Aug 172016
 
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Sam Cutler, former tour manager of the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, will be making a rare U.S. appearance at Ripple on Tuesday August 23rd! This is a FREE EVENT! Come say Hello! Bring a Friend! Buy a Book!

This is the ONLY time you can meet Sam Cutler in person and have him sign one of his books for you in the area, other than Lockn’. The lines will be long at Lockn’. Here’s an intimate setting so you can really say hi and ask a question or two!

Sam Cutler has worked with two of the largest grossing live artists in the world, the The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, and therefore been at the center of some of the most exciting developments in the music industry.

He is best known as former tour manager for the Rolling Stones during the time when the band performed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. Credited with first describing the Rolling Stones with the now famous line “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World…The Rolling Stones!”, Cutler appears in numerous scenes in the documentary film Gimme Shelter which covers the Rolling Stones’ 1969 American tour. Cutler can be heard on the Rolling Stones live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! introducing the band, and he is seen in the film Festival Express and the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park film.

Throughout his rock and roll career, Cutler was responsible for organizing some of the largest rock and roll shows in history outside of Woodstock including the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, the Dead’s participation in the 1970 Festival Express Tour of Canada, The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (at 700,000+ paid admission the largest single paid admission event in rock and roll history), and the 1972 European Tour of the Grateful Dead, the musical results of which can be heard on the Dead’s triple live album “Europe ’72”.

Recently published by Sam: You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates. An exhilarating, all-access rock memoir from someone who has seen and done it all, this telling recounts the many experiences of Sam Cutler, the former tour manager of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. With intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s—including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Band, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton—this account is a must-read for all music fans. A detailed explanation of the infamous Rolling Stones concert in Altamont is also included.

Come say hello and buy a book!!! This FREE EVENT starts at 6pm!

 RSVP here :
https://www.facebook.com/events/1751204695146076/
Jul 262016
 
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Ripple is proud to host legendary rock ‘n’ roll photographer, Kirk West, at The Spot on Kirk on Thursday August 11th. Kirk will offer a glimpse inside his 40+ year career of capturing music legends during the “Shooting Stars” exhibit and storytelling event. As the former tour manager for The Allman Brothers Band and professional photographer, West has built an archive of over 100,000 images of such legends as Bob Marley, Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead, and Johnny Cash.

Rarely exhibited outside his home gallery in Macon, Georgia, “Shooting Stars” will showcase West’s collection of rare and revealing images of the most influential rock, blues, and country musicians in history.

Most recently, West has compiled an intimate collection of photos from his years on the road with The Allman Brothers Band – Les Brers – Kirk West’s Photographic Journey with The Brothers.

During this event guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and listen as West shares about his tour days and chance encounters with music superstars.

Prints of his photography and copies of his book will be available for purchase and for signing.

More about Kirk West Photography:

Kirk West is first and foremost a music lover. He has never been able to get enough of the people, places, and things that comprise the life of a touring artist. In search of the richness that musicians and their music bring the world, his travels and life have taken him from his Iowa birthplace to far flung reaches of the globe, camera in hand.

Beginning at age 18 with his first concert shoot of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Kirk went on to build an archive of images taken over more than 40 years, covering a wide range of music icons and cultural phenomena. Over his career, Kirk found himself in some amazing places with amazing and iconic people. Fortunately, he had the relationships, good sense, and personal eye to capture much of it beautifully on film with a sense of both compassion and urgency.

In the fall of 1968, West moved to Chicago to shoot the blues. He made his mark at the legendary joints found on the North and South Sides of the city, from Theresa’s Lounge to the Checkerboard, from Pepper’s to Blues on Halsted, Biddy Mulligan’s and Rosa’s, where he befriended and photographed singular artists including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, and many others. West honed his visceral, in-the-moment style, night after night, down in the pit, shooting away. He also made his way to every rock club and concert venue in the Midwest, putting his highly personal touch on thousands of images covering an enormous variety of music styles, personalities, and venues.

