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Friday, November 27, 2009

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

I have so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for my good health and newly rejuvenated spirit. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given to make a living doing what I love to do. I am thankful for the people around me who have given their soul and dedication and loyalties to keep our Blue Family going. And, I'll be thankful when I'm able to sell that "extra" house I seem to have! But that's for later...

I'm really looking forward to the two gigs this week. Tonight (Wed.) the pre feast workout, on the dancefloor of Blues On Grand, 15th & Grand in Des Moines. It's the state's most revered blues club. It's the home of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame (it makes me smile to see so many pictures of inductees that have worked with The Blue Band and have had major influences on our sound. Sam Salomone, Ron DeWitte, Tommy Giblin, Rick Cicalo, Steve Hayes. They've all got their picture on that HOF wall) PLUS, it's almost "geezer gig" hours! We start at 8:30, take shorter breaks and play to just a little past midnight, so you can get home and roast yer turkey. Or whatever you do after a night of dancing...

Thanksgiving night, I'll be hosting Iowa Public Radio's Night Music show 7-10p. Tradition has it that we hear Arlo Guthrie's tale about a certain Thanksgiving weekend at Alice's Restaurant (yeah, the whole 19 minute version) (you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant, excepting, Alice...and there isn't gonna any 8 X 10 color glossy photographs with circles and arrows to be used as evidence against us...but that's not what I wanted to talk about...)!!!

Friday marks our first gig in Cedar Rapids in quite awhile. We're playing a fundraiser for The New Bohemian Art/Music Festival that takes place over the Labor Day weekend. Silent auction, art display, drink specials and three sets by the full 6 piece version of The Blue Band at Gatherings, Bottleworks Building, 905 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA The event runs 7-11:30 p.m., Blue Band 8-11 p.m...

Our friend Martin (Muddy) Watson will be playing bass this week. Mark will be celebrating not only the Thanksgiving holiday, but the arrival of his 4th grandchild last week! Man, he's got FOUR grandkids and I'm just getting married for the first time next month! Wow, I've got a lot of catchin' up to do...

And next week, Friday, (12/4) (seems like we were just havin' a pork chop on a stick at the State Fair a couple weeks ago and now it's almost DECEMBER) it's First Friday time at the Hub, 4th & Main, here in Sparkle City. 6-9pm. I really enjoy that once a month, early evening, get together. We'll be bringing our Christmas tunes with us, mistletoe optional...

So I got this extra house that I need to sell. I'm trying to look at it as a VERY expensive place to stay for the 3 months that most of the contractors say it will take to remodel and add onto the house I currently live in! But don't let that stop you from making an offer on this cool little 3 bedroom house in central Cedar Falls!...

I also have this fabulous band that would love to sell you a night's worth of Holiday party entertainment! (after that Hub gig, we currently don't have work until NEW YEAR'S EVE!!) (YIKES!) (Talk about yer Blue Christmas, DOUBLE YIKES!!)...

Remember two years ago when I dared to go to the grocery store the afternoon before Thanksgiving? This year I decided to go there before writing this late night note, in order to avoid all the mayhem. Everything was going fine until checkout time, which was 11:58pm. Apparently this is the magic hour when the Hyvee system shuts down all the registers to begin accounting for the following day. I was, of course, the next person in line when the registers took their break. Four minutes later the register came back on line. Part of the reason I went to the store was that I had a HyVee coupon for milk that expired on 11/24. I was next in line at 11:58pm on 11/24. But the register scanner at 12:02am, 11/25 said that the coupon had expired...I am thankful for the human teller who let me use that 30 cents off coupon that I waited nearly 6 minutes to use...

Be careful on the Blue Holiday Highway cuz there's a whole lotta wacky turkeys out there. Rub yer washboard to the tune of Turkey In The Straw (or Alice's Restaurant) always leave a little room for CAKE (or punkin' pie) give thanks for all your blessings (I'll be thankful when all the wedding planning will be done!) and always remember we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Big Gig Alert! Memphis Tenn

Saturday, November 28th, 2009
After Thanksgiving Grown Folks Concert


Ecko Recording Artist Sweet Angel

along with

MiLaJa Recording Artist Falisa Janaye'

Dad's Place

1471 E. Brooks Road
Memphis, TN 38116
(Inside the Memphis Plaza Airport Hotel - if you plan to stay overnight, call 901.332.3500 for Room Reservations)

Tickets almost gone!
Call Now!!

