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Friday, July 10, 2009

Bob Dorr Update

I've almost recovered from the 7 one-nighters in 10 days, so now it's 6 one-nighters in 10 days! I s'pose the biggest news is that Davis got a real job that started MONDAY and will now only be available to play bass in the band on a rare occurrence. This is the third summer in a row that we've been changing over bass players smack dab in the middle of the busy festival season. YIKES! Whatever happened to "Summertime, and the livin' is easy"? We are fortunate that we've been able to find really great substitutes on such short notice while searching for the next "full-time" bassman/woman...

Tonight (Fri. 7/10) We're goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here we come! See ya in the Zona Rosa Shopping District, (NW of downtown) outside, on their concert stage. Our Des Moines friend Martin (Muddy) Watson is making the trip to play bass. None of the regular sax players are available either, so Al recruited Kansas City saxman Bob Long to join us in the horn section. This will certainly be a "unique" version of the band. It's an all ages/free event. Don't miss it if you can! We play 6-9pm. It was 92 degrees in KC on Thursday. Vibe for cooler weather and NO RAIN!...

Saturday (7/11) has us at the Big Harley Barn in Des Moines (just off of I-80/35-use the 2nd Ave. exit) for their Summer Celebration. If you go to you can get more information on the whole day. Please note that the poster that comes up on the screen says we play 5-9, but if you scroll down further (the large print giveth, the small print taketh away) it says we play 4-8p. Trust the 4-8pm posting. And SURPRISE!! Sam Salomone is bringin' out his big organ (!) to play the keyboard bass! We're all looking forward to this reuniting with Sambo, who played that Hammond B3/keyboard bass with us for 5 years 2002-2007. Party in the parking lot! Bring CAKE! The Harleys are usually louder than the band!...

Sunday (7/12) Phil Maass and I will be the sound company for the Cedar River Festival in Cedar Falls' (Sparkle City) Island Park. Entertainment starts at 1pm with Raldo Schneider and will feature mostly acoustic acts including Jovita and Bob Long, Uncle Chuck Finch, and one of my favorite new generation funk'n'soul bands Soul Fusion. The day goes until 7pm. More info:

Next week: Thurs. July 16 the Gazeeeeebo Gig in Central Park, Grinnell Fri. July 17 Live at 5, downtown Ottumwa Sat. July 18 Pleasant Hill (suburban Des Moines) Summerfest

And guess what: NATHAN PEOPLES will be part of the band for ALL THREE of those gigs!! Nathan and Theresa and son-Finnegan will be back in Iowa for a summer visit, so we're having him come blow his horn!...

Sun. July 19 we play the Pork Belly Ventures RAGBRAI party in Red Oak. We're hoping to see some of our SW Iowa fans. We play 6-8pm. Mark Linda will be the bass guy all four of those jobs next week...

I've had quite a few people email saying they saw a story of my "retirement" in their local paper. One would think that newspapers would have far more important things to talk about. Once again: I am NOT retiring. I am accepting the early retirement offer from the University of Northern Iowa and using it to (hopefully) be busier than ever...

See ya on the Blue Highway, USE YER DAMN TURN SIGNALS, rub yer washboard (especially if you can get bass notes out of that thing!) and always remember that we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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