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"I've always enjoyed science and how much it translats to music" ~ Richie Goods

"I've always enjoyed science and how much it translats to music" ~ Richie Goods

Jazz Fusion!!! FUUUUUUUUSION!!!  This was to be special night of music.  First night of fusion music all year. God that word alone makes me tingly….There are certain things that are constantly stirring in the back of my head on any given day.  Oddly enough, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think of fusion…of artists like Al Di Meola, Zawinul, Stanley Clark, Chick Corea, George Benson, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke.  Just their gorgeous sounds…I hear it in my head all the time…Oh dear lord, I’m getting heated.  If you have never listened to these artists, I DEMAND you download anything by them…IMMEDIATELY!

Return to Forever in Rochester, New York, 1976

Return to Forever in Rochester, New York, 1976

Those artists were my musical muses in that genre when I was growing up.  I remember buying my first Al Di Meola cd as all my friends were buying the new Dave Matthews Band cd, back in 9th grade.   I remember the looks I got and being told what a waste of money that was.  Some people just can’t be taught 🙂  I have to give a shout out to my father for playing jazz around me all my life and blocking MTV/VH1 and BET from the cable lineup! Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!

Richie Goods somewhere in NY

Richie Goods somewhere in NY

Fusion is my favorite genre of music and for you funk lovers, I apologize but that is the way it is!  Nothing will ever change it.  The beauty about this evening was that Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion would be delivering a heavy hand of funk laden fusion music and I was SO HAPPY!!! Having been invited to the performance by Jeffery Lockhart, we spoke prior to the show and he sounded terrible.  The poor dear was sick as a dog but he is a rager and was making his way from Boston!  The show must go on…

Heading to the venue, terribly excited about shooting the show and reviewing it, I heard a piano player in the subway and saw an upright being played by the stairs.  How the HELL did he get that thing into the subway?   I knew I had to take a picture but as I want for my camera, it wasn’t there.   Are you kidding me?  I NEEEEEEVER forget my camera and there was no time to go and get it before the show started. I was devastated…yes, devastated.

Piano in subway...HOW on earth? LOL!!

Piano in subway...HOW on earth? LOL!!

I arrived at The Zinc Bar 30 minutes before the show.  Members of Nuclear Fusion were gathered near the front of the venue as the band playing before them was still occupying the stage.  There was poor Jeffery, half sprawled out on a couch trying to hold his head up and fighting the groggy meds.  Hugs and introductions were exchanged and the first thing Jeffery says…”Let me see that camera you work with!”  I about died, of course.  “That’s ok, you are talented and will figure it out.”  He’s a good man!

Being introduced to Lionel Cordew, a last minute drummer replacement, he was super chatty and nice.  We spoke about autistic children who are musical geniuses.  About the kid who writes complete symphonies in his head and only writes them out when he has finished mentally composing them.  And the kid who, once you ask him to play a song, can play it in any musical genre you want.  It’s amazing how the world works!  Richie Goods walks over and introductions make their rounds again.  He recalls me from our discussions over Facebook and smiles abound.  This is a great group of men, a great group of talent.  I am a lucky, lucky lady!

The Zinc Bar

The Zinc Bar

The Zinc Bar is just swanky cool, with a long bar to your left leading the way to a intimate space with the stage in the back.  There were oriental rugs under my feet and on stage, lovely jazz music like Etta James, Dean Martin and Billy Holiday being played on the speakers.  The small round tables were candlelit, 2 to 6 seaters, very intimate.  The lights were low and the mood was romantic. There were numerous people on dates and it was a good choice on whoever’s part as the music that night was perfect for date night!  Someone’s gettin’ lucky!!!

I take a seat in the front so I could ATTEMPT to capture pictures with my camera phone, yes, my camera phone.  Oh the horror….I am disgusted at my forgetfulness.  Especially, as I turned in my seat and saw Jeffery’s cheetah print guitar case that I so desperately wanted a picture of! Jeffery comes over and places his glasses on my table, “These are prescription,” and with that he takes to the stage with Richie Good and Nuclear Fusion.

Helen Sung ~ awesome!

Helen Sung ~ awesome!

