Speaking of great sound. 5/19/13. Chris Thile on mandolin & Brad Mehldau on the 88s. Chicago Orchestra Hall. Best acoustics on Earth. $53 for a main floor seat & $40something for a balcony. Money's tight, but I might just have to do this anyway. I haven't been to the Hall in a long time, and this has got to be some killer music.
Ben Folds was on Colbert last month, and he was quite impressive.My dear wife: "Wow, that guy playing the piano is really good compared to those other two guys." Me: "I think that's why it wasn't awkward to name the band after him."I think I'll go and buy this one, work on my karma.Michael: if money's that tight, I'll gladly send you fifty bucks if you send back a bootleg. Seriously. Chris Thile's pretty great. I am not sure about that Mehldau guy though. Anyone even ever hear of him? [/ducks]
Thanks Keif. I can handle the $50- all I have to do is stop smoking $10 of cigs a day. Gawd. I was thinking about the ability to tape the concert. Hope they allow it. My JVC has HD & stereo sound so it'll probably capture a pretty decent quality bootleg. If yes, I'll gladly burn you a copy. Marlow here is the guy who got me tuned in to Mehldau. Mandolin & piano in that venue....crisp.
Kids seem to wave their phones around at shows these days like we used to our lighters. bet it's no problem.
According to their website.. Question:Can I take pictures? Answer:Cameras as well as other recording devices in Orchestra Hall can create major distractions for the musicians and audience members around you. As a result, no still, video cameras or tape recorders are permitted. All equipment should be checked with the house manager prior to entering the auditorium.-Patron ServicesNow that's for the CSO. Thile & Mehldau may have different rules, but I'm thinking "SHIT!!" already.
The second time I saw The Trio, it was at a small college outside of Atlanta, maybe 2000, with Jay, a good friend, a mean drunk, and a great drummer. He had wired himself up so much that he was directing air traffic. Anyways, they came out and started playing, and Jay started flailing around a bit. No big deal, he whispered there had been a spider on his leg.They played that night for three hours with no amplification because the acoustics were so good, which means that Jay's bootleg was really good, except for the first five minutes, which sounded like the audio from hurricane footage.I'd think about making the drive to hear and see that duo in that hall.
Worth it David. Worth it. What a location for that music. They played at Grant Park in the fall of 2010 for Jazz Fest. I didn't go. Not the same as Orchestra Hall. I hate going into the Loop on weekends, but man what a reason to go.
Like my dad would say: it'll only take you 6 hours to drive to Chicago, but it'll take you 2 hours to get into Chicago.Did I ever tell you guys about the time my dad and his best friend blew off farm work one day after his senior year of high school and drove from Lone Rock Iowa to Chicago to catch a double header? Grampa (this is Eldin John Marlow) wasn't that mad because: 1. dad was the youngest of three; 2. there wasn't that much to do that day on the farm [cough]; and 3. grampa loved baseball -- he organized teams from the surrounding counties when the negro leagues came through.
I went to City Hall one day to clear up some business license red tape, which is to say I went to buy an additional business license because Richie Daley needed some more money. It's took me 30 minutes to get from my office on the northwest side down to the intersection of Washington & LaSalle near City Hall. It took me 30 more minutes to park the car and walk in the door at 121 N. LaSalle.Double headers. Oh boy those were the days. Wrigley or Comiskey? Most Iowans are Cub fans. My brothers used to let me tag along to double headers at Wrigley when I was too young to drive. Those were some fantastic afternoons at the ballpark.
Iowans. You called it. Cubs. Dad was born in '37 so this would've been, say, 1954 or '55. Can you imagine. The way gramma would tell it (Verna), Eldin was more concerned about called third strikes that day than unmown hay.
Speaking of Iowa, have you been following the Field of Dreams saga? "If you build it, they will litigate."
Naw. Just makes me sad. It'd almost be best if they just plowed it over and turned it back into a corn field.
Verna Verna Verna. The hay will wait. To this day, whenever I smell a bad cigar, I think of the old guys over in the right field bleachers. Left field bleachers was where the pot smokers and hippies hung out, right field was where the gamblers would do their thing.These degenerate bastards would bet on practically every pitch. And it seemed like every one of them had a stogie, half-smoked/half-chewed stuck in the corner of their mouths. And they all sounded like Harvey Fierstein.
I have to admit, I really haven't followed baseball much this season. Maybe because most of it is on cable? Hard for me to resist the series though.60 Minutes. I may be closer to becoming a pot farmer after all.
Denver is making a lot of money off of that stuff. I didn't know it was considered as dangerous as heroin and meth...probably because it isn't. Legalize it, control it, tax it. stop throwing good people in jail and/or saddling them with criminal records for it. Chicago just enacted a new ordinance. Cop discretion (as long as it's near a school)...under a half an oz is a ticket. City wins, courts get freed up, prisons get used for shit like murders and rapists and whatnot.I stopped paying attention to baseball as soon as the Sox were eliminated, but I did enjoy Cabrera winning the Triple Crown. One of my favorite things about baseball are the records, especially the ones that stand for ages. Joe D's 56 game streak seems safe. Nobody will touch Cy Young's win totals. Now these punk ass sabermetricians are trying to diminish the Triple Crown. Home runs not a big deal, RBI overrated... Mike Trout's WAR numbers are more important. Oh shut-up and leave the Triple Crown alone will ya? It's cool.
(read "not near a school")
Confession: I took no little pleasure in the Yankees'... Judgment. And I'm a fan. Soon, was a fan, I think.
It was very strange cheering for the Tigers as Prince caught that last out. I wanted the Yanks to lose. Felt bad for Jeter though. Class act. Hope he comes back for a couple more seasons. Mariano too. Hate to see the great ones go out on an injury.
That's the thing. As class an act as Jeter is, and I find him to be the real deal, that Alex Rodriguez person, man. Hard to stay behind a ball club that would have someone like Alex as a member.
ARod is the deal breaker for me. Brief rumor last week that the Sox might try to pick him up for a fraction of his contract. The outpouring of neg reaction from Sox fans was telling.
An apology. I'm laughing at you driving around Chicago, but only because dad did the same thing when he drove his wife and his idiotic kids from Mahomet to visit The Museum Of Science And Industry.
Gotta love a man who understands the payoff at the end of a long journey. A wonderful museum. I like his taste. U-505 worth the trip alone. You should have seen me in a limo buddy. I wasn't as concerned about things like "one way streets" and "deductibles."
I can say truly that dad wanted to see that museum. But alas just a great excuse to see a cubs game for the old man.
Yeah! Ben Folds! You can guess where I stand on the topic. J'adore. Nice to see you all. I'm losing my mind with this election. PS, I have a trip to Cleveland in my future in the next 8 weeks or so if anyone is up for a meet and greet.
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