Archive for September, 2012

LIFE IS NOT ALL FUN AND GAMES. A DAY FOR GRACE DEMONSTRATES JUST HOW MUCH AT THE STAGE LEFT STUDIO, 9-13-12

September 24, 2012

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); co-performers of A Day For Grace. Photo by Matthew Staver

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  The themes and language contained in the following play review are best suited towards a mature audience.  We at BouleBlog strongly suggest that readers under the age of 16 please consult your parents or guardian adults regarding the content and if it is proper for the viewing of minors in the household.  Thank you.

We are spreading our wings here at BouleBlog.  This is our first play review!!!  I can hear the nay-sayers now…  “What does he know about plays?  He’s JUST a musician…”  Yeah, just a musician.  The first flaw in that thinking is, I have spent some (academic) time doing theater.  So I can actually speak some of the lingo, blocking, direction, lighting, cues, etc.  Annette Palutis, you should be proud…

From the pre-show buzz, this promises to be interesting.  The basics of the story are, it is about the son of an alcoholic who is expecting the birth of his first child.  Touchy subject, alcoholism.  It hits close to home.  My best thing to ever happen to me did not see her mother for the last 18 years of her mom’s life as her mother preferred drinking over the company of the woman who was ostensibly her only surviving child.  My best thing has issues with abandonment.  This may be out-of-line, but part of the reason I separated from the syndication was to get down in the trenches.  If getting in those trenches means telling the story of my best thing and how she, as a five year old girl, watched her father suffer a cerebral hemorrhage and drop in front of her eyes only a to die a few days later, so be it.

My personal experience with alcoholism brings me back to the last time I saw my father in the house I grew up in New Jersey.  Ah, fond memories of Muzz (that’s what we called him, not dad, not father, but a nickname given to him by his friends because of his stylish upper lip warmer) gripping me by the collar of my shirt on either side of my neck, slamming me against the double door refrigerator DEMANDING that I tell him I loved him.

I can assure you I didn’t.

But as most victims of alcohol abuse can tell you, I did what was demanded of me (self preservation).  I saw my father once more before alcohol consumption took him at age 55.  At my brother’s wedding.  My brother’s wife was smart, she saw him going down the same road, so she left him!  My brother would drown shortly later in an alcohol-related boating accident.  So I am not unfamiliar with the irreversible damage alcohol abuse can do.

But A Day For Grace is also a comedy!  Huh???

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WITH THE HELP OF POCONOTES, EDDIE RANDAZZO THUNDERS THROUGH THE TRIPP HOUSE FOR SOME DOWN HOME, DOWN LOW, SOULFUL SOUNDS, 09-15-12

September 22, 2012

Local artist Ed Randazzo performs at Tripp House in Scranton. Photo by Lynn Vala

Striking out on one’s own can be harrowing.  No one knows that better than I.  No longer do I have the syndication, the music stores to cover my ass should I foul up (which I do often, not getting into details).  But the inverse side of that coin is, I no longer have those same sources of “protection” telling me to keep it at any particular level, to direct sales to their outlets, to “leave the acts without a record contract alone, there’s no money in that for us”.  That means, if I want to cover my former fellow band mates in their current endeavors, I have full license to do so.  If a promoter sends me a press release and it redirects me to a CDBaby page, I no longer have to edit that out!!!  I love the people at CDBaby, they are a bastion of light in an industry of filth, corruption and darkness.  There is only one other label that BouleBlog will endorse, that being Robert Fripp’s InnerKnot.  But there is something I love more than those labels…

I love local!!  I began covering the “established” music scene about five years ago.  But even those established artists had to start somewhere.  Their own local scene.  So why not cover where I came to musical “prominence”?  My local scene…

Or, perhaps more appropriately, my roots!

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SAM LLANAS BRINGS REAL MUSIC BACK TO LIFE AT THE ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, NYC, 9-12-12

September 17, 2012

Brilliant balladeer Sam Llanas looks deep into the soul of the camera, and sings to the depth of the heart. Photo by Lynn Vala

The Rockwood Music Hall couldn’t possibly be a more intimate venue.  Having arrived early, once the beginning act of the show concludes, we are then entertained by Californian Jason Karaban (the venue was intimate enough that I saw his driver’s license, as well as returned Mr. Karaban’s capo to him after it slipped off the neck of his guitar and out of his hand).

We are also highly chuffed that we will be meeting Mr. Doug Vincent, author of “A Day For Grace” (which will be explored in more detail in a future review, yes, now that we are on our own, no more record store influence, we can review plays, musical instruments, pop culture, the future is wide open, so stay tuned!).  The confusing part for me was, will this be the Sam Llanas solo show, or will it be “A Day For Grace”.  I was confused until I saw the marquee at the Rockwood.  This was Mr. Llanas’ baby.

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FORGET FASHION WEEK! 4AM FINDS SAM LLANAS’ A DAY FOR GRACE TAKING NEW YORK CITY BY DAYSTORM!!!

September 8, 2012
The Bo-who? Forget what was, what IS is Sam Llanas rooting around NYC, this shot from the Living Room. Photo courtesy of Daystorm Music

The Bo-who? Forget what was, what IS is Sam Llanas rooting around NYC, this shot from the Living Room. Photo courtesy of Daystorm Music

Currently in the middle of a highly successful run in NYC at various venues, former BoDeans member Sam Llanas is not only bringing his brilliant new solo album 4AM to life on the stage but also contributing the haunting “Messed Up Like Us” to Doug Vincent’s A Day For Grace show.  Sam Llanas’ Facebook page has this to say about A Day For Grace… Doug Vincent and Sam Llanas tackle the last taboo in our culture in a brilliantly funny, gut-wrenching and soul stirring performance of A Day For Grace.An original one man show written and performed by Doug Vincent and directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein.  Also featuring original live music written and performed by Sam Llanas (former front man of the Bo Deans).From the A Day For Grace Facebook page, hit that more button to read what some audience members and performers are saying about A Day For Grace and it’s creator Doug Vincent:

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