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3/25/09 12:59 PM
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Has anyone seen him lately? I'm familiar with some of his stuff, just wonder what his recent tours have been like.

A friend is opening up for him, and I know it will be a blast regardless.
3/25/09 3:25 PM
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I saw him about 10 years ago and he killed. I'll bet the material he's playing today is very similar...

Who's your friend? Great gig!
3/25/09 5:30 PM
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Paul James is opening.

The Phoenix isn't my favourite venue, but I can't not go to this one.
3/26/09 4:22 PM
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Cool man, I've got some of his cds.
Can you get me on the guest list?
It's worth a cold bottle of budget beer, how can you refuse?
3/26/09 4:43 PM
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I'll check. It's never a problem to get on his guest list for his gigs, not sure about this one. I'll let you know tomorrow.
3/26/09 4:49 PM
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Cool, thanks man!
3/26/09 6:04 PM
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Paul James it still kicking eh? Pretty cool. Sounds like a good show.

I don't listen to a lot of Johnny Winter but I really dig some of his brothers albums
3/26/09 6:36 PM
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Yeah he still plays a couple gigs a week here. He does everything, backing in other people's bands, his own gigs, weddings, casinos, free outdoor shows, bandshell at the ex.

I've seen him and Mark Knopfler fucking around on acoustics on his front porch with a morning coffee. Same goes for Dylan but that was in the evening with plenty of hooch.

To be honest, I think that's when he plays best. I much prefer his acoustic blues to his electric act.
3/26/09 11:31 PM
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 If there is a quiet moment between songs,shout "Hey Johnny, where's your brother?"

He really likes that.
3/27/09 3:02 PM
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Good idea, I'm going to keep requesting Frankenstein too.
3/27/09 11:46 PM
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4/3/09 6:08 PM
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I have backed up Johnny about 20 years ago.Another old friend,David Gogo toured in Canada recently w/ him.Johnny is a big Magic Sam fan.Not me,the original guy.

He looks like an evil albino rabbit when the spotlight hits him in the face.Beady lil' red laser beam eyes.

My own personal favorite was his even skinnier groupie/road wife,Miss Rose,who sits in a director's chair w/ her name on the back of it,lighting up and passing Johnny smokes throughout the entire show.Don't fug with Tejas...
4/3/09 7:57 PM
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You from Van Isle Sam?


A lot of familiar names in this thread
4/4/09 5:14 PM
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Van Isle born and inbred,Thelonious.What about you's?
4/6/09 2:51 AM
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Just moved here about a month ago, to Nanaimo. For a small town, the music scene seems impressive. I've been sort of laying low, checking out who the hip players are and the talent level has really surprised me, especially in the jazz and blues scenes. There is really some world class musicians on this island.

Having a really tough finding work teaching though. I've got no rep to go out on my own and all the local establishments seem ridiculously loyal to their teachers. I broke down and applied at a little shop here that had a young inexperienced guy teaching and didn't even get a call back, it's actually run by Jay the bass player for Gogo. I'm not sure if they think I just want to poach their students or what, but in a small town that sort of thing would be suicide.


In your experience, are the locals here really cliquey? I think I'm going to have to gig a lot more than I wanted to get my name out.


Aside from that, the weather is great and you can fish year round ;-)
4/7/09 3:16 PM
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DasBeaver, didn't mean to leave you hanging. In the end I had to buy tickets as well. Paul didn't get too many guest list spots. Either the Phoenix or Winter is being stingy; I've never had to pay for one of his shows before so I guess I am due.
4/9/09 2:35 PM
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No worries man, Danny Marks probably hogged them all.
Is it just me or is that guy a gigantic anus?
4/9/09 3:55 PM
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That's an understatement. There was, uhmm, some bad blood backstage. Marks was a total asshole on stage, and was frequently trying to embarrass or call out Paul. Just wasn't the time or place for it.