Wait a minute, who was this lovely female sitting down at the keys? A FEMALE fusion keys player!  WORD!!!!!  Her name is Helen Sung and she is fierce. But more about her later…

The manager sees my notebook and pen and introduces himself.  He is the one and only Jean Claude of The Zinc Bar who has been with them 15 years and I felt like I knew him immediately.  An infectious character, his energy and charisma alone makes me want to go back to Zinc, just for a hug 🙂

After a little technical difficulty with the amps, it was show time.  The stage, from left to right, went: Lionel Cordew on drums, Richie Goods on bass, Helen Sung on Keys and Jeff Lockhart on the guitar. Yes sir! Sound check commenced, I heard the bass tease a little and I sat a little straighter in my chair. The immediate thought I had in my head, which I scribbled into my notes at that point was: There is so much positive to embrace right now, it’s quite easy to release the negative. The music hadn’t even started yet and already I was getting emotional in my heart and poetic in my mind.  All it took was a strum of Richie’s bass.

What a lovely combination of artists.  And Jean Claude fully agreed.  Introducing the band in his lovely thick French accent, he fiercely praised Richie Good as they had been working together for over 15 years. What a friendship.  As he descended the stage to let them play, he literally skipped away with happiness.

Going right into the first song, a medley of tunes written by Richie and intro written by Helen called Soul Glow, they got it started.  The introduction to the song showcased Helen and I was immediately hooked.  A female fusion keys player…I loved it!  After Helen brought us in with the fusion, Richie and Jeff picked it up with the funk.  Jean Claude makes his round to the front screaming: “YES! YES!” It’s Jeffery’s turn to plug a solo, filling the space that needs to be filled.  Richie’s bass is funk throughout and Helen’s smile never fades as she keeps the fusion sound flowing through the funky bass laden song.  Jean Claude comes over to my table, kisses me on the check and darts off again.  Jeffery gave us a lovely solo again before he nods everyone else into the mix for the ending.

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Sorceress by Lenny White would be next.  Jean-Claude screams “Talk to me now! Yes! Bring it!”  Richie’s bass teases in the guitar.  I was reminded of Victor Wooten and focused directly on Richie.  The scene on stage was not loud and intense by any means but the feelings that were coming off of Richie’s facial expressions were deep and it looked like he was screaming when he played.  This was his time to shine….he raged, slapping the bass with funk, for a solid 3 minutes.  Moving to the front of the stage and radiating his feelings of music through his body and out his fingers.  And then it was time for the Nuclear team to come together.  Jeffery has some major foot play with his pedals.  There was a lot of droney note holding and manipulations of his sound.  At one point it reminded me of the Sirens from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou!  After some playful instrumental banter between Jeffery and Helen, Helen moved forward with Richie to lead the song. I LOVED HELEN!  I just loved how her fingers swiftly and fiercely struck the keys, she barely taped them it appeared.  Her fusion vibe threaded through out every song that night under the funky beat of the strings. It was now time for a drummer solo rage from Lionel.  He was chewing gum and is also a face making machine so it provided for some interesting combination of looks!!  This was his first time playing with the group as the original drummer, Mike Clark, was unable to make it.  (Jeffery coughs ~ Poor Jeffery) Helen soloed again and Jeffery snuck in with a few scraps of strums of his strings. At this point, a conga player (later find out his name is Victor Jones) sat down at some rouge congas and started playing.  Smiles between the players abounded.

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Welcome to The Zinc Bar,” says Richie as he addresses the crowd for the first time that night!  He shouted out the names of tunes which helped me drastically.  He explained that this 3rd song is what he feels a fusion/jazz/funk band might sound like in the desert, thus Desert Jam ensued.  The opening solos by Richie and Helen were gorgeous.  It was ethereal, floaty throng of space action, beautiful bass play over the twinkling of the keys.  One of only two original songs on his CD, Desert Jam was slow, gorgeous, light.  Eyes were closed, light taps on the cymbals.  Mmm, bouncy bass, funky keys and guitar together….definitely a tune with its fingers in some kind of Arabic/tribal undertones.  They conversed on a solo and Jeffery was to take the reins first.  He took his trip around the desert and it was AWESOME!!!! With a slow, strummy pickin’ of his guitar, changing his sounds as the others on stage gave him a pallet of to fill in the blanks at his leisure.  There is a time and place for every note to be played.  Jeffery knows when to hit it, when to wait, when to plow in and when to give slow restraint.  Heavy deep drawn out notes come from his guitar as if he were having a fight in that desert.  It was upbeat, as if he came to fight and with their shifty eyes, the group all came back together in play.  Richie rages a high noted solo that brought him up on his toes!!  It was deep and brought a bit of funk to an other wise relaxing song.  Lionel’s sticks go down and he uses his fingers and hand on the drums to get his sounds heard! I started picturing camels, sand, oasis…I quite literally felt Richie Goods had encapsulated just what a funk/jazz/fusion band would sound like in the desert.  It was my favorite song of the night.

