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Friday, December 7, 2007

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

The latest from my good friend Bob and the Blue Band.

So how 'bout that ice storm last Saturday? It knocked KUNI off the air in the middle of my Backtracks radio show and left EVERYTHING with at least an inch of ice crust which was topped by 2" of snow. Then, another 2" of snow today and predictions of another ice storm for this Saturday night! Ya just gotta love bein' in a road band during the winter, but I digress...

It's CASINO WEEK for The Blue Band. Feelin' lucky? Tonight (12/7) has us in the Finish Line Lounge at Prairie Meadows Race Track & Casino in Altoona (suburban Des Moines) 8-midnight and Saturday we're at The Riverside Resort and Casino in Riverside IA (a little south of Iowa City) 8:30-midnight. Both shows have NO cover! Heath is busy this week, so Sam is planning on bringing his big organ (make up your own joke here) to both shows. I can't recall the last time we played without a sax player as part of the mix. I'm looking forward to hearing more guitar and organ solos and I'll probably have to play a little more harmonica (that's a warning) I'm hoping you hit the JACKPOT on the way in...

The Blue Christmas TGI Friday party originally scheduled for Dec. 14 at The Reverb here in Sparkle City has been moved back a week to Dec. 21. It still runs 5:30-9pm. We play the ReMax Christmas party on Dec. 15, sorry, this one's by invitation only...

So Nathan called from his new home in Austin TX two days after the ice storm to check on some details for New Years Eve (actually I suspect he called just to tell me that Austin had a record high of 84 degrees the same day we had the ice storm) It sounds like he and Teresa are already doing well in their new location. I'm tickled that he's still planning on flying in for NYE (boy, will his arms be tired) and that he's already working on the horn charts for the night (a full horn section with Nate and Heath on saxes and (uncle) Al Naylor on trumpet-THAT is gonna be cool!) I really miss that kid...

Saturday is predicted to be a carbon copy of last Saturday's ice/freezing drizzle/snow storm so be sure and check the chat page ( for any up to the minute info before you drive to Riverside. I'm not sure I want to drive in that kind of weather, but frankly, we're so broke that we're going to make every effort to get there (did someone say "ya gotta LOVE playin' in a road band during the winter"?)...

Since next week is a private party show, there probably won't be a Blue Note (unless you hit the jackpot at the casino and decide to have a Blue Christmas party in your basement) See yas on the (slippery) Blue Highway, buy a zydeco tie as a Christmas present for someone you love (LOUD ties are a Christmas tradition aren't they?) and we hope you get everything you deserve for Christmas (a new ice scraper and chocolate CAKE is on my list) We love you, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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