Local Rhythms – Every Wednesday I Have the Blues @ ShP

Picture 19
Johnny Bishop Opens ShP Blues Series 7/15/2009

One of my favorite topics is “Desert Island Discs.”  What are the 10 records I’d insist on having if I could have no others?

The list is always changing, but what’s constant is diversity.

This week includes “Quadrophenia,” Patty Griffin’s “1,000 Kisses,” the second Tom Petty album  and “Diana Krall Live in Paris.”

Oh, yeah, and Nickel Creek’s “This Side” – I love to mix it up.

To extend the metaphor, if I were forced to name a night club using the same criteria – you know, there can only be one – it would likely be Salt hill Pub in Lebanon.  The reason? Variety

Just about every night features a different style of music to enjoy, and it’s the kind of stuff that might make it into my endlessly evolving magic list.  Fridays and Saturdays in particular are routinely days of discovery at the pub on the Green.

I’ve lost count of the bands I’ve grown to love after seeing them for the first time courtesy of music maven and Pub proprietor Josh Tuohy.

Josh never gets in a rut, either.  Thursday, which in the past had both a hosted open mike and a jam session, is quiet for the moment.  The Tuesday Irish Sessions continue, but even they took a breather for a few weeks.

I’m glad they’re back, because this year’s been stellar, as anyone fortunate enough to have been in the house for the Dublin City Ramblers post-Opera House jam can attest.

The latest innovation begins next Wednesday, with the return of the Summer Blues Series.  First up is harmonica hero Johnny Bishop.

The series is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and runs through early October.  Upcoming performers include:

• Jim Ruffing & Mike Benoit, known for their work in Dog Dayz

• The Elmores – Ted Mortimer, Bobby Gagnier and Brian Kennel

• Arthur James, who ran Blues Thursdays at ShP Newport

• Charlie Hilbert, an ineffably natural bluesman

• Juke Joynt, one of Dave Clark’s many musical projects.

October 7, they’ll all gather for a big finale night jam session.  Between now and then there should be plenty of cross-pollination, according to Josh.

That means folks will be sitting in, so expect some nice surprises.

There’s nothing like a good night of blues to get my Mojo working.  Did I mention that my Desert Island Disc list always includes some Clapton, B.B, King, John Mayall or Stevie Ray Vaughn?

Sho’ nuf.

What else is happening?

Thursday:  Steve Forbert, Colburn Park – After having a big hit with “Romeo’s Tune” in the late 70’s, this singer-songwriter experienced a music industry nightmare in 1984, with an album held hostage and a recording career stalled for years.  Now he makes and distributes his own material, plays solo, and is about as genial a guy as you’d ever hope to meet.   Good on you, Steve!  This is a free show.

Friday: Basin Bluegrass Festival, Brandon (VT) – Just a few miles north of Rutland, three days of pickin’ and grinnin’ kicks off, featuring some of the top names in the genre.  Performers include Blistered Fingers, the Pinehill Ramblers, Crossover, Lorraine Jordan, Smokey Greene and Dave Nichols’ band Spare Change,  Plus, there’s that festival staple – workshops for guitar, mandolin and fiddle.  So bring yours!

Saturday: Music in the Meadow, Chester (VT) – Every year since 2003, Pat Budnick has held a fundraiser for breast cancer research at her charming little “Motel in the Meadow”.  She chose the Susan G. Komen charity because of its local focus. 75 percent of all money raised stays in Vermont.  This year’s event runs all weekend, and features Tom Hitchcock, the Stockwell Brothers, GB 101 and more.

Sunday: Destiny, Newport Common – I don’t know much about this band, but I do know the Newport Common is a fun place to see a live show.  Destiny advertises itself as a family band – whether that means they’re all related, or that certain AC/DC covers are off-limits remains to be known.  I do hope the weather cooperates.  When did New Hampshire turn into the Pacific Northwest, anyway?

Tuesday: QQQ, Moore Theatre – The folks behind this year’s “Music Box at the Moore” are aiming for a NYC club vibe, so who better to open the series than QQQ, who record for “New Amsterdam” records?  The viola-violin-guitar-drums outfit combines the threads of many influences – Eurofolk, progressive rock and Appalachian Americana are a few, but as Time Out New York says, “there’s no shorthand term for what QQQ is up to.”