Beginning in 1989, Kirk served as Tour Manager for the Allman Brothers Band for over 20 years. During his tenure, Kirk shot 10 Allman Brothers Band LP, CD or DVD covers, as well as over 15 picture sleeves for the group’s records. A renowned archivist, West also directed the critically-acclaimed Please Call Home documentary, which covered the early years of the Allman Brothers Band while living at the Big House in Macon, Georgia.

http://www.kirkwestphotography.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1048401178570593/
Feb 252016
 
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Ripple will host “LOCKN’ Presents Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll Photograhy of Jay Blakesberg” at The Spot on Kirk on Wednesday, March 30th. Join us for a 75 minute Slide show/Storytelling presentation about Jay’s 35 year journey in rock and roll photography – from documenting the Grateful Dead to his latest book Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender.

Jay will be signing copies of his books immediately following the presentation. A limited selection of prints will be available for sale as well.

LOCKN’ staff will be in house and will be giving away to 2 FREE TICKETS to LOCKN’ Festival to one lucky attendee!!! There will also be a Second Prize of a LOCKN’ coffee table book!!! (One Free Entry to each Attendee) Try to get there early!!! There should be a huge turnout!!!

FREE Event!!!!!!!!!! Doors open at 7:00p. Event starts at 7:30p.

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Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender (released October 1, 2015 on Rock Out Books) is the new fine art, hardcover coffee table photography book by famed rock and roll photographer Jay Blakesberg.

Featuring 445 images curated from Blakesberg’s 35+ year career, Hippie Chick celebrates the unique connection between the vibrant community of free-spirited women who are inspired by, and help to inspire, live music. Blakesberg’s visual anthropology beautifully captures the feminine festival and concert archetypes, and the individuals, who have graced the fields and performance halls of America since 1980. Earth mamas and fairy princesses, hula hoopers and whirling dervishes, front row regulars and flower crown makers; the entire tribe of dedicated, music-loving women – their fashion and their passion – is sensuously brought to life through Blakesberg’s artful lens.

Iconic rocker and pioneering hippie chick Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) provides the book’s foreword, offering a retrospective of women in the original hippie-era music scene. Slick writes, “We chose to manifest our dreams rather than follow a pre-set norm. We chose to fly rather than crawl. We chose to experiment rather than walk through someone else’s flat world.”

In the book’s afterword, modern-day hippie chick Grace Potter considers how women today carry on the legacy of this demographic. “We are not just the girls dancing in the front row at the concert. We are not just the wax figurine copies of our rebel ancestors,” Potter says. “We are the living, breathing manifestation of every path they blazed, every war they protested, every song they loved…” Potter, who was raised by artist parents in Vermont, fronts her own rock band that plays many of the recent festivals documented throughout Hippie Chick.

An introduction and three short essays – titled “Love,” “Devotion,” and “Surrender”, each written by freelance journalist Edith Johnson, anchor Hippie Chick’s 232 pages of photography. Johnson, who has documented her concert experiences through social media since 2012 as “Festival Girl”, left behind academia and a staid career in the art world to pursue her dream of documenting music full-time. During the preparation of Hippie Chick on the road, Johnson interviewed 81 different women from the live music scene. Their colorful anecdotes have been distilled into a series of quotes selected to accompany Blakesberg’s images, bringing further dimension to the book’s overarching theme of what it means to be a modern-day hippie chick.

“I have felt for a long time that what I was doing is visual anthropology,” explains Blakesberg. “I truly believe that this is a unique tribe whose story should be told. These women have blazed a powerful trail, from the early 1960s through today, and have forever changed the face of women in pop culture. I hope these photos and words illustrate the positive vibes that this scene continues to generate.”

 

In addition to the release of Hippie Chick, Blakesberg released Fare Thee Well: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead earlier this month.  Blakesberg was the exclusive photographer for the band’s recent 50th Anniversary run of shows.

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About Jay Blakesberg:

Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker who regularly contributes to Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, and many other magazines. He has photographed countless musical artists, including the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Carlos Santana, to name just a handful. Blakesberg’s photography has been included in over 200 CD packages and in magazines worldwide. Hippie Chick is his tenth book featuring his music photography.

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Jan 092016
 
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Ripple will host a special GRATEFUL DEAD/ROCK-N-ROLL ART SHOW with Richard Biffle, Rock and Fantasy Artist, and Robbi Cohn, Live Music Photographer on Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th. 

