My Frantic World

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Elvis Costello Performs Benefit Concert in San Francisco

Elvis Costello, who habitually surrounds himself with seasoned musicians is headlining at  Preservation Hall Jazz Band's new West Coast venue -   The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street in San Francisco on Saturday October 6th in aid of the 6th Annual Richard de Lone Special Housing Project.

(The Richard de Lone Special Housing Project is a non profit charity with the mission of creating a state-of-the-art residential center in the San Francisco Bay Area for adults and children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare and random genetic disorder, which Richard has).

 If you inspect the poster with a magnifying glass, you will see the 'Special Guests': Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be on the bill.
Buddy Miller

Jim Lauderdale

 Why am I plugging this interesting sounding benefit concert on the other side of the pond? Because Richard de Lone is my nephew and Austin de Lone, the veteran musician who is putting the show on is my brother-in-law, that's why.
The legendary Austin de Lone

Also, my sister Lesley is the President of the RDSHP! And my talented chanteuse niece Caroline de Lone, who has known Elvis since she was a baby will undoubtedly make a guest appearance too.

Admittedly this plug stinks of Nepotism, but the concert is definitely worth going to if you are in that neck of the woods on (I repeat) Saturday October 6th.

So if you want to fly to San Francisco for this gig, Click on this link for ticket info: Ticketfly.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Free Horoscope Podcast on Victor Olliver's Astrology Site.

I see Victor Olliver, my Fave Rave Astrologist, who has a Horoscope column in the The Lady, besides being the resident astrologist on the global Peter Ross Show on Apple FM, and The Astrology Show has now put a horoscope podcast for all astrological sun signs on his Victor Olliver Astrology site.

 Not only is this enlightening audio in-depth horoscope free, but it is also frighteningly accurate.

Victor did my Solar Returns a while back which have proved to be so spot on, I am seriously thinking of treating myself to an early Christmas present: a Natal Chart Plus One Year Forecast, the details of which are on the Online Shop Page of his fascinating website here: Victor Olliver Astrology. Explore it. You won't regret it!

 PS. Victor Olliver's new book Lifesurfing: Your Horoscope Forecast Guide 2014  will be released by Equinox Books on July 13 2013.

 Incidentally, Lifesurfing:Your Horoscope Forecast Guide 2014 sounds fascinating, as Victor's book includes astro-profiles of Twitter newbie Hilary Clinton (will she be the next USA President of the USA?), ‘How evil is’ Google Inc, the ‘legendary’ Molly Parkin and Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, who according to Olliver has  got a ‘spectacular new Astrology Website.’

This is one book I shall be pre-ordering on Kindle

Monday, September 03, 2012

A Chance to Be A Rocker's Executive Producer

Johnny "V" Vernazza by Arlic Dromgoole

It's not only traditional publishing which is in the doldrums - for instance well-known writers like Monty Python's Terry Jones get funding for their books on sites like Wired, it seems that the Establishment's Music Business is in the doldrums too.

 One of my Fave Rave established musicians has got to be Johnny "V" Vernazza, the legendary slide and lead guitarist who has worked with the best producers in the Business; and  played guitar with many Blues greats like Steve Miller, Chicago guitarist Luther Tucker, Sunnyland Slim, Rock& Roll Legend Chuck Berry, George Thorogood, Greg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Commander Cody and  the Lost Planet Airmen and Elvin Bishop to name just a few.

Although Johnny has worked with the Music Industry's Major labels, he now has a Kickstarter page set up for the funding of his next CD Lions and Thieves.

The fascinating promo about Vernazza is self-explanatory and if one wishes to become an executive producer, all one has to do is donate!

The promo's Kickstarter cover photo and also most of the shots of Vernazza with other legendary players is by the painter, photographer and filmmaker Arlic Dromgoole, who incidentally should start a Kickstarter Page for his singing and songwriting talents alone (click on Real, which Dromgoole co-wrote with Michael Roach).

 Johnny Vernazza's project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by Wednesday September 26, but as $1,415 has already been raised since Johnny's Kickerstarter site appeared on line two days ago, then he shouldn't have any problems if his admirers click on this link: Kickstarter and donate.