Wednesday: Skellig, South Strafford Unitarian Church – Traditional music featuring fiddle, guitar, flute, accordion and vocals continues this weekly series of music.  Skellig joins members of a few different bands together to perform a mix of European-inspired folk, with an emphasis on Celtic rhythms.  Go to www.stafforduuchurch.org for more information on this excellent series, which continues through August 19th.

Dublin City Ramblers Kick Off Lebanon St. Patrick’s Day

p1011548The lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day began in Lebanon Tuesday night with a performance by the Dublin City Ramblers.  The three-piece band scored an international hit with “Dublin in the Rare Old Times” in 1970 and, led by the picking and singing of Sean McGuinness, have been going strong ever since.

Their Opera House performance was, in the words of one audience member, “just like Dublin pubs in the 1960s,” filled with songs both sad (“Grace”) and spirited .  Finishing with a medley of the Irish national anthem (sung in Gaelic) and the “Star Spangled Banner,” the Ramblers headed over to Salt hill Pub.

Earlier in the evening, the weekly Irish Sessions, led by Chris Stevens and Roger Burridge, played in the center of the room.  Musicians improvising jigs and reels included Jeremiah McClane of Nightingale, and Krista Lampe of the Upper Valley Music Center.  Pints poured, and a Champions League football match between Juventas and Chelsea played in the background.

Ramblers guitarist/vocalist Derrick Keane sat down in the circle and was soon joined by McGuinness.   Even without a microphone, Keane’s voice soared over the crowded pub.  Later, bass player Tom Miller joined his mates, and three played past midnight, accompanied by two fiddles and a bodhrán.

Though typically less star-studded, the Irish Sessions are a weekly fixture at Salt hill, located on the Lebanon Green.
p1011574p1011557p1011579

Local Rhythms – Salt hill Delivers For MDA

A few expressions come to mind when I think of Salt hill Pub. “If you’re drinking to forget, please pay first” is a favorite. “Work is the curse of the drinking class” is another.  The Oscar Wilde quote is printed on the back of the staff’s t-shirts.

“Next time, bring your wife” is written in a frame at the bar.  That’s now much easier for recently married proprietor Josh Tuohy.

My congratulations go out to Josh and his new bride, Meggin.

But there’s one saying that particularly stands out for an inveterate music fan like me – “never a cover charge” for live bands playing 4 nights a week.

This includes regular visits from out of town performers like Oneside, Sirsy and the Churchills, not to mention many local talents – like Pete Merrigan and Dr. Burma, who grace the Pub’s stage this Friday and Saturday.

Once or twice a year, however, there’s a cost to get in – for a good cause.

On Sunday, October 19, Salt hill Pub will host a show to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Hampshire.

Wherehouse, a rock trio led by one of my favorite songwriters, Jason Cann, will count off at 6 PM.  All ticket proceeds with go to MDA-NH, as will 20 percent of pub receipts collected after 5 PM.

“We’re always excited to host Wherehouse at Salt hill Pub,” Josh said in a recent press release publicizing the show.  “Jason, Scott and Shane are gracious to donate their talents to support this great cause.”

He also remarked on the band’s “innate ability to keep an entire crowd dancing all night long,” something I can definitely attest to.

The suggested donation for the show is $8.00 – feel free to give more if you like to this worthy charity.

MD affects all ages and all races.  Money raised will help support efforts like the Dartmouth-Hitchcock MDA Clinic, which provides care and treatment for MD patients.

Donations also support research into cures for the degenerative disease.

The MDA relies primarily on private donations, seeking no government funding, United Way money or fees from those it serves.  It’s efforts like this one that keep it going.

The music community is second to none in its’ support of worthy causes.

Salt hill is a great supporter of music, and with this effort, the two camps are teaming up to make a difference.

They deserve your support.

On to the rest of the week:

Thursday: Samirah Evans, Elixir – After Hurricane Katrina, this talented jazz singer moved to Brattleboro with her husband.  Staying in New Orleans became untenable.  The Crescent City’s loss is our gain.  Tonight, former Roomful of Blues piano player Matt McCabe and bassist David Westphalen join Evans.  The evening of song featuring selections from her debut CD, Give Me a Moment, and her soon-to-be released My Little Bodhisattva.