Price: $15.00 Advance ~ $20.00 at door


LIVE BAND - The Clicks / DJ / Concert & Party


Murali Coryell Update

The highly acclaimed new CD "Sugar Lips" by Murali Coryell is now available @ CDbaby. See, Hear and buy now @

Murali Coryell Coast to coast tour dates:

Friday, December 4th, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 7:00pm
Private Party

Friday, December 11th, 2009
solo acoustic - 9:00pm
Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co.

237 Forest Hill Dr,
Kingston, NY
(845) 340-4277

Price: Free!

CD release show!

Kingston, NY

Monday, December 21st, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:30pm
The Bitter End

147 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 673-7030

Price: $10

Christmas with Murali
Give the gift of Music! and get the latest CD "Sugar Lips" at The Bitter End

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Frank Guidos Little Italy

14 Thomas St.
Kingston, NY 12401

Price: $49.95

News Years Eve entertainment and dinner package @ delicious Frank Guidos Little Italy!

Friday, January 8th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Madams Organ

2461 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5370
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Black-Eyed Sallys
350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103
Price: $10

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band - 7:30pm
Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018-9710
(831) 335-2800
Price: $10

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Theodores Booze Blues & BBQ
201 Worthington St
Springfield, MA 01103-2304
(413) 736-6000
Price: Free!
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 6:00pm
The Grog
13 Middle Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978 465-8008
Price: $7

w/Parker Wheeler & Friends

Friday, January 29th, 2010
solo acoustic - 8:00pm
Caffe Lena
47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Price: Contact Venue for Ticket info

named Best Small Venue in North America by the International Folk Alliance!
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band - 9:00pm
The Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Price: $5

national blues night
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
The Blue Shop
320 N 4th St
Burlington, IA 52601-5314
(319) 758-9553
Price: TBA
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band - 8:00pm
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
700 S Broadway
St Louis, MO 63102-1602
(314) 436-5222
Price: $10

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Nathan P. Murphy's
218 S Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65806-2048
(417) 863-1909
Price: TBA

Andy Coats Update

Hey folks,

I hope you all have a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving this year!

If you’re local to Raleigh and want to burn some calories after the big feast, come on out and do some dancing with us at O’Malleys – we’ll be rocking the house, as usual

Hope to see you there!

Sat., Nov. 28th, 10 pm - 2 am
Andy Coats and the Bank Walkers
O'Malleys Irish Pub

5228 Hollyridge Rd., Raleigh NC

All the best,


Scottie Miller Update

Purchase securely here:
Amazon: - iTunes: - emusic:
SCOTTIE MILLER BAND - "LIVE" - (The new CD comes out next week)
Please don't miss these upcoming "CD-RELEASE SHOWS"!
Washington Square Pub - White Bear Lake, MN
9:00PM-12:00AM - (no $ cover)
With The 'Inhibitors: Mark O'Day, John Iden, Brian "Zoot" Simonds, Scott Sansby and Joe Cruz!

School II Bistro - Chanhassen, MN
8:30PM-12:30AM - (no $ cover)
With The 'Inhibitors: Mark O'Day, John Iden, Brian "Zoot" Simonds, Scott Sansby and Joe Cruz!

The Oak Center General Store - Lake City, MN

CD's will be available at these shows, as well as the websites below in the coming weeks.
For more information please visit:

Purchase securely here:
Amazon: - iTunes: - emusic:

Smokin Aces Update

Just in from Sonny

Yes, We're playing!! 1st I'm playing with the Smokin' Aces Friday Nov. 27Th 9pm at the New World on Rt. 214 in Woodstock, N.Y. Then Saturday Nov. 28Th,9pm I'll be with Lex Grey & The Stormfront Band Main St. Tannersville NY. Every Sun. 8pm I'm with the King Kan Band at the Fuller Rd. House in Albany N.y. All these shows will be a great time!! No Cover Charge & plenty of drink specials! Hope to see you there, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!! SONNY

Phucket Blues And Rock Festival 2010

Just got an email from a new reader to the blog who reminded me that the blues is alive and well in Thailand. Charlie Musselwhite headlines the show, which is a good thing. I don't know how many blues festivals I have seen lately where a burned out dinosaur rock band has headlined a festival. Charlie is the real deal as we say. He learned at the feet of the masters in Chicago and has played the blues the way it is suppose to be played.

To check out the website especially those of you in SE Asia, and Australia who will make the trek (Click Here for website)

A special thanks for the hot tip to Ed Martin. Thanks Ed.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Comment Moderation Now In Effect

Due to the attack of the spammers, I am now moderating all comment. Don't worry if you comment doesn't appear right away. I will get to them by evening. It is unfortunate that the spammers have just found my blog, but it was bound to happen. Hopefully, they will get the point and I can open things up again.

Da Spaminator