Monthly Archives: July 2012

Love Street Light Circus

In the Sixties,I was living in Houston where there was a really cool nightclub downtown called Love Street Light Circus.They had a trippy area in front of the stage with big pillows on the floor where you could groove to the bands.We would be down there most weekends for the best local music like the Conqueroo,Shiva’s Headband,Bubble Puppy(they had a national hit called Hot Smoke and Sassafras),and Johnny Winter.Once before he got discovered by Steve Paul,Johnny impressed Janis Joplin so much that she tried to recruit him for her new band.One time after the 13th Floor Elevators played,the guys in the band decamped to our house on West Main,where Roky Erickson convinced me to “loan” him my copy of the 2nd Velvet Underground album(which of course I never saw again).

Willie’s 4th of July picnic,1973.

39 years ago,I went to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic in Dripping Springs,Texas outside of Austin.The lineup was quite impressive with guests ranging from Waylon Jennings,Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge,to my favorite of the day:Charlie Rich,Mohair Sam himself.This was before Behind Closed Doors came out,but Charlie had quite a bevy of young ladies of the cast-iron curls persuasion cheering him on.Of course Willie himself ruled the roost and showed how he had Texas in the palm of his hand at that point in time.I was hawking my freshly printed T for Texas shirts,which went over quite well.

Lowell George

Little Feat

Lowell GeorgeLittle Feat was always one of my favorite bands ever since they came into existence.I was thinking about all the shows from the old days on Lowell George’s birthday a couple of days ago.They used to play Liberty Hall in Houston on a regular basis,usually on a co-headlining gig with Bonnie Raitt (who had a compact group back then with Freebo on Bass).Little Feat was almost considered our band in those days,what with songs like the Texas Rose Cafe.I guess they were appreciated likewise in other Locales like Baltimore and Atlanta.When I moved up to Chicago in ’73,they used to play at the Aragon Ballroom which was where they recorded their incredible live album Waiting for Columbus,a career retrospective double record.I somehow missed Lowell’s solo gig at the Park West and he died soon after that.His song Willin’ is always a favorite at the clubs I frequent so he’s never forgotten.