December 31st--The Kitchen
Pass--Parsons, Kansas--Ahh...the New Year's Eve show. Time to
pull out what stops might be left in the year and rock those annual
revelers. The sell-out crowd was a little tougher than expected
and thanks to power problems, the tense moments came early and
often. The band was up to the task in its performance with a
strong set. Fire, Chainsaws, Power Drills, Fog, Lights, and our
signature high-energy music. But the night's most priceless moment
was during the requested Margaritaville. Gary, while
trying to show off the lyrical tattoo--right on his booty, showed
instead his boxer shorts imprinted with guitars (no surprise).
However, with a little help from DJ Darwin, Gary's still unbuttoned
pants fell back to the floor during the next verse. Gary finished
the set with them around his ankles. Pictures!!!
Crowne Insert--What a night in Parsons KS!
A sold out show, lots of friends and family in the house with us
and a wonderful crew at The Kitchen Pass made for the perfect show.
Aside from some annoying electrical problems it was a great
evening, including the infamous Chainsaw and Guitar burning routines.
As usual Dave, Darwin & Crew treated us like royalty and we
appreciate that very much. Also,
our waitress Stephanie did a stellar job taking care of all us including
our table of nine full of family and friends.
We’d like to thank Bob & Sarah Yazzetti (my in-laws), Lea
& Mary-Jo Crawford for making the drive up from Mena AR, also John
& Jennifer Magness for coming up from Ft. Smith.
We hope they had a great time.
Our old friend and original guitar player Bryan Martin was a
great help that night. Thanks
to everyone for another great year of Oreo Blue and we hope you continue
to support us in the beginning of our twelfth year.
Happy New Year and we’ll see you all soon.--Brian
New Year to all!!!
December 28th--Two Frogs
Grill--Ardmore, Oklahoma--Of course, there are no more words of
praise worthy of this place. You are just going to have to go
there to experience it. Go to www.twofrogsgrill.com
on how to get there and what is shakin'. Now about the show...
The band always steps up to
the plate at the TFG since the crowd is so deserving. However,
this night there was one incident that stands out as a
brow-raiser. The last time we played here, Gary
"sacrificed" a guitar (a la Jimi) and the word spread that it
might happen again. So someone brought a guitar along for Gary to
sacrifice. In the process of setting the guitar ablaze during Hey
Joe, the guitar became engulfed as did some of the surrounding
stage! What we didn't know was that the guitar and pick guard were
covered with some sort of nitrous lacquer that is extremely flammable as
was custom years ago. Gary had a time stomping and bashing the
guitar to a douse. Brian sacrificed a few of the new t-shirts for
the cause and some time later, all was calm. In the mean time, the
crowd had boiled to a frenzy and couldn't get enough believing that it
was all part of the show. Proof that we just might do anything to
satisfy a crowd...
Wedding--Stuttgart, Arkansas--The fine ladies of the Chi Omega house
at the University of Arkansas have been fans of the band for a few years
and now that they all are getting married, Oreo Blue has been honored to
perform at their receptions. Amberlea and Todd are a fabulous
couple and we wish them the best for the future. Thanks to Larry
for coming up late in the night to play the drums. You missed your
calling! We would also like to thank the wait staff at the Western
Sizzlin' for donning the camouflage and being quick to refill the sweet
Bluff, Arkansas--It had been since last year that we had performed
at Fakouri's. This little club has all the character of a large
hall complete with a full-sized brick wall with the autograph of nearly
every performer who has graced the stage there. The service is top-notch
and personable and the crowd is wonderful. As a matter of fact,
Oreo Blue fans drive in from as far away as Hot Springs to see the band
play at Fakouri's! Our esteemed bass player, Rockin' Rod Dean
Williamson couldn't make the trip this day...his fine young son was have
a little dental surgery (eek). Ben Arrington from nearby
Monticello was kind enough to fill in and did a bang-up job. Ben
spent some time out in L.A. working the music scene and he returns to
this area a seasoned and consummate professional. He came in
having done his homework and laid it down all night long. Thanks,
December 10th--Chuck Fawcett Christmas
Party--Ft. Smith, Arkansas--This is the second
time the band was invited to perform for Chuck and his friends at their
Christmas Party. This group is a real hoot and they certainly know
how to have a good time. Thanks to Chuck and all his buddies for
letting us be a part of your celebration!
December 7th--Neosho Power
Sports Customer Appreciation Party--Neosho, Missouri--This date in
history is often recalled for more ominous events. However, I am
sure that we will remember this date as well for being the first time
any of us had performed a show in a motorcycle store showroom.
They just rolled the bikes out into the parking lot and we got it
on! The folks in Neosho have always been great. Of course,
Gary is a product of this part of the country and they always welcome
him with open arms.
