Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flame, Match, Set List

I don't know what Willie opened with before Whiskey River, but it sure does simplify things.

2. Still is Still Moving to Me
3. Whiskey for My Men (Beer for My Horses)
4. Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away
5. Crazy
6. Night Life
7. Sister Bobbie on saloon instrumental from Red-Headed Stranger [Update: Down Yonder is the song]
8. Me and Paul (his drummer)
9. If You've Got the Money Honey, I've Got the Time
10. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
11. La La La (instrumental)
12. Georgia
13. All of Me
14. Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys
15. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
16. On the Road Again
17. Always On My Mind
18. Good Hearted Woman in Love with a Good Timin' Man
19. Help Me Make It Through the Night
20. Bobby McGee (It was different from any version I've heard of it, but still really great)

One hour into the show he finally played something from his new album

21. Over You Again
22. Moment of Forever (written by Kris Kristofferson)

"How 'bout some Hank Williams?"

23. Jambalaya
24. Hey Good Lookin'
25. Move It on Over
26. Boogie Woogie from Bobbie's debut album Autobiography
27. I Ain't Superman ("Doctor says, 'You ain't Clark Kent, and I ain't Lois Lane.'")
28. You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore (another song off his new album, "Did you hear the one about the dirty whore? Oh I forgot . . . You don't think I'm funny anymore.")
29. I Saw the Light
30. Instrumental
31. Pick Up the Tempo
32. Bloody Mary Morning
33. Yesterday's Wine
34. Will the Circle Be Unbroken/35. I'll Fly Away

Encore "Every once in a while, I get so pissed I write a protest song."

36. Peace Revolution

Encore 2

37. Beer Barrel Polka

The concert started right at 8 and got over around 9:30/9:40. So each song averaged about 2:42. He was booking through, but the energy was up, and he was on his game. I know some 75 year old people, and some musicians in that same age range, and none of them are as capable as he was Sunday night. I can't say he still has it, because I don't remember much of the time I saw him at a festival as a child. But I can say that he does have it. Oh, and I got a pick.

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At July 23, 2008 11:49 PM, Blogger Wishydig said...

Congratulations on the pick.

At July 25, 2008 2:23 PM, Blogger prairiegypsy said...

I just love Willie. I heard him in Lincoln a few years ago. He's a living legend. Aprilel

At August 12, 2008 10:56 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

Ooh, I love Willie. And that Kris Kristofferson sure can write a song too. I'm so jealous that you went to a W.N. concert.


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Sunday Ruddy Sunday

I had lunch, "burnt ends" barbecued brisket, and a flight of beers at Blind Tiger Brewery in Topeka before zipping over to Lawrence on the turnpike. Browsed the stores on the main downtown street picking up some French shaving soap and a pie bird (I'm really excited about finally finding one of these). Wasn't impressed with Urban Outfitters. Then had a light supper, achiote chicken sandwich, and some more beer at Free State Brewery before getting in line for the Willie Nelson show.

There was a Boykin Spaniel named Luke in front of Blind Tiger. The couple that became the end of the line shortly after me included a beautiful girl named Myka (pronounced Micah) with half sleeve tattoos on each arm, a jungle scene on one with a tiger at the top, and a watery scene with some fish on the other. On my walk back to the car after the show, I met a black dog named Roxi.

It is late now so I'm gonna go to bed, but I will soon have up the set list from Willie's show.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Three More Under My Belt

Today was The Dark Knight, Hell Boy II: The Golden Army, and Wanted.

I most enjoyed Wanted. I most respected The Dark Knight.

Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker is everything everyone says it is.

It seems to me, after watching these three movies, that we like our heroes, but more than that, we like them conflicted. We aren't happy with an avenger full of conviction. We need that doubt.

Another thing I noticed more in this round of viewing was the romance. Each of them had at least one romance story going along with all the shoot 'em up. I don't know if it is some sort of chiaroscuro (can you tell someone has a word of the day email subscription?) or what. I'm not certain if it works, but it is there nonetheless.

After the movies, I went to Bread and Cup to see what they had on their Market Meal ( each saturday they get stuff from the farmer's market that morning and make a menu out of it for the evening.). The menu had corn on the cob with hickory smoked butter, crisp cucumber and sweet onion salad, corn chowder, baby back ribs, and corn and cream cheese crepes.

I had the corn chowder and crepes. I enjoyed both and my schwarzbier (in the pictures at the bottom of the post, Sam from my previous post is at the far right) from Modern Monks was good too.

Speaking of the Modern Monks, they stopped by toward the end of the BA get together at B&C. I met Josh and Chris who not only brought a really great smoked bock (not just smoke), but some cheese from Branched Oak Farm, a gouda made with one of their beers.

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At July 20, 2008 11:29 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

Oh, baby back ribs. How I love you.


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Thursday, July 17, 2008


Apparently "Beer Advocate" is too much to say, so all the members just call it "BA."

I was trying to find out about some beers that were going to be at the Sunfest. My world wide web search turned up the beeradvocate site, which I've seen online before, but never lingered because all those people judging/reviewing just intimidated me. But I have gotten over that, and after I signed up, I found the BA event at Bread & Cup.

