedelic head spin. Original members David Nelson (guitar and vocals) and Buddy Cage (pedal Steel) along with Michael Falzarano (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Johnny Markowski (drums and vocals) and Ronnie Penque (bass and vocals) have been treating their fans with NRPS original music for over a year now since the reformation of the group. Once called the greatest cosmic, psychedelic-country folk rock & roll band in the universe, the new lineup of NRPS will continue to revive its legendary reputation in the early Winter of 2007. Veterans David Nelson and Buddy Cage have put together a smokin' band to perform its timeless music to fans both old and new. "David and I will be playing our NRPS catalog," says Buddy Cage who replaced Jerry Garcia on pedal steel in the band's earliest lineup in 1971. Original bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away and are now a part of the ethereal band. They will undoubtedly be smiling down as their music lives on. Co-founder John Dawson cannot lend his considerable talents due to ongoing health problems although he will be there in spirit. Formed in 1969, The New Riders were signed to Columbia Records in 1971 by Clive Davis and its eponymous first album, New Riders of the Purple Sage, was released in September of that year to widespread acclaim. For the next 11 years the band continued to tour and release over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. The two bands that helped define country rock as we know it are The Eagles and The New Riders of the Purple Sage. If the Eagles were the Beatles of country rock, then The New Riders of the Purple Sage were The Rolling Stones - rockin', rowdy and genuine.
  4. Damn, wish I could get me some Jon Rae and the River. My favorite new band that I discovered up there. Did anyone make it to the New Years show?
  5. I don't think he had a troubled childhood.Both of his parents are involved in the church, as well as much of his family. I think growing up where he did, he could have had a troubled childhood, and has friends who did, but got involved in the church to avoid that... I'm not sure what happened to the music. I think I started wondering maybe late 2003 or early 2004. Setlists became somewhat repetitive, and the playing wasn't 'pushing the envelope' as much as he used to. I have no idea. I could be full of crap. I think, in part, the changes came with a new record deal, switching of the keyboard player, and I'm speculating change in management or handlers or what have you? Huge talent, lots of hype, maybe record company tried to mainstream him a bit, and he lost some support from the Jam community that really gave his career a boost in the beginning. If you want to hear some really goooood Robert, do yourself a favor and download these shows: http://www.archive.org/details/rrandolph2002-02-09.shnf http://www.archive.org/details/RRFB2003-01-10.shnf
  6. That's a deal! Strange thing... I had this dream last night that Whelan's Gate was remodeled, all the woodwork removed, bright lights and bright paint, and they only had 4 taps, like Coors and Bud. Maybe 'nightmare' is more appropriate than 'dream'!
  7. mattyp

    Ireland

    late September / early October supposedly we were very lucky. Beautiful weather! It rained less than 1/4 of the time.
  8. hmmmm the Disco Biscuits, eh? doesn't moe. want Lake Placid to let them do snoe.down next year?
  9. mattyp

