Waking up in the morning and knowing that I’m going to be talking to Carlos Santana is so uplifting. He is not only one of the most gifted guitar players, but he’s a light in the universe that shines bright. He’s devoted himself to a lifelong commitment to social activism and humanitarian causes, including the Milagro Foundation which he and his family established in 1998. Right now he’s doing shows at The House of Blues at Mandlay Bay in Vegas, and will be through spring of 2014. A portion of all tickets sold will go to charitable causes. Here’s our conversation, and a wonderful answer to my ending question of who he would like to play music with in the future.
1Seeing REO Speedwagon at the Memorial Coliseum in the 70’s was amazing. They were one of the most energetic bands I had ever seen, and the songs transcended the studio versions. Neal Doughty, founding member, and the keyboard player was a big part of what I loved and still love about the band. In all the years of being at KGON, I never interviewed anyone from REO before, and this was a true pleasure. Neal talks about the very beginning of the band and how they got their name, the Midwest work ethic that helped them get that first record deal, and their endless touring. Down to earth, and a pleasure to talk to, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! ~Iris
With Labor Day Weekend in sight, there are plenty of fun options for those who want to keep summer going before dealing with back-to-school next week.
The PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL starts tonight with an Opening Night Party. They'll be closing down NW 21st starting at 6:30pm with acrobatic aerialists, music, directors' Q&A. Festival featuvres independent films from across the US and runs thru 9/1. Get a complete schedule of events at portlandfilmfestival.com
BROTHERS & SISTERS, an Allman Bros Tribute band, will be turning up the guitars at the Doug Fir Lounge Thurs & Friday.
HEART & JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE at Sleep Country Amph on Friday.
The OREGON STATE FAIR is on in Salem, Join KGON on Friday night and rock with LOVERBOY and REO SPEEDWAGON.
Take the whole family to a baseball game this week...Wed-Fri, the HILLSBORO HOPS play their homefield, with fireworks planned for Friday night.
PLANNING A PARTY OR BBQ?...CELEBRATE THESE BIRTHDAYS WHILE YOU'RE AT IT:
Tues-RUSH guitarist ALEX LIFESON; MOTHER TERESA and LBJ
Sat - SCORPIONS guitarist RUDY SCHENKER; BOB WELCH who had a stint as singer-guitarist in
FLEETWOOD MAC, and one of my all-time favorites, VAN MORRISON
Sun-Actress, Comedian LILY TOMLIN, who'll be coming to Portland to do the Schnitz on 9/7
HEART is the KGON Featured Artist this week, so listen for extra opportunities to win tickets and HEART CDs. And enjoy your week.
NOT YET, PLEASE! Don't want to admit it's almost Labor Day. Haven't had my summer vacay yet. Oh well, the wheel just keeps on rollin'. Should be plenty of nice weather this week to get outside and enjoy. Be extra careful on the roads, though. A lot of tourists in town who don't know exactly where they're going. Seeing a lot of people taking turns from the wrong lane, cutting people off, etc, which can be tricky even when you know where you're going. Does it really matter if you get to the next traffic light 20 seconds ahead of me?
If you're looking for live music this week...there are a couple of big shows at the end of the week, but you'll have to do a road trip to get there...BLACK SABBATH Sat at the Gorge Amphitheater; and FOREIGNER Sun at the Tualip Amphitheater.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: IRIS is on vacation this week, so we're moving people around a bit. KYLE is in this morning and tomorrow. He'll be giving away tix to see REO & LOVERBOY at the Oregon State Fair. JEFF's back Wed-Fri for Junk Drawer duties.
Today and tomorrow JEFF is in for IRIS, doing MY THREE SONGS during the noon hour, then MARK will take the rest of the week. Both guys will give away a 4pk of tix to the 1st Annual Rennaisance Festival in Hillsboro, plus a 4pk of tix you can use any day to get into the Oregon State Fair if you're the right caller and know what the 3 songs have in common.
SHANNON will be in his usual slot all week and during Classic Rock Trivia at 3:45pm you can pick up some tix to TERRY FATOR's performance at the State Fair.
ANY EXCUSE FOR A PARTY:
Former Prez BILL CLINTON, Blind Faith/Cream drummer GINGER BAKER; and ex-bassist for QUEEN - JOHN DEACON share a birthday on Mon
ROBERT PLANT - the voice of LED ZEPPELIN and THIN LIZZY's singer/bassist PHIL LYNOTT-share Tues -still have an image in my mind of Phil in his black leather pants onstage at the old Paramount.
ex-JOURNEY drummer STEVE SMITH and Basketball legend WILT CHAMBERLAIN celebrate on Wed
Talk about your drummers - there'll never be another KEITH MOON. He was indeed special. His birthday would have been Fri.
and Sun - KISS mastermind GENE SIMMONS, JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD and DEF LEPPARD guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL have birthdays.
