Music City USA

No, we’re still Vacationland USA . . .

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[But this past weekend we had two homecomings, of a sort, and a good-bye in the Alexandria music scene.  It cost me two girls’ basketball games but concurrent events happen.  Anyway, on Thursday night the Salty Dogs were back together at SAWA (see previous post) after a brief fling at snowbirdiedom by Erik.  On Friday, we were delighted to welcome Julie and Matt Velline back home at SAWA.]

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[They were joined by Matt’s cousin Dennis on the mouth harp and various percussion things.]

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[Oh, ‘hi’ Tracy.]

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[Six months in the Golden State did not dampen their ability to ‘wow’ an audience.  🙂  ]

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[Welcome home guys!   Their plans are to return to playing their old venues again on a regular basis.  California’s loss is Vacationland USA’s gain!  🙂  ]


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[The first thing the supervisor did the next morning was to look after her Downeys with a little frozen fat (no, not me!) . . . and then it was on to a day of . . .]

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[Saturday afternoon we were off to the winery for another visit with Anthony Miltich, the troubadour from Fergus Falls.]

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[And I try for my artsy shots . . .]

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[Appears to be an “A-lister’s” cab.  😉  ]

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[ . . . and the queen will have you in irons!]

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[Plays an important role later.    ]

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[We thought Anthony did a great job soldiering through his second cold of the season.]

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[Looking for a familiar face?  At mid-point in the afternoon, the place was SRO.  Nevertheless, throughout the entire afternoon, we didn’t see a single person we knew . . . well, except for those tending the bar.]

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[Hallelujah . . .    ]

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[OK, their now polished routine . . .]

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[And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar, and . . .]

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[Say, “Man, what are you doing here?   And on cue she dashes up and . . . puts bread in his jar!  😉  Oh, and some friends from Ashby arrived as we were leaving.]

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[That evening there was a hail and farewell performance by Craig Sandberg, with friends, at SAWA . . .]

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[Craig, the bass player, played with Funky Gumbo Trio for several years at SAWA.]

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[He’s been in the Cities for the last couple years.]

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[But now he’s heading off for Asheville, North Carolina, so this was his good-bye performance in his old home town.]

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[And he even got his mom, Jamie, a local teacher and thespian, to come up and sing with the group (their usual vocalist couldn’t make it because I believe she was under the weather).  Good job, Jamie!]

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[Good luck, Craig!  Come back and see us anytime.]

Reminder:  Videos of these performers are available at YouTube.  All you have to do is “search” for the Salty Dogs (in the previous post), Matt Veline, Julie and Matt Velline, Anthony Miltich, and Funky Gumbo Trio (for Craig) and you will discover dozens of beautifully choreographed and produced videos  by . . . me!  😉

Reminder, deux:  We are now in basketball play-offs.  Then come the spring sports of baseball, softball, track, golf, et al, then school lets out, then summer comes, and by the end of August the snow and ice will be gone.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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