So, one would think that since my accident my Woodstock quest would have been put on hold. I was hospitalized for a month and practically immobile until the last couple of weeks. However, through a simple twist of fate the quest was able to continue. When I saw Hot Tuna in December, I met a fellow collector named, Gary. He also was on a quest to obtain the signatures of Woodstock performers on his Woodstock and Woodstock II lp's. We spoke about collecting and he was unsure of how to obtain the autograph of performers such as Melanie. I told him that it I was seeing Melanie in a couple of days. Gary gave me his albums and I was able to obtain Melanie's signature for him.
Gary felt indebted and told me that he was going to see Johnny Winter a…Read more >
On December 18, 2007, my quest brought me back to the intimate confines of the Turning Point Café in Piermont, NY. Aside from being close to my house, the Turning Point attracts great acts and gives someone the feeling of seeing a concert in someone's basement. My reason for going was to see "Christmas in Piermont" starring Melanie and Friends. I was all atwitter with the possibilities as to who the friends could be.Perhaps some other musician from the Woodstock era (thereby reducing the amount of stops on my quest), or maybe some other folk singers. Who were Melanie's friends?
It turned out that Melanie's only friend was her son, Beau-Jarred (Schekeryk), who is Melanie's 27 year old son. It turns out that he is a classical guitarist who li…Read more >
On December 14, 2007, my Woodstock Quest took me back to the Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT to see Hot Tuna, or as they call it "Hot Fucking Tuna", a group formed by former Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. I had heard of the band; however, was unfamiliar with their music. However, a quest is a quest and man's got to do what a man has to do.
Despite my lack of knowledge, I was open to the experience and glad that I was. They play blues, as jam band would. To say that Jorma and Jack are talented musicians, is an understatement. They were joined by Barry Mitterhoff (guitar and Mandolin) and drummer Eric Diaz. Mr. Mitterhoff is also a truly amazing player. I was seated …Read more >
In my quest to obtain the signatures of as many living musicians who played Woodstock as possible, I compiled a list and then researched where I can find them.
I found Mr. Lipsius's website http://www.fredlipsius.com/ and discovered that he was a teacher at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. I sent him an e-mail through his website when I knew that I was going to be in Boston asking if I could obtain his autograph. He told me that I should meet him at his office on campus. I went to his office and met him between private lessons with tomorrow's future sax stars.
I showed him the poster and I don't believe that he ever saw it. He asked to show me where either he or Blood, Sweat, and Tears ("BST") were mentioned, which I did. He signed it …Read more >
On Sunday, November 25, 2007, my Woodstock Quest brought me back to the Turning Point in Piermont, NY to see Leslie West of Mountain fame. He was performing with Todd Wolfe, a fellow guitarist, as a duo. The Turning Point is an intimate club that seats a maximum of 70 people which is a wonderful place to see a show. Mr. West played his signature electric guitar for most of the night except for his two solo numbers. Mr. Wolfe switched between acoustic and electric guitars and was a very talented player; although, he's no Leslie West. Each song was an extended jam and all in all a great evening.
Why I Sing the Blues For Yasgur's Farm Baby, I'm Down House of the Rising Sun Silver Blue - Todd Wolfe only Light of Day-Todd Wolfe only Crowde…Read more >