I had the honor to be a part of the Sam Rainwater CD release party and fundraiser for the Packages from Home organization. I chose to utilize my 15 minutes in the spotlight on the big stage at Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar and Grill" playing disco songs on the ukulele. We all had a hoot and raised a lot of money for a very worthwhile charity!
I had the pleasure of sitting in with the Desert Island Band with my new tenor ukulele at a fundraiser for the Package from Home folks. Had a great time on a beautiful Arizona winter day. I'm glad I had my lid on to protect my melon from the hot desert sun.
Met a lot of great volunteers who are doing an awesome job supporting out troops by collecting and shipping packages to our troops overseas deployed to hostile combat areas. If you get a chance, stop by their website and have a peak.
"The mission of Packages From Home is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans."
Keith Sykes House Concert/With Special Guest Ray Cody
Saturday, March 12th, 2011 3:00 PM
KEITH SYKES is coming to Phoenix for an afternoon of music and storytelling, Saturday afternoon, March 12th, 2011 and your friend and mine, the ever-humble, Great Ray Cody, will be your beloved warm-up band. Hey, my blog, my kind words!
As you may already know, Keith is the former Coral Reefer who wrote Buffett favorites "Volcano," "The Last Line," and "Coast of Marseilles." Keith's songs have also been recorded by such artists as Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Judds, Guy Clark and others. Doors will open at 2:00 PM and the show will begin at 3:00PM. A donation of $20 per person is suggested, and all proceeds will go to the artist.
Adhering to his motto -- "Six strings, five fingers, three chords, no problem" -- Hoehn pumps out witty tunes tinged with sunny island themes and shady characters in dark scenarios. There is enough of a Jimmy Buffett flavor to his original music and compilations like "Thongs in the Key of Life," that Hoehn gets booked to play yacht clubs and Parrothead parties from Kenosha to Key West.
Well, my summer job working for Jimmy Buffett is now a thing of the past, but what a way to close it out! It was the best show ever thanks to all of you who came out and rocked the house!
It was fun having Crime Dog back keeping the beat going on the congas, bongos, shaker, vibra-slap and backup vocals. Also a shout-out to the stealth tambourinist "Cheeseburger Don", former bassist from the 70's band out of LA, Imagery, for rocking it from the floor! Thanks again to my protege Keith Grigg for keeping the tunes going while I was on break. And how about that Bubbles! They don't call him Bubbles for nothing!. Actually, why do they call him Bubbles? I'll save that story for another time when I can come up with a better one than the truth. You'll be seeing him again real soon! I guarantee it!
Thanks to everyone who come out time and time again and hoot and holler, and sing along with me. It's YOU that make this fun! Club Agave, AZ Parrotheads, 2010 Census Friends, Aliceheads, Old AF buds, and everyone else Thank you. You're the best!