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

Helen Sung and Jeffery Lockhart @ The Zinc Bar

It was time for Richie to address the crowd again.  “Judging by what I think your ages are I think you all might know this song.  However, not many people have heard it in a jazz vein before.  It’s a pop tune from the 80’s and I want to see how many of yall figure it out.” (Jeff coughs – poor, poor Jeff)  And they went into it!!  Richie started off with his bass, picking up the intro to the song, a sexy sound came from the bass.  It took me until Helen played the chorus on the keys to realize it was Shout by Tears of Fears.  Honestly, I only knew the lyrics and was singing it under my breath as soon as it started but couldn’t place the band.  But they certainly “let is all out” during this song.  I always love hearing songs being performed out of their styles. It’s one of the beautiful things about music.  I love manipulation of sounds.  With both Jeffery and Richie playing in unison, Lionel was granted a little drummer rage and then Helen.  Richie smiled as Jeffery holstered his guitar on his leg, the song turns into a jammy jammy tune when Helen raged the keys, as Richie blasts that giant white smile of his! So cute! Even though this song was one everyone knew at points, during the solos and the breakoffs you would never know what song it was.  Improvisation is one of the beauties of fusion.  Everyone plays and it comes together to create a complicated grouping of sounds that work as one.  Then it was a full stop, you could hear a pin drop, and then the drum SLAMS into a FUNKY beat, the remaining players bring the song to a close.

Richie Goods and Nuclear   Fusion Live

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion Live

Man, so at this point some drunk girl tried scatting…it was HORRID!  Being ADHD and being able to hear EVERYTHING in the background like a damn (insert non-hard of hearing animals type here), it overwhelmed my senses immediately and immediately began ruining my experience.  So, being the bratty musical bitch I am, it only took me a few minutes before I finally had to just turn around, look her dead in the eyes and just say fiercely, “NO WAY MAN! STOP!”   A few patrons clapped and smiled at me and I knew I had done the right thing. I didn’t feel like a bitch anymore hahahaha!

Time for the CD plug!!!  Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Live at The Zinc Bar!! I was lucky enough to be given a CD by Jeffery and have been listening to it the entire time I have been sitting here writing.  It is gorgeous and fun and pretty and full of funky fusion vibes.   I encourage you all to buy it.

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion @ The Zinc Bar

The last song was another Lenny White cover called Dark. The strings and drums start off the first few measures as the keys float in shortly after.  Helen stood out in my ears during this song.  As well as Richie’s giant smile! I had run to the restroom at this point and on the way back, caught myself dancing behind the tables and the hippie in me wanted to call everyone to their feet.  The KAREN in me wanted to run around pulling everyone out of their seat 🙂 It’s hard to sit down at concerts…SERIOUSLY hard for me! Richie came in with another bass solo that brought him to the front of the stage, back up on his toes when he hit those higher notes.   He is non-stop with that bass.  His flow, his determination, his body movements, his facial expressions…he is a whole package of funky fusion bass playing and I fell in love with his sound and energy that night.  He has the distinction of being the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. I encourage you all to check him out immediately.  He must have raged his solo for at least 5 minutes.  It was FUNKY with what felt like Latin undertones coming through…hot, slow, fast, just HOT! The Latin vibe made way for the fusion/funk again and the droney sounds of Jeffery’s guitar picked up and the pedal work commenced.  Helen backs out on the keys and it’s over. Just like that.

There were two sets played that night. I enjoyed the first set so much that I remained for the entirety of the second.  During the set break, Jeffery sat down and we talked about music, family, him being sick and feeling like death. Poor Jeffery!  I asked him what influenced him to pick up a guitar and he explained that his brother had brought home a Jimi Hendrix CD and played Purple Haze.  Yeah, I can see how that might want to make someone pick up a guitar also hahaha!   The second set was identical to the first with a few rearrangements of the song set list and with a whole new sound of improvisational jazzy funk fusion.  Richie blasted right into his bass rage and I knew their first set had warmed them up for an explosive second. And so I closed my notebook, propped my feet up and soaked up every note with a huge smile on my face.  Thank you Richie Goods for putting together a fantastic set of artist and making my Wednesday night complete!