29th--The Kitchen Pass--Parsons, Kansas--I guess having just one
show on a weekend makes us want to cram all of our energy into that
short 5 hours. This was a big day anyway, but having a great show
just makes all things right with the world. First, there was the
feast on Thanksgiving Day. Those of you that read this newsletter
regularly know that we are not shy at the dinner table. I, for
one, can put it away with the best of them and when Thanksgiving rolls
around (mmm, rolls) it would be downright rude not to have 5 or 6
helpings with a plethora of desserts. The best part is spending
time with our families, though. We have a lot to be thankful for
and among those things for me is having the fellowship of a great
band. This band rocks! This day started off with the
recovery. I mean recovering from the huge meal. THEN....The
Football Razorbacks took the field against the LSU Bengal Tigers and
whipped 'em in the final 43 seconds to win the conference
championship. That got Brian and me (and millions of other Hog
fans) buzzing. Then on to Parsons. The last time the band
played Parsons was in the early summer and I missed the show, so I was
eager to get back. The welcome was awesome. The band ruled
and the fans were incredible. Thanks to DJ Darwin and Dave Pawlus
for the hospitality. And...did I mention the Chicken &
photo by ©John Blair
November 23rd--Benchmark Group Party--Fayetteville
Town Center, Arkansas--We sort of thought these engineers and
architects would scarf down the food and get to bed early. Not
so. There were a handful of die-hard rockers in the crowd and they
held on 'til quitting time. Thanks to you folks for letting us be
a part of your celebration. (p.s. The prime rib ruled!
I had 5 helpings...)
22nd--Cartoon's--Springfield, Missouri--I will vouch for the
Cheeseburgers here at Cartoons. Wow! Rod was nervous that I
was going to snatch his off his plate before he could finish. They
cook 'em up right. This is a cool room and the folks in
Springfield are always appreciative. We hope to see them at next
year's blues festival.
Foods Party--Ft. Smith, Arkansas--This was a celebration of service
at Gerber in Ft. Smith and Oreo Blue was honored to help them be
rewarded with a nice dinner and dance. Some of these folks have worked
for Gerber for over 35 years!!! Whew. When Oreo Blue is
rocking at the old-folks home after 35 years, I'll wonder if Gary will
still be doing flips and somersaults!
Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas--First show back inside
since the weather has changed and I must admit that, even though the
Garden is bigger, then inside stage is more intimate. The crowd
and dancers are nearly upon us as we perform. The energy is
flowing between us with no buffer. I like it! Tonight, a
great guitarist, Cal Jackson, joined us on stage during the happy hour
set. Cal is a fantastic and tasteful player. He can be heard
currently with Cherry Brooks' band and with the upcoming project,
Whiplash Gumbo. And speaking of Whiplash Gumbo...the main man for
Whiplash is Randy Keck. Randy also sat in with the band tonight on
Hammond B-V. A well-played Hammond Organ can enhance a groove like
nobody's business and Randy touched all the right senses this
evening. Keep your eyes and ears open for the Whiplash Gumbo when
it comes to town in December. We will try to keep you posted.
November 9th--The ByPass--Joplin,
Missouri--Well, going on seven years now this room has been
a consistent a**-kicker, and I mean that in the best possible way.
This room is set up for club concerts and our fans always show up
ready to rock. This makes
for a potent formula that always delivers a stellar good time for the
band and the crowd as well. Even
as good as it is, you don’t always have those amazing nights where
everything just clicks. Tonight
was one of those nights. The
sound was perfect, we could hear each other, and the groove was on!
To put it in nutshell, if you missed tonight you missed an Oreo
Blue performance par with any of their best.
Thank you everyone for helping make it so cool.--Brian
to Brigitte from Kansas City for sitting in on Texas Flood and to
Ron Ray for snapping photos all night long and to all of our loyal fans
that keep coming back night after night.
8th--The Kitchen Pass--Neosho, Missouri--To say that we enjoy
playing all the Kitchen Passes would be an understatement.
Even thought the Neosho room is a little small it makes for a big
time by all, and tonight was extra special with original Oreo Blue
guitarist Bryan Martin sitting in on the second set.
The crowd was tremendous, the staff was stupendous, and the licks
were flying everywhere on stage. As
usual our loyal fans were out in force and motivating us to fly out of
our two-week hiatus with thunderous authority.
Bryan, not having played a show in years didn’t miss a lick
playing some very tasteful blues and powerful rock solo’s on his new
hot-rodded Fender Strat! Bryan will be moving back to the region soon, and plan on
enjoying him in someone’s band very soon!
Special thanks to Bryan for coming out and we’ll see you all