(Quick detour into the P&J archives, here: a few years back on another of P.'s sojourns to the Sunshine State, he passed a strip club outside of one of Donald Trump's luxury resorts featuring an exotic dancer who was one of Woods's past paramours. The huge sign out front: "Tiger's favorite hole." Yes, that does light up the bad taste bell, and we are sorry for it.)
Speaking of Tiger, Phillipe and Jorge would like to wish him luck in his newly announced relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. The pair have asked the media to respect their privacy, even as their agents shower us with cutesy, snuggling pictures — shots that just happen to feature the couple wearing Nike (Tiger) and Under Armour (Lindsey) shirts. These companies, of course, pay the athletes millions to endorse their products.
A match made in Hell, to be sure.
ROOMFUL'S 45TH AND HEALTH CARE FOR MUSICIANS
This past weekend Roomful of Blues, one of the finest rockin' blues and swing bands in the world, celebrated its 45th anniversary with a series of concerts at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck.
The band recorded the music from these shows for a new CD. And proceeds from the Sunday show went to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's "Tune In and Tune Up" health-services-for-musicians initiative.
That initiative, a partnership with Dr. Zaheer A. Shah's Access Basic Care Initiative, will be formally announced on March 27 at 7 pm at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland. Members of Rhode Island's professional music community are encouraged to reserve a spot for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and the presentation by RIMHOF board members and Dr. Shah will be followed by a Q&A session.
RIMHOF (and Phillipe and Jorge) would like to thank Roomful of Blues and Ocean Mist head ramrod Kevin Finnegan, who's said he'd like to make the fundraiser an annual event. This should prove to be an important step in securing health services for the many musicians in our area who are without insurance.
PAGES OF PAUL
A terrific country/rock band will be visiting the Biggest Little March 22, playing at Nick-a-Nee's in Providence. Your superior correspondents have heard Pages of Paul's latest album and it is excellent. Of local interest: Mark Tomeo, who played pedal steel with Grammy-nominated Rubber Rodeo in the '80s, is a member of the band.
Pages of Paul will be sharing the bill with Mark Cutler and the Men of Great Courage and you can expect some musical cross-pollination. Come on down! There's no cover charge.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHELLE?
From The Guardian (UK) comes this report:
Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has shocked fans after launching an anti-gay rant onstage in San Francisco on Sunday night. The singer — who became a favorite of left-wing music fans with early albums such as The Texas Campfire Tapes and Short Sharp Shocked, but who is now a born-again Christian — began telling the crowd her views of Proposition 8, California's legal definition of marriage being a union between a woman and a man.
"When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilisation, and Jesus will come back," Shocked told the crowd at Yoshi's in San Francisco, before many of them reportedly walked out. "You are going to leave here and tell people, 'Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots.' "