Archive for January, 2011
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Well, NAMM was great. I thought I’d write a little blog about it.
First, I’m happy to report that the Anaheim Bass Bash Benefit Concert came off splendidly. After all of the on-again-off-again-changing-venue drama, the place was completely packed and we raised some good coin for event organizer Pete Decuir. I just spoke with Pete and he’s recovering nicely from his chemotherapy treatments. He’s also very grateful to everyone who came out and supported the event.
As for the show itself, Alex Al’s band open with a jam-oriented set of intense grooves. Norm Stockton’s band followed, and his composition-oriented fusion (and great bass tone and technical playing) was a treat to watch. Next up was Brian Bromberg, who dazzled everyone with his insane chops on both upright and electric while he played to tracks.
Then Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann and I took the stage…and I have to say, I was blown away by what happened. I had a feeling it was going to be good from the one rehearsal we had the night before, but MAN I had no idea what was coming in the show. Everything just clicked, and we were goading each other to take chances with the material. People who saw it really freaked. Afterwards, we were all so thrilled with how it went that we almost immediately started talking about how to do it again. Those talks are continuing, and if I have any news I’ll relay it as soon as I get it.
After we were done, Scott Ambush played an amazing set of funk/fusion (that guy is really sick) and closed out the night in style. Several beer pitchers were full of cash by the end of the night, and everyone left happy. Many thanks to Mike Lull and D’addario for helping to make the night happen, and special thanks to Mick Donner and Paul Tidwell for stepping in and organizing the event.
I also played with Doug Johns in the Music Garage booth, which was much fun (check out their amazing facility if you’re in the Chicago area), did a play-to-tracks set at the Mike Lull Booth, and I jammed with Zappa Plays Zappa bassist Pete Griffin at the Source Audio booth (fine pedals, they make ‘em!). Plus I did a signing at the Alfred Booth with Dethklok’s Brendon Small to help debut the Dethklok Bass Antholgy Music/Tab book, which hopefully metal bassists will find both informative and amusing.
Kira and I capped off the weekend by watching Mike Keneally play keys with Joe Satriani at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night. It’s always a special treat for me to watch Mike do his thing in other musical environments, and I’d never seen Satch before live. I really get his thing now – totally different from Vai, and rewarding in a different way as well. Mike, of course, played his ass off, and watching him trade solos with Satch was great fun.
Now I’m back home and working on finishing the live album, plus getting ready for a short GA/NC tour with Kira Small. But it was great to see everyone at NAMM, and it just reminded me that the “music business” is really a small, tightly-knit community filled with lots of cool and incredibly talented people. I’m just glad to be a small part of it.
STOP THE PRESSES: Guthrie/Marco/Beller To Play Relaunched Anaheim Bass Bash BENEFIT CONCERT
Friday, January 7th, 2011
The past 24 hours have really been something.
Here are the new headlines:
1) The Anaheim Bass Bash is back on, and the Guthrie Govan/Marco Minnemann/Bryan Beller band is playing it
2) The show is going to be a benefit concert for longtime Bass Bash organizer Pete Decuir’s battle with leukemia.
3) All the information I posted below and sent out in the last BellerBytes e-mail (including, unfortunately, the party bus) is no longer valid.
Pete Decuir and his wife Stephanie have given so much to the bass community it’s hard to know where to even start. He’s poured hours and hours, year after year, into making the Bass Bash and other bass-related events a place for members of the bass community to gather and learn from each other. I owe him a debt of gratitude for giving me a platform to share my own music with so many others over the years.
Pete starts chemotherapy today and could use all the support – financial or otherwise – we can give him. Here are the new show details:
Friday, January 14 (Winter NAMM Friday night!)
Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann
The Anaheim Bass Bash BENEFIT CONCERT
at JT Schmid’s
2610 E Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Sponsored by Mike Lull Custom Basses and D’addario Strings
Also featuring Brian Bromberg, Norm Stockton, and other special guests TBA (there could be a lot more)!
ADMISSION FREE, DONATIONS OF ANY AMOUNT WELCOME
I’m very happy about this and I think it’s going to be an amazing event.
There’s a longer version of the story. If you want to read it, just click here.
Sorry for the whiplash, everyone – and hopefully I’ll see many of you there.
Guthrie Govan/Marco Minnemann/Bryan Beller NAMM Gig Venue Change
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
POST UPDATED 12:16AM, 1/7/11 – the info below is now outdated. New show details coming soon – BB
It’s been a crazy last couple of days, but here’s the latest news on the NAMM gig that I’m doing with Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann.
The headlines are:
1) We’re playing a different venue
2) The Anaheim Bass Bash has been cancelled for this year
Here’s the new show info:
Friday, January 14
Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller
with special guest Aram Bedrosian
at Throwback’s Sports Bar & Grill
1759 S. Claudina Way
Anaheim, CA 92805
FREE ADMISSION, NO CREDENTIALS REQUIRED
FREE TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BY THROWBACK’S PARTY BUS
(pickup in front of Hilton at 7:00 and 7:30; return trips at 11:00 and 11:30)
Sponsored by: Mike Lull Custom Basses, D’addario Strings, and SWR Sound
Aram Bedrosian – 8:15
Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller – 9:00
There’s more news but I don’t think it’s right to post it on the front page. I recommend clicking here to read the full report.
I’m very glad the gig is still on, and more grateful than ever for being able to do stuff like this. NAMMsters, hope to see you there.
2011 January Kickoff: NAMM, North Carolina, Nashville…And Don’t Forget WesFest 6!
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
It’s only January 3 and I’m already pushing the limits of my own bandwidth. Evidence is fully contained in the latest BellerBytes, which you can read by clicking here.
* I’m playing a show at NAMM with Guthrie Govan (!!) and Marco Minnemann
* Kira and I are hitting Atlanta and North Carolina again later this month
* I’m doing a clinic in Nashville at Corner Music right after NAMM
* The Holland KMB booking is going along nicely and we’ll have news to report soon
* WesFest 6 is only seven weeks away
* The mixes for the Beller Band live album “Wednesday Night Live” are almost done
This does not excuse you from reading the whole BellerBytes, by the way.
Now I have to go practice Guthrie Govan’s material because it is not easy and my hands are still my hands.
Happy New Year everyone!