Good God Almighty where did June go? Well, this month …….just like the last one has flown bye……but we’ve had some great Fur Peace weekends. We’ve had two great shows in June…..The David Bromberg Quintet and Janis Ian…..both stopped by the Ranch during the first two June weekends and both turned in wonderful sets of music. Now we’re looking at the last weekend in June and that means it’s time for G E Smith’s and Jorma’s Electric Guitar Weekend. These two kings will also be the stars for the Ranch’s Saturday night show. It’s been a while since G E and Jorma did some duo dates and I’m really looking forward to hearing them again. There was a lot of fun and magic when they last played a set of shows together. This weekend’s workshops have been FULL for some time and the concert has also been SOLD OUT forever!
The David Bromberg Quintet stopped by on June 7th. This was a date we did as an add-on to the Fur Peace concert schedule. The show was well attended and just shy of selling out. It’s always nice to see David and it was a treat to have him stop by with his band. We’ve had David play solo several times at the Ranch but this was a real treat having the band join him. David has surrounded himself with a great group of players and the musicianship was tops! At the beginning of the first set a feedback issue prompted David to finish off the first set unplugged standing in front of the stage. We have such a nice listening room and we are blessed to have such great audiences that this came off as a real special unexpected treat……just acoustic instruments…….un-amplified …..other then the bass player. David asked at one point if everyone could hear?… and he got a resounding shout of YES! It was very cool. Sound was perfect for the second set and David really treated us to some great electric guitar playing. It was a super and unique evening of music.
Janis Ian made her first stop to the Fur Peace on June 15th. She has been on our list of desired concert performers for a few years and this year the scheduling worked out and boy, are we glad it did. Janis played two very special sets during this Sunday show. She augmented the music with a lot of stories that really made the evening special. Janis carries the roots of folk music to the present day and it was refreshing. She is known for her songwriting, however, I really enjoyed listening to her guitar playing as well. Her playing has a subtle complexity to it and it was a perfect compliment to the songs and the feelings they conveyed……her playing framed the songs perfectly. At the end of the evening on concert night …….. after a farewell greeting to the audience…….I head out to direct the cars leaving the show. I always get a lot of feedback from the audience as they stop by to say hey on there way to their cars and Janis drew plenty of compliments from the audience. Some folks told me they had been fans of her music forever and had never had a chance to see her ……. they were thankful as well as stoked for the great evening that had ensued.
During our one off weekend in June……this past weekend……I made a trip to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. This is a great festival and I’ve been blessed to have attended it several times. The festival takes place in Booneville at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds…..you talk about a beautiful spot for a music festival. Well, Saturday afternoon may have been the best afternoon of REGGAE music that I have ever witnessed. I was traveling with one of my long time dear friends…..Grateful…… and we always have a good time together. We got over to the festival in the early afternoon and caught the great vocal trio…..The Tamlins. I had seen them years ago when they use to sing back up for the bush doctor, Peter Tosh. They sounded fantastic and all three of them have great pipes. I especially enjoyed their Motown covers of “Just My Imagination” and “I Wish It Would Rain”. They were followed by the mighty U-Roy, who is a long time favorite of mine, and he was in Top Ranking fashion. U-Roy is the originator of Reggae DJ music and he is the reigning king……no doubt. I was in the front row for his whole set and then got to meet him and take a picture with him. It was the highlight of the festival for me.
The music didn’t stop and U-Roy was followed by another old school pioneer of Reggae music…….Bob Andy of the Paragons. After his amazing set came President Brown…….Sly and Robbie……Bitty McLean……Mykal Rose and then Shaggy. Mykal was in Black Uhuru and his entire set was like the best of Black Uhuru LIVE!
If you don’t have any U-Roy get some in your collection and enjoy your summer. Nuff Respect!