The JRT is fixin to lend some soulful grooves to the 2016 House of Love Celebration, Auction and Dinner. The HOL’s group homes and programs prepare challenged youth to lead self-sufficient lives. An incredible organization led by remarkable folks, they are positively impacting Milwaukee. Not too late to sign up for this shindig – click the iink below. You could even place an auction bid on the JRT for your party or event – first $1.37 takes us I would guess.
House of Love Celebration
Tuesday Feb 23 – 5pm live music and silent auction, dinner at 6pm
JRT back at Bugsy’s next week. Could be a packed house like last time, so maybe make a reservation – mention the JRT to sit with friends in the official hecklers section. Minus 6 bonus points to the first jackwagon who yells out ‘Freebird’. Valet parking, great venue and all the hard cookin motown, funk, blues, rock and fun we can muster. You’d be crazy to miss out. Crazy I tells ya.
Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
Friday Feb 26 – 9pm to 1am
218 N Water (enter via the alley off of Chicago just east of Water)
– see website for map and reservations –
Hows about joining us at Riverside Brewery in West Bend? The tasty food compliments perfectly the ales, weisses and IPAs brewed on site. Live music in the shadow of mighty stainless brew kettles? Sounds like Saturday night to me, baby.
Saturday March 5 – 8pm to 11pm
255 South Main Street, West Bend
Women’s Nite Out at Brookfield Lutheran. Catered dinner, nationally renowned speaker and live music. Male members of the band will be cordoned off behind velvet rope ensuring they don’t bother nobody. No feeding the bass player. That’s what the sign says. Still time to sign up, link below.
Women’s Nite Out at Brookfield Lutheran
Saturday March 11
Info and signup at (www.brookfieldlutheran.org/Announcements/Womens-Night-Out.htm)
Much love to those who caught the JRT playing the east atrium at the Bucks game last week. Bucks by one point at the buzzer. Hoping ‘New York State of Mind’ worked to throw the Celtics off their game.
Also excited to announce the crew is back in the studio – first time since 2012. This new album might be worth a listen: J Ryan Trio – the Live Sessions. Singles also slated for release on i-tunes. Concept is this: live recordings in a free flowing improvisational setting with minimum overdubbing, no looping, never any autotune and as always, gluten free. The sound is high energy, a little raw and a whole lotta fun.
But how to use these recordings? I dunno. So I am leaving that up to you, gentle reader. Send me your suggestions on how best the album and digital singles can raise money and awareness for our charity mission and you might win a fabulous, tax free (read: worthless) prize package including the following:
- A VIP invitation to attend a closed set JRT rehearsal at the illustrious 3 Chimneys (uh, that would be my house).
- Proof that we actually do sometimes rehearse – no flash photography, please. Better to sketch our majestic forms in charcoal pencil anyway.
- Drinks of your choice expertly mixed and served to you in clean glasses – woooooahh. Not a fan of the hard stuff? No worries, we have beer, wine, soda, tea, coffee, juice boxes, tap water, snow melt (both yellow and non), scope, Nyquil, and Fresca.
- Appetizers. Um, actually no, let’s say instead – a fun size snickers bar… There’s nougat.
- A glimpse into a mildly messed up scene of which we are rather proud. Mildly is a judgment call, but it is most assuredly messed up.
- Named credit on the CD liner
- A free hand-crafted nickname made especially for our winner – whether they like it or not.
- All of the unattended board game pieces you can eat. Please note the monopoly race car is not currently available, but we anticipate its return over the next few days.
- No whammys
Oh, one more thing. As you know this newsletter is little more than a personal kvetch platform. Helps me cope with the aggravations of the day-to-day. Jason.
So here’s my pet peeve of the month: TV and cinema bar scenes featuring vintage décor, grimy patina, Scorsese-esque lighting – you know, blazing spot with a sharp falloff to an inky background, and absolutely killer music played quietly behind the dialogue. Music undoubtedly culled by a music director of encyclopedic knowledge. Music invariably old school and menthol cool.
Makes me desperately want to climb through the screen (they’re here – who’s here? – the TV people). Aw heck – I’m just happy to use scenes such as these as motivation to bring the coolest sound we can muster to every place we play.
- Better Call Saul season 1 episode 10 – a sweet funk version of Art Blakey’s ‘Mercy Mercy Mercy’ from the Buckinghams.www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOvxgGmgPag
- Goodfellas Christmas party scene: Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’. ‘Are you stupid or whaht?… What didt I tell you? We got a million bulls out there – you’re gonna get us all pinched.”www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8x7H3DD8Y
- The Wire season 1 episode 5 – Lester Freamon’s explanatory speech delivered to the sounds of ‘Kind of Blue’ – Miles Davis, of course. “…and four months”.www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEPFH-gz3wE
Anyways – we’ll see you around.