We've got a lot to cover. I know rumors have been abundant regarding changes at the Outlook, and now it's time for the facts. So, here they are:
I guess the word is out in the kitchen, so let's make it official. Skinny Jay's last day will be Sunday October 26th. We will re-brand the restaurant as "Blues & Greens, Local Food, Live Music." The general theme of Blues & Greens will be in keeping with the sustainability efforts that we have made at the hotel. We will feature many locally grown and produced products, obviously more in the summer and less in the winter. We will offer vegan and vegetarian items as well as good old fashion (locally raised beef) hamburgers, other meat items and some seafood. The menu will have some set items and many specials which will change each night to allow us to take advantage of local produce and meat, which as you can guess will vary in terms of availability. We will be hiring kitchen staff. The two main cooks in the Kitchen will be Nebojsa and Dan (at least for the first several months…at some point Dan will move on). The restaurant will be closed October 27 through October 31st for repairs and renovations. The bar will be closed on Oct 27 & 28.
Blues & Greens! A lot of planning and organization has gone into this turnover, and knowing Dan and Pat, the new menu is going to be superb! I've seen the menu, and I'm thrilled! And hungry.
But before then, we've got music going on. Tonight, of course, begins the Road to Memphis, with the competitions set up all over the state. At the Outlook we have The Informants, Papa Juke, Randall Dubis Band, Mojambus, and the Teresa Lynne Blues Band. It starts at 8:00, and I'll see you there.
Tomorrow night is Glass Ceiling! I want a big turnout for my girls, so I'll be taking names…you better be there, as this is their inaugural gig, and we need to show them the love. With Linda on guitar and vocals, Hilary on Bass, and Audree D. tearing up vocals and drums, these three are a musical force. Literally. The first time I heard them, I had my back to them. Within in four notes I'd spun around needing to know who was playing. It was "Vodoo Chile," in case you were wondering. There is so much funk and talent between these three, that I'm really hopeful they will find an audience at the Outlook. Come check them out!
Friday, Eddie Devilboy Turner returns with his sexy self. I love watching him play, with such grace and style. Some men shouldn't be allowed to marry…
Saturday night is Mojambus, and although four consecutive nights at the Outlook is a tad excessive, with these four nights, I don't have a choice. Mojambus tore it up at the Obama Benefit, and I'm coming out Saturday to hear them do it again. Hopefully this time, Carol, the worthless girlfriend of their bass player, Greg, will show up. She called me the day of the Obama Benefit for an apparel inquiry. Then she DIDN'T SHOW UP!!! I called her name and told Greg to be sure to quote me accurately. Saturday night I'll get to say it to her face (I'm more courageous than McCain).
Next Saturday, George Whitesell and his All Stars Featuring Jill Watkins (otherwise known as the band with the longest name in history) return, triumphantly, to the Outlook. I've met Jill a few of times, and have known George and his wife Amy for a couple of years now, and at Trinidaddio I spent a good bit of time talking politics with Brad, the great sax player (yeah, they have horn section!), so this is a very special performance. If you've not experienced this band, you simply must! There is more personality, energy, joy, and elation oozing from the stage than one is accustomed to experiencing in one evening, let alone one band. There are eight of them on stage, and as Jill has stated, it's like a finely tuned sports car, everyone working in perfect harmony with each other. And, you simply must dress up. That's an order! Saturday, October 25th 8:00. I'll be holding Court at my usual table. With any luck, my throne and new marble table will have arrived.
Then, as you know, things are going to be shaken and stirred for a week or so, and then something truly remarkable is happening: BOB'S COMING!!! For those of you new to the Blues Letter, that's Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Prodigal Son of the Outlook, Great Broads on Blues Deity. BOB'S COMING!!!
On Friday, November 7, Bob will take the stage with My Beloved Delta Sonics backing him; then the following evening, Lionel Young will join the men for what will be one hell of a night. Many of us got a chance to hear Bob and Lionel together last April, and those of you who missed it might want to purchase your tickets early ($10). Bob will be the first big national to play the new restaurant, so it will be a sort of Grand Opening that weekend. What in the hell am I going to wear? Suggestions welcome.
With that, I've got to go rest up for the competition. You see, this year is doubly exciting as Broads on Blues is taking the show on the road and going to Memphis! So, whoever goes for Colorado will have us dogging them for interviews and to sign release waivers. Sorry in advance.
Wed 10/15 - CBS Competition 1. Informants 2. Papa Juke 3. Randall Dubis Band 4. Mojambus 5. Teresa Lynne Band Thu 10/16 - Glass Ceiling
Fri 10/17 - Eddie Turner Band
Sat 10/18 - Mojambus
~~~~~~ Sun 10/19 - Jazz Jam With Mark Diamond Tue 10/21 - Blues Jam With Dan Treanor Wed 10/22 - CU Jazz Thu 10/23 - The Clam Daddys Fri 10/24 - Whats Cookin' Jazz Band Sat 10/25 - George Whitesell & His Allstars featuring Jill Watson
GW, et. al.
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MEMO TO DAN
First, congratulations on your new cooking career! I've got some pull with the wait staff, so if anyone gives you a hard time, let me know. I'll take care of it.
Would it be prudent to assume that design elements will be incorporated into giving me my own section of the restaurant in which to hold Court? I'm sure you've probably already thought of that, so sorry if I'm assuming the obvious.
Actually we were setting you up to be the Pastry Chef.