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    Saw a fantastic 2 hour no break set by the great Jimmy Robinson and Woodenhead at the Broadside on Saturday, their first gig in a year. What a nice afternoon! I guess they will allow more people in at some point, maybe getting rid of the Adirondack chairs, but I love the set up as is. I'd like to see it stay (but I understand the finances, etc. may cause that to change someday.) This old man doesn't mind having a seat for a couple hours.

    Jimmy is a funny guy, as well, having been onstage for over 40 years now. My girlfriend asked where the tip jar was mid-set as they didn't have one out. When more than one arrived, Jimmy said there was one for each band member, take your pick. He also said "Clearly, we aren't in it for the money. We have adopted the Socialist/Communist CD sale model...take one, leave what you feel like. Heck, if you don't want to leave anything, take one anyways!"

    It was an awesome afternoon (topped off by a trip to Mandina's...that Catfish Almondine rocks!). Kudos again to the Broadside for what they have put together that works so well given the situation.
    Last edited by chopitulas; 5 days ago.

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    Originally posted by chopitulas View Post
    Saw a fantastic 2 hour no break set by the great Jimmy Robinson and Woodenhead at the Broadside on Saturday, their first gig in a year. What a nice afternoon! I guess they will allow more people in at some point, maybe getting rid of the Adirondack chairs, but I love the set up as is. I'd like to see it stay (but I understand the finances, etc. may cause that to change someday.) This old man doesn't mind having a seat for a couple hours.

    Jimmy is a funny guy, as well, having been onstage for over 40 years now. My girlfriend asked where the tip jar was mid-set as they didn't have one out. When more than one arrived, Jimmy said there was one for each band member, take your pick. He also said "Clearly, we aren't in it for the money. We have adopted the Socialist/Communist CD sale model...take one, leave what you feel like. Heck, if you don't want to leave anything, take one anyways!"

    It was an awesome afternoon (topped off by a trip to Mandina's...that Catfish Almondine rocks!). Kudos again to the Broadside for what they have put together that works so well given the situation.
    That would have been a cool show, sounds like a fun day to me.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gards View Post

      That would have been a cool show, sounds like a fun day to me.
      As many times as I've seen them for free at Checkpoint Charlie's, it was no problem to pay a little money and buy a CD to help support the band. I am a good friend of drummer Mark Whitaker from playing with him down at Spanish Plaza so it was good to catch up. Guitarist Jimmy Robinson is revered by musicians here, for good reason, and he is a great guy, as well.

      It really was a fine day that you felt lucky to have been able to have experienced, especially given the circumstances.
      Last edited by chopitulas; 5 days ago.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

        As many times as I've seen them for free at Checkpoint Charlie's, it was no problem to pay a little money and buy a CD to help support the band. I am a good friend of drummer Mark Whitaker from playing with him down at Spanish Plaza so it was good to catch up. Guitarist Jimmy Robinson is revered by musicians here, for good reason, and he is a great guy, as well.

        It really was a fine day that you felt lucky to have been able to have experienced, especially given the circumstances.
        I hear you.

        I always enjoy the Checkpoint shows, and it is great to be able to see them anywhere considering what people have had to endure.

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        • #5
          My Jazzfests hosts were at the show and sent me pix that made me oh so jealous and oh so happy for them to get out.They turned me on to Woodenhead when I first started coming to fest '93-'94. Gimme some Jimmy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by larrybalmur View Post
            My Jazzfests hosts were at the show and sent me pix that made me oh so jealous and oh so happy for them to get out.They turned me on to Woodenhead when I first started coming to fest '93-'94. Gimme some Jimmy
            Sounds like they enjoyed it as much as we did! It was just splendid...

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            • #7
              Love Woodenhead. Wish New Orleans had a few more 'Creole Fusion' bands working the scene.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post
                Love Woodenhead. Wish New Orleans had a few more 'Creole Fusion' bands working the scene.
                It was before my time here but they were much more popular, able to sell out Tipitina's, I guess in the late 80's/early 90's. But that was the glory days of the clubs in a lot of town that just isn't quite the same (even before Covid.) I always remind myself, if Woodenhead can play Checkpoint Charlie's and be fine with it, a guy much lower on the musical compendium like me is fine with that, too.

                God bless 'em. What great musicianship. Whitaker blows my mind. I don't know how he remembers all he plays with the physicality it requires.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

                  It was before my time here but they were much more popular, able to sell out Tipitina's, I guess in the late 80's/early 90's. But that was the glory days of the clubs in a lot of town that just isn't quite the same (even before Covid.) I always remind myself, if Woodenhead can play Checkpoint Charlie's and be fine with it, a guy much lower on the musical compendium like me is fine with that, too.

                  God bless 'em. What great musicianship. Whitaker blows my mind. I don't know how he remembers all he plays with the physicality it requires.
                  Ditto. YYR on Whitaker. He was playing with another band right before Covid hit. Can't remember the name, but saw them a few times at Checkpoint's with Jimmy watching from the bar. They did a killer version of Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Marignygregg View Post

                    Ditto. YYR on Whitaker. He was playing with another band right before Covid hit. Can't remember the name, but saw them a few times at Checkpoint's with Jimmy watching from the bar. They did a killer version of Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath.
                    That was most likely my buddies who called themselves Important Gravy, with Dave Stocker on an SG and Stan Elder on flute (so they could do Tull numbers). They would do "classic rock" covers and they really did them well, something I could never do...learn all the parts off a record.

                    Dave is an engineer and also mixed the last two Woodenhead albums (the Live at Chickie Wah Wah from 2019 and the 1993 Tip's show they put out before that.) He worked with the Funky Meters in the 90's as a sound guy/roadie so he knows a lot of folks and is a great guy. He played keyboards in a band I played in at Check's a few times and he could do that well, too. Talented fellow.

                    Popped into Check's last night. Strange with no one on stage...
                    Last edited by chopitulas; 3 days ago.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chopitulas View Post

                      That was most likely my buddies who called themselves Important Gravy, with Dave Stocker on an SG and Stan Elder on flute (so they could do Tull numbers). They would do "classic rock" covers and they really did them well, something I could never do...learn all the parts off a record.

                      Dave is an engineer and also mixed the last two Woodenhead albums (the Live at Chickie Wah Wah from 2019 and the 1993 Tip's show they put out before that.) He worked with the Funky Meters in the 90's as a sound guy/roadie so he knows a lot of folks and is a great guy. He played keyboards in a band I played in at Check's a few times and he could do that well, too. Talented fellow.

                      Popped into Check's last night. Strange with no one on stage...
                      Yep, Important Gravy. Thanks !!

                      Black Laurel played one of the last Checkpoints gigs before the shutdown. Hoping Claudia starts booking bands soon.

                      Off to Esplanade and Galvez to check out my neighbor, Mark McGrain on bone, accompanied by a guitarist. Come on out if ya can !!

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