"I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends" — John Lennon
"You can't describe it. You just have to experience it."
This is the most common quote from those who come to Greensboro Grub for the first time or the 20th time!
We had July Grub two nights ago and it did not disappoint. It was our largest Grub to date with 72 guests plus 8 workers in the kitchen! The cuisine was Jamaican with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Pork, Jamaican Stir-Fry veggies, Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding, Jamaican carrots, and Jamaican Rice & Peas on the menu. What a spread! yummm, notice the theme?
Eyes sparkled and mouths watered as the feast began. You cannot imagine the sound of 70 plus people eating, laughing, talking and having the time of their lives. I will sometimes go into the next room, to be quiet & listen to the joyful noise. Amazing.
As folks slow down on the main course Ruth goes into the breakfast nook to prepare desserts.
As she does that, I, Charlie, go to the center of the table to do guest interviews... finding out where they were born, what brought them to Greensboro and other info. Laughter abounds as guests try to out-wit me... oh, ye of hopeless causes! THAT will never happen. After the interviews dessert is served — Peach Pecan Bread Pudding!!
As dessert is scarfed up and people begin to linger over coffee, the announcement is made to pick-up your chairs and go into the Gathering Room for sharing of talents. This is where the magic truly begins. "Ordinary" people coming forward to give us gifts of talent, words, songs and antics. It is really quite astounding what happens. This Grub we had 7 young poets perform, they are preparing to leave for a National contest in Chicago. They were amazing. Words that made us think. Words that made us laugh. Words that made us laugh. They were on the top of their game!
What an honor to be there with such talent, openness and vulnerability.
After the poets other people took to the stage to share with us. Again it is something to be experienced and difficult to describe as unique and special friends rose to tell stories, sing songs and share memories. We felt privileged to be there. And as with every Grub, Ruth & I marvel that we are fortunate enough to live such a life, to have such friends and to see what happens when God takes over. Truly amazing. Truly blessed. I tell people that we are always as surprised as anyone else when we have a Grub and the magic happens. I mean, what did we do? We offered some food and a place to gather and what happens after that is beyond our capabilities and beyond our expectations, beyond our dreams.
As part of our efforts to bring community together and to share the good life with all you folks, we are doing some awesome things this fall. Starting in September 6, 2013 we will be sponsoring a concert that will knock your socks off. (Which begs the question: Who really wants to be put in the position of having their socks knocked off?)
Dave Nachmanoff & Warren Bodle & Allen
Dave Nachmanoff, an artist from the West Coast will be touring in our area. We snagged him for a concert here at 614 S. Elm St. You gotta come hear this guy! As a matter of fact, you can hear samples of his music here. His bio includes the following: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotten (Freight Train). Hes led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, hes a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop whos sold over 15,000 recordings. Daves the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) hes worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Oh, and hes got a doctorate in Philosophy. That he earned in his spare time.
Dave grew up in the 60s and 70s surrounded by the active folk scene of northern Virginia and Washington DC and inspired by Pete Seeger, country rock, early revival folk like the Kingston Trio and later on, 80s new wave. Toss in a bit of Celtic folk-rock a la Fairport Convention and its clear how he got his rich melodic sound.
He produced and played on Al Stewarts newest, Uncorked. Its an exciting live recording of Stewarts songs, their guitars and voices so full and in sync youll swear its a whole band. In News from Spain Al Jokes that Dave had to duplicate Rick Wakemans piano solo and indeed he does, with a Spanish flair that ends in a flurry of notes. In Carol, he offers a rhythmic compliment to Als strumming, including a breath taking set of arpeggios that brings the crowd to their feet. A bonus on every song is the fine guitar playing of Nachmanoff, who blends with Stewarts guitar very well and adds considerable musical interest to the proceedings Mike OCull, RivetingRiffs.com.
Warren Bodle & Allen
The Allen portion of Warren Bodle & Allen is one of my best friends. Louis Allen is a multi-talented, wonderful guy with big heart. The price of the concert ($15) is worth it just for these guys! Let me give you some info from their website:
ABOUT THE BAND: We've been making music together for over 30 years now, playing clubs, restaurants, concerts, parties and festivals throughout North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Here in the Triad, we've been a "regular" act at establishments like Sammy's, Huck's, Ragin' Cajun, Central Station, and Crocodile's, as well as numerous (and still jammin’) city street festivals and celebrations. We've been featured performers with Greensboro's "Music For A Sunday Evening In The Park" series and Burlington’s “Sunset Rhythms” series for the past nine years, and we've opened for name acts like The Kingston Trio and Judy Collins.
We're a three-voice, seven-instrument band. Louis Allen, a Greensboro attorney, plays mandolin, bass guitar and harmonica. Rob Bodle, a Greensboro advertising creative director, plays guitar and banjo. John Warren, a psychologist from Winston-Salem, plays guitar, dobro and harmonica. We tend to switch around on lead vocals and instruments to keep things interesting.
Our music is a combination of tasty bluegrass and contemporary folk-rock and country-rock tunes. We do lots of original material, as well as songs by artists like Dan Fogelberg, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Loggins & Messina, Poco, James Taylor, and Paul Simon. Our sound is acoustic, with emphasis on tight harmonies and clean picking. It's all dynamic, good-feeling music that appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes.
Our first CD, "Signatures," was released in January, 1995, and our second, all-original-tunes CD "Coming Up A Storm" was released in 2000. Our third CD - "The Ocracoke Sessions" - was released June 1, 2010, just in time for our performance at the Ocrafolk Festival. All are available at CDBaby online, and at our live shows.