This Saturday I will be performing in Elgin, Illinois (25 miles from Chicago) for something called the “Jimi Hendrix re-experince.” This event will be held at :
Terror on Streets of Chicago
96 S Grove street Elgin, IL 60120 847-931-5905
To my understanding, the show starts at 8:00 and if there is anyone from the Chicago area who would like to attend the cost of tickets are $12. I will be playing the part of Billy Cox, famed bass player who played for Jimi during his “Band of Gypsies” era. They dress me up in old 60’s style clothing, give me a different bass guitar to play and make me wear a hat (which I hate). For those who loved the music of Hendrix, this show should make for a great event. The man who plays the part of Hendrix is named Jimmy Blue, and several other musicians are on the bill. Hope to see you there. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly playing the role of Billy Cox
A while ago I was asked to perform for this musical tribute to the late great guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Up until that point I had not really listened to much of his music. However, after joining this group and listening to the material I am now a big fan. Despite his drug issues I think the man was a musical genius. His riffs were incredible to play. Even though there are several different versions out of his songs (they are not all of the same quality nor caliber) you can still hear the greatness in the way Hendrix played. For this video I am the one who is “least noticeable.” I don’t sing for this and they had me wear a hat so that I could resemble Jimi’s bass player Billy Cox. These are excepts taken from our actual performance and put together in Medley form. If you happen to be Jimi Hendrix fan I invite you to check out what we are doing. By the way, they would not allow me to play my custom 6 string red bass guitar for this show, so the only way to determine which one is me is to just look for the guitar player who is wearing the hat (which I hate to wear). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Some people have asked me how it feels to be in concert performing to a mass audience. As much as I would love to be able to explain verbally, the best way to do so would be to play a clip of an artist where you can actually “feel the euphoria generated onstage.” Jimi Hendrix is a musical cult hero. He had a following and a style that was rebellious in nature, but so acceptable to the public even in this day and age. He was a “phenomenal” guitar player who to me was a musical genius. Of course, his live concerts didn’t capture the full essence of his recordings, and that could have been because of the “induced state of his OWN private euphoria” that might have caused him to be that way. Everyone knows that Jimi was well known for performing high (under the influence of drugs), but his audience loved it. In this particular clip, Jimi is doing something entitled “Voodoo Child,” a classic hit of his that will last the length of time. While this particular clip feels much different from the actual recording, I want you to keep in mind that the main focus of this video is the “energy” that comes from it. Jimi and the band are in their element, and it doesn’t matter that they are incredibly loud. It doesn’t matter that they are somewhat unstructured. This video is showcasing the emotion of doing a “live concert.” Truth be told, this song is nothing more than a “jam session onstage.” The guys probably have no idea what direction the song is about to go into (and probably don’t even care). They just know that they have a slamming groove and they are prepared to ride that groove “off into the sunset.” Jimi himself is “absolutely in his element,” because he is jamming like crazy with his solos. You can check out the clip here:
Michael Jackson once said that there is no other feeling like performing onstage, and he was right. When your audience vibes to your music you feel a sense of invincibility and control. I never performed with Jimi (I am glad to say that I am not old enough to have been able to do so). However, I do have a fond appreciation for his contribution to music history. Whether you liked him or hated him, he is a musical legend. Hopefully this track will help you feel the excitement from performing a live concert. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
For those of you who might reside in the New York City area, tonight I have a gig scheduled at the World Cafe Live in Manhattan. This gig will be a little different for me because I am playing with some kind of “tribute band” dedicated to the music of Jimi Hendrix. I have never considered myself to be a mostly rock player (but yet I am willing to play anything and everything) and most people will tell you that I tend to take most challenges “head on.” I have performed with this band before, but the gig we did was only for one set. Tonight I will be expected to play a whole show of Hendrix music that I am not sure I even know fully yet. I must admit that after listening to his music I truly admire his genius. Yes, even though I heard he had some major drug issues in his life the music he wrote was extraordinary. Very “few” artists impress me in that manner, but I can now say that I am adding “jimi Hendrix to that list. When performing, my main motto is to “always have fun.” If the gig is too stressful then I don’t care how much it is paying. At that point I would rather leave it alone (and if need be, stay broke). I believe this is a late night gig (I think we start at 9:00 tonight) so I will make sure to get enough rest beforehand. This band asked me to play for them because of my resemblance to Billy Cox (who was Jimi’s bass player) and because of my ability to play the music (which is highly complex to play). I just recently looked up Mr. Cox”s picture online and while there is a little resemblance I am going in tonight fully prepared to just “be me.” If anyone reading this resides in the New York City area, I invite you to come out tonight and watch me “mess these tunes up unreal.” No, I seriously expect to do this right, and I always give my best for shows. Hopefully it will be a fun experience and I will let you know how it turns out. For those who live too far away, I invite you to check out the music of Jimi Hendrix. If you can stomach the loud rock guitar, you will actually find some awesome “musical flavor” in his tunes. Even though his life was troubled, he was no different than Marvin Gaye or Amy Winehouse. All of them were treasures that we lost way too soon. Well, I have to get myself ready, because I have to sing some numbers tonight as well. Have a great day, and a great tomorrow.
The late singer Gerald Levert and Brett Jolly in concert