MOM & the Beale Street Music Festival

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Mom and dad arrive in San Antonio today
to spend the next few weeks with brother Rich and his family
My niece Amelia graduates high school this month
and has decided on Bard College in NY
Mom and dad will be stopping in Memphis
on their way home the first week in June.
Damn, better start cleaning....


Join us tonight as we drag THE COUCH over and
get to be a guest host along with Doc and Jane on
9:00 PM EDT


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OK, to begin, we no longer have a digital camera and they did not allow camera's in, so we could not get any pictures. The cell phone shots we tried to take came out like crap...


  • 3:00 pm - Hit Beale Street and listened to some hot music at B.B. King's
  • 4:30 pm - Walked down to the river and got in line.
  • 5:00 pm - Gates opened and made our way directly to the Budweiser Stage.
  • 6:00 pm - Derek Trucks Band hit the stage.
Yonrico Scott – Drums, percussion, & vocals; Derek Trucks – Guitar;
Kofi Burbridge – Keyboards, flute & vocals; Todd Smallie – Bass & vocals
Mike Mattison – Lead vocals
Count M’Butu – congas and percussion

    • The two guitar players (one not shown here) each sing a song.
    • The bass player begins Wooley Booley
      • A third of the way through the MC comes out and gives the slashing throat sign - Jerry lee is ready to come out on stage
    • Jerry Lee, with the help of his handlers makes his way to the piano
    • During the second song J.L calls out to the guitarist to do a solo
      • The wrong guitarist starts to play and J.L. whips his head around and angrily points to the other guitarist.
    • About two songs later J.L. stops and yells, "I am here to play music not watch you fight!" He then gets up and starts to leave the stage. his handlers calm him down and he begins to play again.
    • Another song and J.L. stops again and yells "If you want to fight join the army!" and tried to walk off again. He is calmed down and finishes his set.
    • He was HOT!
Warren Hayes- Lead Guitar & Vocals; Matt Abts - Drums
Danny Lewis - Keyboards; Andy Hess - Bass Guitar

    • During their set, we have to fight off people who decide they can now move to the front of the stage.
    • The set list:
      • Hammer & Nails
        Banks Of The Deep End
        She Said, She Said->
        Tomorrow Never Knows
        Beautifully Broken
        A Million Miles From Yesterday
        Bad Little Doggie
        Mr. High & Mighty
        Grinnin' In Your Face
        Brand New Angel
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  • 10:45 PM (or so) - The Allman Brothers take the stage and just make the night a total success.
  • They played for over 2 hours and just were on fire.
  • Warren and Derek reminded me of the Dickie Betts/Duane Allman Duo.
    • Warren is very lively, while Derek stands stock still and just lets his fingers fly across the fretboard. His slide ability is almost as wonderful as Duane was...a true prodigy, touring since he was 11 years old...If you get a chance SEE HIM
  • Jaimo and Butch Trucks (Derek's uncle) are still two of the tightest drummers in the business.
  • Greg is looking great and his voice was crystal clear.
Greg Allman - Keyboards; Warren Hayes - Guitar;
Derek Trucks - Guitar; Oteil Burbridge - Bass;
Butch Trucks - Drums; Jaimo - Drums; Marc Quinones - Percussion

The night ended around 1:00 AM.


Saturday was beautiful and we got there as the gates opened at 1:00 PM

We spent the day in the "Blues tent" and got to see:

The Daddy Mack Blues Band with Mack Orr on lead guitar. Hot Hot Hot


Then history took the stage...David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the last living links to Robert Johnson.

Honeyboy was there the night Robert Johnson drank the poisoned whiskey that killed him! This guy can still, at the age of 92. After his set, he sat on the side of the stage and spoke with everyone who came up and signed everything given to him...PURE LIVING BLUES HISTORY!

Then, next on stage was Alvin "Youngblood" Hart. This young blues guitarist just caused sparks off of his guitar. A Memphis boy, he did a tremendous set.


The Ryan Shaw took the stage. He came out and did an accapella version of "A Change Is Gonna Come" and we were really excited. He was more gospel then R&B and including a 10 minute version of "If I had a hammer." (Thought that was a little much - IMHO)


We left the blues tent and headed over to see our last act of the day and the weekend...

Taj Mahal. Taj was on fire and had the crowd going crazy from the first note to the last.

A beautiful weekend of weather... an incredible weekend of music....



David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
Composer: David 'Honeyboy' Edwards


35 Of Your Sparks

  1. Just passing through; I'll read when I have more time, but I had to say that I recognized the top of that head! How in the hell did you get that photo?

  2. Travis Cody Says:
  3. Wow. Sounds like a fantastic mix of the iconic and the legendary.

    Glad you had a good time.

  4. cathy Says:
  5. I love your blog but don't get over here often enough. I popped over today because I really liked the comment you left for Travis.
    I.m still trying to find time to come and read the second part of
    "The Hunt" and now I can't remember when you posted it. Maybe you could help with that. I'd also like to ask if you would mind me printing your stories so that I can read them in during the summer when I have more free time?

