Talking Special Guest With Kris Jones

Special Guest App is a technology platform that helps make it extremely simple and affordable for anyone, anywhere to hire LIVE entertainment on demand via mobile and Web apps. Special Guest App removes friction from the LIVE entertainment booking process by seamlessly facilitating discovery, communication, scheduling, agreement, and payments. This people-centric tool helps venue owners and managers make more money by streamlining the entire process of booking live entertainment and their professional talent buying team operates to help leverage live entertainment to help them grow revenue and create incredible experiences. Special Guest is agent, manager and promoter friendly and actually serves all talent types, including musicians, comedians, magicians, kids entertainers, dancers, DJs, actors / actresses, rappers / hip hop artists, photographers, and much more! The company was cofounded by actor / comedian Damon Wayans, Jr and serial entrepreneur and best selling author, Kristopher Jones

I had the opportunity to discuss this innovative application with co-founder Kris Jones, who is (just to name a couple) a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and best selling author that comes with years of experience and an open mind that makes this application tick from a technology/business standpoint. We get into the who, what, where, why and when can you get started using Special Guest type questions. For me, the reason I wanted to help spread the word is that this platform helps even out the playing field for all types of talent, including those who don’t have the black-book filled with all the right connections. Special Guest can help all the hands in the jar come out with hand fulls!!

Mobile App can be grabbed up here for iOS.

*Soon to be released for Android.

Where The Mud Meets The Road

The final portion of this week’s proGram makes the most out of any falling rain:

Herbs For Your Headache- Ola Onabule
La Cosa- Orquesta Akokán
Keep Talkin’- Yoko Miwa
Bogie Stop Shuffle- Yoko Miwa

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Save The Bones For Henry Jones- Dr. John
I Own the Night- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Ft. Saul Williams
The Shared Stories of Rivals (KEITA)- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Ft. Saul Williams

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Beyond All Limits- Doug Carn
Slush- Jared Pauley
Don’t Cross The Coss- Roxy Coss

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Doing It Over- Irie Time
Stretch First- Brijean
Show And tell- Brijean

Glad To Be A Chive

The middle portion of the proGram knew how to add a little to the tastes:

Batonga- Santana Ft. Buika
Luna Hechicera- Santana Ft. Buika

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Tired Of Giving In- Making Movies Ft. Flor De Toloche
**pre-recorded conversation with Enrique Chi of Making Movies**
The Wake Of The Fall (Nibiru)- Making Movies
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That Old Black Magic- Dr. John
greenarrowradio promo- Mark Mullins
Misty Mountain Hop- Bonerama
Kings & Queens- The New Mastersounds Ft. Lamar Williams Jr.
Oh Tammi- Alan Evans
Sparky The Flying Dog- Alan Evans

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Toast 2 Us- Tuxedo Ft. Benny Sings
Freedom- Mydy Rabycad
Escalator- Resavoir Ft. Sen Morimoto
What If- Amber Mark
Crossing- Yosi Horikawa

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No Sunshine Tomorrow (Sunset Version)- Children Of Zeus
Bad Days Are Over- deM atlaS Ft. Atmosphere
Happy Daze- Bluke

Bursting With Song

The first portion of the proGram exploded from the get go into an ear-drumming vibration:

Devil- Mark Cline Bates
I Don’t Know Why- Mark Cline Bates

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Imagine- Playing For Change
Miss You- Opium Moon

Blues In The Night- Dr. John
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Rock Me Baby- Big Jack Reynolds
Bridge You Ain’t Burnt- Tom Euler
Tricky Business- Tom Euler
greenarrowradio promo- Meg Williams

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Not For Me- Head Honchos
Whiskey Devil- Head Honchos
Broom- Ross Osteen Band
Ambush- Cheap Trick

