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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

This is just gonna be the facts, mammals, I plan on catching the 3am Black Friday special at Target, so this'll need to be a quickie (don't ya love it when that happens?!)...
WE GOT A GIG TODAY!! It's an awareness/fundraiser for Cedar Rapids' New Bohemian Arts Organization and the fact that they already own a radio station/frequency and now need to get 'er on the air! Maybe you're the next Casey Kasem or Dick Biondi or Clyde Clifford or Bob DeForest or Howard Stern. Find out how to be a part of New Bo Radio! So while you're shopping in Cedar Rapids, take a break, have a late lunch, chase it with a little peppermint, have a few dances, buy some inexpensive Blue Band merch for people on your shopping list (buy any CD or DVD for the regular price and get any other CD/DVD FREE!) and spread the True Blue cheer! Parlor City Pub & Eatery, 1125 3rd St. SE, we play 3-7pm. Yes, you read correctly, we start at 3pm! Because of his new M-F, 5pm-1:30am, University Hospitals job, this could be one of The Chief's last gigs for awhile, catch him while you can!...
Next Friday, Dec. 2, we are part of Main St. Waterloo's big Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday party. We play in The Black's Building from 5-8:30p. The event is free, open to the public and all ages welcome. Santa is expected to be checking who's naughty or nice, so be on your best/worst behavior. At the moment, we have absolutely NO idea who will play drums with us. Kind of exciting in a bizarre kind of TRAIN WRECK way isn't it? Maybe Santa will bring us an early Christmas present. A gorgeous blonde that can do the double shuffle would look so good sitting behind the drum kit with us on stage! Dennis is already working on this...
Speaking of not having a fulltime drummer, we've all been so busy that no one has really had any time to start making calls to some of the very talented drummers who have voiced interest in at least helping us out in the short term. Playing with a different drummer every night is difficult and cuts down everybody's fun. We'd like to find someone who is capable, free to travel up to a week at a stretch (we haven't done that in a couple of years, but if the opportunity came by, I'd really like to pursue that) can play all the beats (we are the blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/rhythm band after all) has a great sense of humor, has a body that allows him/her to help schlep all the gear (the older we get, the more important that aspect gets!) lives close enough to Cedar Falls to make rehearsing a time or two per week a possibility, and, the hard part, is willing to play for the little money that we make. As you can see, we've got quite the challenge ahead of us to find someone with all the qualifications. Please keep spreading the word. We might struggle at times in the coming weeks with the substitutes, but I guarantee, we won't suck! You keep comin' out and we'll continue to persevere. It's too late to stop now...
All of my weekend radio shows are new this week. Backtracks, the rock'n'roll history show, (Sat. 7-10p) is the annual Thanksgiving Left-overs show and will include all 18+ minutes of Arlo Guthrie's classic tale of a Thanksgiving Day trip to the garbage dump gone bad (Alice's Restaurant) and about an hour's worth of leftover requests from last week's live show. Blue Avenue (Sun. 5-6:30p) is a combination of cool blues Xmas songs and some of my favorite CDs of the year and The Beatles Medley (Sun. 6:30-7p) is ALL Beatle Xmas! I still have not received a signed contract renewal offer from Iowa Public Radio for 2012, so catch these shows while you can!...
I am told that New Year's Eve tickets are selling a little better than last year. Who knows how many more of these multi-band, Iowa Blues extravaganzas there will be. It's another stellar line-up, don't miss it if you can! More info: http://www.theblueband.com/newyear.htm New Year's Eve is just 5 weeks from tomorrow!...
Thanks for all the inquiries about Carolyn's dad's triple by-pass recovery. He's out of the hospital, back in his apartment, walking a little farther every day, but has yet to ask for his snowblower to be returned. My biggest worry now is over the health of my Aunt Dolores. She is recovering from surgery for some internal blockage. I'm hoping for a full recovery. Good wishes for her are much appreciated...
Well, that's gotta be it. I gotta get in the frame of mind to battle those Black Friday shopping veterans for all the cool stuff at the 3am special. See ya on The Blue Highway (be careful on the roads the rest of this weekend, the Iowa Highway Patrol is out in full force), rub yer washboard tie to the tune of Wipe Out (get it? We need a drummer? Wipe Out? Oh never mind) I am told that CAKE can soothe anxieties brought on by having one less drummer than we need, and always know that even WITHOUT a drummer, the beat goes on and we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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