1. Ongoing – Spring Creek Park (77th Street and 156th Avenue) – The resident at Lots 35 and 48 in Block 11456 in Queens/Brooklyn  appear to have extended their fence line into what is known as “forever wild” parklands.  The land is not landscaped.  (09/11/06 – Rcvd email from Kaitilin Griffen initiating contact about encroachment.) (09/21/06 – Rcvd information from Dominick Cusamano.  Rcvd Map of encroachment with various pictures and highlights.) (12/06/06 – Lesley still waiting on Title report to determine easement was removed. Kaitilin states that she is not aware of an easement on this property and wants to speak with Lesley.) (12/14/07 – Lesley emailed Kaitilin with various questions that needed to be answered before she proceeds.) (07/16/06 – Rcvd Memo from Commissioner Lewandowski’s Office regarding encroachment see notes below)(07/24/07 – Rcvd email from Katlin stating that we are no longer to pursue this file until Antonios contacts our office as he is working with Josh Liard on the matter.) (10/01/09 –Rcvd correspondence from Commissioner Lewandowski’s Office regarding all the letters and documents that Mr. Jackson has written us.)  (10/21/09 – No action was taken towards this case for some time as it appears the notes and documentation is all misplaced.  Possibly closed and archived.  However, it was resurrected through the grapevine.  Please see notes below. There are also numerous sites mentioned in the memo from Commissioner. Lewandowski that we have not pursued or been asked to pursue.)

a. Ongoing – Block 11456/ Lot 35 – (Lesley) Mr. Ross and Diane Jackson are maintaining an illegal encroachment at site.  Specifically, they have installed a fence at site. (07/16/07 – Rcvd memo from Commissioner Lewandowski’s office stating that the Jackson’s were interested in purchasing this portion of the park, and therefore brought it to Parks attention.)(10/01/09 – Rcvd correspondence from C.L’s office containing letter from Mr. Jackson stating that he has been communicating with the office for two years and has yet to get a response to his query of purchasing the land.)  (10/21/09 – Made Lesley aware of the correspondences and that she might have to write a response.)

b. Ongoing – 155-18 77th Street – Block 11456 – Lot 113, 48, 40 & 36 – (Lesley) Mr. Giovanni Peconic is maintaining illegal encroachment at site. Specifically, he has installed a driveway, shed, play equipment, a PVC fence, and construction equipment and debris at site.  (10/09/09 – Letter written to Mr. Peconic. Required to remove all illegal property by December 1, 2009.) (10/20/09 – Antonios confirmed that the PRM is Macceau Medozile.)

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"You should take this plant..."

"You should take this plant..." / "Are you sure you don't want it?" / "Maybe we can pawn this off on Bujak."

Around 11am Saturday morning, I decided I could muster the energy to move.  We had raged HARD Friday.  Aaron and I showered and gathered ourselves for round two.  Ahhhhh, the shower…..how nice!!!  The place may have been Wookie Central but it had showers and a warm bed…can’t beat that!  Aaron was the greatest roommate ever and had come stocked with bagels, cream cheese, fruit and ALMONDS!!  The food at the resort was below par cafeteria quality with basically a grade school cafeteria menu to include chicken fingers, hot dogs, hamburgers/cheeseburgers and french fries all for around $5-$7 per item.   Not sure if there were any vegetarian options.  Definitely none that stood out!

After forcing down some food, I sent the word out to my boys that we were up and the pre-party was to commence.  The response texts were hysterical, groggy, misspelled and I could feel their pain throbbing in my temples!!  We  made our way to the Jacuzzie suite where it didn’t take long to get rid of our headaches and melt into the plush love seat.  My brain was finally prepared to wonder about the day’s agenda…

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

I was looking forward to today for many reasons, but the main one being that my love for poetry, slam or otherwise, was going to thrash the theaters.  Radioactive was my first hit that day around 12:30pm.  Having seen him battle with Adam Deitch the night before, I knew I wanted to see more.  An emcee, beatboxer, writer, painter, and b-boy, Radio plays musical instruments (but not during this set) and incorporates electronic beats with his beatbox (which he definitely did).

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

During the beginning of his set, he knocked out beats/sounds with his voice/throat/hands, recording them, looping and layering them on top of each other to create a base for his lyrics.  This is the kind of thing I adore watching; people who make something out of nothing.   At one point during his rap, a hip-hop dancer was raging the dance floor all alone and Radio incorporated the dancer into his lyrics.  His free-styles spoke of peace, love, compassion, that none of us are the center of anything and we are all part of something.  I sat among the other five people in the theater, yes five, wondering how many people truly felt that in their hearts.

“Do that thing where you make stuff up,” the dancer says. We all laugh.  Taking it from the curb, he battled himself, changing the tone of his voice to deep and growly vs. high and pitchy to correspond with which “side” was spitting.   It was entertaining.  After his set, I had to introduced myself.  I had truly appreciated what he had to say and loved the delivery.  I left for the next show feeling inspired, unaware that Radio, otherwise known as Woodrow, would rage the Jacuzzi suite HARD with us later on that evening!!

