When reflecting back on what this coming Thursday (THANKGIVING) means to me,
I am most thankful for LOVE, friends, and adopted family that has been there through
every step of my journey- unconditionally.
* Am also grateful my hands still work to serve musically or otherwise.
* Am thankful my most important tool can be once again used.
(spot repair to the banjo scroll down)
The next line up of shows can be found on my event page HERE
Thank YOU for being a part of my life!
The ’88 Stelling Bellflower Arch-top is now back in my lap
(I think “she” missed me a little)
The “spot repair” of the break was completed and repaired by Tom Nechville of Nechville Banjos
AND shipped back within a record breaking time (in my eyes) of only 4 days!
HUGE THANKS to Al Price (part of the West Coast branch of the Nechville team) for the encouragement of taking it to the shop- which was only 20 min away from the house hosting me for the evening!
Will still be saving up my pennies for a replacement neck down the road. Also VERY grateful to all the well wishes and donations that have come in so far & for those friends who shared my blog! ♥ u!
P/S Tonight I will be thrilled to play the Opening slot for Pert Near Sandstone
@ The Iowa City Yacht Club (9pm) 11/15/2012
Tomorrow November 16th, 2012 I am back at the BUCKTOWN REVUE (click link for info)
See you there!
To explain with a kind cool heart of the events may take some doing
so PLEASE read carefully.
Being that this was the anniversary of my father’s passing (USMC-ret. November 8, 2006) so there was almost giddy anticipation in seeing friends and fans I have not caught up with since July. Really looking forward to playing back up in Minneapolis, MN at a wonderful venue called the Whiskey Junction. Being all set up and ready to go I was approached by friends letting me know there was to be a warm up band. So I moved all the gear to the back of the stage so it was safely out of the way of the band doing music before my set. After their sound check they went upstairs to rehearse a few tunes. I went up got he stage, grabbed the banjo and climbed the stairs only to discover that the bridge had collapsed. Wondering instantly, “OK it dropped???”
Then I saw the break- 1st in the banjo then in my heart. See I had bought the banjo used out of my Mother’s memory after she had passed on as well. So doing music for a VERY modest living was about the ONLY way I found healing and loving energy in giving- Both in time & playing for ANYONE willing to listen.
The point to all this is that eventually I will be trying to obtain a NEW neck for it as it is being temporarily SPOT repaired so that the acoustic can make it through the rest of my tour. These necks are expensive and it unfortunately was uninsured do to most of the $ going into gas, “paying dues” & bills.
IF you wish to help in donating, The button is below.
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Until it gets fixed my tour and show WILL go on- but just be “modified”…
HUGE thank you to all the people coming together after Hurricane Sally.
My heart, and prayers go out to all of you on the east coast during these challenging times. If you can- PLEASE donate where needed.
Here is a video just uploaded to You Tube last night. “TOP LEFT”
Feel free to share and enjoy!
Also the UPDATED show schedule for NOVEMBER.
Hope to see all of you out and about before it really starts getting cold.
With all the bookings coming in for Jon Eric’s the fall season, here are the current updates
CURRENT dates Updated as of 10/31 (THIS date gets modified on the Face Book event page)Here’s to seeing you out and about at the shows below. There are some AMAZING line up acts at the festivals, so feel free to browse the links provided for all the information you need.
BUCKTOWN Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:30 AM (MORNING) until ???
225 E 2nd Street
This event is OPEN to the public
Afterwards- They are going to allow me to play
***Note the SATURDAY date change
IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Chamber Work with Winds
BETTENDORF PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Whiskey Junction
IOWA CITY YACHT CLUB
Meadows Ave Tap
Here are some upcoming shows right around the bend.
Really hope to see you all out and about for some of these events!
Check the websites for the AMAZING line-up’s and all your details needed.
Cold Spring, MN
July27th – 29th 2012
(with Blue Martain Tribe)
Des Moines, IA
August 3rd, 2012
Southside Artisan Festival 2012
(NOTE-no website but Jon Eric will be playing 4 HOURS worth of music
in 2 separate sets along with local and regional artists in painting and print!)
2108 Grandview Ave
August 11th, 2012
Bettendorf Public Library
August 18th, 2012
11564 Kinfolk Road, Eldridge, MO 65463
August 31 – Sept 3rd 2012
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival
Sept 7th – 9th 2012
So mark those calendars and keep checking back to see show updates as they come in!
Keep your ears out for and NEW tour & cd coming out in early FALL.
Trillium Connect in Highbridge Hills, Wisconsin was such a FUN time- with heat wind and Sunday rain washing away the dust coated cars and tents. Everyone Jon Eric chatted with was geared up for the summer festival season which is now upon us. HUGE thank you’s sent out to Useful Jenkins (Mankato, MN) — Dead Larry (Minneapolis, MN) & Smokin Joe Scarpellino (of Dead Larry) for having the “Banjo Ninja” sit in, along with doing his own solo set. Such a giving time to friends who attend when notes can be shared with others.
THIS weekend holds exiting and brand new places Jon Eric has not played yet— LAWRENCE, KANSAS!
Jon Eric will be giving a FREE show to those who wish to attend at Barnyard Beer
Also there is a press write up HERE
Doors @9pm on 5/25/2012
There will be fun times for those seeing 1st hand how these tunes are constructed and built from the ground up.
Texturing one instrument or voice into another until the end result being an all out “SONIC BLISS”.
Spring, being right around the corner, has teased with warmer weather.
The gig schedules have picked up and taken shape for those bands or festivals needing something a little “different” on 5 string banjo! These include DEAD LARRY with their 2nd release, “As The Radio”! Their tour has been quite bittersweet with the passing of Alyssa Baye (For those that have seen the colorful banjo head “presented” back in September, SHE painted it.) Her memory lives on in those she has touched and I am quite thankful to have known her even for a brief time.
From the MidWest branching out one fan at a time, Jon Eric has been working hard to bring the music he loves to play and/or sing to YOU!
There are a few you tube videos out that you may or may not have seen yet, below are a few.
Halloween- Wookiefoot playing “Activate” with Special Guest Jon Eric on Banjo
Duluth, MN #1 Wookiefoot with Jon Eric shredding on 5 string banjo
Wookiefoot featuring Smokin’ Joe Scarpellino (bassist of Dead Larry)
Also for those wishing to add search for Jon Eric Music on Face Book click HERE
For Electronic Press Kit (EPK) visit Jon Eric’s Reverb Nation site HERE. This site has all the current videos, press, photos, dates, and updates.
GO & share with friends or those you think may enjoy!
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