Archive for May, 2014

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Cocktail Fit For A Viking

May 29, 2014
Viking Old Fashioned
I’ve missed you all terribly while I was traveling and, um…“learning” about booze.

Back this week and ready to drink mead out of the skull of my enemies. Health department may not be cool with it, so maybe I’ll just do that on my own. But you and me? We’ll drink mead anyway tonight. Or, rather, Amanda and I will mix it with other booze you like and you will then drink it. Please. Oh, and yeah, my Rhum showed up after a week and a half of being lost by the airline. You want some?

Old Man J
Feedback Lonely Hearts Lounge

P.S. Viking Old Fashioned: Heaven Hill 6 yr bourbon, Viking Blod Mead, Amaro Nonino, Bitters, Bourbon Cherry. Just sayin’.
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Summertime Blues

May 28, 2014

Blues To Do Live

Finally, the weather is getting better (OK, kind of hit ‘n miss). But we have a stellar roster of blues that’s weather-proof. Here’s the June 2014 BLUES TO DO LIVE line-up (Note: The above poster is an homage to Delta Blues: Cigar Box Jukes, an incredible collection of three-string Delta Blues, available on Amazon.com]

JIM PAGE & GRANT DERMODY
TUESDAY, JUNE 3rd – 8PM
This is acoustic blues and folk music from two of the finest, period. Grant is a sought after studio musician on stellar harmonica and vocals, plus his original songs get better all the time. Jim is a legendary and artful storyteller, a Northwest guitar troubadour with a political bent and his songs get to the truth of the matter underneath the poetry.

THE CHARLES MACK BAND
TUESDAY, JUNE 10th – 8PM
Charles Mack is a fabulous bass player and musical force from Chicago to Seattle and beyond. He has toured with Grammy winner James Cotton and Lucky Peterson, plus he’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Cypress Hill, Shemekia Copeland and many other great artists. Charles’ band features the cream of the crop including Joel Tipke (guitar), Maurice Bailey (drums) and Eric Robert (keys).

THE MARGARET WILDER BAND
TUESDAY, JUNE 17th – 8PM
Margaret Wilder is a musical sensation and performer with an original fire that hasn’t been seen on the West Coast in decades. With captivating vocals and rollicking boogie-woogie stylings on the ivories, Wilder has established herself as a formidable musician, singer and entertainer. Described as a ” young Bonnie Rait meets Marcia Ball,” Margaret has headlined festivals and played premier clubs to opening for such heavy hitters as John Lee Hooker Jr. Fusing blues, rock and funk, she creates an infectious and unforgettable collection of tunes.

SOUL SENATE
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
TONY “THE TIGER” COLEMAN

TUESDAY, JUNE 24th – 8PM
Soul Senate is an eight-piece, high-energy, adrenaline-inducing, original soul/funk party powerhouse, bridging the sounds of the ’60s and early ’70s – such as the Meters, Stevie Wonder, and the Stax label of Memphis – with a distinct modern sound. in the vein of Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Raphael Saadiq, and Mayer Hawthorne. Booty shaking grooves, well-crafted arrangements, sizzling horns, and memorable instrumentals and vocal songs.

Joining Soul Senate is Tony “The Tiger” Coleman, who has toured around the planet performing with some of the best R&B and blues musicians ever: B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Buddy Guy – and the list goes on and on. A very special night of blues you won’t want to miss.

Blues To Do-TV airs Fridays at 7pm on ch.23/77 on Comcast in King Co./Seattle or ch. 23 on Broadstripe and repeats Saturdays at midnight / Tuesdays at 2PM.
This also streams live at those times at seattlecommunitymedia.org. See past shows at http://www.bluestodo.com.

For booking and information, contact Marlee Walker at calendar@bluestodo.com

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Lost Sugar Hooch

May 22, 2014

Lost Sugar Hooch

Pals…

I came back from Martinique having only left a small amount of blood and skin there. I brought back some awesome rhum. By “brought it back,” I  mean “lost by the airline.” We’ll see if they find it.

Meantime, tonight we’ll celebrate rhum Agricole (meaning: rare rum that’s made by squishing sugar cane, not like all that molasses rum). Anyway, since I have some, come get some, 6ish.

Heart,
Old Man Johnson

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Minted Cocktails

May 8, 2014

Mint Cocktails

I was gonna say my fascination with mint started with mint chocolate chip ice cream when I was a kid, but really? Doublemint Gum commercials when I was 13 is REALLY when it took off. If you’re old enough, that’ll make sense.

Now that I’m a booze geek, it’s hard to NOT put mint in more stuff. No muddling necessary, by the way. You can even use Fernet, Amaro, Menthe, and some gins to get your mint fix. So, yeah, let’s do that. Tonight around 7ish, k?

Thanks.

– Old Man J

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Blues For A Wet Spring

May 5, 2014

Blues To Do Live

The depressing weather around here lately is the kind of stuff good blues was made for. That said, the blues always makes you feel better, regardless of lousy outdoor conditions. Here’s the May 2014 BLUES TO DO LIVE line-up:
(Note: The above poster is an homage to
Delta Blues: Cigar Box Jukes, an incredible collection of three-string Delta Blues, available on Amazon.com]

MICHELE D’AMOUR & THE BLUES DEALERS
TUESDAY, May 6th – 8PM

A new group with some experienced players backing up a robust vocalist in Michele, bringing upbeat original blues plus some great old Chicago covers and more.

THE GREG ROBERTS BAND
TUESDAY, May 13th – 8PM
An old soul blues master, Greg Roberts has his feet well planted in some of that Mississippi mud. With that deep and wonderfully gravely voice of his, Greg delivers a very entertaining night of Americana with lots of blues.

THE CHARLES WHITE BAND REVUE
TUESDAY, May 20th – 8PM
What a stellar line-up: CWB alumni Scott E. Lind, John Savage, Bill Blackstone, plus drummer, Russ Kammerer and bassist, Don King, and special guest vocalist Charles’ nephew, Donny White. Come get a night with one of the finest R&B show bands in Seattle.

KIMBALL CONANT & THE FUGITIVES
featuring STICKSHIFT ANNIE
TUESDAY, May 20th – 8PM
A West Seattle native and brother to Northwest guitar icon Dave Conant, Kimball has his own rootsy sound and some of Dave’s iconic influence, which can’t help but to seep through. Annie brings the feminine touch and the Fugitives have been playing with her for many years and shows – so many, they could probably do it with their eyes closed.

Blues To Do-TV airs Fridays at 7pm on ch.23/77 on Comcast in King Co./Seattle or ch. 23 on Broadstripe and repeats Saturdays at midnight / Tuesdays at 2PM.

This also streams live at those times at seattlecommunitymedia.org. See past shows at http://www.bluestodo.com

For booking and information, contact Marlee Walker at calendar@bluestodo.com

 

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Chile Drinks For A Summer Day

May 1, 2014

Ancho Reyes

The small TV in my pocket that tells me what time it is and that people talk to me out of also told me the weather’s gonna be sunny as s**t. What needs to happen now is that we get some margaritas going.

I know perfectly well a “margarita” the Feedback Lounge way can be made of a LOT of different things: Is it made with a new Ancho Chili liqueur? Is it made with herbs and bitters to accent it? Is there a high quality vanilla liqueur in a reposado/anejo hooch to make it stand out more?

These are all questions. Come find out tonight. Bring your own recipes, too. I’m not saying we’re gonna, you know, actually MAKE it, but hey – A/C and margaritas!

Heart,
OMJ