anyone out there is looking for an inexpensive (FREE) sporting event on
a Sunday afternoon, come out and watch a baseball-playing drummer.
I am the president of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Men's
Senior/Adult Baseball League (NWAMSBL) and we are looking for a few good
fans. We play Major League style baseball on weekends at parks
throughout Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Check our
schedules and get more information at
You can see my team and me at
August 21st--The Beach
Club--Mountain Home, Arkansas--Mountain Home is a long way from
anywhere and I am sure the worst was expected. Long drive, being
tired, the food (?), nobody knowing we were coming... Well, turns
out that the drive was not that bad (to), and we seemed to be pretty
energetic, the food was excellent (Iowa Pork Chops), and the crowd was
pretty good. Such an odd format for a club with the band in a
metal shack down the hill while a DJ dance club is up the hill separated
by a restaurant and a sand volleyball pit. All right here in
hillbilly country. Whodathunk? Anyway, it's a nice place
with a Chicago vibe (among other things) and the food was really pretty
August 20th--The ByPass--Joplin,
Missouri--One of our longest standing venues over the years, the
ByPass never disappoints with regard to folks rolling out to revel.
There are always a few Southwest Missourians that have some sort of
history with Gary, too. Gary is a legend in these parts and if
Frank and Jesse James were to come back from the dead, they probably
would tell us that they ran into Gary one night in some bar after a
heist. That they had a few shots and a good laugh before Gary had
to go back to the stage and the brothers had to move on to the next
town. Heck, Gary may even be related. Most certainly, in a
revisionist sort of way, those James boys never heard a better guitar
player in all their travels...
Grape Festival--Tontitown, Arkansas-- This timeless festival of the
grapes has finally made it onto the Oreo Blue tour list. This is a
nice four-day event that celebrates the great grape-growing heritage of
this Italian settlement. What gives it its appeal is the famous
spaghetti dinner and the grape-flavored ice cream. I have seen
lines an hour long for the spaghetti dinners which lineate from the
immigrant family recipes like Pianalto, Pozza, Mamma Z, Maestris, etc.
The event is nice. John Anderson was on sound and a had things rockin...
If anyone reading took photos
of any shows over the past few months...our supply is needing to be
August 8th--Annual Bowling
Party (Battle of the Sexes)--Edgewood Bowl, Noesho, Missouri--OK.
I admit it. I stink at bowling and never should have claimed I
would regain my title. Brian has apparently bowled MANY more times
than I ever care to and he whipped me like a stepchild not once...but
twice. Bowling is not a sport. It's an activity that is
juxtaposed to smoking and alcohol. I am good at sports. I
stink at bowling... Congratulations to Brian for being the best
bowler that Oreo Blue has to offer.
Other than that, Dennis and
Paula put on a great party and they have the coolest bowling outfit
around. If you want to go bowl a few games, head on up to Neosho
and those folks will treat you like kings and queens. As it should
be. Just don't ask me to be on your team...I stink at bowling.
At least until next year...
August 7th--The Kitchen
Pass--Parsons, Kansas--Day three of the whirlwind tour... We always
have a great show at the KP and tonight was no different. The band
was driving like a borrowed hot-rod on a flat Kansas back road.
Gary--feeling sprite...er...the fire-water--electrified the crowd with
the blistering solo work that the KP crowd has come to expect.
What they were not entirely ready for was the onslaught of one-liners
that kept them (and his bandmates) in stitches. Tonight, we
brought back the Kitchen Pass Song. Having dusted it off the
previous two nights, it went by fairly smooth. I think we'll keep
it. We might have to change a few names to accommodate the
turnover, but it is a good, jumpin' little tune that might find its way
onto the next Oreo Blue release later this fall.
Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas-- Day two of our four day
run. Home base is George's as you all know. Tonight, we
played only the happy hour set as Brian and I were to perform inside
later with AAB. Happy Hour is a very unique setting. The
folks start piling into the garden around 5:15 or so and absolutely pack
the place initially for the attractive discounts on adult beverages.
