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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

My memory being what it is, (what were we talking about?) I hope I can remember how the songs go (after a 3 week layoff) at tonight's (Sat.) gig at the Elks Club, 413 S. Iowa, in Ottumwa. They're also having a steak/chicken fry before we play, so come early for great food and stay late for dancing. We play 9-midnight (or a little after). More info 641-684-6549. We'll be the full 6 piece band with Heath and Al in the horn section...

I'm going to be hosting Iowa Public Radio's Talk at Twelve show (at noon) (duh) on Monday afternoon. The subject centers on the 5 day festival being held in Clear Lake around the Surf Ballroom, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens shortly after they played the Surf in Feb. 1959. The international Rock'n'roll Hall of Fame is officially designating the Surf as a national historic site this year and the 5 day celebration features performances by LOTS of noted performers including Graham Nash! Join the conversation noon-1pm Jan. 26. Find out more or listen on-line at

Next Friday (1/30) join us at the new Porky's Pub and Garage, 5125 NE 14th St. (a little north of I-80 on 14th St) in Des Moines. Jerry Peoples (papa Peeps) will join us in the horn section, we play 9-1. Sat. 1/31 we play a private birthday party...

I was able to dig out the equipment truck from the current 12" of snow on the ground, during the two days this week when we (almost) got above 32 degrees, but for the most part, exercise is still power walking in the mall and that means walking past Victoria's Secret, err, Vickie's Place. The sign in front now says: Sleepware-take another 50% off. Let's face it. There's not much to Victoria's Secret sleepware in the first place. So if you take another 50% off, there's next to NOTHING left! Ya gotta love a store like that. But(t) not to be out done, the other women's store (Christopher & Banks) sign says that Bottoms are down to $9.99 and up! And the shoe store is advertising: Slippers, half off. (make up yer own joke) (Slip 'er? YOU slip her, you brought her)...

This week's Backtracks show (tonight, Saturday, 7-10p) is the reprise of a show that I did comprised of 45rpm records that I bought at an auction last summer. Don't worry, pops and scratches at NO extra cost and after a two week vacation, I'm back to hosting Sunday Night Music 6-10p...

We were able to add a few more gigs to the tour schedule this week including two VERY special dates. Friday June 19 at the Iowa Speedway Pit Stop Weekend in Newton (this is a national race with 30,000 people expected) and our first invitation in ten years to be part of the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, July 2 on the Bandshell stage. Both of these opportunities happened because people on the entertainment committees went to bat for us. Thank you for helping to open these doors for us. Blue People ROCK!...

I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the Blue Highway this week, despite the predicted sub-zero windchills. We've got three generations of zydeco tie players in Ottumwa so let's get to rubbin' it (!) and hopefully someone's going to bring CAKE since it's our first show since my birthday! Life's good, we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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