Friday: Roadhouse, Imperial Lounge – A working class band that’s been kicking it for over 15 years – I guess because, like the song, they love rock and roll.  With a Joplin-esque lead singer in front, the band also covers the Joan Jett hit, along with less well known tunes by bands like Drivin’ & Cryin’ (very cool) and Sass Jordan.  They also cover Foghat’s “I Just Wanna Make Love To You,” but I’d like to hear them do Cold Blood’s slow and steamy version sometime.

Saturday: Brand New Sin, Claremont Moose – A band familiar to WWE fans, Brand New Sin recently welcomed Joe Sweet (formerly of Nine Ball) as their lead singer.  They’ve recorded a pair of new songs, which are available on the band’s MySpace page.  The five-band show also features Stonewall, Spectris, Skulltoboggan and Misery.  The all-ages show starts at 5:30, and tickets are 10 dollars.

Sunday: Vermont Fiddle Contests (Lecture), Bethel Middle Grange Hall – Adam Boyce’s presentation, “Old-Time Rules will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in Vermont,” looks at this homegrown phenomenon.  Fiddle contests have evolved over the years from endurance events to talent contests. According to a press release, the program will include rare recordings of past competitions, as well as some live fiddling by the presenter.

Tuesday: Arturo Sandoval, Spaulding Auditorium – This amazing trumpet player can’t be pinned down to a single genre, playing Afro-Cuban grooves, bebop rhythms and seductive ballads.  One thing is constant, however.  Sandoval does incredible things with his horn, playing impossible to chart runs with staggering speed and precision.  The late Dizzy Gillespie called him “one of the best,” and that’s saying a lot.

Wednesday: Donavon Frankenreiter/Sara Watkins, Higher Ground –
The surfer/songwriter just released “Pass It Around,” which easily moves from coffeehouse folk to SoCal pop.  Fiddler Watkins is on hiatus from Nickel Creek.  The Scrolls, the supergroup that includes Sara’s brother Sean, Glenn Phillips, Benmont Tench and Pete Thomas, have an album due next year.

Local Rhythms – Don’t Steal From Musicians

I need to vent this week, mainly because of a recent email. A friend wrote asking me to send  any pictures I might have taken of Eilen Jewell and her band.  She’s my favorite throwback chanteuse, and I’ve had a couple of occasions to photograph her over the years (resisting the urge to shoot in black and white).

The reason for this request is at the source of my crankiness.

After playing a great set in Vermont last weekend, Eilen and the boys drove out to California.  While they were playing a gig in San Francisco, some cretin broke into their van and took drummer/manager Jason Beek’s laptop.

With all the talk about not stealing music, you’d think people would know enough not to actually, you know, steal from musicians.

The laptop had all the band’s photos, and there’s no backup, so the call went out to friends to replenish their history.  If you’re a Eilen fan and have anything, shoot me an email.

I grew up in the Bay Area, so in addition to ticking me off, this makes me ashamed for my former home.

At least these creeps didn’t get Eilen’s autographed guitar, or Jason’s custom tom tom head.  In 1970, Pink Floyd had to cancel their third American tour when all their equipment was stolen in New Orleans.

These days, it happens more frequently than I care to admit.

Matt Costa (“Mr. Pitiful”) lost $25,000 worth of gear during a tour stop in Winnipeg last January, and country rockers the Pullman Strike were shut down earlier this year when some jerk drove away with a trailer containing all of their equipment.

There’s even a web site devoted to ripped-off musicians. Called stolengear.org, it has links to reported thefts from all over the world.  The latest victim reported a lap steel guitar and fiddle taken from a parked car in West Philadelpia.

This is outrageous.

It’s bad enough that most of the profits in the music business go to guys in suits who can’t play a note, and that an entire generation of fans thinks that songs are free because they can find them on the Internet.

But stealing a guitar from a musician is like taking a toolbox from a carpenter.  In these techno-centric times, a laptop isn’t much different.  It’s how a lot of struggling musicians manage their livelihood.

Until some criminal comes along and grabs it.

