August 18th, 2001,, my band, "Jack Nasty", traveled
from Key West to Newburgh, NY to play the Woodstock reunion, "Spiritstock."
left Key West Friday night and drove to Homestead, Fl and spent
the night. Saturday morning we got up early and drove to Miami
International Airport to meet our 7:30 flight. Not anticipating
the traffic, parking, and check-in hassles, we arrived at 7:00
and were told we had missed our flight. No problem, we would just
re-schedule for a later flight… 12 hours later.
12 hours at MIA can take its toll on a Key West rock band. Yes, there is
plenty to eat and a bar at every turn, but at a price. We finally found
a little bar with a friendly bartender and drank, discussed song lists,
debated music trivia, and… drank some more. Thank God for credit cards.
finally took off for Newark, NJ that evening and the flight was a smooth
one. We arrived late in Newark, rented a van, and drove North to Upstate,
NY. Our destination had been Bethel (the original site of the 1969 Woodstock
concert), but due to poor planning and lack of permits the police had "closed"
the town. Our new destination was Newburgh, NY about 100 miles to the east.
We arrived in the teeny town of Newburgh around 1 AM and looked for the
concert site for about 30 minutes. None of the locals had been told of
the concerts new location, but we finally found one kid who thought he
knew where it was. There were no signs of life as we turned off the main
road and onto a dirt road by a campground. But, as we rounded the turn,
behold, hippies! People were camped in tents and microbuses; there were
campfires burning, burgers grilling, and the smell of pot wafting. Yes,
this was Woodstock 2001.
didn't get to play until the next night following bands with members
from The Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1910 Fruit gum Co., Ohio Express,
Lynard Skynard, Johnny Winter, Neville Bros., Dr. John, Billy
Preston, and Jimmy Hendrix's Band of Gypsies. As we took the stage
all the misery of travel, sleep deprivation, and lack of bathroom
facilities seemed to melt away behind the smiling faces of the
stoned-out freaks that had become our friends in such a short
1985, Craig and Rick Jones formed the band, "Neon Max."
A three piece power trio, with Craig on bass, Rick on lead guitar,
and a powerhouse drummer, they recorded an all original album
in Dallas, Texas. With a limited release, they showcased on Dallas'
"Texas Tapes," and recorded at Dallas Sound Lab. Visit
Jones and Neon Max.
Year's Eve 2004 at Sloppy Joe's ...
year started on a high note, literally. My friend Bo Fodor
from the band, The Hitchhikers called me to see if I would/could
play bass guitar for him on New Year's Eve. Being dog tired
from fishing every day, I wanted to know just exactly what
venue we would be playing before I made a commitment to
staying up late on a school night. "Sloppy Joe's"
was his answer and mine was simply, "Yes." USA
Today reported that the third most popular destination for
New Year's Eve was Key West. The most popular bar in Key
West being Sloppy Joe's. We had a blast!
Nasty with Jack Nasty and Barnaby Wilde at January '07 Seafood
Fest Key West. Rex Mathews on drums.
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