Sophistaphunk @ Rock The Resort II

Sophistaphunk @ Rock The Resort II

Sophistaphunk was up next.  Another band with their styles dipped in poetry, I had heard good things.  They had this lamp set up on the stage that I noticed immediately and thought brought a bit of charm to the otherwise dark stage.  I was feeling the effects from lack of sleep at this point and decided to melt into a first tier rolling chair to watch their set.  They were funky at times, rock at times, they definitely were all over the place in terms of style.  There was one song that even had me out of my chair at one point.  But then they actually lost me when it came to the freestyling’s of Jack Brown during a particular song.

Wookie's Picnic @ Rock The Resort II

Wookie's Picnic @ Rock The Resort II

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike it, but after just seeing Radioactive, it was hard not to compare.  At the same time, they were two different styles.  I really loved what Jack was saying, it just wasn’t fast enough for my taste in the moment.  Especially when they had just jammed so hard.  I am a harsh critic when it comes to this.  I have been lucky enough to judged multiple slam/poetry competitions here in Manhattan and I rely heavily on how my emotions lead me when I watch the presentation as I am listening to the lyrics.  I just wasn’t feeling his choice.  I felt my switch get turned off and knew I needed to recharge.

Rock The Resort II

Rock The Resort II

One of the negatives to having a music festivals indoors is the fact that it’s actually indoors.  The sun was beaming, people were wookin’ it out in the parking lot, laying on blankets in the grass, having picnics.  You couldn’t do any of that inside the dark, grimy theaters.  The music would have to wait.  I felt the need to join the happenings out in the parking lot!   Wookies were scattered everywhere with their heady rugs thrown about, beer in hand, dogs in tow.

Heady Wears @ Rock The Resort II

Heady Wears @ Rock The Resort II

The vendors were mainly inside but a few random mobile shops were selling their wares.  A vendor would later tell me that they felt as though there were more vendors then there were attendants.  I am pretty sure they were right.  Outside, people were lying on car hoods and drinkin’ beer out of their trunks.  Music was playing from various locations via car speaker or boombox.  Aaron and I strolled the grounds, coming across wookie picnics and passed out soldiers of rage from the night prior.  There were some gorgeous Willow trees and a large lake with various gazebos surrounding.  The place had potential to be magnificent if given a nice face lift.

Jon of the Shred @ Rock The Resort II

Jon of the Shred @ Rock The Resort II

One of the crazy things about this festival, music just popped up everywhere. No idea who they were, but a band just set up shop in the vendor section.  The vendors expressed their happiness as they had felt forgotten on their side of the building as they couldn’t hear the bands in the theaters.   I took a minute to step foot into the next room to catch another few songs by Jaden.  I’ll, say it again, it’s clear that this girl is talented.  She covered a few songs before I took off in another direction.  There were points like this were I was CRAVING good music and it could NOT be found.    I walked in on Jon of the Shred as he played Smoke on the Water.  I was immediately turned off by the name hahaha but I attempted to give him the benefit of the doubt.  This guy was a rager but it wasn’t consistent.  One song would be somewhat fluid, the next would be sloppy.  He can shred the hell out of a guitar, he can play some keys, but his attempts to do both those things and maintain the computer and keep his hair out of his face….needs more practice.  I was dying at this point.  The Jacuzzi suite was the only answer.  If I couldn’t find good music, I could always find good conversation.

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Again, I had to peel myself away from that suite because it was getting to be about that time.  I could smell the coming of good music.  The sun was going down and the resort was becoming more animated.  I made my way downstairs to see if Skerdio was set to rage. They weren’t so I proceeded to dance among the wooks in the lobby to a nameless band who actually threw us a pretty good dance party.  I saw Skerik standing behind them not looking to happy.  Then he was off towards the stage door.  Then Radioactive is standing near the band, looking perplexed.  And then he is off.  I head to the theater and it is literally myself, Tony, Toast, and a couple of the New Riders in the entire room.  Mind you, the lobby is packed.  Skerik walks up and shakes his head.  he is clearly not pleased.  “Yo man, the M.E.A.T. movement has made it’s way to the East coast. We are ready for ya,” I say with a smile!  And Skerik gave a solid belly laugh as his frown was turned upside down!!  Apparently, the band in the lobby was so loud that no one could hear the Skerdio announcement over the PA and I don’t think the lobby band was meant to be playing anyway.  Seriously, at this point, the chaos is all part of the charm! But eventually Skerdio made it up on stage and another badass assault on the senses took place.