Have a fabulous week
TO BROADWAY! Just about every day for the past 14 months I've shared an office with BROADWAY, the magnificent puppy who was being trained for GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND by my friend and coworker BARB DASCHEL. Today, she's not coming. Her early training is done, so now she's off to the GUIDE DOG campus in Boring to see what her next step will be. She'll either become a breeder so she can make more cool pups like her, or she'll go on to be trained to be a Guide Dog for a visually impaired person. Wherever her career leads, we at KGON know she'll be one of the best. She will be missed, but we look forward to having a new puppy arrive in the next month or so. BROADWAY - thanks for all the joy you brought into our lives and good luck with your next challenge! PEEK AT THE WEEK:
STEELY DAN concert at McMenamin's Edgefield Tuesday is Sold Out, so unless you already have a ticket, you'll have to get on the road to catch some shows during the week.
Look for Concert Dave in the crowd at the Tulalip Amphitheater up in Washington Thursday night at the SAMMY HAGAR concert.
WHITESNAKE plays the Snoqualmie Casino the same night. and Tower of Power plays the Snoqualimie Casino on Sunday.
If you're up for a bit of nostalgia, back in Portland on Sunday, hey, hey it's the MONKEES at the Schnitz. BIRTHDAYS TO CELEBRATE:
DAVID CROSBY of CSN & sometimes Y; STEVE MARTIN & MAGIC JOHNSON - Wed
TOM JOHNSTON/Doobie Bros - Thurs
MADONNA - Fri
SEAN PENN, ROBERT DENIRO & MAE WEST - Sat
FRANCES BEAN COBAIN turns 21 - daughter of KURT & former Portlander COURTNEY LOVE STUFF TO WIN ON KGON:
Tickets to REO/LOVERBOY, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, BLACK SABBATH, PEARL JAM, BONNIE RAITT, Classic Cars, Blues, Brews, & BBQs. Check contest pages for more.
Have a great week!
Summer in the Great Pacific Northwest is the best! This summer the weather has been fantastic. There’s so much to do, and in fact too much to do at times. Much like it was this past weekend. We had 2 days of HareFest, Blue Oyster Cult at the Clark County Fair, Great White at the Yamhill County Fair, there was a two day local celebration going on in Vernonia (I was there to visit my cousin, so I ran into the downtown festivities), and probably several other fairs and festivals that I didn’t know about.
This is all great, and it’s really fun to go out and see live music, eat things that you shouldn’t, enjoy the great weather, etc…but it’s tough to make a decision on where to go and what to see.
There’s still a lot of events and fun left in the weeks ahead. The Oregon State Fair is always a good time, with REO and Loverboy providing the rock this year. Heart and Jason Bonham are at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on that same Friday night. The Zombies play the night before those shows. So, I’m looking at another case of “Iris needs a clone” as we approach the end of the month. Oh, and then College Football season starts that Saturday, August 31st.
This coming weekend is The Bite of Oregon, Tualatin Crawfish Festival, Rock the Runway at the Benson Hotel, Cold Blood at the Roseland, and Leon Russell at the Aladdin. Make a decision, some plans, have fun and enjoy the summer!
PEEK AT THE WEEK: Lotta good music out there.
If you're up for a road trip, FOGHAT plays at River Rhythms in Albany Thursday night.
Feelin' bluesy? Duff's Garage has an exciting double bill on Friday with Rip Cat Records recording artists THE 44's. Known as one of the best blues-roots-rock music bands on the planet. Worth checking out. Plus, one of my favorites opening, THE BIG MONTI TRIO.
COLD BLOOD at the Roseland on Saturday.
And, LEON RUSSELL's back in town playing at the Aladdin on Sunday.
After all that music, you're probably gonna be hungry so head to THE BITE OF OREGON, Friday thru Sunday at Waterfront Park. It's a benefit for Special Olympics and you can stuff your face with some of the tastiest foods in the Northwest.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Mon - RICK DERRINGER - played guitar on Frankenstein & Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo
NEIL ARMSTRONG - First human to walk on the moon (as far as we know)
Tue - LUCILLE BALL - comedienne extraordinaire "I Love Lucy" reruns are still funny
Thur- U-2 guitarist THE EDGE aka David Evans
Multiple Oscar winner and supertalented actor DUSTIN HOFFMAN
Sat - Guitar maker LEO FENDER - how many rockers have used a Fender over the years?
IAN ANDERSON of JETHRO TULL.(btw-Ian has a 2nd career raising salmon in Scotland)
CONCERT TICKETS UP FOR GRABS ON THE CONTEST PAGE (Good Luck!):
REO & LOVERBOY, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, BLACK SABBATH, PEARL JAM & BONNIE RAITT
It's gonna be a hot one, so stock up on the sunscreen & don't forget to hydrate. Enjoy!!!