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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

How many Genarians do we have here tonight?? It's Sex-A-Genarian Summer! Sex me baby...This is gonna be fun...
Saturday night we're playing a wedding celebration for a family that has been following our band for 20+ years. Because his parents have been Blue People for so long, the groom has literally grown up with us. It's always fun to be part of these multi-generational gatherings of Blue People. Congrats Jeff and Brenda!...
And Sunday is the kick-off to Sex-A-Genarian Summer, on the bank of the Wapsipinicon River, in the beer garden of FB & Co. in beautiful downtown Wabeek IA. (about 20 minutes NE of Cedar Rapids) If we could get 200 people to stop out, we'd more than double the population of Waubeek! Over the years, we have played seven different stage locations on the FB grounds (ok, the details of those first 20 years of Memorial Day blowouts are a little sketchy, but I'm pretty sure there were seven locations including the ball field, the "community center", which was scary because there were so many people in that little building that, standing on stage, I could literally see the floor bouncing up and down by inches! (that building has since been demolished) We've also played both stages that are out there now, The Whittier Community Center (5 miles south of Waubeek) the original "on the ground on the ledge" stage and the little stage in the bar) (hmmm, I think we set up on the deck of the bar one year too. Do you remember any other stage locations for this event?) Also, for years, this summer kick-off was on Memorial Day Monday. Because us Genarians need a little more "recovery time" it's now on the Sunday before the holiday. Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famers The Mississippi Band start the music at 2:30p, The Blue Band at about 5:30p and we'll play til dark. An added highlight for me will be that Al is going to bring out the trumpet, giving us a THREE piece horn section! Oh yeah, baby. There's nothin' like a horny Sex-A-Genarian! Now if someone could just bring CAKE, I just might reach nirvana! (do you know how hard that is for a man my age to reach?) If you need more info, the phone number at FB & Co is 319-438-6582...
Some cool shows coming up next week too. Friday June 1 we're part of the Art Walk celebration in the downtown square in Fairfield, 7:30-10pm and Sunday June 3 we return to THE TROLL CAPITOL OF THE WORLD!! (their words, not mine) Mt. Horeb Wisconsin's Summer Frolic, 4-7pm, which is always topped off by host Mark Webber singing Not Me with the band. I guess that means we'll be playing for anyone from levitators to cheese heads next week! I TOLD you this was gonna be fun. The complete summer schedule (so far) can always be found at: http://www.theblueband.com/cal.htm You'll notice that we still have a few summertime Saturdays open for that neighborhood block party or family celebration...
And speaking of fun, do you have your tickets for the annual Riverboat Ride in Dubuque? I was told that ticket sales picked up after last week's reminder, so get your tickets soon. There's only 300 spots on the boat. All tickets/reservations are being handled directly through The Spirit of Dubuque River Boat http://www.dubuqueriverrides.com/ We only do one blues cruise a year, DON'T MISS THE BOAT, Friday June 8, board at 6:30p, cruise the river 7-10pm...
For the Memorial Day weekend, all the radio shows are remembrance programs, remembering those artists who have passed on. More info, Backtracks: http://iowapublicradio.org/studio-one/backtracks/ Blue Avenue: http://iowapublicradio.org/studio-one/blue-avenue/
In case you did not stop by the Post-a-Note page or my Facebook page, Sam Salomone's wife says that Sam has improved enough to be moved from the ICU to a regular hospital bed, but is not out of the woods yet. However, she finds it encouraging that his cantankerous attitude is returning! I check in with her every few days and will post what I know. Keep vibin' for the B3 player...
Today (Friday) is the day I'm told the Sex-A-Genarian CDs should arrive from the pressing plant. We'll have some with us this weekend (even tho' the "official" release date isn't until next Tuesday) (I have no idea why the music industry officially releases new records on Tuesdays, do you?) Tour shirt + CD = $20. Get the new CD and any other back catalog CD/DVD for $15! How do we do it? VOLUME!!...
See yas on the Holiday Blue Highway, rub yer washboard to the tune of The Summer Time Blues, remember that the reason for the 3-day weekend is for remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedoms, don't drink and drive (call yourself a cab) (YOU'RE A CAB!!) and always know that we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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