Tuesday, July 29, 2008
For those of you in attendance at last night's Crosby, Stills & Nash performance, I thought I'd share some photos and a set list which, surprisingly, I believe did not sustain any impromptu changes. However, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Incidentally, Crosby, Stills & Nash was my first concert ever which I attended with my father in 1989. My lasting memory from that concert experience was seeing a lot of motorcycles. I wish I could remember hearing "Our House," "Helplessly Hoping," or "Teach Your Children," but nope, just motorcycles. Last night's show left a completely different impression, however. I heard the first set from the press office, and caught the first five songs of the 2nd set from the lawn, and was most impressed with their ability to seamlessly change instruments from one song to the next. Stephen Stills is probably the most accomplished guitarist of the three, but David Crosby and Graham Nash are quite adept at finger-picking, which was mostly evident during "This is My Country" and "Delta."
For additional perspective on last night's show, I'll refer you to a blogger colleague Bill, who publishes Shine Silently.
Friday, July 25, 2008
1) A flock of multi-racial sheep, one of which was named Shiniqua.
2) Idle channeling Bob Dylan through a 3 minute solo song complete with acoustic guitar and harmonica
3) Idle playing a leafblower (I'm totally serious.) He actually got down on his knees and wailed like a rockstar.
4) 5000 people singing along and rocking back and forth during the show closing number "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
I hope some of you were able to attend this special performance, as it's only been performed 3 times in the U.S., and is scheduled for only a small handful of dates throughout the remainder of 2008.
Check out lawn rush footage below from the upper level of the loge. Also, I've posted another video of some Wolf Trap interns being just basically, ridiculous.
Enjoy the weekend!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
10:15 a.m. - Arrive at the Melrose Hotel in NW D.C. to pick up Eric Idle.
10:30 a.m. – Accidentally drive to 635 Massachusetts Ave. NE instead of NW, which is the location of National Public Radio studios.
10:33 a.m. - Place a borderline frantic call over to Wolf Trap to double check NPR's address. Now we're still on pace to arrive at NPR by 10:50, but given that I'm in charge of delivering Monty Python troupe member/internationally recognizable celebrity Eric Idle to Robert Siegel at NPR for his 11 a.m. "All Things Considered" interview, combined with that fact that he's sitting right next to me, I imagine it's only natural to feel an inkling of panic...
10:43 a.m. - Back on track and headed to the CORRECT address.
10:50 a.m. - Mr. Idle is comfortably sitting in a leather office chair in the "All Things Considered" studio, sipping a tall cup of tea. NPR staff members quickly catch on to his presence, and about 15 people gather in the control room to listen to his 25 minute discussion with Robert Siegel.
11:00 a.m. - Interview begins. Tears caused by laughter are legitimately running down the face of a NPR staffer that has situated himself almost right up against the glass between the control room and the studio. Topics range from Idle's co-creation of and starring role in Not the Messiah! (He's a Very Naughty Boy,) (which incidentally is tonight's performance at the Filene Center,) to the Python films Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, to the holy grail stage adaptation, Spamalot. Tune into NPR this afternoon at 5:50 to catch the full length interview.
11:30 a.m. - Interview concludes. Per his request, we take him down to the waterfront in Georgetown for some seafood, and despite the fact that the waiter misplaced his order, leading to a lunch of crab bisque, oysters on the half shell, and a side salad, rather than what I think was an order for a soft shell crab sandwich, we enjoyed a pleasant dining experience which, surprisingly, didn't involve any incidents from nearby Monty Python fans dining in the restaurant.
12:30 p.m. - After a brief stroll to walk off our lunch, we escort Mr. Idle back to his hotel. Mr. Idle proceeds to give us the insider's scoop on what we can expect from Thursday evening's performance, which includes over 100 musicians on stage, a flock of multi-racial sheep, snow in July, and a finale to end all finales.
