Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Get Well Soon (((Craig)))

Slightly or not belated Happy Anniversary to Mr & Mrs Mark Karan!
We were going to be travelling on July 4 but might have to get over there sooner-
Check this out:

Bob Geldof has orchestrated not one, not two, but five concerts to be
held on July 2. Events will be held in London's Hyde Park, at the
Museum of Art in Philadelphia, at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, at
Cirkus Maximus in Rome, and at a venue to be determined in Paris.
Rumors have placed the Paris event as taking place at the Eiffel
Tower, but the negotiations are still in progress.

Performers will include:

- Coldplay, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Elton John, R.E.M.,
Dido, Joss Stone, Keane, Mariah Carey, Muse, Razorlight, U2, Robbie
Williams, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Sting, The
Cure, The Killers, and Velvet Revolver in London;

- Will Smith, 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder,
Jay-Z, Kaiser Chiefs, Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Rob Thomas, Sarah
McLachlan, and P. Diddy in Philadelphia;

- Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Lauryn Hill, Brian Wilson, Bap, Die Toten
Hosen, Peter Maffay, and a-ha in Berlin;

- Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah, Andrea Bocelli, Axelle
Red, Craig David, Johnny Halliday, Kyo, Manu Chao, Renaud, and Placebo
in Paris; and

- Duran Duran, Faith Hill, Irene Grandi, Jovanotti, Laura Pausini,
Nek, Tim McGraw, Vasco Rossi, and Zucchero in Rome.

All of the events will be free.

John Metzger
Editor, The Music Box
Let's hear it for Topher! He's setr up a Live Interview with Senor Mark!
From the Ratdog.org board:

Joined: 18 Feb 2005
Posts: 120
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 8:54 pm    Post subject: Live chat with Mark Karan on Thursday 6/2 @10pm EDT!!!
Merry Meet:)

I'm really psyched to announce that Mark Karan will be on ratdog.org's live chat on Thursday 6/2 @10pm EDT.
There will also be a special guest that I'll announce in the next day or so.
I also will be streaming (if I can get it before hand) the Mark and buds show from last week. If not, I'll be streaming Both Mark and Puddleduck. Look for that this week..

If you haven't already, try and vist the chat room by clickin' on the link.. It should work for everyone (cept win95 users). Try it now..If U have problems just drop me a PM and I'll help ya out with any problems.

Please send me your questions before hand to chrisn@ftbusinesssolutions.com


If you some reason U can't mail me, U can PM me here, but I'd rather have them mailed..

This is just the first in a series of Live chats that I'm planning.. If this goes well, I'll be doing more.
Blessed Be!!
93 93/93

"hatred will not cease by hatred but only by love alone." -buddha 536bc
And yet more stuff to look at:

When the Bear roared

OUR FAVORITE CLUB: Twenty years or so ago, when we did a mess of rock 'n' roll writing, we were pestered by more than a couple of editors for giving too much ink to shows at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. Do more on local places, they said. The Golden Bear is too far away.

Local music lovers of that era were lucky it was so close. Through much of the '60s, all of the '70s and about half of the '80s it closed in early 1986 to make way for a predictably lame redevelopment project the Bear was every bit as impressive and influential a club as any L.A. joint, even the storied Troubadour or Whiskey. In Long Beach, only Bogart's had a chance at coming close, but it didn't.

The litany of talent that stepped aboard the Bear's unspectacular duct-taped stage is as lengthy as the history of rock, but a short list includes these names: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Mamas & the Papas, Van Halen, Richie Havens, Warren Zevon, Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, the Byrds, Jackson Browne, the Ramones, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby, John Denver, Peter Gabriel, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Joel, Country Joe & the Fish, Captain Beefheart, Blondie, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield and Bonnie Raitt.

Almost every Friday or Saturday night you could see people queuing up early along PCH across from the pier for the night's talent at the Golden Bear. As lines go, it wasn't an unpleasant wait. The ocean kept things cool and when you got tired of that view, you could always turn your gaze to the club's northern wall, which provided the canvas for one of muralist Wyland's earliest works.

"That was back in 1979, when I was a starving artist," Wyland recalled in a phone interview.

"I was waiting in line for a B.B. King show and, well, I get excited about blank walls.," the artist said. "I went and did a sketch my studio overlooked the Bear and the pier of a long line of floating notes with famous musicians' heads inside the notes. I went and showed it to the owner (Rick Babaracki) and he said, 'When can you start?" I painted it in three days. This was way before I did my first Whaling Wall (in Laguna Beach in 1981). It was a thrill. It was the beginning of my career."

The cash for the mural wasn't great, but payment also included admission to any show Wyland wanted to attend at the Bear. "And," he says, "I went almost every night."

The Golden Bear's history stretched back to 1928, when it opened as a Greek restaurant. It evolved over the years into a coffee house featuring some of the best folk acts in the country, including Dylan, Hoyt Axton and others. In 1970, the 310-capacity house began to really take off, becoming a regular stop for many acts plenty big enough to fill a room 10 times its size. Both Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, for instance, were frequent players there during breaks from their stadium shows.

"Those were great times to be a rock fan, and there was no better place to see those bands than the Bear," recalls Long Beacher Dan Spellens, director of theaters & entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. "Back in those days, just because you were Hendrix didn't mean you wouldn't go play a little club, too. Rock was still a young industry then. It wasn't the big business that it is now."

Stringman David Bromberg, who's accompanied Dylan, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and scores of others, was a frequent Bear player when he toured with his band in the '70s and '80s, and was among those who were dismayed with the club's sudden closure in January 1986.

"There was no place like it in Southern California," he told us shortly after the shuttering of the Bear. "We always tried to hit the Bear when we were in California. There are so few places for a band of our size to play and now there's one big one gone. I think we'll probably have to skip Southern California now."

We haven't seen Bromberg since.

Singer-songwriter Jack Tempchin, who wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling' and "Already Gone' for the Eagles, was similarly sad to see the club go.

"I hope the Bear starts up again somewhere," he said. "It's awful when a scene goes down; when a scene disappears."

Tempchin should've been more specific about his wish. A sort of ersatz Golden Bear reappeared in the jumbly shopping/entertainment complex that arose clumsily on the hallowed ground of the original club but it didn't even begin to follow in the footprints of the original Golden Bear and quickly disappeared without comment or regret.