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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Popa Chubby turned in two great prime time gigs and a memorable "sound check" on Tuesdy afternoon, at one point apparantly ritualistically dousing his guitar with bills from his tip cup.
Offstage the man was a gentle giant and could not have been nicer, a class act.
Onstage, he was an axe-mangler that had the crowd swinging from the rafters with his inspired vocals and guitar pyrotechics. He came loaded for bear with a set list that recited the canon of rock and roll from Gene Vincent to Popa's own most recently penned tunes and from a powerful 6/6/06-inspired version of Jagger's Sympathy for the Devil to his drum solo on The Ventures' Wipe Out.
Folks greatly anticipated his gig and I know no one was disappointed.
Popa Chubby's Axe
A 1966 Strat with a well-used whammy bar, sporting just a suggestion of the original sunburst finish and a flame job that would not look put of place on the hood of a "51 Mercury, it looks to be the only guitar Popa travels with and the only one he needs. It serves him well using no effects whatsoever save his own skills. A relentless,
guitarist with ferocious chops and a slashing style, he seemed to be ripping out popped strings every set.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Chicken and Travis
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Life Imitates Art
This would be Linda fron Sugarloaf, Steve Heuel's friend who was the model for his "No Cover, No Minimum, No Wonder" painting on the Parrot stage. Take note that in real life Linda does not have a macaw flying in one ear and out the other before bursting into flames and crashing. At least she didn't today.
Guitar Shorty, Jime Hendrix Brother-in-Law, Wed. June 7th
Guitar Shorty Leaps Into Green Parrot
When he's not turning somersaults, doing backwards flips, and standing
on his head — all while playing, of course — Guitar Shorty is prone to
cutting loose with savagely slashing licks on his instrument. Live,
he's simply amazing — and live he'll be, at The Green Parrot Bar, on,
Wednesday, July 7th, at 10 o'clock.
In 1957, Shorty cut his debut single, "You Don't Treat Me Right," for
Chicago's Cobra Records under Willie Dixon's astute direction. Three
superb 45s in 1959 for tiny Pull Records in Los Angeles (notably "Hard
Life") rounded out Shorty's discography for quite a while. His
penchant for stage gymnastics was inspired by the flamboyant Guitar
Slim, whose wild antics are legendary.
During the '60s, he married Jimi Hendrix's stepsister and lived in
Seattle, where the rock guitar god caught Shorty's act (and presumably
learned a thing or two about inciting a throng) whenever he came off
the road. Shorty's career had its share of ups and downs — once he was
reduced to competing on Chuck Barris's zany The Gong Show, where he
copped first prize for delivering "They Call Me Guitar Shorty" while
balanced on his noggin.
Los Angeles had long since reclaimed Shorty by the time things started
to blossom anew with the 1991 album My Way on the Highway for the
British JSP logo (with guitarist Otis Grand in support). From there,
Black Top signed Shorty; 1993's dazzling Topsy Turvy and 1995's Get
Wise to Yourself have been the head-over-heels results so far. Roll
Over, Baby followed in 1998
There will certainly be incited throngs on Wednesday night at The
Green Parrot Bar, your Southernmost Center for Culture at the corner
of Whitehead and Southard Streets.
For additional information call The Green Parrot at 294-6133.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Vince Wellnick 1951-2006
Pictured here is former Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Wellnick at the Parrot gig in April that what was perhaps his last show. To say he was well received by the Parrot crowd is an understatement. He was absolutely embraced by them, swallowed up by them, whenever he was here. And he always managed to shine it right back on them. He made that clear both on and off the stage. He said more than once, humbly, that he was honored to play for us and we loved him for it.