Every once in a while I m reminded If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t you’re right. Henry Ford
Well, things are coming along slowly but surely, in my usual style I been juggling about a dozen things at once, all at various stages of completion but of course none of them completed. It makes me anxious, but I learned a long time ago to relax and let my brain play out as it will.
Over the past two years I’ve been working on a number of original songs and some of them are getting close to being finished so I am going to releasing them here and there as I get them finished up. The first one will be Build on the Rock, a gospel tune I wrote a while ago. It written in the old school call format, and I have two versions. The live version will be more traditional, and the recorded version I going to release will be a blend of old-time gospel, and rap.
I was very fortunate to partner with tomikaz3 a rapper who talent speaks for itself. So, the recorded version will feature tomikaz3, injecting his of brand of gospel in to song. Give it a listen, it’ll pick you up spin you around, and sit you down with a smile on your face.
Cathedral Village Arts Festival May 25, 2019
Prince Albert Street Fair June 15, 2019*
Saskatchewan Jazz Fest June 21-30, 2019
Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days Festival July 4,5, 2019*
YXE Foodtruck wars July 26,27,28, 2019*
Saskatoon Fringe Festival Aug 1-10, 2019
Edmonton Fringe Festival Aug 15-25, 2019
Broadway Street Fair Sept 7, 2019
keep watching more dates to be added soon
So I’ve been pretty busy with a new concept that’s been running round and round my little brain. It took me a little head scratching to figure a way to make it work in the real world, but I think I got it. The goal was to keep playing music on the street but include a small portable venue a that adds some excitement and creates it’s own space.
So in honor of the old tyme snake oil salesmen, and sideshow carnies who rolled into town with their colorful wagons and vague promises, I’m gonna set up my own dog and pony show.
I’ve created a 6 ‘5” ft square portable tent decorated carnival/medicine show graphics with a wooden floor, designed to fit within traditional busking space. The front will be open and I’ll do a littler song and dance inside it, maybe do a little bamboozling. It will have an exciting retro carnival sideshow look especially combined with National steel, cigarbox guitars, and harp work.
It’s going to be a good time, and a crazy social experiment we can all have some fun with. Kinda old school socializing without an electric filter or screen between us.
I’m excited as I’m in the process of firming up an eclectic western Canada summer tour “ shuboys traveling medicine show”. Yep I’m gonna take my little wagon and tent and set up on a side walk or festival near you. There will be music, tall tales or misfortune and luck, harp playing that will bring a tear to your eye, or at least a little dust.
Over the course of the 2019 summer a live album will be recorded on the street from the tent at different locations. So, I look forward to see you out there on all the best sidewalks, and thanks to everyone who tolerates my crazy shit.
Remember when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S Thompson
I’ve got some of my first shuboys traveling medicine show bookings confirmed so I’ll post some dates and locations soon.
Well, looks like summer is over, and things are slowing down for a little while. This is good because I have a lot of catch up work to do over the next little while. I spent a good part of august in Edmonton this year, most of it at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, which again lived up to it’s reputation as one of the best Fringes in North America. Anyway people in Saskatoon and Edmonton kept coming up to me to say they saw me at the Edmonton International airport. Which was kind of confusing as I had not been there for a couple years. After asking for more clarification it appeared I was on a poster the terminal marketing Edmonton festivals. So at about 3 in the morning on our way back from the Fringe we stopped by the airport …. And there I was bigger than life.
Like I always say “never underestimate a shiny guitar
Well the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival is going full swing right now, and its nice to see old friends and meet new ones. I think this is my favorite time of year music, theatre, artisans good food , lots of drama. Something for everyone.
The circle buskers are so much fun, juggling fire, doing some amazing acrobatic tricks, I envy them laughing at danger and doing all the things my mom would not let me try at home. A couple of my favorites are Ross Vegas from Australia, and Chis without the Hat a home grown Canadian. Both of these guys are something to see, and they’re very funny performers.
Another thing I like to try is all the different food trucks that can be found at the fringe. I love the Thai Bo truck it’s the best, freshly made , tasty and good for you.
This year I made another discovery the G U D Eats food truck. My wife is a vegetarian so I wanted to get her a veggie burger or something like that to take home. It was late at night and there were only a few food trucks still open, but I caught a lucky break when I saw the G U D Eats food truck with the lights on.
Now I ordered her a cheese burger, which was vegan and I expected the usual. You know.. a wanna be hamburger. I mean how can a hamburger be a hamburger without meat? Forgive me but I’m a straight up carnivore and right or wrong I tend to be dismissive of menu items made from vegetables pretending to be meat.
