Thursday, April 08, 2010

California part 2 + Colorado + Wisconsin

Just a few musical highlights, or this will take forever...
  • Driving down to Sausalito with JP after camping up on Mount Tamalpais, stopping at traffic lights opposite Tamalpais High School, immortalised in the spectral, wordless "Tamalpais High (At About 3)" from David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name (apparently, the Vatican's second favourite album?!)

  • An entirely unplanned few minutes waiting in San Francisco sunshine for friends at the corner of Haight and Ashbury, sprinting up to 710 Ashbury for a look at the old Grateful Dead house - it's purple now, looks more-psychedelic-than-average with the intricate woodwork and stained glass - the only clue that I had remembered the correct number was this helpful stencil on the pavement out front:

    Jerry stencil seen in front of 710 Ashbury

    710 Ashbury then 710 Ashbury now
    710 Ashbury c.1967 and more recently (you can kind of guess why that gate is there!)

  • Fireside jamming with didg player called Chris while back down at Esalen for a couple of days.

  • Jamming in Pearl Street, the pedestrianised shopping street in Boulder, Colorado with a dotar player called Major who performs with a group of local musicians known as Major and Friends, plus jamming on a couple of rough bluegrass tunes the next evening with a fiddler I met there called Max.

    Listen Here

    Here are Major and Friends (including a saz player called Kevin) captured on a phone camera in Boulder 13/02/10:

  • Full moon jams with an exuberant crew of Naropa students and associates up on the nearby Red Rocks (presumably a sacred site for the Arapahoe who were ethnically cleansed by the gold-seeking founders of Boulder), including Jake from the psych-rock band God Tiny.

  • Dancing with great joy to Natty Nation (familiar from Madison, WI) at the Draft House, Boulder - a very different line-up than what I last saw, but two mighty dubbed-out sets, interpolating versions of Burning Spear's "Where Will I Find My Resting Place" and Horace Andy's "Skylarking".

  • Friday night jams in Madison, WI with Peter and Ken: a weird mix of songs "Natural Mystic", a country song called "The Witchita Line Man", some ELO, "Old Man River"...

  • Two great sets from Irene's Garden here in Stevens Point, they've settled on a nice six-person line-up, such a sweet bunch of people, and really grooving these days. It's great to see Jenny and Sarah still singing together, putting out so much good energy for more than 25 years.


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