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

What an interesting combination. I loved it.  And as my boy Eric stated, “This is going to be one of the best sets of the weekend,” I get lost in all of it.  Radioactive to the left with his system in place, Skerik on the right with his saxophone in hand and freak switch flipped FULLY on.  His tongue was already sticking out; he was rocking back and forth.  Radio began by layering the sounds and beats he threw with his voice.  Skerik started pumping in off beat blasts in between shakin’ his head like the crazy man he is.  Radio begins free-styling.  And so it went for a few songs, with various beats, sounds and funky Skerik facial expressions.  After awhile, a guitarist joined the stage. We were thrown the name but I never caught it.    And again it went with the layering of beats, Skerik‘s funky horn and sweet guitar rifts that changed the sound over completely.  When Radio sampled the guitar player’s rift, his face lit up as he was able to play over himself.  The theater never really did fill up and at one point I heard a kid say, “You should hear the weird style of music that is going on in there.” I loved it.

Rock the Resort II

Rock the Resort II

It was back up to the 8th floor some relaxing! Who am I kidding? It was nothing but awesome-sauce rage town in that room hahaha!!!  I rode up the elevator with Radioactive yet again.  “Dude, come in and play with us!” And he did, stories flying, music playin, smiles raging.  More good friends, more good music, and more netWOOKing!!!  Then it was RUBBLEBUCKET time. Or so I thought!

Do people really take the time to review the medical staff?  I absolutely had nooooo intentions on doing that but, alas, my life can never be boring, can it?  I had skipped over seeing Rubblebucket three times in the city earlier this year because I knew I would be seeing them this weekend.  Little did I know what kind of an adventure I was in for during their set.

Wook the Resort II

Wook the Resort II

So, remember those almonds that I mentioned earlier.  At some point before the Rubblebucket set, I made my way back up to the room to reload on water and get ready for the nights events.  I grabbed about 12 almonds from the container to munch on for energy.  Something I have done my whole life.  I immediately felt weirdness in my throat.  It is about 6pm at this point, I think, and so Aaron and I grabbed some french fries from the cafeteria and I knew something is up.  My throat was closing, my eyes were closing, hives…oh man, this was happening fast.  Being highly allergic to cats, I knew I was having a reaction but man, I was hoping it was not to the almonds.  I left Aaron with the french fries to gather myself in the ladies room when I took one look in the mirror and knew I was screwed.  A lovely wookette helped me to the Medic lounge which was empty.  Shit!  Then I find the closest security guard who was immediately on the walkie talkie and sat with me until the doctors showed up.  As horrid as I looked and felt, this might be one of the greatest parts of my weekend adventures 🙂

Rock the Resort II

Rock the Resort II

Dr. Steve was his name and Nurse Jill was hers.  They were kind, accommodating, wonderful.  They knew exactly what they were doing.  I knew I had to remain calm because with the insanity that was raging all over my body, it would get worse if I panicked.  There were ice packs then blankets, tanks to help me breath, Benadryl galore.  When they brought out the epipen I prayed that didn’t have to use it.  This shit was no joke, man!  And then I was knocked out…from 7p to 10ish, coming to from time to time to groggily say, “Please make sure I am better for New Riders.”  Their response, “Oh honey, of course!  That is what we are waiting for too!”  The whole time getting uplifting texts from all my boys who had run into Aaron through out evening and been updated on my pathetic situation!  After waking up and not having to itch my skin off, I was released.  And note to you all, I guess don’t offer me things with nuts it.

New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Rock the Resort II

New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Rock the Resort II

New Rider of the Purple Sage took the stage at some unknown time.  Everything from this point is so hard for me to recollect.  I was so doped up on Benadryl which was knocking me down.  I had a 5-hour Energy Shot and crap keepin’ me up.  But I remember lots of dancing as they brought their folksy vibe to the room.  Sounds reminiscent of The Dead.  My notes are illegible.  I really wish I could give you more. I had not seen them since my last All Good Music Festival.  But, at this point, I was just happy to be in the theater breathing and dancing!  At one point I look over and there is Jill, dancing, swaying, eyes closed.  Taking it all in.  I am so glad I hadn’t prevented her from seeing them.

I was all over the place during the end of their set.  I believe it was Madam Bliss who was out there giving us a little dance party, blah!   At some point we all met up in the suite.  It was always like clockwork when that happened.  Like our internal alarms went off and we all were on the move to the 8th floor, collecting people on each thrashed floor.  I realized I had spent some quality time getting pumped up with my boys in the Jacuzzi suite and it was time to move again.  I was Up! Up! Up! And it was time to rage some FUNK through this resort.