I waited a few minutes and they handed me my wife’s burger. When I got home I gave it to her and asked her how it was. She loved it and she offered me a bite. It was the best hamburger I’ve ever had! The next night I got one for myself and again it was absolutely amazing. How did this happen? What kind of magic was going on in that foodtruck. What struck me most was the balance of flavours, the bun and ingredients, like a symphony.
Anyway, over the next two days I sent two of my confirmed carnivore friends over to try their cheeseburger. In order to entice them I told them if it was not the best burger they’ve had (vegan or not) I would give them their money back. Guess what, I still have all my money.
So regardless for your world view carnivore, vegan or vegetarian try one of GUD’s cheeseburgers , you’ll never look at burgers the same way. Oh yea, their onion rings are first class.
I’m willing to live with the screams of onions and other veggies being pulled from the ground and guilt of lettuce and tomatoes being waterboarded chopped into little pieces as long as I can get one more cheeseburger from GUD Eats
I think were in for an exciting weekend, I’m going to be hanging out at the 2018 Food Tuck Wars Street Festival. It’s going to be a lottta fun. Affinity Credit Union Main Stage will be hosting * SIGA’s Hot Dog Havoc, a hot dog eating contest * Ultimate Hamburger Championship (UHC) *Saskatchewan’s Got Talent contest, and lot’s more.
I’ll be hanging out at the The Dakota Dunes Casino Entertainment Circle located at the intersection of Avenue D & Avenue E on 20th Street. I’ll be playing and we will have lots of action there. I’ll be playing a few tunes on and off all day, I know there are some other musician buskers scheduled that will make your toes tap and your day a little brighter. I just found out we’ll have a few performances over the weekend by Ross ‘Vegas’ who just flew in from Australia to do some performing in Canada. No his arms aren’t tired Ross is a pro in very good shape.
Ross Vegas combines the ancient arts of circus and vaudeville, with rap, human beat-box, and vocal sound FX, to create a show unique worldwide. Acrobatics, illusion, fire juggling, visual gags, rapping, and comic improvisation are performed to a soundtrack created live with just the human voice, culminating in a spectacular one-hand balance on a tower of folding chairs. You can find out more about him on his interweb site.
So if your looking for some fun, and some good grub come out and hang with us this weekend, it’ll be a blast. Check it out. https://foodtruckwarsyxe.com/
Well off to see the Moose Jaw Sidewalk days. It will be running until Saturday and I highly recommend it. After that it’s off to the Rebellion Brewery Co in Regina, where I’ll be playing Saturday afternoon July 7th.
Rebellion Brewing Co 1901 Dewdney Ave
I stopped by there the end of May this year and had an awesome beer (oatmeal stout). I’m gonna try another this Saturday and play a few tunes and tell a few tall tales. Come out and have some fun. I’ll do my best to be entertaining, and I can guarantee the beer will be awesome.
Be there or be square
The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival started this past Thursday and it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. It makes downtown Saskatoon look like one big party, with people everywhere. On the weekend one thing that happened struck me as being very uniquely Saskatoon. I could not get a parking space near where I was playing so I dropped off most of my equipment on a corner and went and parked the car about a block and a half away
After parking the car I walked back and all my equipment was where I had left it. People were everywhere walking by it and all of a sudden it occurred to me. Only in Saskatoon can you leave a bunch of equipment on the street corner and come back to found it untouched, unstolen. What a great place to live.
I went to the Prince Albert Street Fair last weekend and I had a wonderful time. All of Central Ave was shut down and there was music, people and excitement everywhere. It was my first time at the Fair and I was not sure what to expect, but it was more than worth the trip. I drove up from Saskatoon, and from the amount of people who visited me I was not the only one who had the same idea.
There were literally thousands of people coming and going all day, a steady stream of new faces all day long. I had no idea the event was so well attended. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised considering all the activities, and sales. There were 3 open stages with all kinds of music and dancing, the First Nations dancing is by far my favorite. The people were amazing very friendly and welcoming, in fact much friendlier than when I lived there in the late 70’s. Of course maybe people were nicer because I was not as big a dick as I was in the 70’s, because as a teenager I knew everything. Not sure what happened because I definitely do not know as much now.
I also took some video while I was there and I’ll get it on my YouTube channel soon as I get a chance
Any way I want to thank Lucy James and the other people who worked so hard organizing and putting on such a first class event . I had a great time and I’ll be coming back next year. Hope to see you there.