Music & A Movement With Making Movies

Energy, mysticism, roots– it’s hard to describe the genre-breaking music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers–results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark. At times the falsetto of Diego Chi takes you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors his spirited voice in the midst of the Chaurand brothers’ primal and folkloric percussion. An explosion of energy on the stage–does the soundtrack make the movie, or does the movie make for the soundtrack?
In 2017 Art As Mentorship was created by Enrique Chi, born out of six years of collaboration between Making Movies and local non-profits Base Academy of Music and the Mattie Rhodes Center. What began as a week-long music education camp for youth in an undeserved community has grown into a six-month songwriting and mentorship program called the Rebel Song Academy. Students get to record with and learn from industry professionals, like Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos who recorded the first class in 2018. The world turned their attention to Making Movies as Rubén Blades, Flor De Toloache, Asdru Sierra, David Hidalgo, Frankie Negrón & Las Cafeteras joined forces with the band on their new album, ameri’kana, which was released in May 2019. The first two singles, “No Te Calles” and “Cómo Perdonar”, were launched along with a movement that invites artists and fans to participate on the website NoTeCalles.World, by joining the chorus with Rubén Blades and Making Movies. The album includes “Delilah”, a song about immigration written during a week-long writing session between Blades and Lou Reed that had never before been recorded. Saying that “Rock’n’roll is Latin music” the band dedicates the album to the beautiful inhabitants of the ameri’kana continent.

I had the privilege of re-connecting with Enrique ahead of the groups return to Madison on June 23rd as part of the Sessions at McPike Park – Pursuit Of Happiness Sessions. After having a chance to hang with this great group of people when they were here last year, I definitely developed a fondness for them as people first and then the music. If you have seen then, you know what I mean. If you haven’t find a place to and go! Enrique and I get into what to expect if you are new to the Making Movies scene, we get into the creation of the new release, ameri’kana and how working with one of their heroes, Mr. Rubén Blades took their stories to a best seller book level. We get a little political, well, we can call it topical in our discussion about how music has opened our minds and eyes but we get back into the music when Enrique rattles off a list of artists/songs he’d spin for the greenarrowradio listeners if he was in the pilot’s seat. This is THE band people should be talking about.

When It Sits Still For You

The final portion of this week’s proGram took some time to just be…err just dragonfly?

Habib Faye- Youssou N’Dour
My Child- Youssou N’Dour Ft. Babatunde Olatunji

Jump Sturdy- Dr. John
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A’ Ghrian- Soulsha
Walking ON The Moon- Radio ’77

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Everybody Loves The Sunshine- Dave Stryker
Pretzel Logic- Dave Stryker
Buffalo- Alan Evans
Sunny Side Of The Streets- Momo Said

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Matter- Bluke
SHAKE 88- Denzel Curry Ft. Sam Sneak
Smoke- Haviah Mighty Ft. Clairmont the Second

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Whole Lotta Loving- Lenny Kravitz w/Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker
Goin’ Back To New Orleans- Dr. John

The Crawling

The second portion of the proGram had a lot of legs tohelp it get from there to hEAR:

Bleach Boys and Beach Girls- The Minus 5
MRI- The Minus 5
Goodbye Braverman- The Minus 5
Breathe- Slowness
Rose- Slowness

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Can’t Get Through To My Head- The Mystery Lights
**pre-recorded conversation with Mike Brandon of he Mystery Lights**
Thick Skin- The Mystery Lights
Too Much Tension- The Mystery Lights

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Loop Garoo- Dr. John
ameri’kana- Making Movies
Rebelión- Making Movies Ft. Flor De Toloache
Paraísos Quemados- Santana Ft. Buika
Los Invisibles- Santana Ft. Buika

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Stepping Back In Time- Bassel & the Supernaturals
Global Warning- Lady Moon & the Eclipse

Your Move

The first portion of the reGularly scheduled program was a life-sized game of chess…waiting:

Say Never- Charlie Roth
greenarrowradio promo- J.P. Reali
My Baby Loves To Boogie- J.P. Reali