Jeff Bujak @ Rock The Resort II

Jeff Bujak @ Rock The Resort II

We make our way down to the theater for the last round of music!  After a slight detour on another floor we get back on the elevator and we see Sam Kininger. All I can say is “YYYYEEEESSSS!!!!!”  However, before Sam’s set I was looking forward to seeing Jeff Bujak.  Justin had be talking about him all weekend, calling his style “Intelligent Dance!”  I was completely intrigued and had missed chilling with him in the suite because of the damn peanut attack.  Dammit, it was time.   And THIS WAS NOOOO JOKE.  Finally, an artist I had never seen before who FLOORED me!  This is something I was hoping would happen all weekend.

The Sam Kininger Band @ Rock The Resort II

The Sam Kininger Band @ Rock The Resort II

Jeff does his own lights, sound, composition, smoke effects, etc.  A tight little package, straight up. He was fluid, he was consistent.  Among all his chaos of sound, I heard the most lovely of melody on the keys.  He played them beautifully.  The smoke and lights made for some gorgeous shots.  He would lay down funky beats and then give us jazzy piano on top of it.  He always had a melody to deliver and the beats were dope. I felt like I heard a bit of Latin beat in the mix during one song.  It was interesting, it was well-put together…it was good!

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Sam Kininger Band @ Skerik @ Rock the Resort II

Sam Kininger Band @ Skerik @ Rock the Resort II

Jeff Lockhart, The Rager!

Jeff Lockhart, The Rager!

The Sam Kininger Band went on around 4am and I was right where I needed to be!  There was never a time all weekend where all of my buddies were in the same room at the same time until that show.  I look around the room and EVERYONE who makes me smile was there, wide-eyed and smiling back!  I knew this would be my last performance as we were leaving first thing in the morning. I was already missing everyone’s faces.  The stage held Sam Kininger on saxophone, Nikki Glaspie on drums, Amy Bowles on organ/keys, Aaron Bellamy on bass, and a personal favorite, Jeffery Lockhart on guitar.  The songs start off with the various instruments leading in and then Sam brought the funk.  Sam brought the dance party that made you want to clap your hands.  The Band backed Sam as he raged his axe of funk consistently, jazzy, blasting.

Skerik and Sam @ Rock The Resort II

Skerik and Sam @ Rock The Resort II

I LOVE seeing Nikkie Glaspie play.  A female drummer is always killer!!!   The ladies were awesome but then you had Jeffery Lockhart.  That man took his liberties with that bass and we loved every minute of it.  At one point, he takes a seat in a chair and just wastes us where we stand while he sat!   At this point, Radioactive joins the stage as does SkerikSkerdio was to rage with Sam Kininger Band.  Man, life is fun!  Radio threw out his signature beats amongst the funk.  Skerik and Sam battled their horns against one and another.  At one point, I am pretty sure Jeffery and Radio battled.  It was all fun, improvisational on many parts and a great funky dance party to end the evenings. I text J-Man, “One last session after?” “Yeah! I am still at Bujak!”…”And I am still in front of the horns!”…”Big surprise!” he texts and I return to dancing!

At the end of the set there are hardly any of us left standing.  Aaron had already peaced to bed perhaps a half hour prior.  I had lost track of time and realized it was like 6:30 in the morning.  I was done; we all were.  Those of us left made it to the fluffy couches on the 8th floor and attempted to wind down.  As we relaxed, we talked about Bujak, Skerik, Radio, Lobby Rage and Sam…you know, the good stuff of the weekend.  I knew I had to make it to my bed but I didn’t want to move.  I didn’t want it to end.

As I walked to the 7th floor, it all flooded over me.  The horrible production that gave the fest a charm all its own, the dogs, the wookies.  I knew I had made some bonds that weekend that would never break and I knew I had broken some.  I had seen some pretty awesome bits of music and almost died from eating 12 pieces of a food item that I used to eat by the pound.  Not at all what I thought would kill me at one of these things haha.  All in all, I would say that me and the boys raged one hell of a season opener.  I face planted into the bed with a wide smile.  Been holding onto it ever since 🙂

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April 2010’s Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed that must not be missed, please point it out. I add things constantly.)