Oh, there’s some music happening in the next few days:

Thursday: Roxanne and the Voodoo Rockers, Newbury Gazebo – There’s a new drummer, but the focus of this working class band remains the same.  They play the blues, everything from Ruth Brown to Stevie Ray Vaughn, with sass and flair. Outdoor shows around Sunapee Harbor are a summer highlight for me.  I just hope the sun’s out when Roxanne counts the band down.  The Voodoo Rockers will be at indoors next month (Anchorage, July 12).

Friday: Wherehouse, Salt hill Pub – Tonight marks five years in business for one of the local music scene’s best friends.  Helping them celebrate is a band with a good ear for covers, and a healthy collection of tasty originals, the latter courtesy of front man Jason Cann.  Jason, as regular readers of this column know, has a big following as a solo artist.  With a band, he rocks, so it should be a fun night.  Happy Birthday!

Saturday: Vestal, A Taste of Claremont – The annual downtown gathering features many surprises this year – a first look at the Common Man restaurant in the food court, an art show in the old Latchis Theatre lobby (what a great idea!), and a special unplugged performance by Claremont’s own Hexerei, performing as Vestal.  There’s plenty more, including an indoor Harpoon beer garden at Hullabaloo, oldies music from Flashback, and a DJ spinning records.

Sunday: Phil Lesh & Friends w/ Levon Helm, Meadowbrook – In what can be taken either as a nice gesture or the bellwether of a struggling business, the Gilford shed is offering a free gallon of gas with each ticket purchased.  The whole region is holding its collective breath during Motorcycle Week, worried that high fuel costs will keep bikers away.  Here’s an ironic fact – this summer’s Meadowbrook calendar is co-sponsored by a propane company.

Tuesday: Orchestra Baobab, Hanover Green – A free show from the Hopkins Center showcases one of the originators of the Afro-pop sound.  Ochestra Baobab, hailing from Senegal, feature “shimmering Ghanaian-style guitar riffs, rich African and Caribbean percussion, and tangy vocals,” says one critic.

Wednesday: Juke Joynt, Canoe Club –
The Hanover restaurant’s schedule lists this as Dave Clark, but Clark’s own web site reports that this band is playing. Juke Joynt, one of Dave’s 10 or so groups, plays original music inspired by blues masters and classic rockers.  That’s pretty lively for a mid-week CC gig.

Salt hill Pub Turns Four

It began, says Josh Tuohy, with a refrigerator, a panini grill and a head full of dreams. “And a smile for everyone who walked in the door,” adds Josh, remembering the day, four years ago, when he and his brother Joe opened Salt hill Pub.

This Saturday, Salt hill (the lower case is intentional) celebrates its fourth anniversary on the Lebanon green with more of the food, music and good cheer that’s made their reputation. Pete Merrigan, who Josh watched as a toddler when his mom and dad ran the Shanty in Sunapee, plays an early set at 6 PM. Later it’s Sirsy, an Albany duo that typifies the unique blend of familiar and adventurous music pub patrons count on.

Josh says it’s hard to name a favorite memory. “Every St. Patrick’s Day is huge, typically a lot of our family members show up” to join the regulars – who he also thinks of as family. “They fit right in, it’s great how similar the two groups are.”

“There’s an old saying,” he continues. “The essence of any good pub is the people standing inside it.”

Having a good crew helps enormously, he says. “I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you, and I know Joe agrees with me – we have the most attentive, fun-loving staff in the Upper Valley.”

Many are Tuohy family members. “My sister Lynn, my brothers PJ and Joe, of course. My brother Matt pulls the occasional shift but he’s our bookkeeper, my brother Dan has worked the door a lot, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.” Two of Lynn’s daughters are servers at the recently opened Salt hill Two in Newport.

2007 has been an active year for the pub. They made their first foray into concert promotion with the recent Saw Doctors Opera House show. There’s also a new Salt hill home page on the World Wide Web, for customers to peruse menus, get directions and check out the all-important music calendar.

With a laugh, Josh calls the salthillpub.com web site “inching towards modernity.”

And the new location is doing such a good job recreating the Salt hill formula that they may some day take it beyond Lebanon and Newport. “We’re growth-minded,” says Josh, although there’s no immediate expansion plans.

“I’ve got a lot on my plate,” he says, adding that Joe and his wife recently welcomed the arrival of a new son, Thomas Tuohy.

“He’ll probably start training sometime in August,” Josh says with a smile.

