The Bad Plus at August Wilson Center Poll

Last week I published some images of The Bad Plus performing in Pittsburgh at The August Wilson Center.

The images caused some Facebook discussion of if they should be in monochrome or color. I can”t decide so here are some images of Orrin Evans on Piano and Reid Anderson on Bass in color and monochrome. Help me decide by answering this poll.

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Orrin Evans (Color)

Orrin Evans (Monochrome)

Reid Anderson (color)

Reid Anderson (Monochrome)

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The Bad Plus at The August Wilson Center

About ten years ago my daughter gave me a CD of The Bad Plus for my birthday. I loved their complex improvisational rhythmic music. Some of the best new jazz I had heard in a while. Over the years there have been a couple of changes in the group. Although the founding member Ethan Iverson has left the group founding member bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King, have added Orrin Evans on piano. The results are still amazing music.

These images are from last night at The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh.

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The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

Yo La Tengo at Carnegie Music Hall

So we were on our way to Boston for Thanksgiving a few years ago and stopped at a rest stop on The Mass Pike. My daughter and wife found me standing in front of the Men’s Room door staring intently at the door. They gave me a strange look and shrugged and I said, “Any second Trey Anastasio is going to walk out that door.” They both laughed but I had seen him go in when I was leaving and almost on cue he walked out the door.

Predictably my wife and daughter both shrieked TREY and he smiled and walked over to talk to us. After a minute he asked an interesting question, “So how did this happen?” wanting to know how our family became Phish Fans. We told him that we had been taking our daughter to Grateful Dead shows since she was 7 years old and now she was taking us to Phish shows. He nodding saying, “That makes sense.”

So why am I telling you this? It wasn’t really accurate. We still bought the tickets and actually it was my Godson who really introduced us to Phish. However when my daughter was in graduate school she surprised us by buying tickets and taking us to our first Yo La Tengo show in Maxwell”s Pub in Hoboken. Last night we saw the band deliver an awesome performance at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Of course it made me think of my daughter but also of meeting Trey Anastasio all those years ago and thinking he would also think that this also made sense.

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Paddle Wheel

I have always been fascinated by paddlewheel boats. Maybe because I grew up in Pittsburgh or maybe because I met my soulmate on the Gateway Party Liner. In any case I find them fascinating to watch. These photos are of the Mini-Ha-Ha on Lake George New York.

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Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel

Close Up

Close Up

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The Mini-Ha-Ha

The only paddle-wheeler on Lake George is the Mini-Ha-Ha. It is also the loudest. It’s steam horn is enough to make you jump and when it is docked it plays loud and mostly awful calliope music. It is much prettier when it is out of port in the middle of the lake and the dock area much quieter.

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The Mini-Ha-Ha

The Mini-Ha-Ha

Fort William Henry Inn

Lake George is a beautiful setting in the Adirondack Mountains. It has a very old history for a new world settlement dating back to the before the French and Indian war. French missionaries settled the area in the 1600’s. There is however no evidence remaining of French culture in the area.

This is probably due to the fact that the English garrison at at Fort William Henry was sieged and eventually everyone massacred during the French-Indian War. Although the British eventually won this pre-revolutionary struggle, French culture was largely driven out of New York State. The Fort has been restored and is now a Museum and next to the Museum is the Fort William Henry Inn which is a popular vacation destination. Every day young pipers welcome tourists and cannon-fire greets the day.

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Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry

Jungle Drums

Jungle Drums above a popular cenote near Cancun Mexico. The young leopard drummer was one of three dancing and entertaining as the more fearless visitors walked down hundreds of stairs to swim in the denote and the rest of the more sane people watched the musical performance.

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Jungle Drums

Jungle Drums