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Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Bicycling Sonoma

Arrived at the San Francisco hotel and Josh noticed a tall bald man with a porn mustache. I said "That guy looks like Tony Levin, hey wait, that is Tony Levin, hey wait that's King Crimson!" Josh got out of the car and talked at Tony about our 9th grade Discipline obsession while Jakko Jakszyk and Bill Reiflin squirmed waiting for someone to hurry them off in their black SUV. We turned to let them escape just as Robert Fripp steps out the door clutching a man purse. I stared, he noticed me staring and quickly darted into the waiting escape vehicle before I could demand his signature on my boobs... and so the trip started. We passed the rest of the time in San Francisco meeting up with a friend at 21st Amendment Brewing on Saturday and on Sunday a long walk to but brief immersion in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, at which we witnessed performances by Jimmie Dale Gilmour solo on an Airstream fashioned into a stage and Robbie Fulks with a super group of Robbie Gjersoe, Missy Raines (!), and Jenny Scheinman (finally YAY!) while children loudly discussed slaying dragons behind us. Then up 101 to Healdsburg for a week of cycling the Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Coast. Beer, wine, food and general enjoyment of life have been documented for your eyeballs here.

10/15/2014 17:18 | Category: /outside
Wed, Sep 24, 2014
FreshGrass 2014 (Mass MoCa)

Art, wooden bicycles, fancy guitars, picking with friends... oh, and some of the best musicians in the world entertaining a receptive crowd. Good stuff.

Also, Nate was immortalized in a Berkshire Eagle article that documents some resemblance to what actually happened... follow the link below.
[FreshGrass finds its jam at Mass MoCA - Berkshire Eagle

09/24/2014 13:29 | Category: /music
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Livestock 2014

Pleasant evening in Bovina, NY with Frog Holler, Disciples of Agriculture, Esquela, The College Farm and Dan Baird and Homemade Sin. Missing are the earlier performers; reports were of excellence.
[Livestock 2014]
09/11/2014 15:30 | Category: /music
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Jason Isbell (Mass MoCA)

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, played through most of Southeastern, a few songs from the back catalog, and some of his Drive By Truckers songs. The band was tight. The witnesses were pleased. Jason Isbell, Sadler Vaden, guitar; bassist Jimbo Hart; drummer Chad Gamble and keyboard player Derry deBorja.
[Jason Isbell]
08/18/2014 12:38 | Category: /music
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
West Kill Mountain

Opted to do a loop starting at the trailhead to Devil's Path up and over West Kill returning to Spruceton Rd. I'd leave a bike at the Spruceton Rd. trailhead next time as feets were tired by the end of the 3-mile (pleasant) walk-jog back to the car. A dip in the falls before heading home cured all that.
[West Kill Mountain Loop]
08/11/2014 20:00 | Category: /outside
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Jerry Douglas (Helsinki)

Jerry Douglas makes me angry, and he bores me to death. Simultaneously, because he never makes mistakes and plays cleaner than a chip fab plant. An opinion I formed based on prior experience watching him perform from a distant perspective at larger venues, mostly festivals, either with his own band or as support. From far away, it could be an animatronic dobro player. Ignorance formed from never actually seeing the man work up close; the expression on his face, fingers working each note. Whether it's originals, bluegrass standards or covering Hendrix, the intensity and good humor of his playing comes through in a smaller club. Alison Krauss called him one of the greatest musicians in the world, something I once thought was hyperbole.
08/07/2014 20:00 | Category: /music
Sat, Aug 02, 2014
Grey Fox Festival 2014

The fields were saturated but the weather more than cooperated for one of the best Oak Hill experiences yet. The great thing about the festival is witnessing performances from both near and far. That and staying up all night to noodle on a stringed instrument. Highlights were Aoife O'Donovan, Nora Jane Struthers, Tim O'Brien with Darrell Scott, Nickel Creek (surprisingly) and Jim Lauderdale at the Grass Roots stage and backed up on the big stage by Della Mae.
[Grey Fox 2014]
08/02/2014 11:45 | Category: /music
Hanging out

Common garter snake halfway up the ledge.
08/02/2014 11:14 | Category: /outside
Sat, May 17, 2014
Mt. Greylock

Spring hike up and over Greylock west to east. Best time of year to go even if the weather hides the view: carpet of trout lilies, hepatica, Dutchman's breeches, trillium.
05/17/2014 11:43 | Category: /outside
Wed, May 07, 2014
Neko Case (Egg)

The Dodos opened. Was threatened with camera confiscation but stole two bad pictures.
[Neko Case / Dodos]
05/07/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Thu, May 01, 2014
Ray Wylie Hubbard (The Hangar)

With Kelley McWee opening. Same show as the Ale House last year, but with his son on guitar. This time, Snake Farm was not performed twice. [View from the bar]
05/01/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Ed Palermo Big Band (Proctor's)

Two sets of arrangements of Ellington, King Crimson, Todd Rundgren, Rolling Stones, Beatles and a little Zappa... some played at the same time.
[EPBB Proctor's]
04/23/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
The Hold Steady (Hollow Bar)

The fire trap holds another sold out show. This one worth risking death.
[Pictures from the South Park pinball machine]
04/11/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Deer Tick - The Hollow

Toy Soldiers opened this sold out fire hazard..
[Deer Tick and Toy Soldiers - Hollow Bar ]
03/10/2014 15:32 | Category: /music
Billy Eli - Ale House

Billy did two sets with local musicians Kevin Maul (slide) and Tony Markellis (bass).
03/10/2014 15:25 | Category: /music