San Francisco Bay Area Drummer Ken Owen
One of the great mysteries that has plagued us since the beginning of civilization was solved last month in Berkeley:
It takes 5 steel guitars to fill the stage at The Starry Plough.
The latest in Steel Guitar Summit Concerts was a fun night with wonderful players giving each other lessons; really, if these guys weren't taking a solo, they were looking at the other guy's fingers and trying to steel (get it?) licks. With David Phillips as the Air Traffic Controller coordinating take-offs and landings, wreckage was kept to a manageable minimum. Nice job, fellas.
I hope you made it to Blondie's to help celebrate the big 5-0 for Ms Pam Brandon. We here at Ken Owen on Drums ™ can think of no one that can pull off playing country music in a cocktail dress and 4" heels like Pammy. A great party for a great gal, which also featured a surprise performance by Billy Wilson with Mitch Polzak - those two boys refer to themselves as "14 feet of Hillbilly"; I felt like a wee chestnut in the Land of Giants. Big smiles all around.
The jazz shows with Randy Craig and Friends at The Marsh Lounge in Berkeley are turning into a very fun evening. Crowds are getting bigger and usually feature some very talented guests sitting in. Randy is there every Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm. I bring bongos and shades, and you should too.
Thanks again for supporting live music in the greatest place on Earth!