much more can I RAVE about the Blues City
Deli!!! What a great place to listen to music,
drink good beer, and eat great sandwiches.
Which is why we had Lee's 43rd birthday party
on Saturday March 1st. We were especially
excited about this date, because Los Carnales
was playing and they brought in two VERY SPECIAL
GUESTS!! Dave Herrero and Felix Reyes...(some
know Felix as Uncle Fe) The place was crowed
as always and the band was hard pressed to
get them all on stage, but they fit and they
ROCKED THE HOUSE, BABY!! Now I had my birthday
party at the BCD on November 5th of last year.
I had the pleasure of listening to Deak Harp
and Rev. Robert. THAT ROCKED too!! How can
you miss at the BCD for great music...professional
Lee's birthday, there were many of our friends
and many “regulars” to help us
celebrate. Now..I know Birthday #43 is no
big deal...especially to Lee. He was rather
taken aback by the turn out. But when I put
out the word...I put out the word!!! How can
you not want to go hang out at the Blues City
Deli on a Saturday afternoon from 1:00 pm
to 3:30 pm and JAM! Besides..Los Carnales
was playing...And they brought in some guests.
Always fun with those guys and Even More Fun
with guests,. Los Carnales has a great many
music friends and fans and they ALL come out
to see them play...I mean see them ROCK, BABY!!
The band and their guests played Hammerstones
on Thursday..BB's Jazz Blues and Soups on
Friday, Blues City Deli on Saturday afternoon,
and then after a well deserved nap (laugh),
they played again at Hammerstones that night.
WOW!! How much fun do you think they had?
I know Felix and Dave were just beside themselves
at the enthusiasm that the fans brought to
the gigs. Where else, BUT St. Louis can you
get such warm receptions and feel the Love
for the artists and their music. I spoke to
both Felix and Dave after their gig at BCD,
and they were just amazed and elated! They
Both expressed how much they want to come
back to St. Louis and play again. I feel the
same way...COME ON BACK and PLAY!! These guys
were Great!! and very friendly and down to
earth people, just like the guys in Los Carnales...Derek
(Litl D), Paul, Alex, and Preston. They really
know how to put on a great show! The house
was rockin' that day and the beer was flowin'!
Vinne was VERY HAPPY! (big smile)
those who may have missed any one of the
shows these guys put on...let me tell you
a little bit about their guests.
Herrero comes to us from Florida, where
he started playing professionally at the
age of 20. Now, I'm going to be 50 this
year, so to me, he still looks 20! (big
laugh) He's a smart guy! Has a degree in
Psych through the U. of N. Fla. WOW! Could
be why he gets along with some many different
people. (ha ha) Dave moved to Austin and
played with Archie Bell and the Drells and
went overseas with the USO tour in Hungary,
Bosnia, and Macedonia. WOW! I know those
troops were excited to hear this guy when
he plays his guitar. He burns it up, Baby!
In 2004, he moved to Chicago to join his
brother and form TrackForce Productions,
LLC. The Chicago community knows these guys
as The Hero Brothers and they are producing
music for Harpo Productions. Dave is influenced
by Muddy Waters, Albert King, and the Fabulous
Thunderbirds. You can here all of these
influences in his music. He's a star and
has many more years to go with his talent!
YOU GO, Dave! (big smile) I was very happy
to see that he brought some cd's with him
to the gig at BCD. Of, course we all bought
one and that helped him get his travel money
to get back home! (big laugh) Oh, by the
way, I just saw the T-Birds at the VooDoo
Lounge at Harrah's Casino. Kim Wilson is
STILL one of the best singer/harp players
around and the new band he has is young,
but definitely Texas Rock material. They
were Great! (of course allowing for the
horrible sound at the venue). But I digress.
Reyes (Uncle Fe) is a Dallas native. He
now lives in Chicago and plays with The
Hero Brothers. Now Felix is a little older
than 20, and he's been on the scene since
the '80's. Back then, he founded a band
called “The Weebads” (info for
those who like to do research). He played
with harp legend, Memo Gonzales. They played
some really great Texas Blues. How can you
go wrong with that? After that stint, Felix
moved to Atlanta, Ga. and founded Felix
and The Cats. This band won him many awards
and they even played the Olympics and BB
Kings Bday party in 1995. WOW! Now that
he's settled in Chicago, Felix works from
home writing songs and making music, such
as producing music for Oprah Winfrey show
and some independent films. ( I like the
films part...don't care for Oprah much!)
You have to check out his web site for all
of the GREATS he has played with to date.
This guy is FANTASTIC! Both he and Dave
Herrero have great singing talent and TEAR
IT UP on the guitar!
let me RAVE a little about Los Carnales.
They came to us from Shakey Ground Band
and have not stopped making great music
since. They play around town at Hammerstone's
on Thursdays and Saturdays and occasionally
at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups. Dennis, John
May, and Vinnie LOVE these guys and for
good reason. They ROCK THE HOUSE BABY!!
If you have any chance at all to check these
guys out, I HIGHLY recommend you do so.
And to my friends, Los Carnales...please
continue to bring in the very special guests!
You know so many great talents and we are
so very lucky to have you here in St. Louis!
Birthday, again to my friend, Lee! And thanks
to Vinnie for bringing us the Blues City
Deli. What a great place to hang out and
enjoy the music, food, and friends! Don't
miss the NEW HAPPY HOUR he has on Thursdays
from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Beer and sandwich
specials and music by Ryan of the Rum Drum
Ramblers and guests. ALL musicians are welcome
and encouraged to come and sit in with Ryan
on stage. I love this idea! It really makes
the night very interesting and fun so see
so many different artists get together and
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You all for reading and Thank the musicians
for the MUSIC!! I LOVE IT!!
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