    Ireland

    Cliffs of Moher are amazing. I'm going to go through our photo-journal of our trip, and make some comments/highlights: I thought Dublin was nice, but a bit overrated. When we were there, they were having the All Ireland Irish-Football Championship. The two competitors were two neighboring arch-rival counties from Northern Ireland. Everything in town was booked, so we ended up having to stay at a 5-star place. But, a pretty cool city. Check out the Library at Trinity College. You can get free tours of the University. Our tour guide was a modern day Oscar Wilde. Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1180... hmm Guinness Brewery is alright, to at least say you've done it. Best part is that you end up at the top, in a bar that is 360 floor to ceiling window, with GREAT views (and a 'free' pint) so go on a clear day. Also, the Brazen Head Pub is supposedly the oldest pub in Ireland, being 800 years old. Good food. Also, if you are a fan of beer you MUST go to one of the bars of the Porterhouse Brewing Company (the one we went to was in the Temple Bar section of Dublin), a true Irish beer maker. They have three stouts on tap, and will prove to you that Guinness truly is the Budweiser of stouts. For cities, I think we liked Galway much better than Dublin. Great bars. Great food. (actually, the food all over was much better than we expected it to be). A pub that has live music everynight is the Roisin Dubh. A shopping mall has been built around the old city walls. Near the Spanish Arch is this little restaurant called Nimmo's. It is a small two story stone building (used to be a fishmarket). It is not cheap, but is SOOO worth it. The menu is limited, and written up everyday on a chalkboard and brought to your table. (I think the phone number is 091-561114) You'll find old castles and sheep almost everywhere. Be careful driving. It will take a day to be used to driving on the other side. Blind corners can be dangerous, either for opposing traffic coming at you down the middle of the road, or sheep trying to cross the road. Kylemore Abbey is worth checking out, and I think it is close to Ashford Castle. Ashford Castle was a fantastic experience!!! If you go to the main dining room for dinner, you will need a coat and tie. They were able to provide me with a coat, but you'd be better off bringing your own. Very neat history of the place. From there you can do a boat tour of Lough Corrib. Inchagoill (island of the stranger) has the gravestone of the nephew of St. Patrick, and the remains of a 5th century church possibly built by st. patrick. Also, if you have time and money, on the Ashford Castle grounds you can get lessons in falconry (I decided no to do it in the end). Clonmacnoise south of Athlone was founded in 548 AD. Interesting historical site with some great huge stone Celtic Crosses. Roscrea Castle was a well done and interesting tour. The castle was completely restored (structurally), and gives you the feeling of what all those small castles laying in ruins that you'll come across must have been like. Birr Castle grounds and Gardens. It has a telescope that was the largest telescope in the world for 70 years. And box hedges that are over 300 years old. 6th century monastic site at Glendalough. Kilkenny is a nice little town. Good pubs, another cool castle tour. I forget if it is the Kerry Penninsula, or the Iveragh Penninsula, but out there about three miles off the western tip is Skellig Michael. From out there you cannot really see the mainland. Some monks built a monastery out there in the 6th century. They aren't really islands, but rather jagged rocks that jut straight out of the ocean. One of them is painted white with guano, one of the largest stops for some migratory birds, the other is where the monks built their monastery. I'm not sure there are any official tours of the island, but you will find locals who will take you out there on their boats. They'll drop you off, and come back later to pick you up. Because of the rough nature of the seas (we had to wait a few days for our chance, some days the trip was impossible) and the jagged rocky nature of the island, they can't really dock the boats. You then climb up thousands of steps to the top to reach this monastery. All old stone walls, 'beehive huts', gravestones, even an 'outhouse' perched over a thousand foot drop to the waters below. I guess they defended the site against vikings and such. My description doesn't do it justice. It truly was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Also, the Dingle Penninsula is well worth spending a few days there. The ocean side towns, the scenery. Really special. Many places there still speak Celtic, and many of the road signs are Celtic only. Some crazy tight mountain passes to drive through. In the middle of the Connor (Conor?) Pass you can stop and park by a stream coming down off the mountain. Find a trail and hike up the steep slope and you'll find this hidden lake/pond that is the source of the stream. Something special, great scenery, magical place. Look up on the vertical slopes rising up behind the pond and you will likely see sheep impossibly climbing them. Elsewhere on the penninsula you can find a hike that takes you to the top of a mountain/hill where an ancient Irish king used magic to set his fortress spinning at night so that no one could enter it (place called Cathair Chonroi,and the king was Curor Mac Daire). Also, on Dingle there is the Dunbeg Promontory Fort. The Gallarus Oratory is a good example of the 'beehive huts'. Over 1300 years old, these huts made of just local stone, with NO mortar, are water tight. Well, I've got to stop writing, and get on with my day. Hope some of this helps. I'd LOVE to hear about your trip when you get back. I hope to go there again someday.
  10. WOW, I wish I could be up there for this weekend... (though I am being tempted by thoughts of people here talking about roadtrip to Nero) This event was my first musical experience in Toronto, two years ago in 2005, upstairs at ElMo. Mark Wilson was awesome. Blew me away! Possibly best "Me and Julio" I've ever heard. I had a stronger than expected reaction to the birthday cake, and had to leave before seeing any Caution Jam. Didn't know anyone there at the time... Are there any live recordings of Mark Wilson circulating?
  11. mattyp

    Bonnaroo 2007

    good thing you aren't trying to make a career out of being a concert promoter! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [color:red]Hey, was it already posted that SuperFly is BUYING the property? They'll be installing permanent structures, and electrical grid, holding other events at the site.
  12. Hey there, Whew! I'm behind on my e-mail correspondence, and I guess I haven't been checking this board either... questcequecest? - I'm going to PM you with my phone numbers. Cheers Matty PS If you want to go to a REAL Boston bar, come down to Jamaica Plain (a few T stops south of Copley Square). Doyle's opened it's doors in 1882. One of the original walls still remains, and the bar in current use was installed in 1905. Plus, a GREAT selection of New England beer on tap, and well within walking distance or very short drive from my apartment. Far enough away from tourist spots and they only take cash, so it really is mostly a local bar. Kennedys, mayors, and other folks of that sort are known to stop by, old photos up all over the place.
  13. Hey Skanks! Just thought I'd drop a quick "Hello"! I'm getting settled down in Boston, and still trying to kick that cold I was carrying around the week before xmas. I met a whole bunch of you that week. Great times at the Festival of Lights - Winter Solstice Celebration in Kensington Market. Lots of faces and names, and not sure I connected them all, so feel free to drop me a note. I hope everyone has a great New Year Peace, Matty
  14. mattyp

    I am so sad

    So very sorry Cully. I could tell that she had a great life with you. I still remember the stories you were telling me about her when you took her camping to festivals this summer. Dogs truly are man's best friend. There is a saying something like "my goal in life is to be as good as the person my dog thinks I am".
  15. Has anybody heard this acoustic guitar duo? They are originally from Mexico, but now based in Dublin, Ireland. Got a CD of theirs as an early Christmas gift. Great great great listening. Check it out!
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