Country Blues => Saturday Night Fish Fry => Topic started by: eric on April 01, 2012, 12:35:48 PM

Title: David Lindley Concert
Post by: eric on April 01, 2012, 12:35:48 PM
David Lindley showed up in town kind of unexpectedly on Friday, and I was able to attend the 90 minute solo concert in the showroom of one of the local casinos.  If you don?t know David, he?s a multi-instrumentalist of the stringed variety, and for many years a much sought after session man in LA, playing for the likes of just about everyone.  He teams up with Ry Cooder quite a bit, does a lot of film work and comes to music with a traditional sensibility, for lack of a better description.

He showed up with a few of his many instruments, including oud, saz, bouzouki, several Weissenborn style guitars that he played lap-style, and a resonator uke, which he used to play an amazing rendition of Mercury Blues.  He also played an old-time tune on the saz which he dedicated to Earl Scruggs.  Some of the older casinos in town have wonderful small theaters with excellent sound, and this was one; David mentioned what a pleasure it was to play a place with great sound.

The most impressive part of David?s music to me was the incredible precision and clarity of tone he achieved on the various instruments.  He?s obviously a technical master, but he was going for that wall-of-sound that?s so difficult describe but you know it when you hear it.  In other words, real music.  Great stuff.

A bit of a harsh was put on the overall buzz when I got to the parking garage to find the area of my truck taped off and half the Sparks Police Department on hand.  Apparently, someone was speeding through the garage, and when asked to slow down, decided respond to this affront by ?standing his ground? and emptying a clip of 9mm rounds in the general vicinity.  He had obviously skipped the NRA combat marksmanship class, because he didn?t hit anyone, and was fortunately apprehended shortly thereafter by the PD with help of the many hi-def security cameras that all casinos have.

Otherwise, a great evening of music.
Title: Re: David Lindley Concert
Post by: Mike Billo on April 01, 2012, 04:38:15 PM

 I was at that concert too!
 It was part of the ticket to the 3 day Reno Ukulele Festival.

  This is about the 10th or 12th time I've seen Mr. Dave and he always delivers a great show.
  He is truly unique. There is nobody else that does what he does.

  How about those young guys, "The Quiet American" that opened the show? I was impressed with them too.

   Sorry to hear about the unpleasantness you encountered in the parking lot.

  This morning, my friend Erich Sylvester and I closed the Festival with a Uke and Harp, Jug Band repertoire set and then I had to wait for Hwy. 80 to be cleared of snow to drive back to San Francisco. I thought I was going to be stranded because of the snow.
  Exactly like the Donner Party, except, of course, for being surrounded by "all-you-can-eat" buffets :-)
Title: Re: David Lindley Concert
Post by: eric on April 01, 2012, 05:13:27 PM
Hey Mike,

I found out about the show at the last minute; I didn't know about the uke festival, there was not a lot of local publicity.  I enjoyed the Quiet Americans as well, and I wish I had taken in the more of the festival.  I have two ukes myself, but I'm mainly a guitar player.  Is the uke fest an annual event? 
Title: Re: David Lindley Concert
Post by: Mike Billo on April 01, 2012, 05:44:07 PM

 Hi Eric; Yes, it's an annual event. This was their fourth year.

  I'm a Guitar/Harp/Bass Player, but I love playing the Uke too and go to the various festivals if I can.
   You can easily get on their email list. Just Google, Reno Uke Fest (although it takes place in Sparks. I guess they figure it wasn't as prestigious as Reno?) and ask to be kept informed.
  It's great fun.

Title: Re: David Lindley Concert
Post by: Rivers on April 01, 2012, 07:00:09 PM
Sounds like another great night from Mr. Lindley. He has always followed his own muse, and has the chops, intellect, sense of fun, musical taste, fashion sense and attitude to back it up.

Lindley is quite unique and, to use that horrible overworked phrase, a national treasure. There will never be anyone quite like him. I'm jealous, wish I'd been there.
Title: Re: David Lindley Concert
Post by: Bluesygirl on May 01, 2012, 11:53:17 PM
I see Lindley at my local post office frequently here in eastern Los Angeles county. My guitar buddy postal clerk knows him, even got him to sign some old record album.
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