The holidays are full of people getting together with family and friends. Sharing in good times, happy memories and gifts they purchased. The Malls and stores are packed- making headaches and stress for all those out in it.
Stop and take a moment to reflect on the year you have had everyone. All the small things that made such a difference in your year of 2010 – could be as simple as a smile or a hug. Has anyone done something for you that had you would not have been able to do on your own? Or maybe brightened a day that was not going so well? This has definitely happened in my life. And for each and every one of you that DID make a brighter day in my 2010 – I thank YOU from the bottom of my heart.
Making each day count brings the spirit of Christmas a little closer to home. For those of us who may not be near family, we surround ourselves with loving souls who wish for peace and love through the holidays.
Reflecting back on those that could not be with us physically- they will ALWAYS be there in spirit.
My Christmas for the 3rd year running will be spend once again with NO commercialism. Instead will be spent playing music for those of the Iowa City Free Lunch Program. If you can afford to give to this selfless organization -please do. It does not even take money- just time or just a few items to look out for in the coming year.
So as you travel- be SAFE
As you wish- Make it BIG
Love each other with ALL your heart
Happy Holidays & have a VERY Merry Christmas!
While surroundings, friends, or situations outside ourselves change from year to year-
we evolve into the people we wish to be.
As there is just as much to be TRULY Thankful for, many of us loose sight of those who don’t have as much.
So here is your challenge everyone. Take a moment everyday and DO for someone. Could be as little as a smile or a sincere gift of your TIME. The best things in life can NOT be bought or require any kind of price. Try your best to bring out the positive in people. There are many in need in your own community. You walk by them and see them in your daily lives. Believe me the most important lessons learned this past 2 years for me is how much is in me to GIVE MORE.
Wishing you only LOVE, LIGHT, and MUCH RESPECT (anything else can only be built on those 3 truths)
Banjoistically yours, Jon Eric
With many challenges through out the summer festival season, Jon Eric has been on it! Very thankful for the FULL time employment of music, has has taken the instruments of choice to many different levels.
So busy in fact that he “hired me” to write this blog to update everyone on his travels. Already booking into 2011 for shows and festivals he is reminded how much responsibility and time it takes to pursue his dream of musically serving those with need. While understanding the humbling nature of opportunities pouring forth, he is truly grateful for those who stuck by him through thick (and thin) UNCONDITIONALLY. Jon has learned more about how to give back this gift than to take. As he told me years ago, “The competition was taken out of the picture many years ago- there is no ego, only we-go.”
States hit in 2010 include: Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Virgina, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, and Pennsylvania
Bands or Artists he has performed on stage with in 2010 include:
Vince Herman and the Great American Taxi, Wookiefoot, Useful Jenkins, Dead Larry, Smokin’ Joe & Friends, Jaik Willis, The Justin Torres Project, The Johnson Family Band, Mountain Standard Time, Head for the Hills, Bucky Walters, 5 in a Hand, Ryan Persinger Project, Master Shake, Cirrus Minor, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors- The Solar String Band, The Nada’s, Dustin Thomas, SlewGrass, Scott Cochran & Flannel, Thankful Dirt, Hannah’s Field, Milltown, Jamie Grimm, Chris Miller, David “The Hut” Huttner, Brock’s Bluegrass Bunch, Blue Storm, Carl Townes, Gentleman Jim Chatfield, Peter Nye & The Chicago Bluegrass Band, Workshy, Omega Dog, and The Gypsy Lumberjacks
Pictures off all these fantastic bands will be posted in an update to this blog when I receive them from Jon Eric.
Some are up and can be found HERE!
Sent to Jon Eric by Kevin Wick:
Check out this recording from a super jam at the Full Moon Hoopla with members of Natural Babbit (Jacob & Victoria), The Major Domo Band (Lief, Robert, & Kevin), Useful Jenkins (Lucas Volz), and Jon Eric
Click below to hear:
Special guest Jon Eric comes up for tunes 17-20 at the Iowa City Yacht Club show.
Special Guest Jon Eric sits in on cuts 11-13 then 21-23.
Full Moon Hoopla at the Sanctuary – Franklin, MN 9/17/10 – Natural Babbitt & Friends (w/Kevin Wick – Synth Mandolin, Leif Rasmussen – Drums, Robert Hubanks – Bass, Jon Eric – Banjo, and Lucas Volz – Mandolin)
Thank you for supporting his music and see you down the road!
**LOVE LIGHT AND MUCH RESPECT!
More pics were sent to me so I thought I would post them here for those that have not seen them yet.
Rob Elliot was awesome to send me these 2 he shot at the 420 event @ The Blue Moose Tap House W/ Dead Larry and Insectoid!
After the 4/20 show on Tuesday, I headed up to Ames, IA to sit in with MBN-TSSB. Unfortunately there are no pictures from that show- as it is downright impossible to always have pics shot while one is playing.
After playing I scooted back to Iowa City for RIVERFEST!
I am so thankful for all those who made it out! And VERY thankful the rain held off for the whole set! Also a special thanks to my good buddy Miles Raife for adding that solid guitar track- saving me from lugging a bunch of gear risking the chance of getting all the equipment drenched! But the rain came — as I was on my way BACK out to Des Moines for another show that night!
The Vaudeville Mews was a stellar time as well with MBN-TSSB. Thankfully one photo was sent by www.jessicaphotography.net
Slew Grass will be playing TODAY 4/27 at 7pm – Lonnski’s Pub & Deli 908 Main Street Grinnell, IA See you there!
Thank you for supporting the musical dreams making them a reality! Also, be sure to check back in about a week as MORE fliers for shows will be added as soon as I can!
What a whirlwind of a year! 2009 = blood, sweat & tears with many memories to last a lifetime!
Thank you to all my musical friends and family who have come together for a common cause in sharing their talents the best way we know how.
I truly hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season. And may 2010 be the best year ever!
HERE is a link for The Insider Iowa Sessions with Ericka Iverson who did in interview from last Wednesday’s show in Des Moines, Iowa. Thank you Erika for putting up with the cold temps! Would have to say it was one of the coldest and icy nights just before Christmas!
Thank you to Bob Black and Mary Palmberg for allowing me to play for the Iowa City Free Lunch Program again (year #2) for this WAS my Christmas once again. If you can donate- PLEASE do as there are many in need- especially when the cold comes!