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This special art exhibit will take place on Saturday, February 13th from 12-8pm and Sunday February 14th from 12-4pm
This DUAL Show and Signing will also feature a collection of oil paintings that Richard has been working on that are truly amazing. And Robbi will be showing some of her iconic Grateful Dead images from the last 30 years as well as her more current work!

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“Renowned artist Richard Biffle was inspired by album art as a youth and later began his career by selling art out of his van while following The Grateful Dead around the country. Now, more than 20 years later, most of his works have sold out and are in high demand. Biffle utilizes a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels, and computers. He is most well known for his poster art, working with bands such as The Grateful Dead, The Dead, The Other Ones, Carlos Santana, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Yonder Mountain, Hot Tuna, Allman Brothers, CSN&Y, Ekoostik Hookah, Paul Simon, Deep Purple, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Cheap Trick, The Joplin Estate, Widespread Panic, The Jimi Hendrix Estate, SOJA, Dark Star Orchestra, YMSB, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Loggins and Messina, Telluride, Brothers of a Feather, Tim Reynolds, Little Feat and more including Marvel Comics. “I’ve had a lot of fun in the rock ‘n’ roll business,” Biffle said. “It’s a seedy business and it can get nasty, but it’s the nature of the beast. It has been a fascinating world.”To learn more on the works of Richard Biffle visit: http://www.olcrowstudio.com/

 

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“Robbi Cohn has been photographing musicians since 1984, specializing in images of the Grateful Dead. Her body of work is extensive and prolific and includes many other artists besides the Dead: Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Bruce Hornsby, Sheryl Crow and hundreds of other performers. Many of her images are iconic and have appeared across the gamut of musical art. Robbi’s work has appeared in Deadbase, Relix Magazine and a myriad of other media. She has done CD work for Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Steve Winwood. Her images have been used for officially released stamps from Mongolia and Montserrat and have also appeared on J Garcia merchandise hangtags. She was the first photographer to have ever been licensed by the Grateful Dead and is the only photographer who still retains licensing. Robbi’s primary motivation has been to “preserve the memories” and she continues to capture images from the music she so dearly loves. Music is Robbi’s rasison d’etre! We hope you enjoy these one of a kind slices of musical history!” – via Robbi’s Site http://www.deadimages.com/

Come join us for a magical trip down memory lane…

Ripple

112 Market Street

Roanoke, VA 24011

540-492-9878

rippleroanoke@gmail.com

Here is the write-up that Mike Allen of The Roanoke Times did for the first DUAL Show :

http://www.roanoke.com/arts_and_entertainment/columns_and_blogs/columns/arts_and_extras/art-show-turns-roanoke-store-into-a-grateful-dead-zone/article_5cf090b6-89fc-11e3-b23f-001a4bcf6878.html

You can join the event on Facebook here if you like:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1669028593348264/

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Sam Cutler “Meet and Greet + Book Signing” at Ripple

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH at 6pm

Sam Cutler, former tour manager of the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, will be making a rare U.S. appearance at Ripple on Tuesday September 8th!

This is the ONLY time you can meet Sam Cutler in person and have him sign one of his books for you in the area, other than Lockn’. The lines will be long at Lockn’. Here’s an intimate setting so you can really say hi and ask a question or two! 

Sam Cutler has worked with two of the largest grossing live artists in the world, the The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, and therefore been at the center of some of the most exciting developments in the music industry.

He is best known as former tour manager for the Rolling Stones during the time when the band performed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. Credited with first describing the Rolling Stones with the now famous line “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World…The Rolling Stones!”, Cutler appears in numerous scenes in the documentary film Gimme Shelter which covers the Rolling Stones’ 1969 American tour. Cutler can be heard on the Rolling Stones live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! introducing the band, and he is seen in the film Festival Express and the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park film.

Throughout his rock and roll career, Cutler was responsible for organizing some of the largest rock and roll shows in history outside of Woodstock including the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, the Dead’s participation in the 1970 Festival Express Tour of Canada, The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (at 700,000+ paid admission the largest single paid admission event in rock and roll history), and the 1972 European Tour of the Grateful Dead, the musical results of which can be heard on the Dead’s triple live album “Europe ’72”.

