Glenn Frey, Founder of the Eagles, has passed away at age 67

 

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Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, died Monday in New York City, his publicist announced. He was 67.

Frey “fought a courageous battle” for the past several weeks, according to his publicist, but succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide,” his publicist said.

David Bowie passes away at age 69

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David Bowie has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

News of his death was announced early Monday morning via a statement posted to his website and social media accounts. The statement reads, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

The news has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as well as his son, Duncan Jones.

Jerry LeBloch, former drummer for Rare Earth passes away

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Jerry LeBloch, the former drummer of Rare Earth, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Jerry started playing drums at the age of 14 and has played with some of the greatest musicians and bands in the world. He is a member of the Michigan and Motown Hall of Fame.

He played with Dick Wagner (who was his mentor and good friend) Rare Earth, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, The Jerry Lebloch Band and many other bands in his lifetime.

He also did his own Radio show on WQRZ in Mississippi where he got the nickname “The Rock Historian”.

I was fortunate enough to interview him a couple of times on WSNR Social Network Radio Www.socialnetworkradio.net  and was honored to air a benefit to help Jerry battle cancer at the World Famous Porpoise Pub.

Jerry was such a great man, full of life and always willing to talk to his fans and he gladly joined in to jam with a band even while he was battling cancer.

He truly loved his family and God and he will be missed by everyone who’s lives he touched whether it was with his music or infectious personality.

Jerry is survived by his daughter Lexy and sister Debbie and many others. Our prayers are with you all God Bless You Jerry.

Deadly Bombs Rock Boston Marathon

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Today in Boston a horrific bombing took place killing 2, one was an 8 yr old child, and injuring over 134 people, including 8 children according to Boston-area hospitals  & Boston law enforcement officials.

Today was Patriots Day in Boston. Patriots Day is a celebration & holiday every 3rd Monday of April commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War or as many know it The Shot Heard Round The World.  It was the end of a great family weekend for families that unfortunately turned tragic.

At approximately 2:45pm 2 bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon by the finish line blowing out building windows, knocking down runners who were finishing up the race (winners crossed the finish line 2 hours earlier)  killing 2 and injuring over 134 spectators including 8 children, marring an otherwise beautiful day in Boston. Some of the injury reports range from everything of missing limbs to just some bumps & bruises.

At this time No suspects are in custody in the Boston Bombing. No one has claimed responsibility at this time. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen says today’s Boston Marathon explosions could have been done by al Qaeda terrorists or right-wing extremists. But there is no evidence at this time to substantiate his claims.

Doctors at area Boston Hospitals according to CNN are saying they are pulling out ball bearings from the injured and that at least 10 people have lost limbs. Leading officials to believe that these bombs were just crude homemade devises and 2 other devises were found and safely removed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the horrific bombing everyone in Boston at this time. Please if you are in Boston please be safe and stay inside and don’t impede the police and rescue workers at this time until an all clear is issued by authorities. All Cell phone service is under heavy traffic and they are asking people to please be patient trying to check on your friends and family.

Families looking for loved ones in Boston can use Google’s People Finder: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/ or  if any of you are seeking news on loved ones in that area, friends from Boston Call 617-635-4500 Mayor’s hotline to locate missing people. 1-800-494-tips if you have any clues to the people behind the attacks.

You may also follow the Boston Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/6254/web

At this time we ask you all to keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers and to please keep calm during this time. Panic does not help anyone and we want you all to remain safe.

REVIEW : Open Jam At Ka’tiki Hosted By Josephine’s Machine

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The beaches & bars along  Treasure Island & St. Petersburg, Florida on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico have always offered fun in the sun, kool drinks, beautiful sunsets & great music. Everything from one pieces to full bands belting out the the tunes and getting the people to dance & have a great time. 

Ka’Tiki in Sunset Beach, Florida is no different. This great beach bar at  8803 W Gulf  Blvd, Sunset Beach FL offer great music, cold drinks at great prices & offer some of the most spectacular sunsets imaginable. They are also home to one of the longest Open Jam Sessions on the beach. 

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Over the years the Jam has been run by many great musicians who have passed the torch on the others who have proudly kept this fine tradition going. The current torch holder is Josephine’s Machine who are comprised of Josephine Carter (Bass), her husband Steven Carter (Guitar) & John Spinelli (Drums) and I have to say they do a great job here keeping the tradition alive. 

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Josephine is always smiling & laughing, mingling with the crowd & fellow musicians. They make sure everyone gets up there on stage who comes down to play and you never know who will show up. Not to mention the caliber of talent that she gets to show up. They offer a full backline for everyone so you can just show up with your guitars & basses. John Spinelli is gracious enough to let drummers use his kit which is nice to see.

Some of the musicians who have graced the Ka’Tiki Jam have been Jerry LeBloch of Rare Earth, Phil Stokes of Pure Prairie League, Charlie Souza of The New Rascals, John Blackwell of Prince, Jaybo Key of  Bruce Springsteen and lets not forget some of the great local talent like Ed Wagner, Ellie Lee, The Fabulous Deltonas, Sunza Beaches, The Water Walkers, Carianne Finney, Wendy LaForce, Richie Vee, Steve Gioe and the list goes on. 

