The Virtual Band: Larry Compf on keys from Baltimore. Joe Carey is also from Baltimore. Gypsy Scott on Drums in Minneapolis, Mark Ritchey on Lead, back in College Town, Texas, and me, Billy B Baker on Rythm, Keys, and Vocals. Florida!
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Every Saturday this year 2021 I am hosting a virtual jam on JamKazam. The inaugural jam on January 16th started out slow but by the second half, some very noteworthy Jammers came on and created magic with me… You should have heard Truckin with a Banjo and blues harp offered up to us by Jon P.
January 23rd Jam was a lot of fun again! Jon P, joined again and we harmonized on many tunes. Others joined quickly and we had a quality jam culminating with With a little Help from My Friends and Pink Floyd’s Breath! Yes. we do divert from the Woodstock bands from time to time.
January 30th ended with regulars coming to jam. We worked on a lot of Neil Young and once again found a way to Pink Floyd Breathe via Down by the River. Wonderful time! We also tried out, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam and She Came in Through the Bathroom Window. IF YOU TUNE IN TO THE 1ST HOUR IT ISN’T VERY GOOD. A LOT OF LATENCY ISSUES WITH JAMMERS TRYING OUT THEIR EQUIPMENT. I recommend the last 2 hours for hearing some good stuff.
The Virtual Woodstock Jam on Saturday, March 6th was amazing. We had some hot players who harmonized enough to let go of my TC Helicon Harmony G- XT layering. We jammed on the Abbey Road medley from Mean Mister Mustard through to The End. A Fiddler came to play with us… it was great to hear that color in the music. Late in the jam with started the Pink Floyd Set with phenomenal results. I am developing a Pink Floyd Mini Concert called Butch r Baker & The Dark Side.
Here is the 50 minutes set played as one Medley:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
Wish You Were Here
Us & Them
Goodbye Blue Sky
I am excited to make this a regular event. Here is the fan link if you want to listen.. It will be rough for a while but we will dial it in… and I think we are there. Let me know what your experience like.
If you want to join the playing, keep in mind, it takes time to set up your equipment. Here is your link:
I am thinking of a fantasy Beatle set based on the thought of The Beatles Headline at Woodstock! Their last live concert was on the rooftop in January 1969 and that was from the mindset McCartney wanted to do a major televised show at the Royal Albert Hall. Let’s imagine that concert. See the playlist below:
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts confirmed Thursday that it will host a three-day event on August 16-18, 2019, titled “Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.” The “pan-generational music, culture, and community event” will celebrate the golden anniversary of the original Woodstock concert with a series of concerts, “TED-style talks,” and a “We Are Golden” history exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods.
Butch r Baker & The Candlestyx bring the 7th annual celebration of the Woodstock Festival to Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. Its an ambitious show putting 3 days of music into 2 hours, but then again you don’t have to slip and slide in the mud….wait… wasn’t that the fun part!
The CandleStyx continue to please SRO crowds at the Driftwood. Wendy Lee and Butch r Baker are drawing fans to see and hear their onstage magic. Wendy Lee channels the best Janice Joplin and Grace Slick. Butch tears up the Rock Standards and breaks new ground with his performance. Together they charm audiences and make new fans each outing!
The Band was formed in 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. Each year an incarnation has brought fresh thought and life to the music of a generation. In 2011 Butch teamed with Chuck Haelig to begin writing songs together. Chuck is an amazing songster. He is the Richards to Butch’s Jagger… the McCartney to his Lennon.
Tim Siefkes was introduced to the Band by Mick La Briola and soon with Texas Bill Noturno the original music was showcased under the name New Riders of the Purple Dead (NRPD)
Tom Caspers on Drums along with Chuck and Texas Bill form the rhythm section and you can find them performing under the name TC4. This completes the latest incarnation and it is blessed with bountiful camaraderie . The showmanship of the CandleStyx is palpable!
This June Tim and his lovely wife celebrate 30 years of bliss and will be away durng our performance at the Driftwood! Have no fear! There is an extra special treat when original CandleStyx keys Michael James Wachner joins us on stage June 20th. It promises to be a deliciously decadent demo of lasting friendship and musical mischief.
Catch this show June 20th at the Driftwood Char Bar 4415 Nicollet Ave S. MPLS MN 55419
It was our third time back at the Driftwood and The Candlestyx have been playing to SRO crowds these past 2 performances. The Driftwood added new tables and we still had fans standing in the back. Dancers took the floor and even Larry sang RED VELVET CAKE with our Doors rendition of Break on Through.
It was Good Friday April 3rd and we added a few easter eggs in our set including Moma Told Me (not to come) and I’m a Believer!
Were working with The Driftwood for a return in May! Stay Tuned.