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Finapalooza V

Our local watering hole Finaghty’s Pub just wrapped up their fifth Finapalooza and once again, it was a blast! The three night event featured a great line up of fantastic musical talent drawing bands such as Rane Stone, The Fabulous Johnsons, Ben Union, Fox and The Law, and the incredibe Randy Hansen! The headliners were To The Glorious Lonely, a side project of Loaded’s Jeff Rouse and our own hometown rocker, Davey French of Everclear! It was one hell of a show! The owners, Phil and Lisa have done a great job of bringing great musical entertainment to our little burb and putting Snoqualmie on the map.

I got to emcee the second and third nights introducing the acts and providing verbal fill between sets. It was the second year in a row that I have done it and will probably do it every year as long as I am in town and Phil wants me to! Deb took some very good pictures on the third night of Ben Union and To The Glorious Lonely! You can see them here! If you are ever in our neck of the woods this time of year, you should try to attend the annual Finapalooza. Make sure you get your tickets early and I’ll see ya there!

The Fabulous Johnsons doing an awesome Kashmir cover!

Davey French(Everclear) and Paul Sheehan(Motorsled)!

Davey French(Everclear) and Paul Sheehan(Motorsled)!

Jeff Rouse(Loaded) and Davey French(Everclear)

Jeff Rouse(Loaded) and Davey French(Everclear)

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Fun Times At Finapalooza

Our local watering hole Finaghty’s Pub just wrapped up their fourth Finapalooza and it was a blast! The now three night event features a great line up of fantastic musical talent drawing bands such as Petty Thief, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Keith Scott, Christina Bautista, and this year Geoff Tate from the multi platinum rock band Queensryche made an appearance! The owners, Phil and Lisa have done a great job of bringing great musical entertainment to our little burb and putting Snoqualmie on the map.

This year, yours truly got to emcee the second and third nights introducing the acts and providing verbal fill between sets. It was such fun and was honored to be asked by Phil and Lisa and think I did a pretty good job as they have asked me to return for next year’s event. One of the most surprising bands that played was Klover Jane who played last on the final night. I was so impressed, I showcased the band on my music podcast, Sno Jo Radio. You can check out the episode here. Deb took some very good pictures on the third night and I set up an album you can see here! If you are ever in our neck of the woods this time of year, you should try to attend the annual Finapalooza. Make sure you get your tickets early and I’ll see ya there!

Strange Coincidence?

As some of you know, I do a music podcast show at www.snojoradio.com. I know I have listeners, but just how many, I haven’t a clue. I have already had one strange incident early on when I just started it and had only a handful of shows up. I was driving the bus on one of the routes that skirt the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. A guy got on wearing a full set of headphones and sat in the seat just to the other side of the aisle from my drivers seat. He was a typical Microsoft geek, of a foreign land, and even had a pocket protector in his shirt pocket. He was holding an extra large rubik’s cube and was listening to music so loud I could hear it even though the headphones fully covered his ears. As I drove along, something sounded familiar about the music blaring from the headphones. Soon I discovered it was one of the songs I had played on one of my shows! I thought this strange since I play very unique and not easy to find music. It is something you will not find on the radio that’s for sure. As I listened to the song come to an end, the next one started playing and it was another song I had played on my show. I almost had a coronary when I realized he was listening to one of my podcasts, number five to be exact. I got his attention and asked him what he was listening to. He seemed annoyed and bothered by my request and just said it was music he had downloaded from the internet. I persisted and asked him what it was and he said it was some podcast he got turned on to by someone in his work group at Microsoft. Just by chance, I had a card in my wallet for my podcast and dug it out and showed it to him and asked him if that was it. He said it was!!! I freaked!!! I then said it was me who did the podcast. He was unimpressed which deflated my balloon a bit! But I was elated to discover that all 45 people in his work group listen to my podcast….among others.

Fast forward to today and 30 some shows later. Recently I was watching an episode of CSI Miami. If you watch the show, they usually play some very cool music during one of their intense lab scenes and one they were playing was one that was on one of my newest shows. As a matter of fact I know the exact track, Drive It Like You Stole It by The Glitch Mob. I thought it was pretty cool and I might add, it was on my show first! Today I went on a run with some of my newest shows loaded up in my MP3 player. One of those shows was the one that had that track on it, as a matter of fact, that track opens the show. As the tracks played one by one, I stumbled on another track that I seemed to have heard on CSI just recently also. I vaguely remember thinking while watching it, that the music sounded familiar but at the time I didn’t put it together! Now I had a revelation that two tracks off the same podcast had recently been played on two different episodes of CSI Miami! Again I will add that my show was out before each of those episodes! When I got back to the house I unsuccessfully tried to find some sort of music credits on CSI Miami. Struck out on Wikipedia, and also IMDB. I even went to the show page on CBS and found zilch! Oh well it might be just a coincidence after all, but I am ecstatic that what I (a 51 year old rocker) am playing on my music podcast seems very, very relevant! If someone from the show is listening to my podcast, I am quite flattered and very proud of what I do!

My Music Podcast

snojo4My music podcast is blowing minds across the country and around the world, but I bet you are still listening to commercial top 40 crap aren’t you!? I mean really, how many times can you hear “Stairway To Heaven” or “Free Bird” anyway? Come to the edge and expand your auditory horizons! Be different – I DARE YOU TO! Prepared to have your mind entranced, prepare to have your body moving, prepare yourself for music that is for your head and will get into your head. No, this isn’t your granny or grampy’s music, no it’s not your mommy and daddy’s music, it’s not any old music period! Think you can handle it? I DON’T THINK YOU CAN!!!! Come on over and have a listen and if you like what you hear, tell a friend! Thanks for listening!

SHOW PAGE:
HTTP://WWW.SNOJORADIO.COM

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Snoqualmie Joe

“All I can say is WOW!” – Si Mom

“Haunting, moving, sometimes tribal, sometimes edgy, sometimes soothing, always different.” – Tune Factory

“Brilliant, wildly unique, an excellent showcase for independent music.” – Chicago Sun Eclipse

“I’m giving up Rap and Hip – Hip for this. It is awesome!” – An A Student

“Great music to workout to. I run longer and faster when I listen!” – Jym Ratt

“His music is like a drug, you are not sure you want to take it at first, but once you do, you”re addicted.” – Philadelphia Newsworthy

“This is some seriously weird stuff. Who is this guy and what is a Snoqualmie?” – Alice In Drag

“Chilling, eclectic, music you’ll never hear on the radio!” – Audio Orgasm

“This stuff blows!” – Clueless

“Sno Jo Radio takes you on a sensory roller coaster. At times you are chilling to some downtempo, then banging to some serious beats! Hang on for a wild ride!” – Dallas Daily Music Rag

Party Time At Finaghty’s

Well this past weekend our local watering hole, Finaghty’s Irish Pub, had a great three day party to celebrate their first anniversary and recent expansion! Deb and I were only able to go to Saturday nights show, but it was the main event, so to say! The place was packed and everyone there had an absolute blast! We were treated to the music from Chicago blues man, Keith Scott, Seattle based rockers, Sugar Farm, and to highlight the night, the rock band Everclear played a fantastic set! I just happened to record a podcast for my Just Joe Podcast Show, so you can go there to listen or click here for the direct link to the file to download! I interviewed Keith Scott, the guys from Love Truckers who played the night before, and also Art Alexakis from Everclear. It is a loud and raw podcast, but I cleaned it up the best I could! We took great photos so check them out here. And check out a great video shot of Art doing an acoustic solo of Brown Eyed Girl here! It was a great event!!!

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