What’s the secret to their success?

“Honest food, perfect pints, live music and good humor – just like the menu says,” answers Josh. “After some fifty thousand glasses of Guinness over four years, we’re starting to get the hang of it.”

Local Rhythms – There’s Irish, Then There’s Salt Hill

lrnewsmall.jpgEverybody’s going green this weekend. Murphy’s in Sunapee has a leprechaun DJ and a contest with an Ireland vacation as grand prize, Hullabaloo in Claremont features green beer, something you won’t find in Dublin, and Guinness – something you will.

For something more authentic, Killarney in Ludlow is a real Irish bar, or you could get in line before sunrise for a chance to see the band Flogging Molly’s annual acoustic set, complete with bohdrain and accordion, at the Black Rose in Boston.

Anyone can hang a shamrock on the wall for St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s really only one local watering hole where being Irish is a 365-day a year condition – Salt Hill Pub, on Lebanon’s Green.

The celebration has been running all month long. Two days ago Longford Row, a traditional band from Burlington, marked an unofficial return of the weekly Irish Sessions; they resume in earnest at the end of the month. The Pub also made a foray into concert promotion. Tuesday, Galway’s Saw Doctors played an energetic set, capped by a 7-song encore, to a fevered crowd at the Lebanon Opera House.

Inchicore, named after band front man Derrick Keane’s Ireland hometown, perform traditional songs about, says Keane, “Irish history and the patriot dead” tomorrow night. It’s certain to provide a rousing lead-in to the big day.

At Salt Hill, March 17 commences at 9 AM with the ceremonial “pouring of the first pint,” followed by a traditional Irish breakfast of fried eggs, thick cut bacon, bangers, along with two pate-type sausages called black and white pudding. Oh, and a side of beans.

“It’s the kind of thing you’d find in any pub in Ireland,” says Salt Hill owner Josh Tuohy.

The pub is also sponsoring, along with Harpoon Brewery, the annual “Shamrock Shuffle” 5K race at 11 AM. There’s also a 1-mile “fun walk” for those still recovering from morning pints.

Music starts at 4 with the Roger Kahle Zigzag Band, a traditional group that will pack up at the end of their set, and head for Salt Hill’s new location in Newport’s Eagle Block. There also be, says Josh Tuohy, “random step dancing and drive-by bagpipes.”

O’hanleigh, a year-round Salt Hill favorite, closes out the evening beginning at 9.

Now, if being Irish isn’t your thing, here’s what the rest of the weekend looks like:

Thursday: New Kind of Blue, Sophie & Zeke’s – This sort of sultry jazz is the antithesis of Irish music. You won’t hear Emily Lanier sing “Danny Boy,” but the songs she does sing – “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Route 66” – are smooth and elegant. It’s a biweekly tradition that doesn’t ever get old. Tomorrow, S&Z’s welcomes pure bluegrass with the Spiral Farm Band.

Friday: Sarah Blair & Friends, Seven Stars Center (Sharon, VT) – Blair is one of Vermont’s best fiddle players. She celebrates the release of her new record by teaming with Ben Power and Colin McCaffrey for an evening of high-powered music infused with Celtic traditions. Power plays flute and bohdrain and is also a first-rate singer. Multi-instrumentalist McCaffrey brings a down-home elegance to the project.

Saturday: Sun King, Heritage Tavern – Straight up rock and roll from one of the area’s favorite party bands. Word this week of the club’s sale was quickly followed with assurances that live music Saturdays would continue under the new management. That’s good news, as some of the area’s most interesting talent passes through this Charlestown landmark.

Sunday: Blues Jam, Off the Green – I received word via Dave Clark’s weekly email that this regular Woodstock jam session is going great. Last Sunday, Clark joined guitarists Terry Diers and Jason Twigg-Smith, upright bassist Lisa Rojak and harp player Jed Dickinson. When the playing commenced, says Clark, “a bunch of folks drifted in off the street and we ended up having a nice little blues jam.” Sounds perfect.

Tuesday: Mark Vogel, Canoe Club – Called a Swedophile, if that’s a word, by John Chapin, Vogel plays an interesting mix of music – “blues, country, jug band and folk, woven into a tapestry of tales about hanging on and letting, coming together and falling apart.” He performed at Canoe a few months ago with an all-Swede band, so this is a bit of a departure I suppose. Vogel plays solo, accompanying himself on guitar.

