Leon Can Still Belt Out the Tunes!

On July 18, 2008, in Craft Beer, Music, by Mark Ranes

The Leon Russell show at the State Theater was great!  Leon came out, leaning on a cane, and then proceeded to play one song after another, with no break, for just under two hours.  His voice is as clean as it was 30 years ago!  My friend Brad had as good a time as I did.  Of course, a pre-show dinner and ales, at P. Wexfords, with Steve and Maggie didn’t hurt either.  🙂

On a side note, I had a Shock Top Belgian Wit at the show and was pleasantly surprised – but not as surprised as I was when I did a web search only to find out that it is made by Anheuser-Busch!  Not a bad offering from AB at all!

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Summer of Music Continues!

On July 17, 2008, in Family and Friends, Food, Music, by Mark Ranes

I just found out a half hour ago that I won tickets to see Leon Russell at the State Theater tomorrow night, compliments of the Modesto Bee (thanks, Eric!)!  Woohoo!  I entered their semi-weekly contest via e-mail and was selected this afternoon for the show.  I had hoped that Brenda would join me for the concert, but she’s being the Good Mom and staying home to take care of Meagan.  Meggy visited the oral surgeon this morning and had all four of her wisdom teeth removed and is in a bad way.  I called my good buddy Brad, and he’s committed to be my date for the show.  He’s not as pretty as Brenda, but he’ll have to do:)  We’ll head over to P. Wexfords for dinner and ales before the show.

I’m excited about this show.  I’ve been a Leon Russell fan for at least 35 years and this guy has played with many legends of the music industry – George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, BB King, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, J.J. Cale and even the Rolling Stones.  This guy is history!  Both Leon Russell and the Shelter People and Carney were two staples of my music collection in the 70’s and still have a place in my heart.  These were two of the earliest vinyl LPs I bought:)

Life is good!

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