Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Imagine—A Night full of Surprises

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
...And the world will live as one .

Every now and then, there is a once upon a time, every now and then everything works out perfectly. Everyday I go to the place that I call my work, I guess that is what it is supposed to be called and some days it is work and some days it is not. It is the days that are work that makes the days that are not so beautiful. But for lack of a better word, I go to Quixote’s True Blue and I think about what I need to do and sometimes I do nothing, Sometimes I like to do nothing or am not compelled to do anything, so that is what I do, but I am always thinking. Sometimes I think about the people I love and the people I have left behind, sometimes I think about a show that could be really special for everyone. Yes, that is really what I do here is think. Well the other day I was thinking about thought and was thinking about naught, I was thinking about what a wonderful day to spend the night after Furthur would be. What would really be nice? So I schemed and I dreamed and talked to my good friend Melvin Seals and asked him if wanted to play after the show. He said yes, we can make it happen. So I called up my favorite person in the whole wide world, Mister Ray White and he said of course, “I’ll make sure I get on the plane.” Dave Watts told me he was game and he would hold the beat down, I said groovy, let’s make it happen. And then Garrett Sayers formerly of the Miracle Orchestra ( I only mention his previous band because last time they didn’t play was on Jerry’s Birthday and because they didn’t play I didn’t have a band for Jerry’s birthday and The Fillmore had a show and I was all stressed but then the power went out at the Fillmore and Dark Star Orchestra was scheduled to play, but they couldn’t so they called us and decided to play and luckily we didn’t have a band because then they would have not been able to play which reminds me of the second time that the power went out at the Fillmore and Phil Lesh and Ryan Adams couldn’t play so they came by and played pool at Sancho’s and because the couldn’t play music they really wanted to play music and luckily the band at Dulcinea’s was finishing early and so they could play at Dulcinea’s which just so happened to be my mom’s birthday and she just died of Parkinson’s that year and this place was dedicated to her and this is another story completely. There are so many coincidences going around that they surely can’t be coincidences ) calmly walked by and said “I am in, I believe in miracles.” Oh, yeah, we cannot forget Kim Dawson, who never said a word to me, she just came by because Mr. Watts told her so, and yes this petite girl has a powerful booming voice which swirls into masterpieces as it floats around the crowd and creeps into the ear canals. So, I really never believed in miracles, so I never really believed in anything so long, I had a darkness that held me for so long, but I always had hope, and sometimes I get despairing and therefore sit in despair. I am not sure I believed in love, but I always had hope, I always thought if I did positive things positive things would happen, but I was doing them for the wrong reasons. I was doing them for gain, but now it seems the more I do them just because, the more I get back. It is hard to eliminate the desire to get something for doing something. You are taught about rewards and punishments for your behavior, but sometimes you are looking for the immediate rather then the karmic which just happens. So I turned around at the bar and I said “HI JK,” which happens to be a perfect alphabetical happening, and he said he was just stopping by after playing at Red Rocks with Furthur. It was such a great feeling to see an old friend. No games, no strangeness, just old friends reminiscing. It was beautiful. So he stopped by again this peaceful Sunday and Melvin demanded that John Kadlecik play, for it was Melvin’s Birthday, so finally John got up and played that’s what love will make you do, because after all it is true blue and that is what love will make you do . And the only thing I really do know about love it that love is all there is. And I do believe in fairies. And yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and it really is a wonderful life after all.
All you need is love,
Jay Bianchi

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dyrty Byrds/Highland Ramblers/Captain Squeegee Jan 9th

This show kicked ass and it started with the Highland Ramblers ripping thorugh a high energy bluegrass set that ended with the diabolical Biz Markie's You say he's just a Friend. Sure it was jokey, but it was fun. The Dyrty Byrds launched into some southernish rock with sam Holt leading the guitar frenzy and it sounded magical. Meanwhile in the gallery Captain Squeegee was cleaning up the mess Highwater mark left by the Higland Ramblers, no wonder why they live in the highlands. Captain Squeegee, a band that makes you always question your spelling, had a high energy rock hip hop hoedown going on in back.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention we have 3 pinball games back there, so just when you feel like you have been bouncing back aqnd forth seeing bands, you can go emphasize with that silver ball in back.

One KInd Favor/Boozegrass/40 Foot Journey Jan 8th

One of my favorite things about this new new Quixote's True Blue is its versatilty. I can do three diffent bands and it always works out. The new Quixote's somehow allows things to work outperfectly, but I really never know how it will work out till I get here and then it just does. I guess theree must have been some magic left in that old Quixote's spirit because when I do a show here it all just works out. I love this place and I love hearing bands here. They seem to elevate beyond there normal playing and push themsleves because I really think they love this place also. Boozegrass kicked some bluegrass ass in the Gallery then 40 foot journey did a good job creating an initial buzz on the maistage. And tehn came One Kind Favor and they played awesome, but were not able to briing the masses out, but if you were one of the people that were not here you definitely missed a great show. The whole thing was not great, but it was good and will just get better as people start to recognize there name

Zobomaze and Whiskey Tango Jan 7th

Zobomaze has been sloowing progressing and absorbing the scene and they are about to emerge in a big way. These cats are good, actuallly they started out reall good, but they keep on progresssing. They have the ability to be in complete command of the room. I see them backstage and I think how young they are, but somehow they are playing in the big leagues, they have done their studies because when they walk out on stage they are a complete band and they create very cohesive jams thata just gel. This is not a band of kids, these are musicians with a purpose and if they are this good now, who knows wheree in the hell they are headed. It can only be up. But who knows, they might start thinking they are so good that they never practice again and they become very average. This might happen that they become average, but I doubt it. It would be a shame because something that works so good at these early stages has so much potential, I can't wait to see where they with 10 years of life experiences and music under their belt. No doubt it will be very interesting.

And in the end, that is why I am here, to see what happens.

Digital Beatdown Jan 6th

Dig the crazy beat of Digital Beatdown, they are high energy electro-jam. These kids are doing there own thing and on a cold they they warmed us up.

Whiskey Tango Jan 5th

Bluegrass retunrs for the new and they keep absorbing music like sponges, this shit just keeps getting better.

Cashed Love Trio Jan 3rd

2010 is just getting out of the gates , but these guys brought and good vibe and energy to the New Year, a sunday after New years' can be disastrous, but today we narrowly averted it. They sounded great emanating reggae carribean vibes, but we will need to give it another shot before we can even trust our first impressions this year. The daze from the preious days has made me just a little loopy.