LITTLE RED AND THE RENEGADES
Every Sunday, and I mean ALMOST EVERY SUN, a corner of the Bethesda triangle gears up for the weekly get-together of the Mary Ann Redmond crowd at Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle. This has become a tradition that started at the old Flanagan's and has carried on at their current location at 4844 Cordell Avenue, just off of Woodmont.
Invariably, newbies in for the first show will ask a neihgbor within the first couple of songs if this is all for real. Mary Ann has always had a fantastic lineup and these days, she is featuring Dan Hovey on guitar; Mike "Tony" Echols on bass; and–as if the group needed an extra kick–Deren Blessman on drums. So, What's for dinner? It never hurts ot have your choice of classic Irish dishes to make for a nice end for your weekend.
The Sunday show starts a bit earlier than the usual nine o'clock kickoff time. Enjoy a nice dinner and catch a couple of sets and you are still in bed to be up and ready to go bright and early Monday morning. You may also see a few other musicians in the audience and one or two may just get up and join Mary Ann for a tune.
Over the years, the Mary Ann Redmond Band has featured popular local artistst Jon Carroll, Mike Ault, Benjie Porecki, Jon Osment, Gary Grainger, Steve Taylor along with drummers Blues Webb, Andy Hamburger, and Greg Grainger amongst many.
Flanagans Harp and Fiddle is a classic pub. You will find the darts in the back room. For the soccer and Irish sports fans, you can count on seeing all the key matches at the pub along with a full schedule of NFL games on their numerous TV screens. If you happen to show up early for a European match, count on one the Harp and Fiddle's classic Irish breakfasts or you can go straight for the Bangers and Mash.
Coming up this weekend on the 25th of February, 2012… it is indeed Flatfoot Sam with his wonderful ensemble. It's true, Zoo Bar is the size of a postage stamp. Everyone in the club has to move around to allow the guitarist enough room to turn around and talk to the drummer. It's that freakin' small. With small, you get musicians who are nearly in your lap whailing away and no one will give you 110% like the Sam's Educated Fools–leading the way with Sam is his longtime partner in crime Baby Jake, Steve Jacobs on guiltar. There is no question that Sam's group is there to entertain. They work very hard and clearly enjoy their time in front of the crowd.
If you find yourself on Connecticut Ave NW near the Zoo…. if you happen to be across from the zoo and it's past 9 pm this Saturday, then jump in for one and take in a set at the Zoo Bar. Mention our names to Same and you will get a big Huh?! Don't forget, these guys always have their water pitcher out for tips. Leave them a couple bucks for us!
Check out this classic Blues spot as soon as you can. Go the Zoo Bar website for their weekly schedule. Don't forget to catch their open mike orchestrated by local harp legend, Big Boy Little, otherwise know as, Bret Littlehales.
Editor's Note: According to Sam's posting on facebook, tonite is the last night of this long standing gig. Everyone is entitiled to stop for a while and recharge the batteries. That said, make sure you hit this last show. Keep your eye peeled for other Educated Fools shows around the area.
On one of his previous trips east he told me he was going to write a song using Right on Rhythm and its over-arching metaphor for life as it’s main theme. You’ve heard me say it “Whether you are dancing, playing, or just being, It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it on time (hit the beat). I forgot completely about his statement but lo and behold on Duke’s new CD I Want to Be Rich there it is! ROR has been immortalized!
Follow the link http://electrogliderecords.com/drduketumatoe.cfm to purchase Duke’s new cd or find it on iTunes. Check out his crowd favorite Tie you up when you visit the site
2461 18th St NW
New Years Day at Slim’s Y Ki Ki in Opelousas
There will be a fundraising benefit, Keeping Roy’s Dream Alive, to raise the money needed to do the necessary repairs to Roy’s Offshore Lounge in Lawtell. If you are heading to SW Louisiana for the Holidays come on over. It starts a 2:00.
Lafayette Times article on the event by Herman Fusilier
Lil D and the Zydeco All-stars (Dikki Du's Son)
For this benefit I have compiled a special limited edition compilation CD with the same name as the event that will be available at Slim’s. It is currently out for printing.
I am not keen on calling it a greatest hits as to me there will always be songs that don’t make the mix that I dearly love, BUT upon listening back to it I am knocked out by Roy’s body of work from 1987 thru 2009. It includes material from every one of Roy’s CD’s and I sincerely thank David Earl of Severn Records and Warren Hildebrand of Mardi Gras Records for letting me include material from their releases.
KEEPING ROY’S DREAM ALIVE
1 Have Some Fun at the Offshore Lounge from Twist & Shout
2 I Come From the Country From Living Legend
3 Rockin With Roy from Zydeco Soul
4 You Got Me Dancin’ from Nasty Girls
5 Whiskey Drinkin’ Man from Whiskey Drinkin’ Man
6 Oh Bye Bye 6:18 from Choose Your Shoes
7 Gotta Right to Love That Woman from Whiskey Drinkin’ Man
8 She’s In Love With the Zydeco from Nasty Girls
9 Chicagofrom Offshore Blues
10 My Baby Don’t Wear No Shoes from Choose Your Shoes
11 Leaving Lawtell from Offshore Blues
12 Bye Bye Black Girl from Twist & Shout
13 If You Want To Dance You’ve Got to Twist & Shout from Twist & Shout
14 I Found My Woman from Whiskey Drinkin’ Man
15 Offshore Blues from Zydeco Soul
16 He’s the Man from Nasty Girls
Living Legend from Severn Records CD0031
Zydeco Soul from Mardi Gras Records MG1108
Nasty Girls ROR002, Twist & Shout ROR004, Offshore Blues ROR008, Whiskey Drinkin’ Man ROR009, Choose Your Shoes RORCYS from Right on Rhythm
I will also take advance orders for those not able to travel to Louisiana this holiday once the page is ready. Stay tuned for an announcement here.
Please pass this info on to your Louisiana dance friends around the country
Roy Carrier to Be Honored at the 2011 Zydeco Music Awards in Lafayette
The other 2 honorees at the awards will be Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis. So fitting as one was Roy’s mentor the other his contemporary and those 3 probably have had the biggest impact on the development of Zydeco through it’s history. It is so gratifying to see I only wish that it could have happened while he was still with us.