Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday Night at the Cafe

UPDATED: The Venturas - er, the Ventures (tip of the tinfoil to Br_er Rabbit - of course!). All these years and we've been saying Venturas, thinking of the Ventura Freeway. Well, surf's still up! Ventures. Ventures. Ventures - okay, we're working on it!

By the way, we recommend playing Wipe Out whenever one finds oneself reading the latest official release from 815. It helps.

From Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz, the farewell concert of The Band. Drummer Levon Helm was later nominated for an Oscar in the role of Loretta Lynn's father in Coal Miner's Daughter. The Band gained notoriety backing up Bob Dylan on both his infamous tour of Great Britain and Europe in 1966 as well as for collaborating on what became the legendary "Basement Tapes" while living in Woodstock, NY, after Dylan's crash.

Here is a very good essay on the meaning of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

Johnny Cash and Lulu - remember her?

Can't have a cafe without a reading. This is Jack Kerouac reading from his masterpiece, On The Road. Love Pooh Bear.

Good night. And one more for the road. Thanks, Greg.


Rob said...

A great Steve Earle tune. Thanks!

Rolin said...

Actually, those are the Ventures, not the "Venturas", and those are my home town boys from Riverside, California. There were also other bands that offered all-instrumental rock music, but contrary to their hopes, that was a music genre that never took off. We're still proud of them, anyway!
Br_er Rabbit

Uncle (Now Grandpa) Dino said...

Ah, the Ventures clip makes me long for my old Fender Jaguar guitar! We saw them in Washington DC at the DAR Constitution Hall a couple of years ago. They brought back their original drummer, George T. Babbitt, who had gone off to college and a career. He wound up becoming an Air Force general and still held his own on the drums!