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Friday, April 30, 2010

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

Remember when we were kids and would stay up for days at a time? (well maybe "remember" isn't the right word) Anyway, take it from me there is a very weird "high" that comes from sleep deprivation. I am now finishing my 3rd week of getting up at 8am (sometimes earlier) so someone can knock out a wall, reroof the house, (because of that major hail damage on Apr. 6) put in a new door, (6 feet south of the old door) offer a hail damage estimate on Larry the band truck, have a new AC/furnace installed, (two days for that one) remove all the kitchen cabinets/counter tops, put in a new window, (make that two windows) pour some concrete steps in front of the new door (that's six feet south of the old concrete steps) nail on siding on the new addition, (Carolyn has posted some of the construction photos at And now I'm told that it's time to move the stairs which are right outside of my mancave basement bedroom. I'm down to three livable rooms in my entire house (each of those rooms have all the clutter from the rooms that are being renovated PLUS their own clutter) I have no sink except for the bathroom and all this is going on while I'm still trying to live my life producing radio shows until 4 or 5 in the morning...
But I digress. It's about the Blue Band, damn it! No gig this week, but I'm really looking forward to the final First Friday gig of the season at The Hub, 4th & Main, Sparkle City USA, next Friday, May 7, 6-9pm (the geeezer gig!) Maybe we'll have copies of our New Year's Eve souvenir CD by then. Working on the mixing, editing, and sequencing of that recording has made me realize how fortunate I am to play with such fabulous people and to have access to Phil Maass' sound engineering skills. Life is good. Life would be FABULOUS if we had some more work, tho'! We've still got some prime weekend dates available this summer. It's GOT to be about time for that deck party at your mansion on the outskirts of town, doesn't it? Speaking of booking dates, there was a shift in a couple booked dates this week. First, the Party in the Park in Colfax got moved from Sat. July 17 to Sunday July 18 (that means that Saturday is open for that deck party!) And our dates at the Iowa State Fair got moved one day also. We now play the final Sat./Sun. instead of the final Fri./Sat. This will be our 25th Anniversary year at The Fair, so please make plans to join us for the last two days...
Oh, one other thing that has sneaked up on me. The annual Wine & Tulips fundraiser for (the station formerly known as) KUNI, is TONIGHT! (Fri.) Yeah, I know, I can't ever remember it being held on a Friday night either. The Blue Band is again auctioning off a night of entertainment during the silent auction, so I'm hoping to see you there (in about 16 hours). If you need more info on this event, try
I think I'm getting a sleep deprivation headache. And I'm beginning to hear rumbles of thunder. Must be time to get my four hours of sleep. See yas on the Blue Highway, say a little prayer for my Uncle Wallace, keep workin' on your washboard tie licks (there's a space on the new CD for you to play along with the band) if yer going to the Wine & Tulips event make an auction bid on the Blue Band's services, and remember, wine goes good with cheeseCAKE, and don't forget we love you. Bob Dorr and the Blue Band
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