1:00 p.m. - We drop Mr. Idle off at his hotel, wish him well in Thursday's performance, I give him a few last details for pending afternoon interviews with WTOP FM and Associated Press radio, and head back to Wolf Trap.
Quite a morning! And I just have to say...Mr. Idle was an absolute delight. Not a hint of pretension, rather a genuine interest in my work, my life, and a frivolous, liberal demeanor that led to refreshingly candid discussions about life as a celebrity, politics, his future projects, life as a family man, and on and on.
Head out to Wolf Trap tonight for what I think might be the best show of the summer.
Lastly, here is the link to the "All Things Considered" web-based piece. Audio becomes available at 7 p.m. this evening.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
If you didn't get your EW&F fill this past Wednesday, or are curious to learn more about this classic R&B, soul and pop supergroup, Lester Holt and crew from the Today Show Weekend travelled out day-of-show to film an interview with the band, which will air from 7 - 9 am this Saturday, 7/26 on NBC. We believe it will also appear online here. I'll try to repost the link when the story becomes available.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos. This slideshow contains some unbelievable shots of Verdine White's electric stage presence.
Monday, July 14, 2008
So unfortunately, I wasn't able to post any video of the Hootie & the Blowfish performance as the footage taken by Blue Land Media will take a while to cut together and produce, but I took a series of videos myself with my trusty MPEG 4 camera. I've posted three below, the first is varied footage from yesterday afternoon's green spot activities, the second is an interview between Cerphe Cowell of 94.7 The Globe, and our President/CEO Terre Jones, and the third is a view of the house crowd, just minutes before Hootie & the Blowfish take the stage. I've also posted the original set list from last night, which they 100% stuck to (pretty rare during most live performance at least in my experience.) I've written out full song titles below in case some of the one word listings are confusing.
Be the one, Time, Sister Pretty, Hannah Jane, Ford Econoline, What do you want from me now, Hey, Hey what can I do (Led Zeppelin cover!), Desert Mountain, Ride Along, Don't think I don't think about it, State your Peace, Let her cry, I go blind, Get outta my head, Losing my religion (R.E.M. cover!), Space, Oldman and Me, Wishing, Hold my hand **encore 1** Soup song (classic), Fork in the Road (great song, cannot wait to see the movie), Champagne Supernova (Oasis cover) **encore 2** Hope I don't fall in love with you, Only wanna be with you
Great show, with some amazing covers included within! I'll be out enjoying Amos Lee/Al Green at Wolf Trap tomorrow night, and will hopefully have the chance to post about that show before I head up to Massachusetts for 5 days. If you don't hear from me on Wednesday morning, check in with me Monday for a brand new week's worth of content.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Drew Davis Band just took the stage on this VERY rainy evening, and if patron's spirits had been dampened by the weather, these guys got the crowd back in the mood. My boss Chris and I were just discussing how Drew Davis Band's country sound is an interesting pairing alongside the pop-rock of Hootie & The Blowfish, but Darius Rucker is a big country fan, as evidenced by the straw cowboy hat he sometimes wears - also I THINK he recorded a solo country album. I've just never really heard country reflected in any of Hootie's music. I don't recognize much of Drew Davis Band's material, but they just finished a classic Skynyrd cover of "Gimme Three Steps," which worked the crowd into a frenzy, and had me dancing a little in my seat up at the press office. Now they are channeling a little Bob Seger...
Hootie has announced that they are embarking on an indefinite hiatus, so this is the last chance to see them live in the mid-atlantic region for an indeterminant amount of time. I feel a good show coming. Farewell tours seem to produce absolutely epic live performances.
I'll post tomorrow with some green spot video, Hootie video (hopefully), and some commentary on the first few tunes performed by Hootie, since I'm unable to stay for the entirety of tonight's show.
