Dave Pike, city of Craig Parks and Recreation director, holds two Three Dog Night albums from his personal collection.  Three Dog Night is scheduled to play at Craig's Centennial concert July 12.

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Dave Pike, city of Craig Parks and Recreation director, holds two Three Dog Night albums from his personal collection. Three Dog Night is scheduled to play at Craig's Centennial concert July 12.

Three Dog Night to play at the Fairgrounds

Band will headline Centennial Celebration closing concert

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— When Dave Pike thinks back to his high school years, he remembers the band Three Dog Night was in the middle of a good run.

They had 21 consecutive Top 40 songs, 12 consecutive gold albums and from 1969 to 1974 no band had more Top 10 hits, Pike said.

"Jeez, when I was in high school they were huge, but I guess I'm really dating myself now," he said.

Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation Department director, and the city of Craig are bringing that pedigree to Craig's Centennial Celebration as part of the grand closing, which includes an air show at Moffat County Regional Airport about the same time.

Three Dog Night has reportedly agreed to perform an evening show July 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Pike said.

The band - once known for their live shows - still is going strong, he added.

Pike saw the band's show in Grand Junction last November, a day after his birthday.

"They didn't miss a lick when I saw them," Pike said. "They cranked when I saw them. The singing was right there with their albums."

The band sold out the 1,200-seat Avalon Theater that night - at $60 a ticket.

"Ours will be significantly less than that," Pike said.

Centennial organizers expect the tickets to cost somewhere in the $20 range, Pike said, but official details for the show are not finalized and plans could change.

Pike is working with about a $50,000 budget to put on a large-scale concert, he said. He plans to meet with other city officials today and discuss budget specifics.

"It is a lot of money, but it costs a lot of money to put on these shows," he said. "There are little things behind the scenes no one knows about."

Three Dog Night will receive $33,000 for the show. Stage, light and sound may be another $10,000 to $12,000 and spare instruments, known as backline, might be about $3,000.

Then there's the cost of staffing and security, the recreation director added.

Organizers have not decided on an opening band, and may look local or out of the area for that, Pike said.

"The budget isn't nailed down yet," he said.

Pike floated a survey around town last fall, and other bands community members expressed interest in - such as .38 Special and The Charlie Daniels Band - were unavailable for the dates the city wanted.

Pike doesn't expect the show to isolate an older crowd and alienate the youth, he said.

"They have some timeless tunes, like 'Joy to the World' and some of those others, and once we start marketing them on the radio, even the young people will recognize their music," Pike said. "That's one of the things that drew me to them."

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fish 6 years, 11 months ago

Please enlighten me on what you meant when you stated Hayden may have found a way to bring traffic to there town.

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letomayo 6 years, 11 months ago

I guess none of you remember "mama Told me not to come" That is one of my favorites and I can't remember why. I guess I won't be there becasue she said that's not the way to have fun. Not.

Why can't Steambot bring in bigger names than it does? Hayden may have found a way to bring traffic to there town.

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flotilla 6 years, 11 months ago

I love Chest Fever! I'll look forward to their rendition... although no one to date has done it better than the band... did they use an organ? great song.

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seeuski 6 years, 11 months ago

Can't wait to hear "In the Country, One Man Band,Eli's Coming "etc. etc.

Great get.

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Hadleyburg_Press 6 years, 11 months ago

It is going to be a "three dog night" tonight. Couldn't resist...

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bluntman 6 years, 11 months ago

i'm looking forward to some of those awesome, geriatric scissor-kicks i have heard so much about. joy to the world... yeah!

: - )

seriously though, this will be a really great show for everyone.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 11 months ago

Too bad Sonic won't be open by then. Be the perfect day trip!

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cforevereyez 6 years, 11 months ago

Just don't expect Chuck Negron. He is clean and sober and estranged from the band. His book, "Three Dog Nightmare", is an exellent read and chronicles the excesses of sex, drugs and rock n' roll of the 70s. He went from rock Superstar to sleeping on a mattress he pulled from a dumpster in downtown LA, crashing in an abandoned warehouse, sleeping with cockroaches instead of groopies. His comments about other band members guaranteed he will never be welcomed back in the band.

The current band line-up headlined a classic rock festival in Estes Park a few years ago, and were very good. They even played my favorite song, "Chest Fever."

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fish 6 years, 11 months ago

Apparently! Was just trying to figure out how a concert in Craig discussion changed into letomayo's comment.

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cforevereyez 6 years, 11 months ago

flotilla

"Chest Fever" started out with this swirling organ jam, but you weren't sure what it was leading into, then the keyboardist launched it into the four opening chords and it just rocked.

