Beale Street Music Festival - The Evidence..

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, May 09, 2008

OH..found out birthday weekend, darlin' Nancy and I are going to the Bluesville Theater inside the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS - about 45 miles from Memphis and the second largest Casino town in America (right after Las Vegas) - we have tickets to see the King Of The Blues, Mr. B.B. King...sixth row center on the aisle...


I will be doing my first new music review on Monday. Actually listening to the music right now and enjoying it. Not an artist I have listed in my top favs, but someone who I have always enjoyed and respected for their musicianship.

They were on TV recently and also did a cool show in NYC on Wednesday. Want to know who? LOLOLOL

Nah...come back on Monday and find out (though I guess you can take guesses in the comments section).

As I said before, I had problems operating darlin' Nancy's digital camera...weird there are like 1 or two perfect pictures, but most came out like the flash was not working properly - though it was going off...

Wish I could have gotten my Canon A-1 in, but they frown on 'professional cameras' in the fest...

Anyway... below is what I can share...not great, but there is history there, especially with the Pinetop and Hubert pictures.

All Saturday evening, in the order we saw them

Click on all pictures to enlarge

This is the best picture of them all...then who knows what the hell happened?!?!?

Kenny Neal
He comes from a family of musicians

Bill Homans "Watermelon Slim"
Slide Guitar, Harp & Vocals

Buddy Guy
On the sponsor stand - check out the last one closely
The little boy is strumming the guitar.

Hubert Sumlin
Played guitar with Muddy Waters until Muddy's death
This is his version of a great blues classic "Smokestack Lightning"

Pinetop Perkins
Goin strong at 95-years old
This is called "Caledonia" and he sounded this strong on Saturday

25 Of Your Sparks

  1. Liz Hill Says:
  2. Your birthday is on Monday this year so I am assuming you get to see the yummy concert that weekend before--I'll be sitting on the beach with a big fat grin permanently planted on my face.

  3. DrillerAA Says:
  4. The music is magic! I really like the Pinetop cut.
    Congratulations on scoring tickets to B.B. I know you're going to enjoy that show.
    Have a great week-end.

  5. TURNBABY: Correct dear...The Friday before is the night we will see B.B.
    and you that grin, people might get nervous ala Jack in the Shining! LOL

  6. DRILLERAA: I can not wait....June 13th... B.B. and my darlin' Nancy...

  7. leelee Says:
  8. Sounds like a winner..especially seeing BB with your lady love...there is nothing like that!!

    The photos were good as is teh music..always.

    Have a great weekend Vinny!!


    OBTW - if you and Nancy ever come down to WPB..let me know ahead of time...I live south of there but not far..maybe 40 mins tops! be fun to get together..

  9. Ken Says:
  10. Imagine that at 95.
    Sing it Pinetop!

  11. Travis Cody Says:
  12. Sorry about the camera.

    That's great about your birthday weekend! How exciting!

  13. LEELEE: Can not wait to see Mr. King in June - If we visit mom and dad, you will get an email

    MICKEY-T: Welcome...he is incredible

    TRAVIS: I am really psyched

  14. Great shots.

    That is fantastic news about B.B. King. I'm sure that will be an amazing show.

  15. It sucks having an unfamiliar camera for times when the photos are really, really important.

    Sounds like your birthday will be wonderful - good for Nancy!

  16. Julie Says:
  17. Well I for one don't think you're excited. C'mon baby amp it up!!

    Tee hee hee!

  18. Oh Caledonia is one of my faves. That was awesome =)

    BB and booze and women and gamblin...the downfall of many a young man, Vinny ;)

  19. RWA: TY...wish they were clearer

    SONGBIRD: I should have worked with it earlier...


    STARRLIGHT: It is a fantastic song
    ummm but didn't they all go down smiling?
    Hope Kidlet is on the mend Mom.

  20. She is doing better, Vinny. Brought her home last night. I have 24 stairs for her to get up so it was slow going.

  21. Kimmie Says:
  22. Bond...what a great Birthday Celebration that will be! I hope you have the time of your life!

  23. Well done! I am sure you will love it!

  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Ooh, you lucky, lucky man you! Have fun!

  26. Dana Says:
  27. Have a great birthday weekend Vinny! And thank you so much for the Pinetop Perkins!

  28. Vinny, I think we're both Geminis, right?
    BTW thanks for participating in my "What if" meme. I really appreciate it. I've posted the results now so take a look. :D

  29. Mimi Lenox Says:
  30. Sounds like a wonderful time.

  31. RW Says:
  32. Pinetop go go! Good tune Vin!

  33. Fred Says:
  34. Great picture, really. And, even better music.

  35. BeckEye Says:
  36. Pinetop Perkins has to be one of the best old bluesman names!

  37. STARR: Glad to hear it

    KIMMIE: TY so much

    BUD: No doubt

    DANA: Glad you enjoyed Pinetop

    THE TEACH: Yup we are both Gemini's...I will check it out

    MIMI: I will let you know

    ROGER: LOL glad you enjoyed

    FRED: TY

    BECKEYE: No doubt..

  38. katherine. Says:
  39. sounds like someone is spoilin' you for your birtday!


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