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A Lot Going On
Posted On 12/11/2007 14:58:43 by VinceAdame
It's been a while since I've done an update, which indicates how busy I've been.

Jennifer Lynn:
The new CD is mixed and ready for mastering. We should see a release party in early November. We played Bend's Les Schwab Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, Portland's West Lynn and Sellwood Summer Concert Series, North Plains Garlic Festival (wonderful time, but do not try the garlic beer), and completed two popular stints at Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester, WA and Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, OR.

Joshua James and The Runaway Trains:
In May, Joshua James and The Runaway Trains had the distinct honor of being invited to open for The Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash's legendary band, at Dante's. Our most recent appearance was a raucous Saturday night at Ash Street Saloon in September. Most of Joshua's efforts have been aimed at producing multiple CD recordings, so our performances have been rare. But that is changing with the hiring of new manager, Tim Cowan, of Cowan Country. Look for a greater presence from, and emphasis on, this live behemoth.

Karaoke From Hell:
Closing in on three years of drumming with KFH at The Gemini Bar, playing to/with exhuberant crowd participation on Thursday nights. If you haven't been, you really should. It's a different vibe than the Monday night Karaoke From Hell at Dante's. Sometimes I host/MC when Tres Shannon can't make it due to his Voodoo Doughnut obligations.

Pilar French Intention:
Guitarist, Robert PeArt brought me into the fold on this project while Bevan, drummer, is out on personal leave. We've played Rock Creek Tavern, and Grand Lodge, both of McMenamin's fame.

One Hit Wonders & Guilty Pleasures:
In June I was invited to join a consortium of talented Portland performers known as One Hit Wonders & Guilty Pleasures. Led by the stellar vocals of Nicole Campbell, Little Sue, and Lara Michele, we musically quizzed the crowd at Imbibe about obscure song references, then went on in August to play the main stage at The Bite Of Oregon.

The Reverb Brothers:
After filling in for Morgan Geer on drums whenever he was leading his Drunken Prayer revival, I have been asked to assume the drum throne for The Reverb Brothers. You can see us play 20th Century Dustbowl Americana every Friday at The White Eagle from 5:30 to 7:30pm, and once a month at The Mock Crest. On Saturday, September 8th, we played Sullivan's Gulch-O-Rama.

The Ward Stroud Band:
In May we took over hosting responsibilities for The Trail's End Saloon Sunday Night Blues Jam. We're there every Sunday night at 8:30pm and we've built up a loyal following of veteran and new players. In July, we played the first Portland Summer Concert of this year's series. In September, Ward underwent sinus surgery, and is experiencing a speedy recovery. The band will continue to host in his absence.

The Blue Vein Miners:
Take the Trail's End Saloon Sunday line-up and watch 'em burn. Guitarist-Lynn Axtell, bassist-Greg Earl, and drummer-Vince Adame let loose with their own custom repertoire of blues, rock, soul, and funk, administered power trio-style, and all three go to the mic for lead vocals. Look for them at Kelly's Olympian the first Tuesday of the month, and bring your axe because it's an open jam.

The Greg Earl Band:
After producing a crack CD recorded with guest players, Greg Earl has invited Vince Adame to be his first-call drummer. Between Greg Earl on bass/vocals and Edwin Fountaine on guitar/vocals, this is a very entertaining band to experience.

Blues Train:
This is a great time for me because I get to press my jazz skills into play. John Soller plays guitar, Ben Partain strokes the Hammond B3, Paul Graham plays jazz guitar, and I work the skins. This is like Booker T and the MGs, like the soundtrack to Get Shorty, like nothing else in Portland.

Last Regiment Of Syncopated Drummers:
Sadly I had to take the year off due to injury. I have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder and it causes me unbearable pain to strap on the 20 lb. marching snare drum. Look for me next year though, better than ever after surgery later this year.

That's it for now, and thanks to everyone who comes out to support Portland's bands and America's most vibrant music scene. If you see me, come say hi. I'd like to know you came out.

-V-

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