What’s New at Bogart’s

 

Karen Foley, General Manager of Bogart’s

Sometimes it takes a person who lives thousands of miles away to make it clear how special something is that’s right in your hometown—and that’s true even if it some of the luster was temporarily lost. When I talked tonight to Karen Foley, the new general manager of Bogart’s (she assumed the position in September of last year), she made it clear right away that she had great respect for the club on short Vine in Corryville.

“I came from Arizona and I had done my research, and I knew that Bogart’s was an iconic venue,” she said. “Everybody knew about it. Unfortunately when I got here the building the neighborhood was less than desirable. There was graffiti on the front door to welcome me. And the bathrooms, I wouldn’t even use them.”

So where did she start? Continue reading “What’s New at Bogart’s”

Meditations on Radiohead at Riverbend (part 1)

 

       MEDITATION #1: KEEP IT COMPLEX AND ATONAL, GENIUS

“All things are a-flowing/Sage Heraclitus said,” but rock musicians and rock journalists keep pounding home the same theme: rock and roll should be raw and basic, and whatever you do don’t clutter it up with your fine little subtleties. When Jack White waxed rhapsodic about performing with a drummer who had no experience behind a drum set you would have thought that he had gone where no one had previously traveled, but actually the notion that people who don’t know how to play should go ahead and play anyway had been around for some time, and in the end (actually, in the beginning) the White Stripes were just one more band that kept things brutally simple. And beautiful music has been made that way. Certainly Bukka White made beautiful music while banging an acoustic guitar with so much force that you wonder not only how it stayed in tune if it did stay in tune but also how it was that the guitar avoided being shattered to pieces. Continue reading “Meditations on Radiohead at Riverbend (part 1)”