Pocketchange was at J.P's Corner for
St. Patrick's weekend. Tim put together a great mix for
front of house, and also stage mix. Larry did a
great job on drums, and Mr. Darrow Washington filled in
was some great guitar lics. This was a very good show, and
we had many comments from the patrons to support
that. Mr. Adrian House was stellar on his guitar
work on "Texas Flood", Adrian has worked very
hard on his chop's and his hard working is really paying
off. His slide work is solid, along with rhythm
playing. The band is getting some great reviews as
of late, and playing in some new exciting places. The Tin
Can downtown on Locust street. We have been hired to play
at Riddles in U. City, and are working on the Great
Pocketchange was a little flat Friday
night at Spooty's. Working with their new drummer
Mr. Kendall Hoffman, they seemed a little rough, trying
find the tempo's, and starting the songs. However by
Saturday night, they found the magic button. Better crowd,
and the band really came to life. Darrow Washington
joined in for some great guitar licks, and everyone seemed
to be having a great time. More good things to
follow with Kendall on the drums.
Not our best night at the Tower Pub.
We were missing Mr. Howard Young, and we could feel
it. We had some pretty good songs, like Adrian lead
on "Texas Flood", the bands energy was really
with Adrian on that one. But seem like the first two
sets were ok, but lost the edge after that. Not a
bad night, just not one of our real good ones.
Spooty’s was sure busy
this weekend. The
band sounded great, and was well supported both nights.
Lauren Bauer sat in on drums Saturday night for the first
set, and did a great job.
A little nervous the start, but settle right in,
and really came alive during Texas Flood. Was fun to watch
and listen to the youth play and sing the blues
Pocketchange has added
another original song to their set list. "Best
Served Cold" is the title, and written by Jason
Martin and Adrian House on guitar. We are looking
forward to another one that Jason has written with Tim
Bauer, the song is pretty much together, just need some
fine tuning and rehearsal.
Well Pocketchange will
not be the same without Mr. Adrian House. The sex
appeal is gone for one thing, but his talent is missed
also. Some songs miss the slide, others just miss
the solid rhythm section that he provided. We are
getting better, and after last night at Parrot's, we are
starting to make the adjustments required. Howard,
on the harp is filling in nicely on most of the leads, and
the rest of the band is listening to each other, and
filling in the empty spots. We will continue to get
better it will just take some time.
The band had a great
night in St. Charles at the Parrots Sports Bar. Tom
May on the drums is getting the songs down and really adds
to mix. His solo during the break of "One way
out" was really sounding good with the double bass
going full speed ahead. The band is continuing to
add new songs so if you have not been out for awhile you
will hear them do some stuff you have not heard them do
Special thanks to Mr.
Rob Garland for stopping in Saturday night and joining us
for a few songs. It is always a thrill when Rob
shows up. Thanks again Rob!!
Pocketchange Blues Band put on a great show Friday night
at Spooty's in Soulard.
New energy brought to you by Mr. Tom May on the
drums brought the crowd to their feet several times during
the night. Tom’s
drum solo during “One Way Out” was very powerful and
the crowd responded with a standing ovation!
The band could feel the energy and so could the
story time got pretty exciting when he started to have
Adrian ask his “wife” if he could stay for awhile.
Adrian was quick to point out that he does not even
have a wife!! And that’s funny too!!
Pocketchange has found a good fit with their new drummer
Mr. Tom May. They
will continue to improve and add songs as they grow and
play together. Look
for some pretty good stuff from these guys.
a call from Spooty's this weekend, our friend Rob Garland
is sick and could not play, so we ended up playing the
weekend. We really had a great time, Ron the rock
and roll owner sat in with us Friday night and played some
Marshall Tucker, and some Santana, ZZ Top, he was playing
with a 1971 Gibson es335, wow that was awesome. Tim
brought out a new toy, his new Vox amp, small 15 watt with
a single 12" speaker, and that really sounded
great. Saturday night we were without Jason, so Tim
and Adrian covered all the songs, they did a pretty good
job, but could not match the energy combined that Jason
has onstage!!!! We have some new young faces in the
crowd, and it is really good to see the young people
enjoying the blues music!! Nick Russo who works with
me, and his girl friend Lauren Youtzy were out both
nights, and Saturday night brought some of the
family with them. And a new tip jar!!
Young was onstage last night with Pocketchange as a full
time band member. He really fits will into the style
of the group. He plays great background and some very nice
solo's, and I love when he does the call and response
sections with Adrian and Tim, they are never
rehearsed, just from the hip.
like guitar players, and great Texas Blues, Spooty's in
soulard was the place to be Friday night. Pocketchange had
a special guest Rob Garland on stage! It is really
great to see Rob when really gets to let loose, when he
sits in with a band he does not have be the show, he can
improvise, and wow can he ever improvise. He is a
real pro, and very fine gentleman. Always a
wonderful experience when he shows up and just lets
loose. Thank Rob!