Admittedly, Jack DeKeyzer, Danny Marks and Paul James jamming makes for a weird mix, but he was a flat out cocksucker. And that's exactly what my dad called him to his face. I didn't realize that my dad went to highschool with Marks and knows him as well but it all came to a crazy head.

Paul is not violent, but I thought he might do some stabbing last night.
4/9/09 4:40 PM
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Jesus, what a prick!

I saw him a few weeks ago hosting a fingerstyle open stage and couldn't believe what an arrogant asshole he was. It was in a small bar that served dinner, and the first thing he did was start insulting a table of customers who were there eating. They weren't there to see the show, just talking and eating. He ended up harassing them until they all got up and walked out. And that was in the first ten minutes of his set.

So how was the show aside from that? Was Johnny killing it?
4/9/09 5:20 PM
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I believe that story after what I saw last night. Too bad, because I actually liked a couple of his solos. DeKeyzer looked VERY uncomfortable being on stage. Marks kept trying to get him to turn on Paul as well but he was having none of it.

Johnny was pretty incredible actually. Took about 15 minutes for him to really get loose and for the band to find his groove but after that they really clicked. The tone on that firebird of his could chop down forests. My hearing is totally screwed today.

One thing though, he sure is a sight. His fingers appeared to be completely translucent, and he looks slightly awkward on the guitar but it sure works for him.

Hard drinking crowd.
4/11/09 4:27 PM
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Thelonious,

Nanaimo is my old digs.Yes,great level of players there.The jazz program gets new faces,and some end up sticking around the area,so there's lots of people around to play with.Not sure what instrument you play,but there are plenty of rhythm sections up for hire if you want to get a group of sidemen together.My bros Tod Sacerty on bass and Phil Whipper on drums are the dudes you want.Can play most anything.Good luck!
4/13/09 7:22 PM
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Thanks Sam,

The drums are my primary. I like to play fusion, bebop or afro-cuban for enjoyment, but for money I try and work a lot of short notice sub gigs, one shots and studio stuff. I'll strap on a pair of lederhosens and play 2/4 polka all night if it pays well.


I went and watched Phil play in a band last week as I heard he was a guy who gets a decent amount of work. I thought he was OK, very solid, but I liked Tod the bassist and whoever was on guitar - they both had real nice feel.


If it's ok, I have another question...


Do you know of any jams that attract good players around here? Like teachers or students from the college or local pro's like Gogo. I can hustle club gigs by slowing building a reputation, but it's tough to get the eyes of the real progressive players on you playing those shows.


thanks
4/14/09 9:54 PM
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Check out jams at the Queens Hotel if they still have them.I live in Van so not too sure.Nanaimo musicians are a special breed.So much talent,but not much in terms of art,or originality.Last time I was there a good number of old musos I know were on a Toto/Steely Dan kick...yikes.Don't get me wrong,I love Jeff Poccaro's playing,but the mentality there is "Well,they ARE top studio musicians,so it must mean good music."Isloation on the island has it's drawbacks.Vancouver and Victoria has more going for it if you are looking to meet forward thinking people/variety.
4/15/09 1:49 AM
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Thanks Sam, I really appreciate it. So far 100% of the work I've gotten has been in Victoria.


The music here in Nanny-mo is everywhere as there's tons of venues, but it's as if the scene hasn't really organized itself. Jazz guys stick to jazz and are mostly broke, the bar guys aren't very good but they are making money, and sprinkled in between all that are some top flight musicians, but none of the them are working together.

Small town with a big music scene I guess.

Ps - Steely Dan is the greatest band of all time ;-)
4/18/09 6:48 PM
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Talk to Sean McCracken who is the red haired soundman at the Queen's Hotel,or,Scott Henderson who does sound at Logan's Pub in Victoria.Between them,lots of info on players.

Steely Dan is a duo,not a band,kinda like the Proclaimers,but more Jewish.God strike me down for spelling Porcaro mistakenly.

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