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Category: "Monday Morning Blues"

Get Up, Get Out, and JAM, Part 3: Ponderosa Bar and Grill

  04/09/12 04:28, by , Categories: Monday Morning Blues, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Dan Grigor, Video, Jam , Tags: dan grigor, jam, jam club, menifee, ponderosa bar and grill

It wouldn’t be honest to just tell you success stories. Sometimes Jam nights don’t work. It doesn’t mean that it was a bad Jam or a bad bar or a bad night. Sometimes there just aren’t enough listeners to go around. Local bar and grill owners are hit hard in this economy, just like everyone else. They count on an ever-shrinking entertainment budget of working stiffs who can afford a few beers and maybe a dinner night every so often. If their food is great they will be able to pay expenses; if the sale of booze can pay the rent and provide profit, that is a successful bar. That is also hard work. Once such local eatery, Ponderosa Bar and Grille on Shadel Rd. in Menifee,CA. has been a measured success over 17 years of service in the shape of great down-home food, reasonable drink deals, plenty of pool tables and great entertainment. With live bands and dancing Friday and Saturday, and karaoke Sundays and Thursdays, Ezra at the Ponderosa has been providing a great stage and dance floor to top local bands and tours, helping to hone a generation of young bands’ talent and professionalism.

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Monday Morning Blues - Grigorian Chance plays Diggin Holes

  09/13/10 04:36, by , Categories: Don't Suck at The Blues, Monday Morning Blues, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor , Tags: 12-string, blues, blues in d, blues in e, dan grigor, gregorian chants, guitar, key of e, music, sister grizzly, tom grigor, tuned down

Grigorian Chance is a pet project I have on going with my son, Tom, who lives in San Francisco. Whenever he comes down we try and do a recording. He is the guitar player in an awesome indie band there, “Sister Grizzly.” Check ‘em out on YouTube. Playing guitars with my son is one of those things in life that is special for so many reasons. He is so talented and we push each other a little. It’s good for us.

To really understand the play on words, google “Gregorian chants.”

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Very Good, Not That Good, Pretty Good

  09/11/10 15:56, by , Categories: Monday Morning Blues, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor , Tags: barefoot, bfmn, comments, dan grigor, fark, greenlight thread, music video, news, youtube

No matter what you do you can’t make everybody happy, so quit trying. This is particularly true with music. Just forget it. I don’t care who you are, what you play or how good you are. It can’t be done.

It is also true that if you put music on the internet and open up a discussion, you’d better put on your asbestos jumpsuit because it’s gonna get ugly. Case in point: I recently made a music video for a song called “Run.” One of my projects is “The Green Screen Trio,” where I play all three parts. In this video I only played two. The song wasn’t even a song yet, just a jam. I had fun making it and I posted the video on YouTube. Then I posted a link to it on Fark.com with a goofy headline for my friends to see.

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Monday Morning Blues with Dan Grigor and the Green Screen Trio

  06/28/10 03:14, by , Categories: Monday Morning Blues, Dan Grigor , Tags: 12 bar, 12-string, am, barefoot, bass, blues guitar, e, e7, grigor, monday morning blues, pentatonic

by Dan Grigor

This video really isn’t so much green screen as it it composite but it was still a challenge to shoot and edit. Once we had a setup with the jib and the lights and the background that we liked it took, on and off, 4 days to edit the 6-camera, 2-day shoot.

This is so much fun to do. Perfecting the system is a journey. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Part of the Monday Morning Blues series and you can find a play list of all of them here. It is a great way to start your week. Make it a part of your Monday morning.

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Tuesday Morning Slept Through Monday Blues

  05/18/10 10:47, by , Categories: Monday Morning Blues , Tags: jam at the cam, loop pedal, monday morning blues

I have been trying to have a new Monday Morning Blues song for you each week. This week I had a wacky Monday. Took some time to sleep, then I took a nap and an afternoon snooze, played some guitar with Frank. By the time I got to recording something for Monday morning I was dog tired, it was 3 in the morning and I didn’t have any voice for the song.

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