SANTANA-Al Lang Field, St. Pete, Florida-April 18, 2019. 

I had joined the Santana Fan Club and was able to get pre sale tickets for this show. I was able to buy 4 and asked one of my best friends and wife to come. We were 2 rows from the stage. Great Italian dinner at Grazzi. Commish to come later. 

The maestro came out jamming with Soul Sacrifice. Woodstock film on screen.

It was an amazing show and Carlis Santana’s band was top notch. The maestro is a living legend. 

A Love Supreme. John Coltrane. Got Coltrane and Santana. WOW!

The show was a super mix of old and new. 

Carlos Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackmon. She was great. 

The maestro has a new album coming out and expect it to transcend genre and age group. What a show. 

Santana twice in 6 months. Peace out. Namaste Tres

KISS End Of The Road Tour-Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida. April 11, 2019

I want to say it was 1976 and the KISS Destroyer tour came to Richmond, Va. Richmond Coliseum, big deal. I was a college student studying mass communications broadcast news at VCU and I was a DJ at the college’s little radio station WJRB then WVCW. I was criticized for playing KISS. I didn’t care because their 3 chord rock spoke to me and my friends. So here I am. Great KISS crowd. 

Performance artist, David Garibaldi, warmed up the crowd. He would paint a donated, signed KISS portrait for a local Tampa charity. It was fun. He painted a Steven Tyler portrait upside down.

May not be too clear. 

Here we go. 

Here  we go NOW.    

The iconography of KISS seems to be the lasting single driving force that have kept a 3 chord rock band together for 45 years.The makeup, costumes and over the top stage show truly is one of a kind. As they say only  KISS could do that. 

If you go to the show you will take a lot of pictures. 

Old film behind the band. Ace Frehley. 

It is a visual onslaught.

Loud and full of pyrotechnics. 

Graphic novel film type stuff behind the solo performance of Tom Thayer, a very good RnR lead guitarist. He and Paul Stanley riffed out Won’t get fooled again then the drummer smashed it to it as well.  They then  returned to Lick it up. 

Lots of KISS flying around Amalie, 

Did I say the show was visual? 

I am sure my me I phone did not do this justice. 

Finale and anthem. Great show. Peace out Namaste Tres

Paddle Florida 2019-Suwannee Paddling Festival

I left to pick up my good friend and great bowman, Chris Wilkerson, to paddle the wood tandem gem. 

The traffic northbound was awful and set us into camp a little late. 

A primitive supported paddle trip with you doing the camping work and Paddle Florida doing the support of hot food, river planning, shuttles if needed and this weekend they were, staff paddling with you and great evening programs. 

The first night program had ex Paddle Florida board member and present Florida Paddling Trails Association president Jill Lingard. She gave a great talk about what FPTA does and how it can help your community. They are the organization that helps with the CT trail around the state of Florida. 

It really rained, thundered and wild lightning. We woke up with a nice morning and a 12 mile paddle from Madison Blue Spring back to Suwannee River State Park on the Withalacoochee. 

We were the first boat into the water and the river was beautiful. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. 

We were treated to Kathryn Weaver’s folk music. She was great. 

A nice night and good breakfast. We had another shuttle to Gibson Park for a 8 mile paddle back down to the park. 

Great day on the river. 

Takeout, pulled pork sandwich and sweet goodbye. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. Peace out Namaste Tres