Chuck Berry at The Blue Note

More to come.  But in short, incredible concert with many, shitty concert goers.

Cub Koda - Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, possessing the clearest diction, and one of its greatest performers.

Cub Koda - Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, possessing the clearest diction, and one of its greatest performers.

Touching Down in Memphis

So I’ve finally made it home, after a month and a half out of the state and away from my home and friends, I’m back.

And it feels great!  Last night I went out with some friends for dinner (including tweeps @Chadd65203, @akikooda and @beauaero), bumped into even more friends (@coreyschmidt, @alexandrabrant) at the restaurant and had just a wonderful time.  It’s funny, how much Ryan and I complain about Columbia only for me to ultimately miss it when I leave town for a bit.

I might have been breaking FAA rules by keeping my phone on (in airplane mode!) while we took our final decent into Memphis International Airport.  The view as we touched down reminded me of one of my favorite We Are Voices songs…

So I turned it into a video using my iPhone 3GS, iMovie and their amazing album, What Makes Us So Alive? which you can get by clicking that link to iTunes.  They play some great concerts too, in fact I’ll be at their August 23 show at the Cherry Street Artisan, right here in Columbia Missouri.

Without any further ado…

Eric Hutchinson + Storm = ….

Turns out Karen (@ok2baprincess) and I are both big Eric Hutchinson fans.  He’s kinda like Jason Mraz, whom we also like.

Well… the concert didn’t exactly happen as planned.  Trevor Ramlow caught a great picture of why.

Yeah, so sucks to that huh?  One hell of a storm that threatened the area, lots of lightening and thunder but almost zero real rain.  Such a tease.

The night wasn’t lost, we went to Bleu for a great dinner and some wine.  Here’s to hoping 102.3 BXR reschedules or something.

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Scouts with An Horse and Appleseed Cast


Went to Scout’s last concert here in Columbia on Friday. They played with An Horse and Appleseed Cast at Mojo’s.

The concert was great, love hearing their new stuff, though I do miss some of their old songs… Glad I have the CD I guess.  I didn’t take too many pictures there, seems like since I have like 12gb of Scouts pictures, any more would just be ridiculous.

Here are a few I did take though.

Chase recovers from a Brumski! LoL

Appleseed Cast

This time, and for his very first time, Josh (@brooding_soul) joined me for the Scouts concert.  It was great having him come with me and hanging out later. What a fun night.

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Scouts & Taking Back Sunday

Wow, this was like weeks ago and I took 750 pictures but I’m just going to post a few of Scouts that I really liked.  There are many others that I’m sure are just amazing (haha, not really) of Scouts as well as a ton of Envy on the Coast and Taking Back Sunday but I’m not in the mood to edit them right now.  Probably won’t ever feel like editing them haha.  We’ll see.

Till that day, check out these.

It was by far the best Scouts concert I’ve been to and the crowd was pretty huge.  The Blue Note sold out so that’s awesome too!

Can’t wait to hear their new stuff.  Check them out on Myspace where you can listen to some tracks.

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Scouts at MoJo’s Pub Crawl

Micheal met me the other night for the Scouts concert at MoJo’s.  It was the same night as the Pub Crawl and just a day before the Blues festival here… Basically a lot of booze in a little amount of time for this city.  Awesome.

Aaaaanyways Scouts at MoJo’s with Micheal.

If you haven’t been to a Scouts concert, you don’t know what you’re missing.  (What a stupid phrase but you know what I mean…)

And since most of you haven’t been able to go see Scouts in concert, how about you get to listen to them off the radio.


Fun in/with Concordia

Chase and the band invited me to join them on their trip to Concordia where they were to perform at a local fair of sorts.  The invitation was taken with great anticipation of an awesome time; and an awesome time was had.

The trip up was a combination of singing to crappy radio music and… well that’s really what we did the whole way up.  I showed my skills as a homo taking lead on the Mariah Carey tracks.

I guess I didn’t really know what to expect out of Concordia and in the end, it was pretty much insane.  This is a small town, a small, very white town.  In fact, out of the 2360 people that live there, only 47 of them aren’t white.  That is to say, 98% of the people of Concordia Missouri are white, the other 2% are a mix of all other races.

Yes, there were rebel flags and rednecks galore.  We had a good time taking in the sites and making fun, ahem, studying the sociological environment of Concordia, MO.


Just steps outside of the venue were all of the rides and the people.  Scouts was to play with two or three other bands but, perhaps in fear of playing after the Clash of the Titans champions, ended up playing alone as the other bands pussied out.

One of the fabulous sites outside The Hanger, the venue for the night, was this lady sitting in her kid’s stroller… smoking a cigerette.

Scouts played a set to a small, interesting crowd and then we headed out for some dinner…  But seeing as half of us are vegetarian and the other half not too excited about fair corn dogs, we chowed down on ice cream and kettle corn.

And then were the rides.  I didn’t go on any, had all my camera gear plus I was a little afraid of death via carni-engineered ride.

Mark = clearly a little nervous on the Gravitron.

Everyone came out alive. And then we watched the fabulous parade of rednecks and white trash.  It was deliciously disturbing.  These are the people who will vote Republican not matter what. These are the people who are proud of their ignorance and stupidity.

Don’t believe me?  Look at their floats.

The solution so “gas reamage” apparently is using an outhouse to collect methane gas.  Classy.

I won’t deny that the guy sitting in the outhouse is pretty hot, but the fact he is even in the outhouse ruins any sexiness.

Oh and how do we spell sponsor?  Oops, someone almost forgot that second “s”.  Never mind that EVERY SINGLE float spelled “sponsor” as “sponser”.  Holy shit…

Then Scouts went back and played a set, I took some pics and sold some Scouts CD’s and t-shirts.  My sales skills were pretty hot that night.

The second set was even better than the first and we had more ppl there to enjoy the music.  It was a good fun time and then we went out to check out the rides and games.  The rides at night were beautiful and allowed us to TRY a few promo pics.  I wish I had known ahead of time that it was going to be a fair.  I would have brought my tripod so we could do better promo pics.  Really kinda pissed I didn’t have it, they would have come out much better as far as sharpness and framing.  Holding a camera still for 3 seconds while people are trying to stay still is really quite difficult.  I am kicking myself right now for not having the tripod but we will have another chance at that… some day.

I’ll just start bringing it whenever I go anywhere with Scouts.

We headed out of town around 11:30 and went straight to Taco Bell which of course was closed… WTF?! No fourth meal?  We ended up having to get some McDonald’s; my stomach was not happy afterwards and all I had was a medium fry.

It was a really fun time.  I hope we can go to a fair again sometime soon… not sure how that will happen though.  I’d love to do these pictures and be prepared with a tripod, gah!

I am almost finished catching up with my posts though I’m kinda cheating by skipping some stuff.  Oh well, it’s my blog and I can do what I want with it.

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