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Here are some clips from the Khabele School music department fundraiser, held at the Omni Hotel downtown on Sept. 23, 2010. We had performances from all the ensembles of Khabele School and solo performances, too. This school has a very outstanding music department as you can see in these clips. I organized the last set, which incorporated performances from the choir, high school jazz ensemble and the Khabele All-Stars. The first song, “Run Sinner Run” features vocals from the choir, with Grant Sides on bass, Sam Kanoff on guitar and Phil Bridges on drums. Chelsea Toler is the first of the choir to sing and she also accompanied me on the whole set.
We got to do several of my favorite songs, including “If There Was,” which happens to be one that I wrote. The great Terri Lord joins us here on drums.
The first time I heard “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, I cried. This one is a duet with the fabulous Chelsea Toler, who attended Berkelee School of Music this summer.
Sean Toler and Lois Richwine organized the show and Marshall Escamilla & Marc Lionetti, of Khabele School, are the music instructors for these talented students. Here we do another of my favorite songs, “Goin Down Slow,” written by Willie Dixon for Howlin Wolf. Jon Dee on Guitar and unexpectedly, Luke Pharr joins us on piano. Luke is one of the many outstanding musicians at the Khabele School. My son, Dashiell Sublett, is one of them, and he joined us on the last three songs, but that video has not been uploaded to youtube yet. I’ll add it later if/when that happens.
The benefit was a big success and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Gary Pharr for shooting the video. Thanks to Bob Widenhof for doing the sound. Thanks to everybody for pitching in and contributing in all the various ways. Other than the Howlin Wolf birthday show I did in June, this was my favorite gig of the year.
Here’s an update to our NOIR AT THE BAR reading with MUSIC event at Continental Club Gallery TUES JULY 27, 7-9 PM, no cover.
Great review in the Chronicle.
Sick City, by Tony O’Neill
Harper Perennial, 384 pp., $13.99 (paper)
In Tony O’Neill’s Los Angeles, the only difference between a bottomed-out junkie and a slot on Celebrity Rehab is a good talent agent. Less blatantly autobiographical than his opening double-barreled blast of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile, his terse, twitchy new novel, Sick City, still draws heavily on his personal experiences as a substance abuser washed up in Hollywood’s shadow. If this were still James Ellroy’s City of Angels, O’Neill’s protagonists would be the kind of tweakers and twinks that the old demon skull-breaker Captain Dudley Smith would have sliced up and left for the hogs on some Okie’s farm. But O’Neill’s L.A. has been abandoned to the junkies…
For the rest, go here.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, a few images from the history of dope lit.
And for past updates on this event & some musings on a legendary King of Noir, Jim Thompson, go here and here.
And the FACTS: Tony O’Neill will be reading & signing his new novel, SICK CITY, accompanied by yours truly on upright bass, and I, JESSE SUBLETT, will read from NEVER THE SAME AGAIN: A ROCK N ROLL GOTHIC, my very noirish memoir, and HARRY HUNSICKER, of Dallas, will be reading new work.
AND A REMINDER: Friday, July 23, come see JON DEE GRAHAM & JESSE SUBLETT’S MURDER BALLAD SHOW, with TERRI LORD on drums, at EVANGELINE CAFE, 8106 Brodie Lane, Austin. 9:30-Midnight, $5 cover.
Lee Shupp shared this clip of him sitting in with us at my Howlin Wolf 100th Birthday Party, June 10, 2010 at the Continental Club. Lee was a busy bass player in the early 1980s here in Austin at Raul’s & Duke’s, playing with the Next & other bands. Thanks for sharing, Lee. That’s me on upright bass, Jon Dee Graham on the Stratocaster, hot shot Sam Kanoff on the left handed Gibson SG, Michael Ramos on piano, Terri Lord on Drums and Walter Daniels on harp.
See photos by Cindy Light of that night with many other special guests here. Thank you, Cindy.
A few new photo images of Mata Hari today, all by Wallery, I think. You will find a blurb of info on Mata Hari, plus some additional images, on this page about propaganda cardsin the Great War.
