September-October, 2002


October 26th--Private Party at the UARK Bowl--Fayetteville, Arkansas--The newly renovated UARK Bowl events room is awesome.  And so are Dr. and Mrs, Johnson from Springfield, Missouri, who invited Oreo Blue to help them celebrate the Razorback victory over Ole Miss (48-28 Go Hogs!).  The party crowd was pleasantly diverse which allowed Oreo to show off its sundry abilities.  Spirits were high as was the energy of the band and all had a great time.

 

October 12th--King Biscuit Blues Festival--Helena, Arkansas--

What an honor to be invited back for our second year in a row to perform at the 2002 King Biscuit Festival.  Last years show reaped many connections and benefits for the band including a feature in a French film documentary “Route 61 Blues/ The Legend of the Crossroads”.  The Biscuit as it is referred to by festival veterans is considered the granddaddy of Blues Festivals and the biggest in the US.  Needless to say we are looking forward to next year already.  We performed on the Frank Frost Blues Stage and had a great show.  Even though our guitarist was very ill he sucked it up for a stealer performance.  The energy with the crowd was electrifying.  We would like to thank all those who made it a point to come to our stage as well as the passers by who became new fans.  We also want to thank all of our Fayetteville friends along with the Chi Omega’s and Sigma Chi’s that joined us.   I hope you all didn’t lose all your money at the Casino later that night.  Until next year...keep the blues alive.--Brian Crowne

October 11th--The Rib Room--Ft. Smith, Arkansas--Saxsky & Hutch, the famed acoustic duo...alias, Brian and Gary, were invited to perform for the fund-raising auction for the Ft. Smith Riverfront Blues and American Music Festival put on by the Ft. Smith Blues Society.  They were kind enough to invite me along to play a little percussion (more likely that Brian knows I cannot resist the barbeque at the Rib Room...yummy!).  The crowd was great as the society recruited an additional 80 members!  We like to think that we had a little to do with the recruiting effort.

October 5th--The Elephant Run--Tulsa, Oklahoma--Four shows in 72 hours might not seem like much, but three different cities makes it tough.  We love performing at the Elephant Run as the staff is great and the crowds are always a hoot.  Tonight, our beloved Razorbacks were battling 10th ranked Tennessee and took those suckers to 6 overtimes before dropping the heartbreaker 35-41.  The band was on fire, though.  Hot sax solos from Brian on his new Cannonball horn.  You can find out all about the new, beautiful tenor sax at www.cannonballmusic.com.  Then the red-eye flight home...

 

The new horn from Cannonball

 

October 5th--Atlantis Plastics Party--Ft. Smith, Arkansas--For the third year in a row, the wonderful folks at Atlantis invited the band out to perform for them.  The band had to be up early this morning and were dragging a bit, but Gary had us all giddy with his antics.

 

October 4th--Georges Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Oreo Blue gave the TJ Scarlett Band the nod to perform the happy hour set and the opening set for this big night in the Nam.  With the Bikes Blues BBQ on Dickson Street and B. B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and the Thunderbirds performing out at Drake Field, the crowd could have been mighty thin, but the loyals ventured out to support the local blues stalwarts, Oreo Blue, and the up-and-coming gunslinger, TJ Scarlett.  The night started out a little lukewarm, but then began to simmer.  By the time both bands were on the stage for the closer, the heat was white-hot.  Gary and TJ traded fours like Godzilla versus Rodan.  Del Blake joined the foray on stage again this night and added some nice colors to both bands.

 

October 3rd--Powerhouse Party on the Patio--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Day one of the Bikes Blues BBQ was uneventful west of the railroad tracks, but the band rocked on with our good buddy Del Blake sitting in on percussion.  The weather was nearly perfect and the shrimp and chicken baskets were delightful.

 

September 29th--Home--Anyone remember last year when we performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena and we mentioned that there were some French Film Producers there?  We remembered, but never dreamed we would see any product from these folks.  Those folks, Pete and Lawrence, generated a blues documentary film called (something like)  Route 61 Blues-the Legend of Robert Johnson and the Crossroads.  We were sent a preliminary copy of our portion of the DVD and we must say that the work is tremendous.  The film will be released Europe wide soon and we are looking forward to seeing the whole film.  

Brian gets interviewed by the French Documentary Team at last year's KBBF

 

September 28th--Gearheads--Neosho, Missouri--The celebration this evening was for Dave Crocker and two friends as they all three celebrate their combined 75 years of marriage to their wives.  Gearheads is a cool little best-kept-secret up in Neosho.  The food is great, the service is excellent, and the vibe is as classic as nearby Route 66 traversing historic Southwest Missouri, USA.

 

September 27th--George's Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas--In anticipation of the Arkansas-Alabama football game, the spirits were high in Fayetteville.  George's is always THE place to be to root on the Hogs before and after the big game.  Unfortunately, the Hogs dropped their season opener versus the Tide, but the show was a great time and the crowd--as always--was tremendous.

 

NEWS FLASH!!!--Oreo Blue is featured in this quarter's issue of Blues Revue magazine's CD Sampler.  Blues Thang from Ten Down--Live at the ByPass garnered the prestigious closing track slot on the CD which is distributed Internationally to over 50,000 subscribers.  To order your copy, log on to www.bluesrevue.com.  

photo by © Steve Biehn

 

September 14th--Private Party--Eureka Springs, Arkansas-- Congratulations to Matthew and Tamara on their marriage and thanks for letting us be a part of the celebration.

photos by © Steve Chapman 

September 13th--Cajun's Wharf--Little Rock, Arkansas--One of the nice things about performing in Little Rock is that it is a central location in the state and that allows many of our state-wide fans to come to the show.  Our loyal fans came in from Pine Bluff, Conway, Hot Springs and elsewhere.  It was also nice to have Cara Hays and Steve Chapman in from the band Superflux (www.superflux.cc).  Cara joined us on stage for a rocking-funky version of Superstition.  Best of all, was Gary re-joining us on stage after fighting off his illness.  Read back in this newsletter and you will have no doubt that Gary's biggest fans are his band mates.  

photos by © Steve Chapman 

 

September 7th--Greater Ozarks Blues Festival (Harpo's) --Springfield, MO--With Gary still under the weather and TJ Scarlett booked with his band, Oreo Blue was pleased to have an Arkansas native recently returned from an 18-year hiatus in Los Angeles, Cal Jackson, join us on stage.  Amazingly, Cal pencil-charted a half-dozen or so OB originals on the drive up to Springfield and pulled them off in astounding fashion.  Cal displayed a heavily salty tone and flair and helped spark the band on to another great night.  Don "Thunderfoot" Orell joined the band again in his hometown.  Don ripped up a drum solo on Brick House and put us all in stitches with his version of Sugar Momma.  It was a treat for me to get out from behind the kit and sing a few numbers.  I may have to learn the words to a few, but...what a great time.  Thanks to Don and Toni for coming out and thanks to Cal for a great performance.

 

September 6th--Maxine's Tap Room--Fayetteville, AR--Gary fell ill this weekend and TJ Scarlett stepped in to help Oreo Blue give Maxine a hearty and robust show filled with some special performances.  Highlights were many, but TJ and Brian's performances on Little Wing was priceless.  Thanks, TJ for a fun night.

 

September 7th--Home--It's time for football season and it's time for us to start calling those Hogs.  As most of  you know, Oreo Blue is a rabid supporter of the University of Arkansas Razorback sports programs.  We are tickled to get the new season under way.  This Saturday, the Hogs thumped Boise State in the season opener 41-14.  Go HOGS!!!

                 

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