Howard Young sat in with Pocketchange tonight. He brought his fabulous sound to
the stage tonight, and treated all of us to some fantastic harmonica licks. He has been
playing around town for many years, and we were sure honored to have him onstage with us
Spooty's in Soulard was sure a great place to play. Good crowd, lots of fun, and they
are having us back again so keep a look out for the date, and tell your friends about us.
Friday night at the Tower Pub, we had John Travolta (Tom Brooks) put on a dance performance
for everyone in attendance. He was dancing everywhere, even on the table tops!!
It was outstanding. Thanks Tom, great time. Other
surprises that night also.
were not there, you just missed it!!
Rob Garland sat in with Pocketchange last night!!
That was a real treat, as we
have been fans of Rob for some time now. I have a link to Robs web site at the related
link tabs. Rob is one of St. Louis's best and we were honored to have him on stage.
We had another fine guitarist, John, (friend of Jeff Thompson) sit in with us last night
also. Playing a nice Gibson Les Paul, sounded great, and John had the chops to compliment
And a local Tony Meyer, sat in on bass, bringing Pocketchange
a first time performance
of B.B. Kings, The Thrill is Gone. The crowd really enjoyed seeing one of their own up
Good time at Foley's last. Our first time to play at Foley's turned out
to be a pretty good night. Jeff Thompson knows the manager of Foley's and
that's how we found out about it. Fun place to play and seemed like the
crowd got bigger as the night went on.
Pocketchange is everywhere!!
New location is Maplewood!
3522 Greenwood Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO
10/15/05. 9pm Sat. night special at Foley's in Jeff Thompson's
come on out and hear the band in Maplewood.
We are headed to Soulard!!!
Come check us out in Soulard, we are playing sat. 10/22/05 at Spooty's
located at 11th and Geyer. 9pm till 1 am. We are very excited to be
playing in Soulard, come on out and help celebrate with us.
lesson in the Blues!!
King put on a show Friday night and anyone in the business
of entertainment would have enjoyed this one.
He is the master, no one his equal.
I have seen him now four times live and have never
seen the same show. It
is incredible to seem him adapt his show year after year.
He has slowed down a little on his guitar licks, but he
has adapted his style so well, he just doesn’t play as
much as he used to, and makes it work very well.
He is 80 years old this year, at least that is what
he is saying now, but I saw him last year at the St. Louis
river splash, and he was only 72, so who really knows. I had the thrill of taking my son, Tim, to see him for our
first time about six years ago, and last night I had the
thrill of seeing him again, this time with Tim and one of
my daughters, Lauren. It was just as exciting for me to witness his effect on
Lauren, as it was when Tim and I first saw him.
Lauren was so impressed with his stage presence,
and his performance, she could not believe what she was
course she has heard about him over the years from media,
and us but seeing this man on stage is another experience.
sings a Willie Nelson song, “Night time is the right
time” just to hear him sing that song and imagine how
many times he has put on his shows over the years is
told the crowd last night he has performed in 90 countries
over the world, not bad for a bluesman from Mississippi.
Bonamassa started the show and he was really great, and I
knew we were in for a great night of blues.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band was next and they were
very good. All
of us in this entertainment field can surely take some
lessons from B.B. King because as good as the other bands
were, and much better guitar players than B.B. they did
not come close to putting on a show like Mr. King.
you to Lauren, who heard the show advertised on radio and
just knew she had to do this for my birthday present.
Thank you to Tim for being part of this with me.
Tower Pub was rocking Friday night!!
Thanks again for your support.
Good crowd and good times.
going back again in October, I will have to let you know
the dates a little later when I know for sure.
Just a note to let you know that we are playing this coming Friday night at
the Tower Pub. 08/12/05.
Located in south city just a few blocks south of Arsenal on
When you're near it, you'll hear it!!!!
Happy 4th of July
We had a great time performing at a private party in Lake St. Louis.
Weather was very nice for the 4th, not so hot, and the rain stayed away
from the Lake.
Looks like the band lost a pickup truck in the process. Adrian's
truck broke down on the way, so he was unable to make it. Looks like
he needs a new truck or a new engine in that one.
We are back on stage at the Trainwreck on the Landing,
Friday night 07/22/05. Come on out and see our new singer Jason!
He did a great job on the 4th, we are really looking forward to this show.
had a great time Friday night and thank you for your
couple of young blues fans joined the stage with us also.
Martin did a fantastic job on vocals, and a very
entertaining performer. Jason has plenty experience on the
blues scene here in town.
played the sax, and I do not think the word played does
anything to define how he sounds.
You will just have hear this guy.
During one session of call and response, from
Adrian and Paul in the solo of Texas Flood, Paul lead with
such an awesome call, Adrian ‘s only response was
“Man, I can’t do that”.
The crowd really enjoyed that. Great time!.
We had a great time at the
Tower Pub Friday night. Thank you for your support.
A little on the