Actually, more to the point today, I’ve been working with some new pens on my abstract women and also working on birds. For a person who derives a lot of inspiration & whatever from birds, I am terrible at drawing them, but I hope to get better. The images of oiled pelicans and other waterfowl from the Gulf make me ill and I tend to turn the TV off when they start running the small amount of footage that those capitalist dogs BP somehow allowed to slip through to the media. But I digress. Anyhow, birds are on my mind and some of these are crude first attempts to draw pelicans, the others are some kind of dark spirit thing and I won’t digress further on what they mean.
REPOST: Thursday, June 10, 2010, Howlin Wolf would be 100 years old.
Help us celebrate & howl at the Continental Club in Austin that night. We’ll be playing all-Wolf, all night long. We have four dynamite ensembles serving as the house band and many great special guests. Here’s the lineup, with a complete list of the performers below.
just added: Anne McCue
10:15 PM CHURCHWOOD (Joe Doerr, Bill Anderson, BillySteve Korpi, Julien Peterson) + special guests
10:40 Greg Izor & the BOX KICKERS + special guests
11:05 Jon Dee Graham & Jesse Sublett’s MURDER BALLAD SHOW + special guests
11:45 EVE & EXILES + special guests
12:30 BIGFOOT CHESTER + special guests
Jesse Sublett, my terrible self, is happy to present this show featuring these fine musicians:
Billy Steve Korpi
Gary Clark, Jr.
Greg Izor & The Box Kickers
Joe Doerr (Churchwood)
Jon Dee Graham
Walter Daniels (BigFoot Chester)
A good starting place for info on Howlin Wolf can be found here.
See other updates & background on the show here.
For more info on these great ensembles, please check their links: Eve & the Exiles, Churchwood and the Box Kickers. You can read about the Murder Ballad Show on this site on my GIGS page, mostly. I am particularly excited about reviving BigFoot Chester at these tributes for several reasons. I mean, even their name is a tribute to the Mighty Wolf (who was born Chester Arthur Burnett and he wore size 18 shoes), and they were just a great band. See a discography here and a video here. For this show, that band will consist of Walter Daniels (vocal, sax, harp), Davy Jones (guitar), Bill Anderson (guitar), Tom Lewis (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and myself on six string bass.
Have I mentioned that the fabulous Izzy Cox will be doing a duet with me on “Back Door Man” and also giving you a lethal “Spoonful” of blues? Well, it bears repeating. She’ll be singing with the Murder Ballad Show ensemble. … More details next time!
HOWLIN WOLF BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SHOW
Happening: THURS. 6/10/10
ROCKIN BLUES, BEAU COUP GUEST STARS
SEE THE POSTER HERE.
Latest developments: Davy Jones, who was out is IN! …. IZZY COX, who was almost OUT, is DEFINITELY IN…. Posters have been printed… ensembles are rehearsing… (soon)
This June 10 marks 100 years since the birth of one of the greatest artists of all time. Chester Arthur Burnett, named after a president, then renamed after that primeval beast and that spirit that takes possession of so many of us in those wee hours of the night, HOWLIN WOLF…
Here’s a few song titles to stir those frozen memory banks: Spoonful, How Many More Years, Wang Dang Doodle, Back Door Man, Killin Floor…
a k a THE MIGHTY WOLF.… a k a the godfather of rock n’ roll, blues, punk and everything that howls in the night.
Here’s some more: Smokestack Lightning, I Walked From Dallas, You Gonna Wreck My Life, Commit a Crime, I Asked for Water, You Gave Me Gasoline…
Join me on Thursday, June 10, at the Continental Club, that world-famous Mecca of Cool on South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. We will be playing all-Wolf, all night. We are still working on the details, but so far, the list of performers includes:
Walter “Big Foot Chester” Daniels
Gary Clark, Jr.
Bill Anderson & Joe Doerr of Churchwood
Kathy Valentine (tentative)
Greg Izor & The Box Kickers
Eve Monsees & Mike Buck (Eve & the Exiles)
Sam Kanoff (super hot 16 year old six-string assassin)
John Burnett (NPR + WhoDo )
Madman Charlie Terrell
And more to be announced soon. Check back for updates. It’s gonna be a helluva party.
