Archive for the ‘Blues Project’ Tag

Time To Rest The Feet   1 comment

Joy at FotoFestTime To Rest The Feet (FotoFest 10/24/02) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The female is fertile, and discipline

(contra naturam) only confuses her

Who has, head held sideways

Arm out softly, touching,

A difficult dance to do, but not in mind.

 

Hand on sleeve: she holds leaf turning

In sunlight on spiderweb;

Makes him flick like trout through shallows

Builds into ducks and cold marshes

Sucks out the quiet: bone rushes in

Behind the cool pupil a knot grows

Sudden roots sod him and solid him

Rain falls from skull-roof mouth is awash with small creeks

Hair grows, tongue tenses out – and she

Quick turn of the head: back glancing, one hand

Fingers smoothing the thigh, and he sees.

 

— from Praise for Sick Women by Gary Snyder

 

 

 

A Blast From The Past   3 comments

Ken & Mary's Blues (1 of 1) art blog“A Blast From The Past” Ken & Mary’s Blues Project, December 2003 — Image by kenne

Sadly, several of those playing in this Ken & Mary’s Blues Project house concert are no longer with us — those were the days with some of the best blues ever coming out of east Texas. 

In the piney woods

Rhythm and lots of the blues

Jamming through the night.

kenne

Jamming at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project   2 comments

Houston Trip 2013-8589 K&M Project art_edit blogGeorge Bearishill, Guthrie Kennard  and Julie Bonk jamming at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project, October, 2013 — Image by kenne

 
Video by kenne

“Just Through Loving You” — Julie Bonk   Leave a comment

Ken & Mary's Blues Project-8575 blogMary Bonk, Guthrie Kennard and George Bearishill on the stage at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project. — Images and video by kenne

People who love live music in a “house concert” format in the greater Houston area are aware of the work Mary and Kenneth Harris have done for the last 20 years. When it comes to house concerts it’s difficult to beat the live events they conduct in the piney woods of east Texas.

Ken & Mary's Blues Project-8555 Julie blogJulie Bonk

The headliner for this fall’s event was Guthrie Kennard with Julie Bonk. 

Ken and Mary first heard Julie at Camp Stupid at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2012.

At one point in the evening, Julie did a solo singing one of her songs, “Just Through Loving You.”

kenne

“Down In A Country Town” — Porter, Texas   Leave a comment

Guthrie Kennard-8553blogGuthrie Kennard and Julie Bonk at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Image and video by kenne

As a previous posting stated, Guthrie Kennard and Julie Bonk were the headliners in Ken & Mary’s 20th year of the Blues Project at their place in Porter, Texas — what a night!

I have additional images and video I will be posting “on down the road.”

A big thanks to Ken & Mary for continuing the tradition of providing great live music in east Texas.

kenne

Define It, Or Lose It!   4 comments

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George Bearishill — Image by kenne

“I Know It When I hear It!”

In trying to explain what is obscene, Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart uttered the now famous phrase, “I know it when I see it.”  Each one of us may have used similar phrases when shopping during this holiday season.  “I’m not sure what I want to buy her, but I will know it when I see it.”

But, what exactly is “it”?  Defining what we mean can be an abstract exercise.  “It” is often use as a generic expression of “worth”, but can take on a different meaning for different people.  Why is this?

How we define “it” is a reflection of context, values, experiences and expectations.   “It” can be referring to quality of service, art, craftsmanship, functionality, all of which are intended to identify, codify and communicate our expectations. So, is “it” really an abstraction?

The test for “knowing it when you see it” is expressed in behavior.  As a young man, I loved going to the Chicago Art Institute.  I could spend hours staring at masterpieces, surrounded, in the silence of others, sharing art that has endured the test of time. Such silence, in the face of beauty, speaks volumes.

I may not be an art expert, but I know art when I see it, or hear it.

Last Saturday we were at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project in Porter, Texas. Setting in on the set was saxophonist, George Bearishill from Georgia (the country). This musician was something to hear — yes, I know it when I hear it!

Another case for intuitive thought. Define it, lose it!

Seek not to define
You know it when you hear it
I know you hear it

— kenne

 

Another Blues Project Night   4 comments

Ken's BirthdayKen Harris — Image by kenne

ANOTHER BLUES PROJECT NIGHT

Next
Saturday night

back
in the Piney Woods

where
music rides

the
vapor trails

of
campfire smoke

slowly
circling above

friends
of the blues —

tossing
bottle caps

at
Ken’s beer alter

twenty
years out

the
Blues Project

seventy
years of life

for
the prince 

of
the blues.

— kenne

Ken Harris has posted —

Fall Fest 2013 is fast approaching. We are looking forward to seeing you here on Oct 26, 2013.

This year for the first time we will have three acts. Henry Old School Jones will open for Guthrie Kennard and Julie Bonk.
After Guthrie
, Marina Rocks will play.  In 1993 for my birthday I wanted some live blues music here at our house
The Blues Broad Kathleen aka The Blues Broad (she had a blues program on KPFT) sent me to Big Roger Collins.
He played here and the Blues Project was born  and we have been presenting live music here ever since.
20 years later we are doing a special night for my 70th birthday.
 

As usual we will BBQ  some meats and will have ice tea ,water  and coffee.
Bring a  side dish you like to show off to share, a lawn chair, your cooler with your favorite beverage and $10 (donation  100% for the music ).
We plan on serving food around 6:30 Henry Jones with his old school blues will play  after we eat.
We received rave reviews the last time he was here so we are  bringing  him back .

The feature act will be Guthrie Kennard with his raspy voice Americana, bluesy, roots music.
Accompanying Guthrie will be Julie Bonk on key board . We caught Guthrie’s  show at the Dosie Doe Music cafe
and were so impressed that we asked him to play here at the project . We first heard Julie at Camp Stupid at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2012 .
She was playing keyboards in a song circle, Stephanie was singing with her, Marina was also there and they were wowing everyone.

To close the night out Marina  will do an intimate set and jam. She opened here last year and was an instant hit with everyone rocking the house.
Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to jam afterwards.
 

We are attaching a you tube video Guthrie and Julie did. Enjoy. It’s gonna be a bluesy, jazzy, rockin’ night at the Blues Project….

Capturing The Moment — Blues In The East Texas Woods   Leave a comment

WIP & Porter DavisThe PorterDavis Band at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project in East Texas, October 17, 2009. — Image by kenne

PorterDavis Band at Austin’s Threadgill’s south during SXSW, 2009.

“The Real Deal” — Jonn DelToro Richardson & Rich DelGrosso at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project   1 comment

Jonn Del Toro Richardson  & Rich DelGrosso at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project, October, 2011 — Image by kenne

My earlier posting, Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project, included a video of Rich and Jonn performing one of Rich’s songs, “Hard to Live With”, off their Blues Blast Awards nominated CD, Time Slips On By. The video on this posting is Jonn’s song, “The Real Deal,”  also on the new CD.

kenne

Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project   1 comment

Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Rich DelGrosso at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Image by kenne

Some people are hard to live with,
the source for many a blues song.
But the blues is easy to live with,
especially in the woods of east Texas.

Ken & Mary know that for sure,
attracting friends and their guests,
year after year to their Blues Project,
sharing the best blues anywhere.

Returning again this year, Rich DelGrosso sang,
“Hard To Live With,” with Jonn Del Tero Richardson.
Their latest CD, nominated  by “Blues Blast” magazine for
“Best Traditional Blues CD of The Year!”

Nominated among blues legends,
very deserving of the honor,
with new songs taking traditional blues
to a new creative level.

kenne

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