Monday, December 14, 2009

DC Guitar Party

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The First Annual DC Guitar Holiday Party.
Live at Sin-E
8pm, Friday, December 18th
Live Music
No Cover
Charity Raffle

I could find no other occasion more meritorious than the birth of a legend of rock, and a personal favorite of mine:
Keith Richards. So we're doing it on his birthday. There will be live music with NO COVER CHARGE.

As a benefit for Breast Cancer, I'll be raffling off about $1200 in FREE guitar lessons for the Holidays. I figure Keith would like an event that saves at least half of the things he sings about here. And I know Keith's music has saved the other half of those things for many of us, many times.

Check the update, but here's the rough idea:

1rst Prize: 3 Months of FREE Private Guitar Lessons
2nd prize: 1 Month of FREE Private Guitar Lessons
3rd-5th prizes: 1 FREE Introductory Lesson

As for the live music, my current
Jam Class band, The Seminal Whirlies, is going to open the show. In the spirit of lifetime musical growth, I play drums in this band. My students play guitar.

I am pleased to be able to say that another one of my students, Ms.
Margot MacDonald, will be dropping by after her gig at the Kennedy Center that night.

At Sin-E, she'll be sitting in with some ladies and gents that call themselves
The Grand Candy.

The theme of the evening is Keith Richards self-professed method of songwriting, from the April 1983 issue of Guitar Player Magazine:

The way I write songs is to sit down and play 25 great songs by other people and hope that one of mine drips off the end.

So over the course of the evening, the various musicians assembled will work their way through about 20, possibly even 30 of the songs listed below. As Keith is 66 (heh heh!) this year, here are 66 songs that might qualify for the event:

  1. All You Need Is Love The Beatles
  2. Beast of Burden The Rolling Stones
  3. Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King
  4. Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones
  5. Cry Cry Cry Johnny Cash
  6. Dead Flowers The Rolling Stones
  7. The First Cut Is The Deepest Cat Stevens
  8. Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones
  9. Hallelujah Leonard Cohen
  10. Happy The Rolling Stones
  11. Happy Christmas (War is Over) John Lennon
  12. Have Love, Will Travel Richard Berry
  13. Hideaway Freddie King
  14. I Hear The Bells Mike Doughty
  15. I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
  16. Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
  17. Jumping Jack Flash The Rolling Stones
  18. Just Like A Woman Bob Dylan
  19. Lawyers, Guns and Money Warren Zevon
  20. Legs ZZ Top
  21. Mind Your Own Business Hank Williams
  22. Mississippi Bob Dylan
  23. Mysterious Ways U2
  24. Not Fade Away Buddy Holly
  25. Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry
  26. Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
  27. Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
  28. She Took A Lot of Pills Robbie Fulks
  29. Sunshine of Your Love Cream
  30. Trenchtown Rock Bob Marley
  31. Tumbling Dice The Rolling Stones
  32. While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles
  33. Wild Horses The Rolling Stones
  34. You Can’t Always Get What U Want The Rolling Stones
The First Cut IS the deepest.
Songs Eliminated on 12/11:
  1. Brass In Pocket The Pretenders
  2. Don't Think Twice It's Alright Bob Dylan
  3. Expresso Love Dire Straits
  4. Let’s Have A War Fear
  5. Loving Cup The Rolling Stones
  6. The Way Fastball
  7. (They Call It) Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker
  8. Stop Your Sobbing Kinks / Pretender
  9. Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry
  10. You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
  11. Sultans of Swing Dire Straits
Eliminated on 12/14:

  1. Looking Out My Back Door CCR
  2. Louie, Louie Richard Berry
  3. Love Song The Cure
  4. Mannish Boy Muddy Waters
  5. Memphis Chuck Berry
Eliminated on 12/16:

  1. Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles
  2. Fairy Tale of New York The Pogue
  3. Golden Years David Bowie
  4. Instant Karma John Lennon
  5. It’s Only Rock And Roll The Rolling Stones
  6. It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me Billy Joel
  7. Little T & A The Rolling Stones
  8. Live With Me The Rolling Stones

Eliminated on 12/17:

  1. Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles
  2. You Got The Silver The Rolling Stones
  3. Walking On The Moon The Police
  4. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding Nick Lowe
  5. Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
  6. Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash
  7. Spoonful Willie Dixon
  8. Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
  9. Money (That’s What I Want) Barrett Strong (Motown)
Over the next week the list will be edited, and starting next Music Monday (Yo ho ho: #mm) the list will be whittled down to a manageable size via Twitter.

Keep up with the setlist changes on Twitter:

Then come join me at my
neighborhood bar for a fun evening on Friday the 18th.
Advancing Guitar Lessons:
Washington, D.C.
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for Beginners and Beyond


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