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February 2024 music w/ John Baboian

 

Hi friends, hope all is well with you.  We’ve been lucky around the greater Boston area with light snow, so far.  Nothing major, just a few small dustings.  Hopefully it stays that way.  Sorry you skiers, I prefer the beach……

 

**How about a different spin to my newsletter this month.  

I am a Jeopardy fan, and try to watch it on most nights to keep my aging brain functioning.  Well, earlier this week, one of the categories was something like “TV Theme Music”.  And one of the shows listed was “The Wonder Years”, of which the theme was Joe Cocker’s great version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” from Woodstock 1969.  Well, that got me thinking about all of the classic performances from the original Woodstock.  

So, I went on youtube and watched/listened to the fabulous Joe Cocker version of the Beatles classic.  Soulful.  

Then I thought some more and looked for Crosby Stills & Nash doing a wonderful "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", in one of their first live performances.  I’ve heard them do it cleaner, but the live version had a raw creativity to it.  

Then I thought some more, and one of my first big guitar influences was Carlos Santana.  Their version of "Soul Sacrifice" was stunning.  And they were so young at the time.  Amazing.

And then I thought some more about great guitar performances, and I found Ten Years After with Alvin Lee on guitar doing a spectacular “I’m Goin’ Home”.  Fantastic blues guitar playing.

And, of course, we can’t talk about Woodstock without mentioning Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner”.  He was my first guitar hero.  What a performance.

Of course there were many other great performances at the original Woodstock.  These were just a few that immediately came to mind.  Please go check them out.  

I miss when music was this live, raw, and creative.

 

In sports, the Celtics & Bruins are playing well.  Pat’s have been out of it for a while, and will have to figure out how to win going forward without Bill Belichek as coach.  

The Red Sox spring training trucks head to Florida next week, so that’s around the corner.

 

Some fun gigs this month including a Mardi Gras concert!!

Hope you can join us for a gig or two.     Thanks…..Johnny B!!!!!

 

www.johnbaboian.com     www.bebopguitars.com

 

 

Saturday, Feb 3     7:00 - 10:00 PM

Sandi Bedrosian Trio

Sandi-voice, JB-guitar, John Arcaro-keyboard 

Ken's Steak House lounge 

95 Worcester Rd. (Route 9 west), Framingham, MA

www.kenssteakhouse.com     508-875-4455   

 

Sunday, Feb 11     11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Danny Harrington (bari sax), JB (guitar), Duo

Loretta Restaurant, 15 Pleasant St., Newburyport, MA

www.lorettarestaurant.com        978-463-0000

 

Tuesday, Feb 13     7:30 - 9:00 PM

Mardi Gras!!!!! at the Mosesian

The Berklee New Orleans/Dixieland Jazz Band

Phil Person-trumpet, Harry Skoler-clarinet, John Pierce-trombone

JB-guitar/banjo/vocals, Stu Gunn-tuba, Jon Hazilla-drums

Main Stage at Mosesian Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA

www.mosesianarts.org     617-923-8487

$30 general admission     free parking in the garage

 

Saturday, Feb 17     6:00 - 8:30 PM

Danny Harrington-bari sax, JB-guitar, Duo

Brown Sugar By The Sea Thai Restaurant

75 Water St., Newburyport, MA

www.brownsugarbythesea.com     978-499-8424

 

Looking ahead to March:

Saturday, 3/2, Ken’s w/ Sandi B trio

Sunday, 3/3, Loretta with Danny

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