PS: Ain’t Superstitious, Cadillac Daddy, Oh Red, Just My Color, Built for Comfort, 300 Pounds of Joy, Goin Down Slow, Dust My Broom, Forty-Four, Howlin’ For My Darlin, Do the Do…
It was a fool’s errand, I know, but we caught some good jazz at Andy’s Nightclub, where the music is good but the cheeseburgers, which are about $25, make you think, Well, at least the music is good.
The W hotel is nice, but some of the new agey touches bring out the juvenile in me, I guess. Particularly the coasters in the room which say: “What are you thinking right now? Write it down!” I could not bring myself to write anything, since I was supposed to be a writer on vacation, sort of, so I drew it instead.
The hotel bar as you can see is pretty swinging. I took several pix of this weary briefcase road warrior because I thought it would make a good drawing later. Haven’t gotten to it yet.
We were there as chaperones for the Khabele School Jazz 3 ensemble, which totally rocked a party thrown by Bill Escamilla, the father of Marshall Escamilla, the Khabele music instructor and, as a Chicago native, our host. The party was in Bill’s 19th floor condo downtown. What a view!
Here we have a guest at the party wearing a tie that matches the painting in Bill’s condo. I never found out the name of the artist, but I like it.
The beer & wine were kept cool in an ice chest on the balcony. On one trip out there a kind woman, I think one of the opera singers who were there, kicking up their heels at the Khabele band’s gypsy jazz, excused herself. No problem, I said, I’m not going to run over you just to get a cold beer. She laughed & said, Well, I would understand if you did. I said, “Now, if they had some Scotch whiskey out here, I would’ve thrown you off the balcony.” They had some cool people at that party. On another trip outside I met a guy whose wife is writing a history of Bridgeport, which is where all the hot shot Chicago mayors & etc. have come from. He told me why, in a nutshell history of the city, dating back to the French explorers. Why you only learn these kinds of things while imbibing alcohol at night, I don’t know, but it was cool.
It was a grand trip. No one fell off the balcony. We stood in line for 2 hours waiting for the elevator to the top of the Sears Tower. I wonder if it would take less time to take the stairs? The view at night is supercool, but it made me homesick for the view of Los Angeles & the San Fernando Valley from the top of Mulholland Drive.
Don’t forget, this Friday (April 23) is the night of Jesse Sublett & Jon Dee Graham’s Murder Ballad Show at Evangeline Cafe. Details here.
Thursday June 10: Howlin Wolf’s 99th Birthday Tribute Show at the Continental Club Austin!! Details here.
Do not forget, Jesse Sublett & Jon Dee Graham present their MURDER BALLAD SHOW at Evangeline Cafe Friday night, April 23. 10 PM to Midnight, featuring Terri Lord on drums + songs you will hear NOWHERE ELSE.
And a collection of recent tweets:
The 2nd Amendment People, scared someone will take they’re guns, also glad it’s #2 because after 3, they get real confused.
Bad news: 3/5 of Tea Party members think Obama is an alien (non-US citizen). Good news: the other 2/5 thinks they are Klingons.
GOP used to talk about being a “big tent” party; unfortunately the tent looks like a KKK hood.
Good ole Dixie GOP in NOLA at Southern Leadership Conference. Doin’ a heckuva job, Whitey!
Gov. McDonnell revises “Confederacy of Dunces” But some GOP say the flap made a “mountain of a molehill”
VA Gov. McDonnell’s idea of “moderate” Confederate History Month: only acknowledge those owning 3 slaves or less. Mighty White (Supremacist) of you, bubba.
Next thing you know John McCain will claim that James Garner was never a Maverick either.
Virginia Governor wants to celebrate slavery, treason, war, death, destruction, repression & genocide.
Confederate History Month in Virginia? Can’t wait for Nazi History Month, Black Plague Appreciation Week, etc.
Tea Party Hero Ron Paul: The KKK has always loved him. Now why would that be?
Number one goal of shrinking federal government & restoring “state’s rights”: So that their kids don’t have to go to school with black kids, all-white neighborhoods, all white jobs, etc.