Category Archives: Music & the Arts

Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12

From the feel-good tempo of “Annie” to the brutally true account of “The Laramie Project,” SSCC Theatre’s 2011-12 season covers the range from comedy to tragedy with a few stops in between. Season tickets go on sale Sept. 1 via  www.sscctheatre.com at a cost of $15 for all four shows, a savings of up to $9. Continue reading Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12

The Last Man Standing, Isn’t Anymore

In the world of the blues there are legends and then there are LEGENDS. David “Honey Boy” Edwards was a LEGEND. At the age 96 he was still making the rounds, singing his songs and telling his stories about women, drinking white whiskey, gambling, rambling, and never knowing he was writing himself into the pages of blues history.

After the passing of Pinetop Perkins, age 98, in March of this year, Continue reading The Last Man Standing, Isn’t Anymore

Stroh’s With Steven and Joe, A Beach Boy Trying to Steal my Girl, Plastered Kansans, and Getting Out Alive

First off, I’m the new kid here at The Store. Chopper invited me in, which could be the biggest mistake of his life. Come to think of it, knowing Chopper as I do that’s not likely. The mistake of inviting me here would be small potatoes compared to some of his historic screw-ups. Just kiddin’ Chop. Sort of.

Anyway, as some of you may know I maintained a couple of websites for a while, one a rock music site and the other a sports site. I ultimately became bored as I’m prone to do and let them die a slow and painful death. Still, Chopper liked some of my stuff and had me over to the General Store. So here I am. Below Continue reading Stroh’s With Steven and Joe, A Beach Boy Trying to Steal my Girl, Plastered Kansans, and Getting Out Alive

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Three, 2011

The final day of the 2011 Heritage Bluesfest was threatened by rain but by the time the major acts were due to appear the rain clouds had passed, the cooling breeze picked up and the thermometer dropped a few notches.

The day’s performers of note included a group called Southern Hospitality, Kenny Neal, and the star of stars in the world of blues, Buddy Guy.

Turns out, Southern Hospitality was a brand new incarnation of Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Three, 2011

Kinky is Kinky for Perry

Several years ago, before Don Imus got his tit caught in a public relations wringer and was canned from MSNBC, I was a devout fan of his morning program. It was just edgy enough to sate my irreverent sense of humor and bring forth a few laugh out loud moments most mornings.

Through Imus I was introduced to several people I’ve come to greatly admire and enjoy. That list includes Delbert McClinton, Continue reading Kinky is Kinky for Perry

Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

There’s an old adage about everyone having their 15-minutes of fame. Well, I really doubt that is true but On August 18, 2011 I did get about 3-minutes of minimal fame. I appeared in a film, Doughboy the Movie, playing the role of an aging Vietnam Veteran named Bob, who had been a Navy Corpsman serving with a Marine detachment close to the border of North Vietnam.

The film was shot entirely in Wheeling, WV and the world premier took place at the Marquee multiplex Theater in Continue reading Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Day two of the 2011 Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest began with some very slight rain showers but nothing like what had been predicted. By opening gate time the skies had cleared, the temperature reached the mid-eighties, and the humidity soared into the ionosphere. I decided to do explore Wheeling in the AC of my van and not got the festival until the early evening.

I arrived at the fest around 5 p.m. when Zac Harmon was just taking the stage. I found a seat in the shade, broke out my laptop and spent some time Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011

When it comes to music festivals I’m a relative newcomer. However, of those I have attended, the annual Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest ranks at the top. Not only is the entertainment superb but the hospitality and accommodation is even better.

The venue is in downtown Wheeling aside the Ohio River, easy to get in and out of, adequate and Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011