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flotilla 6 years, 11 months ago

Thanks sbvor... a wealth of information, as usual. I am glad they kept it real with the organ.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 11 months ago

While "Eli's Coming" is one of my favorite songs, but my favorite version of it comes from The Nylons, an acapella group (all vocal- no instruments). They have this amazing live version of the song that sends chills up my spine when harmonies peak.

Another acapella group, Rockapella (who played at Strings Tent a few years ago), perform a great version of "Shambala."

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jaded 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm guessing letomayo was referring to the band "Traffic". Anyone?

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

svbor:

I had never heard of him til a couple months ago, when I was trolling for Sabicus clips. Stumbled across this kid, somehow.

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tom bedell 6 years, 11 months ago

thanks for the sweet links! can i recommend some blues legends? try Son Seals, Albert Collins, Albert King and definately Buddy Guy! sorry i don't have a bunch of links for you but...

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

Clips of Jacob Armen, when he was all of 7 years old.

I could barely tie my shoes when I was 7.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=M4mfVJCKA5E

http://youtube.com/watch?v=I8cvKImVadE

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 11 months ago

Smoke- I hit the Removal button only because that comment has nothing to do with anything on this thread. If you want to go after Jazz, go for it, but this was actually a thread where we all were enjoying something we all have in common: memories of good music. Even the people I normally antagonize...not doing it on this thread.

Brent, if you actually do remove his post, you can remove this one right afterward, and we can hopefully keep 1 thread tame.

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

Brent - just leave smoke where he/she/it is. As long as he/she/it isn't profane or pornographic, he/she/it can indulge in his/her/its adolescent ravings to his/her/its heart's content.

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

By the way, sbvor - thanks for the SRV clips. GREATEST blues guitarist.

EVER.

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my2centsworth 6 years, 11 months ago

SBVOR - You mentioned BRAVE COMBO! I didn't know anyone else around here (besides me) had even heard of them! I've been a fan of theirs since the late 80's. I urge everyone to check them out! I can't say enough about them. Grammy winners, musicians musicians, extremely versatile, super creative, and they are the ultimate live party band! Years ago in another state I had the pleasure of booking them each year for a little outdoor party that the business I worked for put on. People of all ages would be dancing their brains out. Somehow we need to get them to come to Steamboat! Maybe Strings could get them! Any ideas? Check them out at www.brave.com/bo Best Christmas album ever: It's Christmas, Man!

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

OK I'm on a guitar binge. Sabicus (Paco de Lucia worships this guy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ociBQd...

SRV's homage to his wife: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEp2QL...

Joe Pass & NHOP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI-1sq... I drove 300 miles to see Joe in the mid 80s at a supper club in Seattle. When I told him during the set break that I'd be calling in sick the next day, he picked up my tab. RIP, Joe. You were a badass player, and a good man.

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 11 months ago

the Eagles "Life in the fast lane" was written about Nicks and Buckingham hey bore, I got a pristine vinyl picture disc of 84's Couldn't Stand The Weather. and a drum stick I caught front row at the Spokane Opera House in 84, with Bonnie Raitt as the opening act. He sure could play that axe behind his back! RIP

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

Bonnie Raitt - the ultimate opening act who conquered her demons made it big.

Of all the pop musicians I was able to interview/talk to when I was on the air, she stands out as among the brightest, most articulate, engaging, and down to earth.

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steamboatsconscience 6 years, 11 months ago

jazz actually she stole the show that night, and came out and played slide with Stevie. First saw her in late 60's at my college student union, maybe 50 people, saw James Taylor there too. never miss her show when she comes around she's still got it

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

Prine's quite a good songwriter. Not so sure about his "singing."

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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

We'll have to agree to disagree. Prine ruins it for me. Great song, though.

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madmoores 6 years, 11 months ago

This was nominated for best joke of the year:

A Somalian arrives in Minneapolis as a new immigrant to the United States. He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, 'Thank you Mr. American for letting me in this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and free education!' The passerby says, 'You are mistaken, I am Mexican.'

The man goes on and encounters another passerby. ' Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America !' The person says, 'I not American, I Vietnamese.

'The new arrival walks further, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand and says, 'Thank you for the wonderful America !' That person puts up his hand and says, 'I am from Middle East, I am not American!'

He finally sees a nice lady and asks, 'Are you an American?' She says, 'No, I am from Africa !' Puzzled, he a sks her, 'Where are all the Americans?' The African lady checks her watch and says...

