Friday, July 07, 2006

Blues, Fried Chicken and Waffles

This will mainly concern folks in Columbus, Ohio, but all you out-of-towners, feel free to come on down, or up, or whatever, and join the fun at Smackies Smokehouse. These are good chefs, good musicians, and good poets. Besides, how often can you attend an event that is co-sponsored by a church and Budweiser? It's a great church by the way. The beer? Eh, remember it's for a good cause.

Boldly stolen from Dan Thress's blog:

Get yourself a taste of Harlem with Columbus's own Fried Chicken & Waffles! And enjoy a little country flavor with our Southern Buffet featuring: fried chicken, pulled pork, chopped beef, black-eyed peas, candied yams, cheese potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, corn bread, red velvet cake, sweet tea, and lemonade.

Friday Night:

6-8 pm: CD RELEASE PARTY with Crix Savage. Crix Savage, aka. Chris Gatton will be featuring music from his latest CD. Catch him he leaves these parts for Nashville's greener pastures.

8:30-11: BLUES & POETRY SLAM with slam-master and NPR featured poet Scott Woods. Come share your blues sonnets with a live band! Judges are picked from the audience. Guaranteed to get down. Poets signup @ 8pm.

Saturday Night:

4-5: Ryan Sullivan & Josh Foote, acoustic guitars and vocals. Original, soulful stuff.

5-6: Just confirmed: Matt Beckler & special guests. Matt is really happy to be doing this festival. We're really happy to have him.

6-8: Smackies presents local blues legend Willie Phoenix. Born in the Deep South in Camden, Alabama, Phoenix was raised on blues music. He was taught to play guitar by his father the Reverend Willie J. Creagh, who played with such legends as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

8-11:30: BLUES JAM SESSION. Bring your guitar, harmonica, voice, or whatever you got, and sign up to perform with the band. Food prizes will be given to the best performers!

Sponsors: Dan & Annie Thress, Smackies Smokehouse, The Columbus Music Hall, Writer's Block Poetry, Central Vineyard, Music in Motion Films. Columbus Blues Alliance, and Budweiser.Located right outside of New Albany. Take 270 to the Morse Road exit. Head east off the exit on Morse Rd. Turn left onto Hamilton Rd. We're located on the right side of Hamilton Rd, just past the Home Depot on the corner of Thompson Rd. (614) 939.5801. www.smackies.com

7 comments:

Mark K said...

Andy,

Speaking of local talent, have you heard anything about Dave Workman?

bd said...

This is a down home southern front porch event, so the Budwieser fits right in. More importantly, it's awesome that Central Vineyard isn't afraid to co-sponor an event with a beer company.

I'll be there Saturday.

Andy Whitman said...

Smackie's Blues

Hope I can be at Smackies, to share some blues on Saturday night/
Hope I can be at Smackies, to share some blues on Saturday night/
If the lawn gets mowed in suburbia, then I should be all right

Willie Phoenix in the house, blues poets slammin' on the mike/
Willie Phoenix in the house, blues poets slammin' on the mie/
Everybody drivin' their cars to Smackies, Bryan Duffie ridin' on his bike

Salivatin' with anticipation, it's almost more than I can bear/
Salivatin' with anticipation (good food, too), it's almost more than I can bear/
If the blues minivan will take me, then I will see you there

Andy Whitman said...

Mark, Dave Workman moved to San Francisco in, gulp, 1984. He's still there, and still playing blues. Hey, it happens, unless you're Ray Fuller or Willie Phoenix (and even Willie left for a while to pursue the bright lights of NYC). Eventually people, even iconoclastic blues folks, figure out that Columbus, Ohio isn't the epicenter of the musical universe.

Here's a link to his web site: http://bluzgruv.tripod.com/

jackscrow said...

Hope you don't mind, it's not mine. But for blues lyrics you don't beat this....

Just learned this song again, after all these years. Our band don't play much blues, but this one in real fast 4/5. Usually out of A.


Lightning's Blues - John Gorka


Smokey the bear said only you can...
Lightning said Smokey that's not true
Though sometimes I can't help myself
You know I strike at will, it's nothing personal

Chorus

I'm just tryin' to get close enough
To see the face of love
See the face of love
See the face of love
See the face of love
Oh, see the face of love
I'm just tryin' to get close enough
To be in the face of love

One combination still impresses
Women, wind and summer dresses
Meet me underneath that hollow tree
I hope you don't mind if thunder follows me

Chorus

There's Franklin's kite and Franklin's key
And Frankenstein they owe a debt to me
I've lit them up I've knocked them down
I've put them early underground

Chorus

There are bolts for them out of the blue
Volts for us we'll hit the heights for you
I come by cloud, I come by storm
When the pressure drops, when cool meets warm

Chorus

One combination still impresses
Women, wind and summer dresses
Meet me underneath that hollow tree
Hope you don't mind if thunder follows me

(Chorus)

KarlandBethany said...

Missed you tonight Andy. Hope we get a chance to see you tomorrow.

danthress said...

Huge thanks for the shout-out Andy. Day one was a success. The reverend Jeff Cannell hit the mike, turnout was great, and everybody went home satisfied.

Scott has a recap here:
http://scottwoods.livejournal.com/

You need to hear his Dick Cheney O.G. (original gansta) poem.

We do it all again today... Yeah, Willie is the real deal, but I think Matt Beckler is gonna eat it up. He starts at 5.

I need more people for the blues jam at 8. We have a backup band....

Mark, Workman was at Comfest.