Follow-up on Jack Ely & Courtmen at Ontario Armory

Jack Ely sent out a message to his friends after his big show at the Ontario Armory. He gave me permission to recycle these words, so here’s his report:

As most of you know by now, last weekend my old band and I played a benefit gig for the tri-county food bank at the Ontario […]

Tex & Horseheads – LOUIE of the Week

It’s time for another rare LOUIE from the E.P. archives!

In the early-mid 1980’s, I was just getting started in the video biz. The LOUIE project began with the help of a local public access channel that allowed me to borrow a big 3 tube video camera with a 3/4″ Umatic portapack. I didn’t […]

The Drake Levin Memorial

A few weeks ago, there was a wonderful memorial for Drake Levin, guitarist with Paul Revere & the Raiders. Family and friends came together to celebrate the man with beautiful stories, some funny jokes, and wonderful memories. I was asked to videotape the ceremony, and some of these stories were too good to not share, […]

Benefit for Paul Williams- Sunday in San Francisco

For the past two weeks, I’ve been away from home, helping a dear friend with a big move to Southern California. This weekend, I’m coming back home just in time to attend a very special benefit concert.

This Sunday at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, there’s going to be a benefit concert […]

The Louie Louie Parade of Peoria – LOUIE of the Week

I found this one on YouTube, and it wins this week’s LOUIE of the Week award!

Peoria’s annual parade saluting the wild, weird and wacky raises money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Illinois Valley Striders, all to the sound of the 1960s rock ‘n roll classic “Louie Louie.”

https://youtu.be/qHrTR0UGROA

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The Sonics in Long Beach!

Last year, I saw an amazing performance by the Sonics, a band I never expected to see reunite.

It looks like I have another chance to see them again next month…

This Ink-N-Iron Festival sounds like quite a soiree out in Long Beach, CA next month. It’ll be a hodgepodge of tattoos, hot rods, […]

Bruce Springsteen (a few days ago) – LOUIE of the Week

You gotta love any band that takes requests from the audience!

Bruce Springsteen delivered a new version of LOUIE LOUIE in Toronto on May 7, 2009 … because someone in the crowd asked for it!

Here’s an incomplete video of the song, with the currently-best camera angle of this performance…

Here’s what the song […]

The A.P. story on Jack Ely, Louie Louie, and money from music

My sister Ann, who shares a birthday with Jack Ely, was the first one to send me this story as shared by the Baltimore Sun:

Singers tell Congress: Money (That’s What I Want) By Ryan Nakashima | The Associated Press May 4, 2009 . Jack Ely, the singer whose 1963 version of “Louie Louie” still […]

Countdown to International LOUIE LOUIE Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 11th is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

To celebrate this special event, I will be sharing a rare, never-before-seen video from the E.P. video archives of a LOUIE LOUIE performance that took place at the infamous KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon. It was at this event where I realized what a significant song […]

California Games – LOUIE of the Week

This week, I’m necessarily sharing a version of LOUIE LOUIE that doesn’t necessarily excite me or entertain me. On the other hand, this week’s LOUIE of the Week doesn’t look like a typical bar band or another marching band. This is a version that I would categorize as “archival” or “historically-significant.”

It’s a version […]