What they ultimately find is a great atmosphere and a hot band to kick
em in the fanny. The band was playing tight tonight on borrowed
gear from the night liners,
Jason Boland and the Stragglers.
A very cool countryesque band from Stillwater, OK.
August 5th--Summer Concert
Series Finale--Gully Park--Fayetteville, Arkansas--The weather could
not have been more perfect for this event. A gentle cool breeze
and blue skies. There were literally thousands of folks out to
listen and by all accounts, the show was an enormous success.
Thanks to the Fayetteville P & R, JTH sound, Eureka Pizza (for feeding
us), all those wonderful kids that storm the stage, and many others for
not only supporting Oreo Blue, but for supporting such a cool outdoor
family event. See you next year....
Steetside--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Jose's has been one of my
personal favorite restaurants for going on 18 years now. The food
is uniquely great and the people are great fun. We had a rocking
time performing and were egged-on to keep going well past quittin' time.
Ole' for Jose's!
July 25th--Party on the
Patio--Powerhouse Seafood--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Despite some damp
and cool weather in July, there was a nice crowd. Having pulled in
from the long trip to Jackson, Z and Roger from George's Majestic Lounge
sound crew were kind enough to set up PA and run it for us. It was
well worth it. BTW, the chicken strips and fries rule...
July 24th--Rhythm &
Brews--Jackson, Mississippi--Sometimes it feels like it is a shame
to travel so far to be appreciated so much. Maybe the folks in our
hometown area just take things for granted or have that many options.
However, when we traveled to Jackson, MS for our one night concert at
Rhythm & Brews, we were again treated like kings. When we pulled
up after the 8 hour drive, there were a dozen or so hands there ready to
unload our gear for us. After setup, we were escorted down the way
to personalized rib eye dinners fit for Vikings. I mean, 20oz cuts
of perfection with grilled butter onions, salad...yummy. We then
waddled down the road to our hotel rooms and there inside each lay a
silver platter (literally) topped with bon-bons, Oreo cookies, and a few
adult beverage selections in the brand preferred by my band mates.
Then...we performed that evening to a slew of standing ovations and wild
cheers. It's nice to be appreciated. And...we appreciate
those folks there in Jackson, too. Lewis, Beth, and all the
July 17th--The Rib
Room--Fort Smith, Arkansas--It had been since last summer since we
had played at the Rib Room and boy was it a long absence. Bill
Numeir's BBQ is the best in the land, hands down. And his wait
staff is top-notch. It was a packed house tonight and everyone had
a grooving time. The band was on fire proving to itself that the
editor of the NWA Times was all wrong about Oreo Blue not representing
the best Dickson Street had to offer. He should come out and
actually attend a show and see what he is missing. (off
soapbox). When we play Fort Smith, there are always familiar faces
in the crowd. Tonight was no different. EW helped with
loading gear, Diana drove down from Fayetteville, and dozens of familiar
revelers occupied the front rows. Too bad the Rib Room is
seasonal...sure would be nice to have a year-round gig in the River
Oreo with David Snell
(right) on Bass
© Glenn Davis
Field--Fayetteville, Arkansas--It is always a great time to spend
Independence Day with family, friends, a great live band, great food,
and a cool fireworks display. After the NWA Mall decided to
discontinue its long running fireworks show on the 4th, my father, Ray
Boudreaux, director of Drake Field arranged to have the show at his
airport. It was the perfect venue for this sort of event. He
was kind enough to invite the band to entertain the crowd prior to the
display. Rod could not attend as his son was featured in the FS
Symphony extravaganza tonight. David Snell from the TJ Scarlett
and Amanda Adams Bands filled in for us. He did a fabulous job and
was a great help in the load-in/load-out portion. The fireworks
were great. It was both awesome and disappointing that so many
cars were lined up along HWY 71 like a scene from Field of Dreams.
So many people wanting to attend, but waiting too late to funnel into
the airfield. Maybe next year, they can start arriving a little
earlier. No matter...we had well over 2,000 people in the complex
by show start and probably 3,500 by its end. Another 5,000 were
probably still in line along the roadsides... Pretty cool.
Stephen and David Snell on
© Glenn Davis