Thursday, June 27, 2019

WESN Show #27 - Jun 27, 2019

Concert Series:  Incident At Kickapoo Creek 

Outdoor Rock Concert - Heyworth, Illinois
Memorial Day Weekend 1970


* Opening remarks by State Representative Robert E. Mann
* Amboy Dukes - “Kickapoo Jam” (aka “Ted’s Fittest Licks”)
* B.B. King - “The Thrill Is Gone”
* The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - “Born Under A Bad Sign”
* Announcements
* Canned Heat - “Reefer Blues”
* Canned Heat - “Future Blues”
* Canned Heat - “So Sad”

RESERVE YOUR PLACE WITH THE SUN NOW
There is a limit even to the best of things... even to the 300 acres of wood and meadowland along the Kickapoo, where all blithe spirits will gather in the green glow of spring's full bloom.  Things will run smooth if we both know... you, no way to miss this heady scene; us, with proper viands for body and soul.  The electronic miracles and the human sounds of the soul meet to get acquainted Friday 29.  Their love affair begins full song on Memorial Day.  The road leads to Kickapoo Creek.  See you there.

The Recordings

Photo of Ron Lipe and son with recording equipment taken at the Kickapoo Creek concert.

Lipe (aka Prince Knight), a disc jockey on St. Louis' KSHE, had a makeshift recording studio set up in the back of a pickup truck that he backed up to the soundboard.   Legend has it that he recorded 30-40 reels of tape over the course of the weekend.  As the story goes, most of the tapes were stolen.   However, a handful of the recordings were pressed onto vinyl by Lipe as bootlegs (most of which we heard on tonight's show).   The two records that contain material from Kickapoo were titled "Woodstock Nation - Vol. One" and "Canned Heat - The Real Future Blues."
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THE RECORD ALBUM THAT YOU ARE NOW HOLDING IN YOUR HAND MAY (AND WE HOPE) BE A PLEASANT FLASH-BACK.   IF IT ISN'T CALL YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE BOY SCOUTS OR ACID RESCUE.  THE FLASH-BACK THAT I'M REFERING TO IS THAT "HIGH---AND-WONDERFUL" WEEKEND YOU SPENT BEING A PART OF ONE OF MANY "ROCK FESTIVALS" THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN AMERIKA.  RETURN WITH US NOW TO THOSE THRILLING DAYS OF YESTER YEAR.   ENJOY... ALL THE MUSIC FOR ALL THE PEOPLE...




IF YOU DON'T ENJOY THE SOUND OF OUR GOLD RECORD, GRIND IT UP AND SMOKE IT!
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WESN Show #26 - Jun 20, 2019


The Life and Music of Delmar Brown

An hour dedicated to the life and music of the Bloomington native that went on to play keyboards with Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius and Sting to name just a few.
ARTISTTRACKALBUMLABELYEAR
Pat MartinoPyramidal VisionJoyous LakeWarner Bros.1976
BushrockWide ReceiverState Of MindR & W1985
Delmar Brown w/ Gil Evans OrchestraSometimesRecorded live in Perugia, Italy during Umbria Jazz Festival '87- 1987
Delmar BrownBe A FriendFully LoadedSonic Vista1996
Chico Freeman & BrainstormRead The SignsSweet ExplosionIn + Out1990
Delmar BrownLand Of PlentyInner SpiritPonderosa2008
Delmar Brown w/ StingPromise LandRecorded live in Los Angeles, CA 7/27/1988-1988
All compositions by Delmar Brown except "Land Of Plenty" by Leonard Cohen.
All vocals by Delmar Brown.


Extras

Two bands that Delmar played with in Bloomington-Normal while still in high school:



BAND X:  Dave Smith, James Gaston, Steve Jackson, Ron Klawitter, Steve Chestney, Scott Nelson, Mike Swarzentrooper, Delmar Brown and Don Sheirs (circa 1970-1971).


ANTELOPE FREEWAY:  Tom Fatten, Steve Vandersteeg, Chuck Tripp, Delmar Brown, Dave Kotowski, Scott Krager and Brian Sanders (1972).
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Photos of Antelope Freeway courtesy of the McLean County Museum of History.