Stay dry everyone!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wow it's been a whirlwind of a week with all the preparations leading up to our 2 day eco summit/festival taking place this Sunday and Monday. Most of our staff will be on hand this Sunday to soak in the green spot activities, including myself, as I will be trying to capture as much video as possible for posting in the early evening when I return to the press office. Cerphe from 94.7 The Globe will be arriving at 5:00 to broadcast remotely from the meadow, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that members from Hootie & the Blowfish will stroll over to The Globe's tent for a discussion with Cerphe and our President and CEO, Terre Jones. If this happens, expect some great video to emerge on Sunday evening.
I promise that concert related posts will resume this weekend!
Have a good one,
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
While Sunday’s events with the “Green Spot” and Hootie & the Blowfish concert will surely be engaging and lively, Monday is when the Summit leaders get down to business.
Over 20 of the nation’s foremost environmental and arts experts, along with government, community, and business leaders, will convene at Booz Allen’s headquarters to outline a list of strategies and practical solutions for fully engaging the performing arts world in environmental stewardship.
There are some heavy hitters coming in and I look forward to hearing what new ideas and solutions they have to encourage artists to green their practices. Of course throughout this process we want to hear from you. Share your ideas or simply let us know what you think. BTW, you can hear the results on Monday via webinar at 4:00 EDT. Space is limited and registration is required.
Below is the initial list of attendees...
Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Facilitator
Creative Director/President, Metropolitan Group
VP of Operations and Interactive Media, Discovery Communications LLC, Planet Green
Manager, Operations & Education, Reverb
Executive Director, greenmuseum.org
President, Alliance to Save Energy
Rose Ann Cleveland
Executive Director, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
President, PEG Environmental Engineering
CEO, EarthEcho International
Director, Williams Center for the Arts
Senior VP/General Manager, CBS Radio
Terre Jones, Host
CEO/President, Wolf Trap Foundation
Chairman/CEO, ICF International
Founder/Executive Director, EcoArts
Vice President for Education, National Building Museum
Vice President, Environment, Energy, & Safety Policy, General Motors Corporation
Robert Lynch, Host
CEO/President, Americans for the Arts
Hon. Norman Mineta, Host
Chairman, Wolf Trap National Advisory Council on the Arts and Environment
Environmental Leadership Program Manager, National Park Service
Executive Director, Global Initiative on Arts, Culture, and Society, The Aspen Institute
Co-Founder/President, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP)
Hon. Robert Stanton
Immediate Past Director, National Park Service
Former President and CEO, Noblis
President, PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment)
Director, Mayors’ Institute on City Design
Director of Arts, Wallace Foundation
Creative Director, wHY Architecture
PS – What is summer without Wolf Trap? It is a beautiful oasis that takes you miles away from the rushing around in the world. As you can see from the list above, there are many representatives committed to reducing carbon footprints and promoting environmental sustainability. I applaud Wolf Trap for bringing them all together.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I imagine many of you aren't in the office today and instead are gearing up for big 4th of July plans, but if you were out at Wolf Trap last night for the marathon performance from alt-country king Mr. Lyle Lovett, I've posted some photos for you in a slideshow format below.
Before I sign off for the weekend, I'd like to alert you all that a guest blogger will be in our midst for the next week, helping Wolf Trap to spread the word about our upcoming National Arts and Environment Summit on July 14. Since the summit will take place on his home turf at Booz Allen Hamilton, we're excited to have Matt's assistance in driving excitement and attendance for what is sure to be a massively influential event.
Have a great holiday weekend, and try to stay out of trouble. :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
He's about four numbers into his set, and so far it's been highly varied with a mix of an opening instrumental tune, two gospel numbers, and a more classic Lyle, alternative-country tune. I would kill to have this guy's voice. It's as if the rock gods blessed him with the best vocal elements of Levon Helm and Van Morrison. Sometimes I swear I hear Dr. John too. Regardless, its awesome, and you should come out and catch the last 2 hrs. of his set.
I'll hopefully post some photos tomorrow.