Wednesday: Keb’Mo’, Lebanon Opera House – I mention this show for two reasons. First, to point out the high caliber of performers that swing through the area. Second, to let anyone thinking of seeing this master of the American blues-rock idiom know that the show is sold out. There’s a waiting list if you’re really desperate, but thankfully no one’s scalping seats on EBay. When that happens, I’m moving to Yarmouth.

Saw Doctors @ Lebanon Opera House 3/13

bw-cup-of-tea-sml.jpgThe Saw Doctors’ short, nine-show tour this month will take them to big cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C and … Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Singer and guitarist Davy Carton says there’s a reason for the band’s upcountry detour. The Irish rockers, known for irreverent hits like “Useta Love Her” and “Bless Me Father,” have fond memories of a show they played at the Lebanon Opera House two years ago.

“The sound in the room was just amazing, we could hear everything,” Carton said on the phone from Ireland last Tuesday. “The sound was absolutely unique, it was one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. We were enjoying it hugely, the audience got up and enjoyed it; they were buzzing on the good sound.”

“We typically play in stand-up, dirty black rock clubs,” said Carton. “We generally don’t play sit-down shows at all, and rarely in theatres.”

“It also helped that there was a very friendly bar across the road from it, the Salt Hill bar I think it’s called,” Carton says. “The man there looked after us really well last time. Sometimes they can mess you around, they give you food and drink, but they want to take your picture and the like. But this man was genuinely nice, and we have good memories of it.”

For Salt hill Pub proprietors Josh and Joe Tuohy, the feeling was apparently mutual. The Lebanon restaurant is underwriting this year’s Opera House show.

The Saw Doctors sound is often called Celtic rock, a term they consider a misnomer. “It’s rock and roll with an Irish tinge,” he says. “We don’t do jigs and reels. We sing the way we talk, so you know we’re Irish. But we’ll have an accordion on stage in the same way The Band has one.”

Think of it as brogue-inflected Americana. Carton cites Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and the Ramones as key influences. “We’re trying to write songs for the next album like classic Creedence Clearwater Revival.”

Over a 20-year career, the Saw Doctors have released six studio albums, and are working on a seventh, which they hope to release in early 2008.

One tune that will probably make it to the record is “Ivana In The Brogue,” a bouncy love ditty about a bar patron’s infatuation with a Polish emigrant. Songwriter and band co-founder Leo Moran’s clever wordplay is at work, rhyming “dance “ with “Gdansk.” and describing the girl as “a cross between Maria Sharapova and Kylie Minogue,” perhaps so the comparison rhymes with “brogue.”

Over the years, the band has cultivated an enthusiastic fan base in the region. In western Massachusetts, they began in the 150-seat Iron Horse Music Hall; now they appear at the Calvin Theatre, which seats 1300. This year, they’ve scaled back their usually rigorous touring schedule to work on the new record,

This is the band’s 14th consecutive St. Patrick’s Day visit to the U.S. Promoters and agents have figured out that Americans celebrate the holiday with more vigor than the Irish. Back home, says Carton, “it’s a day off, and there’s a good lot of drinking, maybe a couple of football matches,” and not much more.

“But we’d go to America and there’s this big exaggerated Irish thing. That was foreign for us,” he says. Strangely enough, says Carton, “the Irish are now imitating the Americans. There are parades and three-day festivals. The razzmatazz has seeped over to Ireland. It wasn’t there 15 years ago.”

Occasionally, the green-toned merriment backfires on the band. One recent St. Patrick’s Day, they sold out a New York show, but ended up performing for a half-full house. “People got too pissed (drunk) during the day and didn’t come to the concert, even though they’d bought the tickets,” laughs Carton.

Despite the city’s famous tradition of dying the river green for St. Patrick’s Day, he doesn’t think that will happen this year in Chicago; the Saw Doctors play the Old Vic Theatre March 17. “We’ve always found a very musical audience in Chicago,” says Carton. “We tend to get very hardcore fans, and the venue is a real rock and roll theatre. I think it will be a great gig, and the fans there will be coming for the Saw Doctors, not St. Patrick’s Day.”