Hi there, BJ here.
Welcome to Where, When and Whats Happening for this Weekend.
Many years ago when I was a teenager my whole family (even my 2 year old baby sister (Melissa) had these cards with numbers on them that you could pick up at the local AM radio station, the radio station would randomly call numbers and if you had the matching numbers you would win some random prize. I came home from school one day to find out my 2 year old sister’s number got called for Cheap Trick concert tickets. She was obviously not interested in Cheap Trick so I became the proud owner of my very first concert tickets ever. Yahoo! I went to that Cheap trick concert and I was hooked! Over the years I have seen so many Rock and Roll shows that i couldnt even start to remember them all. Thank you Missy for winning those tickets when you were just a baby.
“Mommys alright,daddys alright, they just seem a little weird”…
Leaving the past behind, now on with present, lets meet another local musician.
Kevin White, guitar player for the band Alien Boy.
Kevin who was always fascinated with the guitar and can remember wandering the neighborhood with a stick or tennis racquet air guitaring it, started playing when he got his first real guitar for his 18th birthday and has been playing now for 36 years with a 16 year break to raise his son. Never a lesson, completely self taught and plays strictly by ear, Kevin says some of his biggest influences were George Lynch, Ronny Montrose and Jimmy Page.
Kevin says there must have been a reason for those air guitar antics as a boy, he is having the time of his life musically ,
“I have my Dream Team around me and have just started recording our first studio album.”
He is also working on his original, solo project called “Pulse”
He likes to know that everyone is on the same page if performing for an audience and not just winging it and says we are very lucky to have such incredibly talented musicians locally and would love to Jam with any of them.
Thank you Kevin for being a part of my column this week.
If you want to see Kevin in action along with the other members of Alien Boy, Roger McConnell, Mike Trathen and John Troute, they are playing tonight at The Gridiron on Main street in Springfield.
Tonight(Friday) Dragstrip Superstar will be playing at the Upper McKenzie community center. There will be a spaghetti dinner starting at 5pm ($10 per plate) to help recoup the cost of thier new stage. Music during dinner by John Gray and Mark Stuart. Dragstrip Superstar starts after dinner.
Gridiron: Alien Boy, Friday.
Bugsys: Jen and the Generators, Friday.
The Riverstop in Walterville: Piksix, Friday.
The Mohawk: Code Red, Friday and Saturday.
The Mill Casino: Saturday Night Orphans, Friday and Saturday
Again thank you so much Kevin White!
See you all next week and please don’t drink and drive.