Mr Magic – Performed by Saxy Rob Thompson: http://youtu.be/h9VQR5olJT4
Weekends like this past one makes being a professional musician an awe inspiring journey! Walking into a packed venue of people who are awaiting the musical experience, the life force, true energy is simply breathtaking. The Back Alley bar in New Philadelphia, Grapes in a Glass Downtown Canton, and EB’s Pub & Party Center also in Canton, all Ohio, were rocking out of control, be sure to check out the scene at these places and tell ’em Saxy Rob sent you! Thanks to Andy Cyphert, Ben Stover, Larry Rambaud, Bill Delvalle, & Eric Brooke who witnessed and participated in the madness too. Extra special thanks goes out to Bret Kuhnash and Patty Summers for joining in for a few songs too after a long night of playing a packed house at Gavin’s on the Square, in New Philadelphia Ohio!
Find me at the Akron Civic Theatre February 7th 2014, portraying the late great Jr. Walker in the production. I am excited to have this great opportunity to culminate 2 wonderful years of being a professional musician. A big thanks to all of my friends, family and music fans who have supported the awesome live music community that we have. Let’s pack the house on the 7th and pay tribute to the many legends who have passed away and left us with some really outstanding music that will live on for centuries to come.
I love the great atmosphere that this place delivers, not only does it have great staff it’s always filled with some of the best clientele and customers a business could ask for. If you have an opportunity to check it out, take it because it’ll be worthwhile. They have wine from all over the world, both international and domestics, and beers in the same capacity. Stop in and relax, they will welcome you in with open arms. Throughout the summer they will have food trucks available also to satisfy your evening cravings, such as sushi on a roll.
Played with up and coming powerhouse “Cyphert” a group of real class guys who take care of business on the big stage and have fun doing it! Check out their new EP titled cloud cover too.
The week began at Michael D’s Italian restaurant, where we partied like rock stars with Eric Brooke. After a couple of days I had the pleasure of playing with Purdue saxophonist Greg Heinle at the Barrel Room Wine & Beer Bar, where staff and customers are always a pleasure to interact with. Brought the house down at the Firehouse Bar and Grille in Massillon, with GM Kevin fun, fun. Met the great staff and customers at the Back Alley with Bret Kuhnash, as they danced around to the tunes. Experienced the intimate atmosphere of Vinoteca Wine Bar with Owners Sash and Rekha, along with a great crowd. Some weeks are full of action, and I say “keep them coming”!
I am always amazed when I am given the chance to, not only meet but also play with music icons who have paved the way for musicians such as myself. With being a professional saxophonist for only one year, it just blows me away when i receive calls from true legends of the art. Recently I had the pleasure of recording with Joe Vitale, former member of the Eagles, the band that rocked huge hits like Hotel California and Take it Easy amongst other titles. He was awesome, very down to earth, and a bonafide lover of music. I never have and don’t plan to start taking meetings, such as this for granted.
As a full time dad and professional musician, I am afforded the opportunity to spend valuable time with my children, in large blocks of time. I respect the responsibility that comes with being a parent greatly, and would never give up my rights as a father! Being a parent is mostly a thankless role but occasionally you wake up to breakfast in bed, and feel the joy and reward from taking a stand to be involved. I love my children, my most inspiring motivators! This was a true father’s day treat.
I’m back in Ohio and it’s cold in June, wishing i was still on the beach in Myrtle, South Carolina! I had the pleasure of playing with good friends Larry Rambaud Dennis & Ashley Gerrald and new friend RJ. Even had the opportunity to play with the Craig Woolard Band: one of the best beach bands around! Thank God for life’s blessings.