The music ranges from good old 50’s Beach tunes to the great classic rock we all love, not to mention some great Blues tunes. So it is very diversified and the musicians all get together and just play great music sets that gets the crowd up on their feet dancing the night away. 

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The manager John is great as well as the rest of the staff, like Cindy the bartender, at Ka’Tiki who always make sure all the customers are happy, enjoying themselves and have a nice ICE COLD beverage for them to enjoy. 

Our Radio Station WSNR/ Social Network Radio even does LIVE broadcasts to the world from there so everyone who cant make it can catch it on our station and hear the great music from the area. 

OVERALL REVIEW : Its A 10. Great place to come relax and enjoy great music. 

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REVIEW : Debut of Blues Jam at Clock Tower Sports Bar & Grill

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All I can say is WOW !!! What a debut !!! You talk about hitting a home run well they did it folks. I have been to many Open Jams over the years but to me this one was special to say the least. 

But before I tell you about the Jam let me first tell you about the location. The Clock Tower Sports Bar located at 145 107th Ave in Treasure Island, Florida was formerly Dukes & before that WaHoo’s but now is under new ownership & management and they have done a great job with the place.

The owner Charlie McMurran & manager Jackie have done a fabulous job in turning the place into somewhere you can come to and really enjoy yourself. Fine food, great staff, great entertainment, great prices and a great atmosphere to really have fun. 

The daily food specials are something everyone can afford at $3.95 ranging from Meatloaf w/mashed potatoes and gravy, to quarter pound hotdogs & half pound burgers. Everyday a new special and their regular menu has lots of great choices all at very reasonable prices & it tastes great, So YUMMY !!! 

Oh yeah almost forgot my favorite on Friday & Saturday the 10 ounce Prime Rib Dinner from 5 pm til gone for only $10.95 and yes it is to die for. I missed getting mine on Friday as I was told the last one was sold and come to find out it was a friend of mine Carlos, one Treasure Island’s Finest, I hope he liked it cause I have to wait til this weekend now to get mine LOL. 

The Clock Tower has plenty of seating from booths to tables and yes even an outdoor patio that serves up LIVE entertainment starting around 5pm followed by some great LIVE entertainment at night inside to get you through the night. 

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They also have lots of HD TV’s so serve up all your favorite sports and entertainment as well as a large dance floor & stage for the bands, pool, darts, bartop video games & even one of my favorites BuzzTime TV Trivia where you can go up against each other as well as other locations around the area & states to see who is Mr or Mrs Trivia. So yes they have a bit of everything and the drinks prices are really good not expensive at all and all you non smokers will love it as there is no smoking inside. 

So in my opinion this is a place you definitely have to check out. They really treat you well here. Now on to the review of the Open Blues Jam.

This was the debut of the Blues Jam here at Clock Tower and if last night was any indication this is gonna become a fixture here every Sunday nite at 7pm till 11pm. It is hosted by a couple members of the Blue Lightning Band, JT on drums, Joe Ish guitar vox, and they did a great job. They kept things running at a great pace and let everyone who came down to jam play and there was some GREAT talent there last night. 

You had The Blues Lighting Band, Ed Wagner, KSue Loveastay Drumastay, Bernie Couture, Josephine & Steve Carter of Josephine’s Machine, Jerry LeBloch from Rare Earth, Steve Smith, Chris Gomez, Bill Mclees, a harmonica player who I never got his name but was amazing, SORRY & Ellie Lee & Blues Fury Band just to name a few of the players. 

I was simply amazed at the really great talent that was here and the music was just phenomenal. They all got up there and were professional, tight and played like they have been playing together for years as a group. No ego’s just great Blues music. 

The song selections were great. They played music you never hear a regular band play in the clubs around town. People were dancing, eating and having such a great time. 

The highlight of the night had to be Ellie Lee & Blues Fury comprised of Ellie Lee on guitar, Phil Stokes of Pure Prairie League & Southern Rocks Finest on bass & Jerry Hale on drums. They absolutely stole the show, Miss Ellie Lee has got to be one of the most naturally gifted guitarists I have ever heard or seen in my life and I have seen all the great ones live Clapton, Page, Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and so on. 

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Ellie Lee was blessed by the Guitar Gods. All the greats would love to have her fill in for them or play with her. YES !!! SHE IS THAT GOOD !!! The crowd was absolutely mesmerized by her and when she played “A Day In The Life” the crowd was sitting there with their mouths open. Jeff Beck would of came over and laid his guitar at her feet as she blew him out of the water. Phil Stokes & Jerry Hale were on there A Game as well they played perfectly. You couldn’t of asked for a better performance and they really delivered. This a band that needs to get a record deal NOW. 

 To be honest all the musicians seemed to bring it last night. I was proud to of been there to witness the magic last night. This Jam is going to be happening every Sunday Night at 7pm til 11pm so if you missed this one don’t worry more magical nights will be coming every week. I suggest if you are a musician and you want to jam you get there early and if you just want to see some of the best BLUES in the state then I say get there early as well because the place was packed and from all indications it will be packed for a VERY LONG TIME.

OVERALL REVIEW : A PURE 10 !!!  A Must Go To Event !!! 
 

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