Recently published by Sam: You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates. An exhilarating, all-access rock memoir from someone who has seen and done it all, this telling recounts the many experiences of Sam Cutler, the former tour manager of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. With intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s—including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Band, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton—this account is a must-read for all music fans. A detailed explanation of the infamous Rolling Stones concert in Altamont is also included. This is a DO NOT MISS event!

Come say hello and buy a book!!!

 

May 052015
 
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Join us at Ripple on Saturday May 9th for “Psychedelia… A Celebration of Tie Dye featuring Artist Yano Harris.”

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Yano Harris has included Ripple as one of his stops on his East Coast Tour and we are very excited to Host him and his FUNtastic work! He has been dyeing for decades and his recent work is his best yet!!!

Yano has recently done runs for Mickey Hart Band and supplied a few Tapestries as Back Drops during Jackie Greene shows. He has also done work for Peter Rowan, Graham Lesh, Alex Nelson, and the first annual Irish Music fest in Deer Valley Utah, as well as many others.

Yano will be bringing DOZENS of his incredibly intricate, unique TAPESTRIES AND TSHIRTS!!!!! ALL of them will be FOR SALE!!! Snag yourself a One-Of-A-Kind wearable/usable piece of ART!!! Just in time for the Festival Season too :) :) :) 

Apr 112015
 
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Ripple has partnered with Down by Downtown to host a fun festival themed Arts and Crafts Faire called “Shakedown on Market Art Show” from 10-5 on Saturday April 18th to coincide with all of the fabulous music happening during the Music Festival that day :)

Market Street and Wall Street will be shut down to traffic between Campbell and Salem Avenues and Ripple’s Shakedown on Market Art Show will host OVER 40 LOCAL ARTISTS!!!! The list of vendors is simply AMAZING!!!!!

Check it out:

Against The Grains Arts Group – Local Artist Collective

BridgetBlocks – Waterproof Art (can be hung OUTSIDE)

Cathaus Coffee Company – Hand Roasted Coffee

Cathaus Creations – Jewelry and Terrariums

EastCutty Craftworks – Wood Carvings

Earth Dragon – Jewelry by Emily Campbell Carter and
Maria Collette

Earth Day Roanoke Festival Promotional Booth with Polly Branch

Earth’s Essentials – Essential Oils, Homeopathic Remedies, Chakra Jewelry

Fantasy Ever After, Dreams on a Canvas – Art by Amanda Tuck

Gemini Summer – Jewelry by Ella Zander

H2O Tie Dyes

Ironheart EvolutionStudio – Airbrush and Street Art

Katherine Devine – Face Painting, Paintings, and Cards

KIND & Co. – Jewelry, Apparel, Sculpture Work, Lawn and Home Decor from Jess Justis and Dylan Nichols and Family

LOLA Superstar Dog Artist – Pawthentic Paintings by LOLA

Lunachick’s Bittersweet Emporium – Handcrafted
Chainmaille, Plugs, Macabre Jewelry

MESH – Nick Shelton’s Wood Turning + Terrariums

Misty Mountain Wares – Tie Dyes

Mixed-Up Jewelry by @Susan Robertson

Moonrose Art & Jewelry by Jessica Allison-Bourne

Oleander Designs – Woods and Jewelry

Regina Brinegar “Painted Butterfly” – Pressed Flower Art.
Framed and Matted Work

Rudeboy Art – Street Style Contemporary Art

RudeGirl Jewels – Jewelry

Art by Samuel McCormick – Mountain Man Works of Leather, Bone, Antler, Stone

The Starchild Gallery and MOJO Couture – Fine Art and Jewelry

Starroot – Visionary Art and Music

Sublime Creations – Spray Painting, Upcycled Art, Crochet, and MORE

Third Eye Galaxies – Unique, One-of-a-Kind Apparel

We are super stoked about all of the AWESOMENESS that will be on display and FOR SALE during the show!!! This is a perfect opportunity to SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS and to SHOP LOCAL right here on our very own City Streets!!!!

This FUN-tastic ART SHOW will close at 5pm so that we all time to break down and boogie over to Elmwood Park for the Big Head Todd and the Monsters show!!!

We hope to see YOU there!!!!!!!!!! Come join the FUN!!!!!!!!!

