GJD Masthead

 

Concerts:

Not sure yet how I am going to build this page. I graduated Lewiston, Maine high school in 1964 at 18. I think my first big concerts during those times in 1968 were Jimi Hendrix and 1969 Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company, the instruments, horns, saxes, etc. were awesome. During high school, all four years, I was in the school marching band, we were plus 110 members. Our big stage came in 1964, our band, from a city of about 38,000 people came in number two, at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. This was a big deal for our little marching band. I also spent my Jr. and Sr. year in the school jazz band, The Tempomen.

Shortly after school, I continued with several classmates in a multiple number of bands playing hundreds of gigs, banquets, weddings, night clubs, etc. My bands and as a member of other bands I played in groups through 1985 when I left Maine to work on a computer typesetting program in Idaho, then, onto Reno, Nevada. My last weekly gig in Maine was 12 years at the historic Poliand Spring Resort with the Bob Bedard band, with Betty Cote, RCA country artist, and the mother of LENNY BREAU, one of the best finger style guitarists to ever walk on the planet.

A couple of the photos below my Liverpool Gas Company band was the opening act. We got these gigs through Bobby Selberg, Maine's most proflic concert promoter at the time. He booked most of the acts at the Old Orchard Beach Pier, including Liberace. Others at Portland City Hall, James Brown, Peter Paul & Mary. We also opened for The UK Dave Clark Five and the Cyrkle.

Back to concerts, I will have to research on how I might locate the poster info on the shows that came through Maine. I remember when I moved to Idaho, and then Reno in 1985 I left my original Hendrix poster in the basement of my Maine home. The next project will be to either photo or scan some 60 tickets and BACK STAGE passes. From 1996 through 2000, I worked on stage at Harrah's Sammy's Showroom, and then went to the Silver Legacy as an Audio Video Technican for a multitude of trade shows, concerts and events. I retired in 2006, but, continue today only a few concerts a year as a RUNNER for the Reno Events Center, 7,500 seat multipurpose trade show, basketball and concert facility. At 72, the exercise is helpful and still a bit fun to be in the game.

The Concert Production Runner
When I retired from full-time work in 2006 from the casino industry as an audio-video tech, I wanted to continue to dabble in the concert world. Always interested in the progression of high-end audio sound systems, mixing consoles, video, stage rigging, etc. Locally, the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority manages a 7,500 seat convention – concert facility, the Reno Event Center. So, I signed on as a Production Runner, (expediter, a high-end errand runner). The motto of this gig is, don’t come back until you have “IT”. Just like the road crew for a concert tour, a runner is the first one to arrive at the venue and the last one to leave after the trucks are loaded and the crews are ready to go.  Many times the runner picks the bus driver up at the hotel when it's time to leave. You have to be ready for a challenging task. (In 1983, I found someone to tune Rick Wakeman’s keyboards on a Sunday afternoon). Other duties were things like finding a certain shampoo, hairdryer, taking the performers bored children sightseeing, finding certain kinds of food that they didn't have in that area, picking a performer up at the airport charter or commercial . . . always a different menu of “running”! Today, at 72, I hand them my card, “Senior Runner”, and most chuckle.

Concerts go back 45 years, 1973 with Roger Earl in Foghat, we are still in touch today. The early days, working with Andy Govatsos, Bill Cloutier and Ruffino & Vaughn concerts I printed the backstage passes, YES, ELP, Asia, Jackson Brown, Aerosmith, BB King, The Amboy Dukes, Atlanta Rhythm Section, dozens. Running this current decade . . . Reba, Stevie Nicks, Joe Bonamassa, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Tool, Demi Lovato, Motley Crew, Gabriel Iglesias, Toby Keith, Jeff Dunham, Brad Paisley, Toby Mac, RL Grime, Cindy Lauper & Rod Stewart.

My surprise of the decade!

 

I have seen many entertainers in my 72 years. With the music changes after the 70s & 80s I had given up on young talent. On 09-11-18 in Reno, NV I saw an entertainer I never heard off, who, amazingly gave me a 180-degree turnabout on young talent. Not only his vocals and backup singers, but, every personnel in his band. If you have a detailed appreciation for real music, you must see Mr. Jason Mraz! Listen for yourself, a couple of his AWESOME songs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P-680IQcf8 and this one for the most part says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8xW2nkGMMw .

His YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/jason%20mraz . Apparently “I” have been in the dark the past 20 years, as his audience was from teenagers, dancing and singing to 60 year olds listening with wonder, as “I”!

GJD - Jason Mraz Awsome talent!

Yup, I was there!


Hendrix
YES

 

So, the beat will go on when I can muster more of this stuff together. Smile!

 


Steve Howe ASIA Portland Maine, 1983


Steve Howe, YES MAR-2013, Reno
Today YES Website: http://yesworld.com/


YES MAR-2013, Reno


YES Rick Wakeman San Jose


YES Alan White, Reno


YES Alan White, San Jose


Jon Anderson YES Ellen Duarte


GABRIEL IGLESIAS
Website: https://www.fluffyguy.com/


Toby Mac Concert 2015
Website: http://tobymac.com/


Felix Cavaliere The Rascals AUG 2004
Website: https://www.felixcavalieremusic.com/


Crissy Hynde The Pretenders Reno 2017
Website: http://thepretenders.com/

Joel-Hutsell-Cole-Swindell
Website: http://www.coleswindell.com/

Roger Earl Foghat
Roger Earl, FOGHAT our house Lewiston, ME 1973
This was pretty much the beginning of our long-time friendship with Roger. Like many groups of the day, they toured many days of the year. I can't believe it now, but, after their gig in Lewiston, I talked Roger and David into having our own jam session. We grabbed some gear out of their truck and went to the old Bliss College, jammed til about 4 AM. During these days we were doing coffee house music sessions between Bliss & Bates College.

Roger Earl

Roger Earl Foghat Nugget 2016 GJD Den
Website: http://foghat.com/

In 2016 Roger had an extra day in Reno, so, Sunday we got to gether for lunch, ran him around town a little, stopped in at the Reno Event Center, where I run on occasion.

Roger Earl - GJD

Roger Earl Foghat Nevada & GJD 1985


1966 Portland, Maine City Hall, CYRKLE

The Cyrkle were the only U.S. band managed by the Beatles manager, Brian Epstine. Their hits were, Red Rubber Ball and Turn Down Day. Our Lewiston, Liverpool Gas Company band was their openinng act.


Lewiston High School, Maine Marching Band 1964

While on stage crew, Sammy's Showroom, Harrah's Reno

While on stage crew, Sammy's Showroom, Harrah's Reno
Website: http://paulreveresraiders.com/

I drove for the Cowsills when they were in Maine
Website: http://cowsills.com/home/






Center, L to R Bobby Selberg, Gary Duarte, Dave Clark

Gary, Ellen, Bill Medley

Center Leann Rimes, daughter Karen, grandson Toby / Reno 2000

Reba, 2005-Reno, she sends a vidio shooter around town for local happening spots, Univ. of Nevada, etc. Plays video during a song.

Charles Kelley Lady Antebellum MAR 2014

Chicago, Rock for the Cure, Reno, MAR-2014

Chicago, Rock for the Cure, Reno, MAR-2014