Mike Bolger of Mr. Blotto has announced that Hotel Blotto 2020, scheduled for February 21st and 22nd, are officially on sale. Hotel Blotto is a winter festival that takes over a hotel for a weekend with 3 separate stages and music all weekend.
The bands include:
Mr. Blotto (both nights)
Chester Brown (both nights)
Miles over Mountains
Alias Hillman (formerly Double Starch)
The Cost is $40/day and you must have a Wristband to be anywhere in the Hotel for the weekend.
The event is at the same place it has been in the past but under a new name (#ITSNOTABESTWESTERN):
The La Porte Hotel and Conference Center 444 Pine Lake Ave. La Porte, IN 46350 (219) 362-4585
In order to book a room, call The La Porte Hotel & Conference Center and tell them you are calling about the Mr. Blotto Event or they will tell you that there’s nothing available.
In the event that the Hotel sells out of rooms, don’t worry. The Stages all are designed to handle way more people than the Hotel can provide rooms for, so you can still attend. There are a number of Hotels very near by that Mr. Blotto will have information on if need arises.
And here’s a link to the Facebook Event sites for each day if you want to catch up on Commentary, etc…
It was a snowy night after a long rain but Buddy and Pal’s in Crown Point was standing room only long before the show even started. The fans were ready for Marrakesh Express.
Marrakesh Express is a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They are well worth the jam thumbs up when they roll into the region. Their vocals will take you back to the times of CSNY.
Greg Ashby (vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica), Daryl Grady (vocals and acoustic guitar), and David Varella (vocals and acoustic guitar) front the band while backed by Joe “Joe Kidd” Baranowski (electric and acoustic guitar), Pete Calacci (electric guitar), Rick Hemphill (keyboards and vocals), Mike Flannery (bass guitar) and Glenn Miller (drums). The talent is amazing reminding myself of days listening to WCKG out of Chicago.
Sea of Madness
Almost Cut my Hair
49 Bye Byes
Everybody I Love You
Love the One Your With
Find the Cost of Freedom
You Don’t Have to Cry
Long Time Gone
8 Miles High
Down By the River
Judy Blue Eyes
Guests were treated in the second set to Guinevere and Deja Vu which they normally only play in theatre settings.
Many came early Friday night to get a seat just to hear Justin Golday from Allgood come out and play a solo acoustic set for the evening at the 219 Taproom in Chesterton, IN. He said it had been awhile since he had been out solo, but he kept everyone glued from the start.
Songs for the evening included:
Friend of the Devil
Ain’t Wastin’ Time
Dire Wolf -> Jack Straw
Nurse -> Black Peter
A Little Help -> Feed the Fire
Man Who Sold
Where’s my Guitar
Miss Half Step
Can’t Stand Losin’
Brown Eyed Woman
If you get a chance, be sure to check out the 219 Taproom. The Philly Cheesesteak that was on the menu that night was delicious. The menu changes, so check with their site. Kid friendly and non-smoking.
Getting ready for the weekend? Just a quick highlight on the calendar for this weekend where we have a great selection of music in store.
Beer Hippies and Burn’em Brewing are taking over the taps at Matey’s restaurant in Michigan City starting at 7 PM.
At the same time “just Just” (Justin Golday from Allgood) will be solo at the 219 Taproom in Chesterton.
For the adventurous, Mr. Blotto’s Acoustic Trio is at the Old Shoe 10 Year Anniversary with Family Groove Company which starts at 8 PM at the Chop Shop in Chicago
If you’re still in the NWI area at 9 PM check out Gato at Knuckleheads in Michigan City.
Strings Beyond Description will be making their first appearance at Hickory Creek Brewing Company at 6:30 PM in New Lenox, Illinois
Marrakesh Express – a CSN&Y Experience will be at Buddy & Pal’s Place in Crown Point, IN starting at 8 PM. This is a FREE show.
If we missed your booking, please be sure to submit gig information through the contact form prior to Wednesday.
As always, follow the NWI Jam calendar for updates and more information. Location along with links to the event in the description are contained in the calendar you can link to your own Google calendar.
Will you be my Funky Valentine? – The Punta Gorda Funk Fest is February 14th and 15th in Florida where Joe Marcinek is a featured performer that includes Lettuce, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Here Come the Mummies, the Main Squeeze, The Nth Power, Funk You, Voodoo Visionary, The HeadTones, Jamar Woods, and Dr. Bacon.
His lineup for this event will include Tony Hall of Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Glaspie of Nth Power, and Jamar Woods of The Fritz.
Special thanks to Rich Woodrick for pointing this one out, I couldn’t find it on Joe’s calendar yet.
Looking for a winter escape? Joe Marcinek has announced a run of 3 dates coming up in February with organist Melvin Seals of JGB, and Ashley and Taylor Galbraith
February 6th is in Dunedin, Fl. February 7th and 8th are in Winter Park, FL with Bobby Vega and Papa Mali opening the show.
Then book your Valentine’s Day weekend – The Punta Gorda Funk Fest is February 14th and 15th where Joe Marcinek is a featured performer that includes Lettuce and many others. Special thanks to Rich Woodrick for pointing this one out.