        "Probably at work!!!!!!!"
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JazzSlave 6 years, 11 months ago

Security better come down hard on the smokers - wouldn't want to set off the Dogs' oxygen tanks.

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424now 6 years, 9 months ago

In regards to the lovely lady lead,

Long ago in my missguided youth I was the friend of a fiend in a place of dreams. We hopped and we crashed the gatherings about. Known as cads to some and to others as louts. On an evening warm clear and bright. We hopped a wall in search of delight. A castle of sorts in a town by the sea. In search of women far beyond our means. Into a party where we were not known. Finding a fantasy there to be shown. The likeness of beauty we knew all to well. A singer, an angel, a woman in white, with golden hair and haunting eyes, stood laughing with minions and hangers on. While I in my mind wrote this poem. My friend and hero to this very day, slid quietly by to have his way. Walked behind her toward the band, and brushed her behind with the back of his hand. While I stood there stunned and feared for his life. Rhiannon just turned and gave him a smile. Never before and never again do I suppose to feel the same, as I did that night.

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424now 6 years, 9 months ago

I don't think Greg washed that hand for weeks

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424now 6 years, 9 months ago

After dinner on warm spring nights an acoustic guitar will once again ring out over the mountain side, for now I play in the house.

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

Site's acting a little woogy itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0QKbnCDW94

Steve played both parts for that last one.

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homegrown 6 years, 8 months ago

Hey does anyone out there know how to take a playlist from you tube and add it to your Ipod. By the way this is the most peaceful thread going, I never thought I'd really say this, but thanks sbvor for your comments.

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

Now I want a cherry cordial,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fykZ3PymMo

As a DJ at K-State this was the take a break, leave the studio drive down to the last chance and get a shot and get back before the song ended, smoking a cigarette the entire time, Song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlbgqmxXNY&feature=related

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

Somewhat of a departure - Tim Conway lays waste to seasoned comedy vets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_W...

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

Jazz RLMAO and then clicked all the other out take videos. Took me awhile to get back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DUfjlFyqA&feature=related

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

sbvor,

Yes sir I have heard it. This time I get to lead,

http://www.last.fm/music/Blind+Faith/_/Well+All+Right

Life is a purty thing on a sunny day.

woogy ol' site

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

Chicago was my favorite band when I was a kid. Terry Kath was a bada$$ player; one of the most underrated in all of pop/rock. Hendrix was famously quoted telling one of the Chicago horn players "you know, your guitar is better than me."

Too bad he decided booze & Russian roulette was a good combo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BxZ3_7kk00&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-LoRtUB510 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly1H_tk2fMg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWO7c7ZmUAA&feature=related

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

Weather Report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7fOet...

To Zawinul's left, there's a stack of three keyboards. Watch him play the middle one. Early in the piece, the damned thing is backwards. That is, the notes ascend from right to left. Later during his solo, it's conventionally scaled.

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

From "Blues & Roots". Featuring my favorite bari player, Pepper Adams. Here's the only decent clip of Pepper I could find: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiAv5NougP8

Ronnie Cuber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uPsE...

Nick Brignola: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCP7SH...

And, of course, the guy who won all the polls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUHH9MgSzm4

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

Joe Morello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsKq3H... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0XED9...

Tony Williams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxyiNo...

Zakir Hussain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As1OMMcHXFs I saw Hussain perform in Seattle in the late 80s, at an all-percussion concert. One of the most mesmerizing exhibitions I've ever seen/heard. This clip doesn't even begin to expose his virtuosity & musicianship.

Billy Cobham: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmfJD1... Billy was one of the other percussionists at the Seattle gig. I ran into him a couple years later, and mentioned Hussain. He shook his head & said "that guy's a f*&@ing magician."

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

Jaco was the man - one of the greatest bass players of all time. Too bad he was nuts.

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

Jazz,

We are all of us, a little nuts. It is the nature of our individual perception of reality that it inherently differs from that of our peers. This is why it so interesting to hear and converse with others. Even those who are a little nuts.

Andy McKee is a little nuts. I just happen to appreciate the perspective his mania offers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt1fB62cGbo&NR=1

I bless the rains also.

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JazzSlave 6 years, 8 months ago

My remarks about Jaco were more flip than I intended. Jaco had mental health issues bi polar or schizophrenic or something similar; exacerbated by drug & alcohol abuse. He got loaded & tried to bully his way into a seedy after hours club in Florida, and was beaten to death by the owner.

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424now 6 years, 8 months ago

And my remarks are not intended as a critisizm, simply another observation from my intelect nurtured by poetry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QOfgoD8hnI&feature=related

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