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Jan 152015
 
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! Friday February 6th from 5-9 and Saturday February 7th 12-6…. This DUAL ART SHOW with Richard Biffle and Robbi Cohn will turn Ripple into a “DEAD ZONE”!!!

Art and Prints and More will be AVAILABLE FOR SALE in EVERY Price Range. Feel free to bring your already purchased work in to be Signed as well

Ripple’s first participation in Roanoke Art by Night as well… starting off with a BANG!!! Hehehehe!!!! You don’t want to miss this!!!!

FREE EVENT. All Ages. Family Friendly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/270311693167815/

THANK YOU Siobhan Cline of Drumzandspace Photography for the AWESOME flyer!!!!

**See Complete Description Below :)

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Ripple will host a special GRATEFUL DEAD/ROCK-N-ROLL ART SHOW with Richard Biffle, Rock and Fantasy Artist, and Robbi Cohn, Live Music Photographer.

This special art exhibit will take place on First Friday, February 6th from 5-9pm and Saturday February 7th from 12-6pm in the beautiful gallery space around the corner at 115 Salem Ave right across from the Taubman Museum.

This DUAL Show and Signing will also feature a collection of oil paintings that Richard has been working on that are truly amazing. And Robbi will be showing some of her iconic Grateful Dead images from the last 30 years as well as her more current work!

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“Renowned artist Richard Biffle was inspired by album art as a youth and later began his career by selling art out of his van while following The Grateful Dead around the country. Now, more than 20 years later, most of his works have sold out and are in high demand. Biffle utilizes a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels, and computers. He is most well known for his poster art, working with bands such as The Grateful Dead, The Dead, The Other Ones, Carlos Santana, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Yonder Mountain, Hot Tuna, Allman Brothers, CSN&Y, Ekoostik Hookah, Paul Simon, Deep Purple, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Cheap Trick, The Joplin Estate, Widespread Panic, The Jimi Hendrix Estate, SOJA, Dark Star Orchestra, YMSB, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Loggins and Messina, Telluride, Brothers of a Feather, Tim Reynolds, Little Feat and more including Marvel Comics. “I’ve had a lot of fun in the rock ‘n’ roll business,” Biffle said. “It’s a seedy business and it can get nasty, but it’s the nature of the beast. It has been a fascinating world.”To learn more on the works of Richard Biffle visit: http://www.olcrowstudio.com/

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“Robbi Cohn has been photographing musicians since 1984, specializing in images of the Grateful Dead. Her body of work is extensive and prolific and includes many other artists besides the Dead: Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Bruce Hornsby, Sheryl Crow and hundreds of other performers. Many of her images are iconic and have appeared across the gamut of musical art. Robbi’s work has appeared in Deadbase, Relix Magazine and a myriad of other media. She has done CD work for Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Steve Winwood. Her images have been used for officially released stamps from Mongolia and Montserrat and have also appeared on J Garcia merchandise hangtags. She was the first photographer to have ever been licensed by the Grateful Dead and is the only photographer who still retains licensing. Robbi’s primary motivation has been to “preserve the memories” and she continues to capture images from the music she so dearly loves. Music is Robbi’s rasison d’etre! We hope you enjoy these one of a kind slices of musical history!” – via Robbi’s Site http://www.deadimages.com/

Come join us for a magical trip down memory lane…

Ripple

112 Market Street

Roanoke, VA 24011

540-492-9878

rippleroanoke@gmail.com

Here is the write-up that Mike Allen of The Roanoke Times did for the last DUAL Show :

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http://www.roanoke.com/arts_and_entertainment/columns_and_blogs/columns/arts_and_extras/art-show-turns-roanoke-store-into-a-grateful-dead-zone/article_5cf090b6-89fc-11e3-b23f-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Jan 142015
 
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On Wednesday, January 21st, come hang out and chill awhile…. Meet and Greet my good friend Barefoot Wade prior to his show at Martin’s Downtown :-)

Wade, who is one of my Favorite People in the world bc he is full of Silly Fun, describes himself as a “Multi Instrumentalist Genre Defying Nutjob”… He is a “One Man Caribbean Jam Band” that never fails to entertain! He does a unique show involving several instruments in which he “Loops” together while singing, smiling and joking with the crowd.

 

 

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