August-September, 2000

September 16th--Quail Unlimited--Benton County--The band was treated to great hospitality by the Benton County Chapter of the Quail Unlimited.  A fun auction (I didn't get anything) and great food.  Performing in a barn house with hay and no air-conditioning is truly underrated.  The evening was beautiful and a good time was had by all to help celebrate an organization with good causes and quality folks.


September 9th--Home--This week, Oreo Blue learned of the passing of a dear friend...Porky Hill.  Porky, best known locally as the inimitable drummer for the Cate Brothers, was a bright, shining light of a person whom we all admired for not only his musical skills, but also for his kind heart and cheerful demeanor.  As he joins the musical community of the chapter eternal, his presence will be sorely missed.  Below is a photo of Porky as we enjoyed him in life:



Porky Hill


September 2nd--Ft. Smith--Update...Gary Lee had a successful surgery and joined us for a private party on Saturday evening.  Gary in his weakened state performed admirably and we are glad to have him back.


September 2nd--Old Settlers Days-Muldrow, OK--The band was looking forward to putting on a show for the folks in Muldrow this year.  However, with Gary down, spirits were low.  Oreo Blue was fortunate to have the talented Chris Cameron sitting in and...well...the boy can play and sing his tail off!!!  The down side to the up side was...IT WAS 112 DEGREES OUTSIDE!!!  Jeez!!!  In addition, I didn't get to get in on the auction and I was looking forward to that case of bottled water and some knick-knacks.


August 25th--The Kitchen Pass-Parsons, Kansas--

August 26th--Polo in the Ozarks--Goshen, Arkansas--This weekend was a tough one.  Our friend and band mate, Gary Hutchison fell ill on Friday evening before the show and was unable to perform.  Local musician Russ (forgive me for forgetting your last name) filled in and did a fine job in Parsons and music dignitary Jed Clampit filled in at the Polo in the Ozarks show with friend Andrew Milburn from the Tyrones.  However, we realize when a member of our family cannot perform, it has a resounding effect on our show.  Without exception, the loss of Gary and his powerful performances has a tremendous impact and cannot be replaced.  We will keep you posted as to Gary's recovery.  Get well, Buddy and hurry back to the stage.  You were sorely missed...

August 16th--The Fort Smith Classic Golf Tournament.--

Oreo Blue was invited to perform at the opening party for the Classic this year after the Pro-Am event at Hardscrabble Country Club.  I won't go off on a tangent about the food on this one, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely.  Rod, Brian and I saw a great show put on by regionally renown guitarist Gary Lee Hutchison and his historically significant guitar collection.  And by the way, the Muldrow Old Settlers Days is just around the corner!  Stay Tuned!

August 11-12th--The Rib Room--Ft. Smith, AR--What a great weekend show we had in Gary and Rod's hometown of Fote Smiff.  The Rib Room seems to have become the showcase venue for the area and the crowds are certainly both lovely and raucous.  I know a few weeks back I said that I would not get off on another tangent about food, but Jeeez A Mundo!  The food at the Rib Room is GTAMF! (or quite excellent for the blues virgins...I had to ask, too:)  The Bar-B-Que is fantastic and I really don't quite have the words for the tamales, but pull Gary Hutchison aside after a show and ask him...he is liable to make a few of those famous faces and make some grunting noises for you.  (don't worry...we don't think he bites)

August 5-6th--Geroge's Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, AR--Once again, playing to the home crowds always is a thrill.  The weather was a bit warm, but nice nonetheless.  Below are some great photos of the show by a constant fan and friend, Kevin Hall (a.k.a. Kevin "why don't you guys play some Carlos Santana?" Hall)

Visit our Photos pages for many more pics from Mr. Hall during our shows around Northwest Arkansas.

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