Three Below

Three Below
Last night I attended the Three Below concert in Seattle, featuring three incredible musicians: Trey Gunn, Michael Manring, and Alonso Arreola. Trey is one of my favorite musicians and composers, and he is a trailblazer in touch instrument technique. He performed and recorded with King Crimson for twenty years, and has continued to expand his musical horizons in ...

King Crimson : Seattle Oct 6

King Crimson : Seattle Oct 6
I am looking forward to this evening’s performance by King Crimson. The band produces intense, adventuresome rock music that defies categorization. One of the things I’ve long admired about them is their stylistic diversity and restlessness. It’s difficult to pin them down, and the band’s lineup changes every few albums. At the helm throughout the band’s existence ...

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options
I’m pretty pleased with my AxeFX rig, and it continues to perform beautifully at shows of all sizes. My current setup involves a pair of Euphonic Audio VL110 cabinets. They’re great sounding and deliver a lot of punch. However, I’ve also been considering the possibility of using a monitor wedge for my listening position. I have ...

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance
On Saturday 9/30, two of my bands performed as a double bill at the Fremont Oktoberfest. We have performed at this event many times in the past, and it was great to continue our annual tradition of being a part of this great outdoor party. We arrived to find the usual crowd: huge, enthusiastic, and ...

The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments

The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments
Last summer I had my main guitar refretted by Mike Lull, luthier extraordinaire. I had worn down the frets on my black Stratocaster to the point where it was pretty difficult to play. Mike did a beautiful job of refretting the guitar, and it made a world of difference in the playability of the instrument. ...

Thoughts on the 8/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance

Thoughts on the 8/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance
On Wednesday August 20, The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed in Everett, Washington as part of their summer concert series downtown. We arrived in the late afternoon to discover that we’d be outdoors facing the sun, and performing without any sort of shade. As much as I love playing music under any condition, I’m not fond ...

Thoughts On The 8/2 BowieVision Performance

Thoughts On The 8/2 BowieVision Performance
On Saturday August 2, BowieVision performed at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont. This show continues our run of 100% sold out shows since the band’s first performance. Opening the show was local tribute band “Purple Main”, performing the hits of the man in purple himself. It was fun to hear that music. I’ve always loved ...

BowieVision Rehearsal

BowieVision Rehearsal
On Tuesday 7/29 we held a full-band rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming BowieVision shows. When I recently upgraded my Fractal Audio AxeFX II XL to the most current firmware, I also updated the amp models in all of the presets I use for this show. It took me a bit of adjustment to get ...

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance
This coming Saturday, my band BowieVision is performing at Nectar in Seattle. We are working on a few new songs for this performance, including “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”, from the Scary Monsters album. It’s another time I have to recreate the frenetic 1980s guitar sound of Robert Fripp. On this track, I believe he is using a Watkins Electric ...

Thoughts on the 7/16 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performances

On Saturday 7/16, I performed at the Bite of Seattle with two of my bands: The Dudley Manlove Quartet, and BowieVision. We had the opportunity for both bands to perform on the same stage, in adjacent time slots, so it was actually very easy from a logistic standpoint. The Bite of Seattle is a food ...