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Don’t Leave Me This Way- Dr. John
A Fool Like Me- Delbert McClinton
If I Hock My Guitar- Delbert McClinton
Down Home Blues- Grady Champion

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Hot Potato- Big Jack Reynolds
I Had A Little Dog- Big Jack Reynolds
Spare Change- Odds Lane
Work- Head Honchos

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Never Gonna Die- Jason Roberts
Big Big Smile- The Complication

Until It Clears

Did a pre-show proGram that had the fire’s smoke sending off the good doctor:

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic- Laurence Hobgood
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Domino- Wayne Alpern
Mercy Mercy Mercy- Wayne Alpern
Jive Samba- Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
Funk Heap- Rich Willey & Boptism Big Band

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Kansas City- Dennis Coffey
Bad Attitude- Doug Carn and his West Coast Organ Band
In Search Of- Nathan-Paul & The Admirables Ft. Chris Coles
Little Rooster- Ross Osteen Band

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I Walk On Guilded Splinters- Dr. John

Release The Tension With The Mystery Lights

In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, The Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share an apartment in Ridgewood, Queens – the basement of which they’ve converted into a makeshift rehearsal space. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City. Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own. 2016 found these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step – unleashing their own brand of kick out the jams on tour and in the studio. When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching Mystery Lights as their inaugural act.

I had the chance to catch up with Mike Brandon ahead of The Mystery Lights heading to the High Noon Saloon in Madison on June 24th. We get into what to expect from a live show, the creation of the new album “Too Much Tension!” as well what Mike would air to the listeners of greenarrowradio if given the chance to fill in for me.

Ready To Burst

The final portion of this week’s proGram grew up and out and was ready to let it all go wild:

Electric Mirror- Francesco Tristano
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Dance Of The Freedom People- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People
Oh Yeah- Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People
Air- Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research
Sticks Impromptu #4- Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research

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***Pre-recorded conversation with Colin Mochrie***
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Carmine Appice Mothers Space- Carmine Appice Ft. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
Gonna Rain- Carmine Appice Ft. Richie Sambora
Where You Belong- Carmine Appice Ft. Slash

Diary Of A Madman- Ozzy Osbourne
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Chisholm Trail- Woody Guthrie
Running, Returning- Akron/Family
Fortune- Sam Amidon
Love Song- Lesley Duncan

Iris Everything For You

The third part of the proGram was not only ear beautiful, but it did it all for you:

Footsteps & Smiles- Anat Cohen Tentet
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Iwa (Contemplation)- David Sánchez
The Land Of Hills- David Sánchez
The Chase- Detroit Tenors
Mobius Modes- Detroit Tenors

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El Arroyo- Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Mi Descarga- Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

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Sonny’S Hustle- Miles Brown
Yes- Michel Camilo
Repercussions- Michel Camilo

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Just My Imagination- Dennis Coffey
Jellyfish Jam- Ross Osteen Band
Cubano Chant- Larry Fuller
The Mooch- Larry Fuller

It Was Hidden Within

The second portion of the proGram might have been in there….

Two To Tango- Zoe’s Shanghai
Taking Flight- Resavoir Ft. Brandee Younger
Toxic Times- The Last Poets

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Heroes In A Half Shell- Flying Lotus
Burning Down The House- Flying Lotus Ft. George Clinton
Fire Is Coming- Flying Lotus Ft. David Lynch
Omnipotent- Bluke

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Brabenci seno sušili- Friedl Sólisté z Beskyd
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World Gone Mad- Steel Pulse
We Rock- Noiseshaper
Dunk- Noiseshaper
Macoumba- Youssou N’Dour

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Isle Of Skye Reel- Soulsha

A Piece Of APizza

The first portion of this week’s proGram had just the slice that made the taste buds drool:

Pretty Little Lights Of Town- Charlie Roth
Bill’s Boogie- Coral Creek
The Ballad Of A Burglar- J.P. Reali

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Someone Else Is Steppin’ In- Grady Champion
Low Down Rider- Packrat’s Smokehouse
Hoo Doo Woman Blues- Packrat’s Smokehouse
Moth to a Flame- Odds Lane

