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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

Eh, I'm WORKIN' 'ere. It's Labor Day weekend. Work it, baby...
Jeff and I got started a day early with the Labor Day weekend music playin' EXTRAVAGANZA, when Iowa Public Television stopped by my garage Thursday morning to video tape a duo version of an old spiritual song that The Blue Band played in the early 80s, called Wayfairing Stranger. IPTV is planning on using that song in their Iowa 9/11 Tribute Special. What an honor for the two original members of our band to be invited to be part of this. The show airs on Sunday, 9/11, at 7pm and then again at 10:30pm. I have no clue as to which of the 4 takes we recorded they'll use. Join us in my garage a week from this coming Sunday on state-wide Iowa Public Television...
But we got a WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' goin' on before that!! (before that, I swear this is true, I saw a sign outside of the HyVee "Spirits" (liquor) store that said they have CAKE flavored vodka) (I really had no desire to jump off the wagon, but this could be a game changer) (just warning you) (it would add a whole new meaning to BRING CAKE!) (aren't ya glad we got this CAKE thing taken care of early in The Note this time so we can get on with the important stuff? Which is:
TONIGHT! (Fri) another honor, an invitation to the Illinois Blues Festival in Peoria!! Now don't be late, because we only get to play 60 minutes (that's right, a five hour drive, one way, to play for 60 minutes) We're the opening act of the two-day festival and play 7-8pm. The Blue Band played in Peoria rather regularly in the late 80s, early 90s and I'm really looking forward to reconnecting with Billy The Kid, Whiskey Drummer, Cindy & Mindy (The Blue Belles) Jeff & Pink, Danny, Ed Knott (who got us the gig!) all the folks at Coop Records, and Jay Goldberg Events who actually extended the invitation to be part of this. Get more info on this cool festival at: One of the first places that we played in Peoria was a place called Wet Willies (which was close to the riverfront park that we play tonight) I have a "Blue Band At Wet Willies, Aug. 1990" poster that I'm hoping the crowd will sign for me as a special gift for this 30th Anniversary Tour. Please stop by the merch table and give me your autograph!...
Let's see, runnin' with my old buddies in Peoria, CAKE flavored vodka in the stores, a blues festival, and I have a room. What could possibly go wrong? Nothin'! cuz I'll have to get to bed pretty early so we can drive from P-town to Bankston IA Sat. morning. (yes, the Bankston IA that is close to the girlhood home of the famous Sheehy Sisters in Farley IA) (I love Rena Sheehy despite the fact that she is a Yankees fan) for the annual Grape Stomp at the Park Farm Winery. Yes, you can actually STOMP THEM GRAPES, but most of the hundreds of people that show up for this like to sip the grape on the beautiful deck outside of the winery and dance to the band (depending on how many sips you have!) We play 4-7pm. Get more info at:
But wait, there's more!! Sunday! Sunday! (beautiful Sunday, at Aswego Dragway, the racing Capitol OF THE WORLDDDDD!) (how is that I can remember that commercial on WLS radio when I was 10 years old, but recalling what I was s'posed to get when I went upstairs 15 minutes ago was impossible?) Sunday, our annual show at FB & Co. Literally on the bank of the Wapsipinicon River in beautiful downtown Waubeek IA (about 20 minutes NE of Cedar Rapids) It's not often that you get to catch two bands, both in the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and both having a longevity of over 30 years, on the same bill. The Mississippi Band starts playing a little after 2pm, The Blue Band will be on before 6p and play until dark, when the evening will end with a 15 minute fireworks display. The weather is predicted to be gorgeous on Sunday. Perfect for a ride in the country to join us for what I believe is close to our 25th year of celebrating Labor Day at FB. If you need more info, FB & Co has a Facebook page or call 319-438-6582...
Nope, not done yet. (we're workin' it, baby) Thursday (9/8) is our annual appearance at the Cedar Valley Chamber's WING DING THING! Wings and many other things offered at many food stations, desert includes ice cream (what, no CAKE?) and The Blue Band all for $7 advance ($10 at the door is still a heck of a deal) That happens in Overman Park, right here in Sparkle City USA (Cedar Falls) We start playing when the doors open at 5pm and play until 8pm. Bring yer appetite and yer dancin' shoes. More info:
This is the final "vacation" week from the radio shows, but the rerun programs are pretty cool. The promo for Sat. night's Backtracks show (7-10pm) says: Another potporri spotlight segment show including classic rockabillys of the 50s, Canadian rock bands of the 60s, some left over requests from our most recent live show (expect another LIVE show, Sept. 10!) and some left overs from the last Cheap Date Night, including $1 LPs by Cher, Grand Funk, and The James Gang. Sunday's Blue Avenue show (5-6:30p) is all about the ladies: A reprise of the Ladies Night show that originally aired 3/27/11 featuring new blueswomen on the scene like Eden Brent and Jackie Scott, award winning blueswomen Janiva Magness and Fiona Boyes, classic blueswomen Memphis Minnie and Ruth Brown and Iowa blueswomen Vickie Price and Cindy Grill. Ladies sing the blues! And the Sunday Night Beatles Medley (6:30-7p) carries the Ladies theme one further: It's about the ladies! All songs with women's names in the title including Lovely Rita, Lady Madonna, The Lovely Linda and Dizzy Miss Lizzie. Need more info on the radio shows start at
Our country was built on the backs of laborers. I can think of no better way to spend Labor Day weekend than working with my friends and brothers in The Blue Band. I hope you can help us celebrate by stopping by any of the above work (and play) places. And speaking of work (a not so subtle segue) Please keep us in mind for holiday celebrations (we've got Halloween weekend open) and spread the word to your favorite casinos, nightspots, corporate party planners and neighborhood block-party organizers. We need the work!
Be careful on the Blue Highway this holiday weekend cuz the Highway Patrol never stops workin', rub yer washboard tie to the old Isley Brothers song Work To Do, accept only real CAKE (no vodka laced imitations) and never forget that our love is workin' on you! Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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