Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Murphy's Law Applied

Shite! Sometimes it just can’t help hitting the fan.

Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Hendrickson is scheduled for a procedure on an ailing knee this month, which is why star of the Chicago Blues scene Billy Flynn is filling in for him at The Essen Haus on May 19. But while Gary’s knee waited patiently for medical attention, his shoulder got out of line. Doctor’s orders immediately had Gary’s arm in a sling. What can we do? Not a thing.

There’s a small handful of players who can jump into the Big Wes repertoire, and none were free to answer the call on such short notice. Ah well. As a result, The Essen Haus will most likely call on their stable of Polka stalwarts for authentic accompaniment to schnitzel slicing, kraut chomping, and boot imbibing. Big Wes would approve. German biers abound, and if you prefer, there’s a fine selection of Wisconsin brews steps away at The Come Back Inn.

Gary’s predicament threatened the Wednesday night FREE performance by The Maintainers at the OlinPark Pavilion but, luckily, Mel Ford, the main Maintainer guitar man, was able to juggle his schedule and make it for the downbeat at 6 pm. Attendance by all is recommended.

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