The crowd on Friday night was wild for the Jimmy Hendrix Experience. Shouting out chants of "Hendrix, Hendrix, Hendrix". And, there are few guitar players more capable to rise to that challenge than Ross William Perry. With a stunning rendition of Little Wing, it was Hendrix in the style, Stevie Ray Vaughan. I find myself humming it to myself still, and it is Saturday afternoon. During the third set, there was a rendition of All Along the Watchtower that had the boisterous crowd, spellbound. It was really a good night to be at the Snout Saloon.
It was a small crowd on Friday night. I had actually hoped it would be. I was hoping with economic times being what they are, maybe people would save up and only come out on Halloween night. There were short periods where the bar was busy. Only a few times were there people on the dance floor. Not the best night for a bar owner, but to a music fan sitting on the corner of a pool table, it was fantastic.
Ross was carrying a bit of domestic-bliss-weight, bringing him up to merely thin. He explained he and his girlfriend had just embarked on home ownership. Meals were starting to be mostly made at home. He seems very deliriously happy in his relationship. Good for him, and good for us too, as I think his skill continues to develop as a guitar player in proportion to happiness in his life ...
Check out the rest of the review (and what else went down that night) over at the Freaks & Geeks blog, originating from somewhere in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Liberian immigrant Mansfield Neblett had big plans to wear his beloved cheesehead to see President Obama speak at his daughter’s middle school in Madison yesterday. But Secret Service agents stopped him at the door. According to the good ol’ Associated Press, the cheddar-sporting Democrat informed Secret Service agents that if they wouldn’t let him wear his large, triangular, cheese-like hat to Obama’s speech, well, he was just staying home. Luckily, the Secret Service (after what I assume was an extremely thorough search involving several large X-ray machines) declared the cheesehead no-risk headwear and allowed Neblett to wear it.
The lesson in al this? It looks like our Department of Tourism’s attempts to shift the Wisconsin Identity away from beer and cheese has thus far failed. Hard core.
And hey. Has anyone else noticed that most cheesehead hats look like yellow Swiss cheese? Does that actually exists in nature?
It’s time to stop talking about your ingenious movie idea and actually make it. The 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival is officially looking for submissions. The festival accepts narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films of any length. The festival is looking for films completed after January 1, 2008. Large and small productions are welcome, as audiences will vote for their favorite narrative and documentary films. There is a fee to submit certain films and a few prizes will be given to films in the Wisconsin’s Own and Wisconsin’s Own Student Shorts categories. Films have to be completed by February 15, 2010. Check out the website for more information.