There were a little over twenty people gathered around three or four tables arranged in an L-shape. And fortunately for me, there was a seat open at the far end of the table next to the people I soon realized were the ones I wanted to hang out with. I was right next to a brewer from Nebraska Brewing Company, who was sitting across from his wife, and on my left was a cool guy with a really great beard. After everyone went around introducing themselves, including their BA handle (lame), and finished the beer they got from B&C, the samples started going around the table. Sam, the bearded guy next to me, brought a Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales E.S. Bam from MI. Tyson, the brewer on my right, brought a growler of a weizenbock he had done for NBC. Jason, the guy to the right of Tyson originally from Salt Lake, brought a Wasatch Double Bock that was really great and one of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales from De Proef. His definitely had a lot of funkiness going on the brettanomyces was in full force adding all the horse blanket you'd want. There were also a couple bottles from Port Brewing in San Marcos, CA, and two of Boulevard's Smokestack Series that aren't on the market: the saison with brett (weak), and a bourbon barrel aged version of their quad (which I liked).

Why I considered myself so fortunate to sit next to the folk I did was because they've been all over where I want to be as far as beer goes. Tyson and Angela just got back from the Craft Brewer's Convention in San Diego at Stone Brewing. They were actually in Wisconsin in January, a month before me, so we both had been to the Great Dane in downtown Madison and New Glarus (but Dan the Brewmaster was on vacation when they were there). Sam seemed to have a great knowledge of some Michigan breweries like Jolly Pumpkin and Dark Horse in Marshall, MI, plus an excellent taste memory of other beers like Three Floyd's Dreadnought. He had a great anecdote about how he visited Jolly Pumpkin with his wife and step son after three days at the roller coaster park in OH and his son wanted to meet the dog Bam that is on a lot of bottles from Jolly Pumpkin, but when they got there the landlords didn't allow dogs, so no dice and no Bam.

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At July 18, 2008 8:26 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

I think Bam is a good name for a dog. I also like the name Hodie for a dog, which I heard at work yesterday.

At July 19, 2008 9:22 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I was watching the credits to Hell Boy II: The Golden Army and apparently they did a lot of stuff in Hungary because there were lots of Hungarian names like Csaba and Laszlo.

It made me think that a viszla named Laszlo would be a good fit.

I don't know how I feel about Hodie (unless it is the Latin).


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If You'll Have Me

So I started using Google Reader to follow all my favorite blogs (don't worry, you're in there.), and because I wasn't coming here to dance the sidebar samba, I kinda forgot about producing my own content for others to follow.

Don't worry though, I've been doing plenty in the last three weeks. I went to Mobridge, SD for the weekend of the 4th. It was a good time; the highlight of which was a 16 team no holds barred (not really) bean bag tournament. It was a double elimination format, so after my team lost in the third round, we fought back through the consolation bracket to try and avenge our loss. We had to beat the team that beat us twice to win the championship, and won the first game, but lost the second one. It was great fun though, and the fans even did the Wave at one point during our finals match.

The weekend before that, I went to Nebraska City and picked four pounds of Montmorency cherries, which I turned into two pies (one with the almond extract in the filling and the other with the extract in the crust [very aromatic while working with it, needs a bit more to get the flavor to come through). Then I went up to Omaha for Shakespeare on the Green's performance of King Lear. I got there early enough to pick about 3 cups of mulberries, which I also turned into a pie (really tasty. I like the subtle flavor of mulberries.)

Forward to last weekend, I went to the Sunfest sponsored by Beer Corner USA in Omaha, which coincided nicely with the free Feist concert only 15 blocks away. At the beer fest, I tried to narrow my focus by sampling a few styles and comparing. I ranked the helles lagers, Kolsch, vienna lagers, and imperial porters and stouts. My pleasant surprise of the fest was the Eisenbahn Dourada from Brasil, which was in the Kolsch style, but had really great spice with an almost scotch ale finish.

As for the Feist concert, it was good. The Good Life, an Omaha group, and Juana Molina, an Argentine singer (who if looping yourself is a kid holding a stick, and Imogene Heap is a little leaguer, she is [insert favorite MLB star here]) opened for Leslie. Backing Ms. Feist for the concert was Clea Minaker, who does really great stuff with shadows/projection things. The performance was very good, and I appreciated that she didn't hold out her "popular" songs for an encore, she just made it all part of the show.

More to come about yestereen's Beer Advocate soiree. Suffice it now to say that I like beer people, and there are great beers and beer people near you.

Oh, after I went to the beer gathering last night I had a cake cone of peanut butter caramel and vanilla bean pear from Ivanna Cone.

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At July 17, 2008 4:34 PM, Blogger CëRïSë said...

Akkkk! You saw Feist, and for free? I am so jealous (and clearly have to look up Juana Molina*). I'm also jealous of your cherry- and berry-picking, and, as usual, Shakespeare on the Green (it must be almost exactly four years ago that we saw... hmmmm... Merry Wives of Windsor? together) and Ivanna Cone. Sigh.

*Where would Andrew Bird fit into your metaphor?

At July 17, 2008 10:51 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I confess that the metaphor is not mine. I saw it first at Box Office Prophets talking about Girl Talk (my current MySpace profile song): If a Mash-Up artist is a kid with a stick and a DJ is a little leaguer, then Girl Talk is Ichiro.

And to answer your question, I haven't seen Andrew Bird perform like Juana or Imogene, so I can't say. But Eric Robison was very impressed and said she had a lot of polyrhythmic stuff going on.

I didn't get to see the second Act of King Lear because there were some rain showers at intermission that nixed the rest of the show.


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