  6. Julie Says:
  7. Great post I understand why Beale Street in mentioned in so many songs. WOW....nothing but WOW!

  8. Schmoop Says:
  9. Happy Birthday Vin Mom. We know that it was probably his Dad's fault as to how your son turned out. Cheers!!

  10. SONGBIRD: I stood in the audience and their crew takes pictures..they are already on their website

    TRAVIS: It was special

    CATHY: I will actually be helping with that in the next day or so when all the stories get linked on my sidebar. You can print them out if you choose.

    JULIE: It is a special place indeed

    MATT-MAN: Now, stop causing troubles you...



  12. Music is song....

  13. Happy Birthday Mrs. M ...

    I see your little head peeking through the crowd in that pic Bond.... glad your first had the music fest was one to remember. There is ALWAYS something great to do in Mempho... always.... sorry that we don't get down there as often as we use to... hopefully soon Tony and I will be able to get down there... sometime life just gets in the way.

  14. Happy birthday Mom!!!!!!!!!!

    Bond... I want my images ruined! I'm still awaiting an email divulging the secrets of Josh and Silver

    Please take pity and remember that I've been off my meds for three days and will obsess about this :-)

  15. TopChamp Says:
  16. sounds like a fab weekend!

  17. DIXIE: Well when the he** are ya gonna girlfriend???????

  18. Tug Says:
  19. Sounds like an awesome AWESOME time!! So Jerry Lee is getting a little crotchety in his old age, huh? Man, can he play piano.

  20. Oh I am SOO jealous! Wish I could have been there. I love the Allman's. They play Ain't Wastin Time? That be my favorite.

  21. Anndi Says:
  22. Quick stop to wish the other most wonderful person born today (love ya Mommy M, but my Daddy comes first) a most excellent birthday!

    You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.

    ~ Anouk Aimee ~

  23. Angell Says:
  24. Sounds like a heavenly weekend - wish I could have been down there. :(

    Happy Birthday to Mamma Marini. Hope she enjoys it.

    Congrats to you neice. Gawrsh - I remember graduating high school - what a trip.

    Yes, start cleaning now - cuz you know it's not going to be good enough for mom.


  25. AtriaBooks Says:
  26. Guest host?!? You're like a semi-regular already. Its about time I start putting you in the opening credits!

  27. Sparky Duck Says:
  28. Government Mule and the Allman Brothers Band? In one night?? very cool

  29. 108: Sorry my friend that is as far as that story goes... you can make up the rest yourself...

    TOPCHAMP: It most certainly was.

    TUG: Was he ever NOT crotchety??? lol

    STARRLIGHT: Actually they did...I wish i had paper and pen and could have written down the set list... GOVT" MULE already had it on their website

    ANNDI: I am sure Mom will appreciate your wonderful comment

    ANGELL: It was wonderful - it, yup i am

    DOC: Ah shucks Sir, tyvm...(and YES, I expect billing next week! - LOLOLOLOLOLOL)

    SPARKY: AND Derek Trucks band! - it was incredible.

  30. Travis Cody Says:
  31. That's a great idea to put the Matinee's in the sidebar. I may have to steal it.

    Wait...friends don't steal from friends.

    I may have to follow your lead.

    Yeah...that's a better way to put it.

  32. Anndi Says:
  33. Ok... I'm back...

    The Killer was hawt in his younger days Sir. You shouldn't imply otherwise!

    Wish I could have made a repeat visit to Memphis, Beale Street is a place to remember!

    Glad you enjoyed the Blues tent.


    Great tunage as always.

  34. Dammit Bond, I look awful in green. SO JEALOUS!

  35. TRAVIS: Borrow away.. I have been toying with this and a few other ideas that will begin appearing over the next week.

    ANNDI: He was hawt, but he has also, always been a real nasty guy, thus my crotchety comment

    STARRLIGHT: Sorry bout that.. though you look good in some green.

  36. Unknown Says:
  37. Happy birthday mom and wow! Sounds like a great time!

  38. Unknown Says:
  39. Wishing Vinny-MOM a wonderful and happy Happy Birthday from Germany!

  40. Meribah Says:
  41. Sounds like somebody had a wonderful time! :) Oh, and happy B-day to your mom!

  42. DANA: It was special

  43. BeckEye Says:
  44. Happy Birthday, Bond's mom!

  45. Peg Says:
  46. Many happy returns of the day to you, MamaBond! :D

    What an excellent time, Bond. Man--I can't even imagine getting to enjoy such a day!

  47. Brings out the green eyes, oh sauve one ;)

  48. Bar Says:


  50. Coco Says:
  51. You got to see TAJ MAHAL????? Dayum ... just dayum.

    Happy Birthday, Vinny's Mom.

  52. Tisha! Says:
  53. Feliz Cumpleanos Mama Bond!

    Much health and happiness!

  54. BECKEYE: Thanks from her

    PEG: It was a special day for sure

    STARR: hehehehehehe

    LAYLA: It was freakin incredible

    COCO: And he was HAWT!

    TISHA: Moving back to NYC????? Huh?????

  55. cathy Says:
  56. Thankyou kind sir.


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