April 21st--Crowder College Outdoor Concert Series--Neosho, MO--What
beautiful weather for an outdoor concert!!! It was a mild 69
degrees atop the flatbed stage overlooking the lawn at Crowder.
This is a nice event and a nice campus in which to have it. We had
a good turnout of locals and die-hard SW Missouri Oreo Blue fans out.
Would have been nice to see more co-eds at this event, but they are just
getting this series under way. Crowder College...home of the Rough
Riders. Good baseball team I hear.
April 15th--2720 Club--Hot Springs, AR--You never know what you
are going to get into with a new venue. The first thing we
noticed...this place is massive! Huge dance floor, super high
ceilings, etc. We have a nice loyal fan base in the Hot Springs
area and even though this was a new place, they rolled out like champs
to help us break in the new joint. After the evening was over, I
think the place gets thumbs-up from Oreo Blue. Maybe we have found
a new Spa City venue to call home since the fall of the Ohio Club.
April 14th--Ava's Village Pub--Fort Smith, AR--Ava must not have
been feeling well tonight... she was kind of grumpy and left a little
early. Nonetheless, we had a rocking good time at the pub with the
loyal handful of our faithfuls. Word is that the Philly sandwich
is killer. Go to Ava's and have a great time. We do.
April 1st--The Trifecta!--George's Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville,
AR--When we scale down for the Trifecta, things get kinda crazy.
We had a few of my friends from Hogville.net down for the party as well
as a hoppin' birthday party on the loft. We had a few guest
dancers and cowbell players on stage...that was fun.
March 25th--Wedding Reception--George's Majestic
Lounge--Fayetteville, AR--Normally I don't report on wedding
receptions, but in this particular case, the reception was held at
George's in the Garden. What I would say is that after it was all
decorated up, it was a perfect place to hold a reception. The
natural lighting, the best sound stage in the region, and the excellent
crew made it ideal for private functions like that. So...if you
have a function, but don't have a venue, you might call them at
George's. If you need a band...I know where you can find a great
party band, too!
March 24th--George's Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, AR--Home
base! Man...happy hours are cool, but they are way too short for
me. Two hours of music just gets me warmed up. George's has
by far the best sound system in the region and the best vibe in the
region as well...so when the music is great, and then we are quitting at
8pm...it's like having sex but never getting to climax. Speaking
of climax...if you haven't tried Bob Yazetti's pizza at George's
Majestic on a weekend, you need to. Good God!
During this set, Gary went above and beyond...sacrificing his body and a
Reverend Guitar for the cause. Slamming his fist into the body of
that Reverend (sounds kind of sacrilegious) and ultimately busting
through cutting his hand and shattering the outer shell of the new axe.
March 11th--Kitchen Pass--Parsons, KS--We had another rocking
night at the KP. If I recall...we played two long 2-hour sets on
full stomachs from the great food at the KP. We picked up a few
new fans along the way pulling out some new material. That venue
may be small, but we work there like it's a huge concert event.
March 10th--Home--It's always a nice surprise when a fan sends us
photos of a past event. A guy I met, Rod, on a local sports
message board (Hogville.net) let me know he had some pics he took at our
Gully Park concert in Fayetteville last year. I will get a picture
page up soon. Here are a few. Great pics, Rod!
photos by Rod Russell, "Chillinhoggie"
March 4th--Two Frogs Grill--Ardmore, OK--We have had a long
standing tradition of making the trek to Ardmore and rocking
south-central Oklahoma. We have a lot of fans down there and we
appreciate them rolling out no matter how long in between shows or no
matter the venue. Two Frogs has been the main stay since I have
been in the band and let me say this much...the food is the best in the
state. The band makes it a point to get to Ardmore a few hours
early just to make sure we get to eat at Two Frogs. This night, we
had an extremely appreciative crowd despite its size and we decided to
"reward" them by not taking a break the entire night. This drummer
got dehydrated, but it was all good.
The only mark on a great band trip is missing some stuff back home.
I coach my son's 7th grade basketball team and I had to miss a game
today. It makes me sick to do that, but our boys pulled off
another victory for their absent coach to remain undefeated on the
season. One more game...Go Vipers!
March 3rd--Proctor & Gamble Party--Fayetteville, AR--In a fancy
barn snuggled atop a hill in south Fayetteville, the folks at P&G threw
a great employee appreciation party. The event was dubbed Diamonds
and Denim, so folks came donned in blue jeans with diamonds here and
there. The folks started off a little tentative, but they loosened
up after a few drinks and some killer classics from Oreo Blue.