Blues Now Poster of the Chris O'Leary BandThank you Blues Now for your amaz­ing hos­pi­tal­i­ty. We were dined, we were wined, we were giv­en a tour by an incom­pa­ra­ble tour guide through the beau­ti­ful city of Basel and we even heard the Swiss audi­ence holler between songs for the band. Basel, you were a blast!

Here’s hop­ing that we’ve got all the set­tings in place, so that our posts to the band’s web­site blog will appear “auto-mag­i­cal­ly” on the band’s Face­book page. This is the inau­gur­al test post.

This report from the road comes from Gary Schwartz, sub­sti­tute drum­mer for the band:

Just back on the road toward Syra­cuse, after a lunch stop at Tan­nersville Din­er. Truck stop look­ing, unas­sum­ing road­side Din­er. Food was sur­pris­ing­ly good, done right.

This is my first road trip with the Chris O’Leary Band (and com­pa­ny) where, due to the dis­tance of trav­el, we all ride togeth­er in Andy Stahl’s 11 seater van. As we share lunch, I some­how find great com­fort in the sto­ries that are shared, the men­tion of mutu­al friends, some sad­ly no longer with us.
This group of musi­cians and friends are those that I have “come up” with in The Blues, for the last 21 years of my life.

The most recent of these musi­cian­ly friend­ships has lived for 12 years.
I laughed to Chris V. (aka “John­ny Jazz”) as I ref­er­enced one of my clas­sic auto­mo­bile mishaps, “I can’t lie to you guys about ANYTHING, you were there!”

Any­way, the point is, these peo­ple, these moments, this mis­sion of musi­cal migra­tion, have me feel­ing peace­ful yet ener­gized, at my best, and more than a lit­tle bit intro­spec­tive.

The band will be bring­ing every­thing a blues fan could want to Pough­keep­sie this Fri­day night, June 29.

Look­ing for an ear­ly evening, art and live blues? Come hear the band play out­doors in the sculp­ture gar­den at Vas­sar College’s art muse­um (just inside the front gates of the cam­pus), right after you take a half-hour tour of the new­ly-designed sculp­ture gar­den at 7pm. Light refresh­ments will be served.

Can’t get to Pough­keep­sie till lat­er in the evening for your blues fix, or have tick­ets to a play the Vas­sar Pow­er­house? Swing on over to the BeechTree Grill on Col­legeview Ave. at the north end of Vassar’s cam­pus from 10pm onwards to hear the band tear­ing it up in this pop­u­lar local din­ing and drink­ing estab­lish­ment.

They’re sure to be play­ing many of the songs from their just-released sec­ond CD, plus all your old favorites. We’ll see you there!