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Update on Friday, 6/8/2018

I was surprised when I noticed it had been 105 days (or 3 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days) since I last updated this page. If you are reading this page because you were sent an email that had this link in my signature, I want you to know that I AM most definitely still seeking a band that needs a drummer.

I have simple requirements.

Practice a bit to get used to playing with one another
Go out and play gigs - one a month would be perfect.

It is frustrating when another month ends and I've not joined a band. I'm 48, turn 49 in December. Both of my kids are enrolled at UNI.

I just want to do what I enjoy, which is playing drums. I want to see more videos of the smile on my face at another bar / gig. Those videos from that magical night at Fat Jack's floor me.

I want that on a one a month basis.

And I know I break the "musician stereotype" because of the following:
  • No booze - sober quite a few days but I don't mind if you drink. Seriously. I don't have a problem.
  • No drugs.
  • No drama. 

I do want a group of musicians that want to play a selection of good tunes. I'm open to playing originals - certainly, the creative process is a lot of fun - but I'm okay with playing rock covers or whatever we need to do to play 12 gigs a year - one a month.I have no delusions of what playing drums in a band means for me. I'm not going to tour - I'm not going to get Pearl or Ludwig or Sabian or Paiste to send me their products to play for free. I get it.

I've wrote extensively about what I describe as an "Ideal Band" on this blog. Before you go read about it, know that I am a good guy. Like, seriously. I don't have enemies and while I can get animated if I'm talking about a subject about which I have passion for, then, yeah, I'll be passionate about it. Other than that, know that if you need a drummer that has chops and that will be a positive addition to your group, I'm the Guy. Okay, I've said my peace - this is the link:

Uncle Rico the Band

I joined Uncle Rico the Band on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. After 15 rehearsals x 4 hours (3 actually rehearsing, 1 hour travel), I was really ecstatic about the progress we had made when a gig was lined up at the Iowa City Elk's Club on Saturday, August 23, 2014. I recorded the gig with my phone and we rocked! However, as we were loading up our gear, Uncle Rico the Band disbanded.

Here is a video of some songs from that night:

These are all the songs that Uncle Rico the Band played at the Iowa City Elk's Club.

Set 1

Ring of Fire
I've Been Everywhere
Oh Boy
Squeeze Box
Jet Airliner
When the Sun Goes Down
Stand By Me
500 Miles
It's the End of the World
Just Like Heaven
I Melt With You
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Her Madly
I Will Survive
Rock'n Me

Set 2

You May Be Right
Blister in the Sun
What I Like About You
Jenny / 867-5309
Brown Eyed Girl
Dancing Queen
I Ran
Wonderful Tonight
Folsom Prison Blues
Hot Stuff
Bad Case of Loving You
Johnny B Goode
Sweet Caroline

Set 3

Hey Jealousy
Blitzkreig Bop
I Wanna Be Sedated
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Basket Case
Fight For Your Right
Sweet Child O Mine
Rock and Roll All Nite
Rockin' in the Free World
Brown Sugar
Your Mama Can't Dance
Pump It Up

Lou's Classic Ride 

Lou's Classic Rice formed in late May of 2012. After nearly a year of rehearsals, we progressed from 830 Studios (my basement) to the world. We ended up playing two gigs. The first was a warmup set for Adrenalize at Fat Jack's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, July 12, 3013. Thanks to Serbi for letting me use his drums! We played these tunes:
  1. Lonely Boy
  2. Sunshine of your Love
  3. Stuck in the Middle
  4. Foghat (I Just Want to Make Love to You)
  5. Dead Flowers
  6. Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting
  7. What I Like About You
  8. Rocking in the Free World

Video with Adrenalize

Lonely Boy


Stuck in the Middle

Saturday Night

That's What I Like About You

Dead Flowers

Brian Rocking out

Courage Ride 2014 in Kalona

Just over a month after the Fat Jack's gig, we played at the Courage Ride 2014 in Kalona, Iowa. I have a video that I converted from a tape to digital, but that file is too large to upload (apparently). Here are two videos from that day that were taken with my (new at the time) phone.

Break Up Song

Basket Case (sorry for the angle)

These are all the songs that Lou's Classic Ride was either playing live or working on when the disbandment occurred.
  1. Lonely Boy
  2. Sunshine of your Love
  3. Stuck in the Middle
  4. Foghat (I Just Want to Make Love to You)
  5. Dead Flowers
  6. Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting
  7. What I Like About You
  8. Rocking in the Free World
  9. Big River
  10. Key
  11. American Girl
  12. FWIW
  13. Cheap Shades
  14. This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide
  15. Sweet Jane
  16. Gimme Three Steps
  17. Basket Case
  18. Clarksville
  19. Roadhouse Blues
  20. Breakup Song
  21. Stepping Stone
  22. I Shot the Sheriff
  23. Hey Joe
  24. Willie and the Hand Jive
  25. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  26. Get Off My Cloud
  27. Rocky Mountain Way
  28. Paranoid
  29. I Think You Know What I Mean
  30. Rock & Roll All Night
  31. Fight For Your Right
  32. Seven Nation Army
  33. Hoochie Coochie Man
  34. Ramble On
  35. Dance the Night Away
  36. Godzilla
  37. Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo
  38. Mississippi Queen
  39. Hot Rod Lincoln
  40. Joe's Original

Rehearsal Video

In March 2013, we rehearsed at Smith Studios in Iowa City. These videos show the progress we had been making at that moment in time. "Saturday Night's All Right" was a new song for us at the time.

12/24/2012 Rehearsal at St. Thomas More

BB King's on Beale Street in Memphis, TN

In March 2012, my employer sent me to a conference in Memphis, TN. While there, I was able to sit in with the BB King house band. I consider playing this song as the spark for the idea of playing in a band. A few months after playing at BB King's, Lou's Classic Ride was formed.

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