April 1st, 2010

  • ($15 adv) South Memphis String Band feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus & Luther Dickinson @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($35) Rebirth Brass Band & Dumpstaphunk @ Highline Ballroom

April 2nd, 2010 –

April 3rd, 2010 –

  • (Free) Second Line Across the Brooklyn Bridge @ 10am
  • ($5) Rubblebucket, Woodhands @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($??) Dred Scott w/ Gary Wong @ Blue Fin

April 4th, 2010 –

April 5th, 2010 –

  • ($20) Jason Lindner Trio (The Omer Avital Group) @ Small Jazz Club

April 6th, 2010 –

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

April 7th, 2010 –

  • ($5 – Suggested donation) The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl Benefit for Earth Day

April 8th, 2010

  • ($45) Caetano Veloso @ Terminal 5
  • ($7) ?UESTLOVE: DJ Residency @ Brooklyn Bowl

April 9th, 2010

  • Rock The Resort II
  • ($42) George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars @ B.B. Kings
  • ($10) Apollo Run w/ Horns @ The Bell House
  • ($10) The Sullivan Street Shakedown w/ DJs JT Donaldson and Nutritious, VJ Mamiko Kushida, Dynasty Electric (DJ Set) @ Sullivan Hall (11:30 PM – 4am)

April 10th, 2010

  • Rock The Resort II
  • ($53+) George Benson @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Someone needs to go to this for me, so sad I can’t make it!)
  • ($10) Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band @ 171 Lombardy St.
  • ($8) 6Figures Live @ The Blue Note
  • ($15) Particle @ The Bell House

April 11th, 2010 –

  • Rock The Resort II
  • ($12) Danny Barnes (The Legendary Shack Shakers) @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($Free) The Revelations @ City Winery

April 12th, 2010

  • ($55) Ben Folds and a Piano
  • (Free) NY Funk Exchange @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Daniel Sadownick & Tomas Doncker @ Blue Note

April 13th, 2010

  • ($55) Ben Folds and a Piano
  • ($45-$65) Joan Osbourne @ City Winery
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall

April 14th, 2010

  • ($30) Refugee AllStars of Sierra Leone @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($7) Trouble & Bass @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($12) Danny Barnes (The Legendary Shack Shakers) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18) Cherry Poppin Daddies @ The Bell House
  • (Free) Borahm Lee @ Brooklyn Bowl 2nite w/ NYC hip hop band DUJEOUS

April 15th, 2010

  • ($?? ) Ches Smith w/Mary Halvorson Trio @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($7) ?UESTLOVE: DJ Residency @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • (Free) Milo Z @ The Red Lion

April 16th, 2010

April 17th, 2010 –

April 18th, 2010 –

  • We got nothin’ today? Weird!

April 19th, 2010

  • ($10) – Ches Smith w/ Brian Drye @ IBeam
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus is turning 88!!) @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($50) Snoop Dog @ Brooklyn Bowl

April 20th, 2010

April 21st, 2010

April 22nd, 2010 –

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • (Free) Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Times Square (outside)
  • ($10) Funk Fest Five with NY Funk Exchange, Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($35) Pee Wee Ellis All Star Band w/ Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, and Mulgrew Miller @  Iridium Jazz Club

April 23rd, 2010

April 24th, 2010

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • ($15) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • (Free: 9pm) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25) DAM-FUNK @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($10) Bobby Previte will be playing a concert-length solo acoustic drum show for the first time @ Rose Live
  • ($35) Pee Wee Ellis All Star Band with Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, and Mulgrew Miller @  Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($10) Turkuaz, Ikebe Shakedown, and Lyle Divinsky: CLUSTERFUNK (Brooklyn’s monthly funk freakout) @ Cameo

April 25th, 2010

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • ($35) Pee Wee Ellis All Star Band w/ Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, and Mulgrew Miller @  Iridium Jazz Club
  • (Free) Laura Cheadle @ Rockwood Music Hall (from 6pm-645pm)

April 26th, 2010

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • (Free) Aarron Dugan’s Theory of Everything: Jason Lindner Trio & Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Mark Guiliana: Now vs. Now @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings on The Colbert Report
  • (Free) Gogol Bordello on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

April 27th, 2010

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • ($20) Jamie Lidell @ Bowery Ballroom
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Sold Out) Gogol Bordello @ The Brooklyn Bowl

April 28th, 2010

April 29th, 2010

  • The 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • ($50) Rodrigo (Sanchez) and Gabriela (Quintero) @ Radio City Music Hall
  • (Free w/ 1 drink min) American Babies @ The Living Room ($5 suggested donation)
  • ($7) ?UESTLOVE: DJ Residency @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana w/ Chris Morrisey Quartet @ Barbes
  • (Sold Out) Night of the Licing Funk : Devi, Three Legged Fox, Jay D. Clark, & Zach Maxwell
  • ($20) OK Go @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • ($25) Los Amigos Invisibles @ S.O.B.s

April 30th, 2010 –

~ See May’s Potential Show Run Down ~

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