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greenarrowradio promo– Kelly Z
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Give- Nils Lofgren
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Times New Roman- Nievergelt
I’m The Only One- Alan Evans
Funkabopulation- Cobra Fantastic
Soul Fugue- The 100 Knights Orchestra

Scared Scriptless with Colin and Brad

Armed with only their wits, Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re…Scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin & Brad must make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest! You just might also get to join in on the fun on stage. It’s a hilarious comedic high wire act… just like a live version of ‘Whose Line!’ How the heck do they do it? We don’t know either! Don’t miss the best duo in improv, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, in their wildly entertaining Scared Scriptless Tour.

I had a chance to catch up with long time friend of the proGram, Colin Mocherie ahead of he and Brad hitting Madison on June 14th at Overture Center For The Arts. We get into what to expect from the hilarious Scared Scriptless event, how this thing called improv stays fresh and Colin shares some wise words of advice about going for a yes, when one might lead with a no. And yes…it is all made up right there.

Those Natural Things

The final portion of this week’s proGram had the sizes and shapes of things just the way they are:

You Have to Dance (Feet)- Esperanza Spalding
Chairs and Fangs- Chord Four

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Sherpa Part II- The Greg Snyder Trio
Sherpa Part I- The Greg Snyder Trio
Mountain Man- The Greg Snyder Trio

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You Don’t Get To Finish- Jonah Parzen-Johnson (live)
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Jackie McFunk- Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood Ft. Brian Lynch
Frenzy- Eric Alexander
ODRP Blues- Detroit Tenors
Got My Mojo Workin’- Larry Fuller

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Cracks- Teotima
Terra Incognita- San Mateo

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Nations Of The World- Steel Pulse

Totally RADish

The third portion of the proGram was gnarly and tubular, too:

Interlude II- Soulsha
Rhythm’s In The Melody- Soulsha
Miss You- Opium Moon

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Delilah- Making Movies Ft. Rubén Blades
Sand Orchestra- Trudy and the Romance
Sandman- Trudy and the Romance

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Gift Horse- Andrew Synowiec
Baltimore- Imam Collective
Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone- Dave Stryker

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Shaping Our Minds- VSUS
Bronson- Nievergelt
Rock Box- Nievergelt
Can’t Reform ‘Em- Abstract Orchestra
Air (Abstract Orchestra Remix)- Dabrye Ft. MF Doom

What’s Under The Ground

The second portion of the proGram had me wondering: where’s the body?

Worth It- Marta Ren
Deciditi, bestia- Smuggler Brothers
Suddenly- Smuggler Brothers

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Changes- Neal Francis
***Pre-recorded conversation with Neal Francis***
These Are The Days- Neal Francis
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As I’ve Heard- Bryony Jarman Pinto
Soul Reflection- The Last Poets
360- Bluke
Something Fresh- Bluke Ft. DJ SPS

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Kingdom- Maribou State Ft. North Downs
Feel Good (Mount Liberation Unlimited’s remix)- Maribou State Ft. Khruangbin
Nobody Else- Sivey
Somebody (IG Culture Remix) – Sivey
Deja Vu- Thomas Blondet Ft. Jordan Danielle Harris

About To Open Up

The first portion of the proGram was almost ready to burst right into your ear-holes:

Back Burner- Andrew Collins Trio
Cabin On The Cumberland- George Jackson
Diagonal Sandwich- The Blue Canyon Boys

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David Livingstone’s Dream- Coral Creek
SoulBBQ- G Love (live: Daytrotter Session)

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Mamzelle Marie- The Truehearts
Blue With Lou- Nils Lofgren
Northern Saturn- Goon
Goin’ Down- The Mystery Lights

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Ridgerunner- Val Mccallum Ft. Shelby Lynne
Don’t Give It Away- Odds Lane
Who You Been Giving it To- Grady Champion

greenarrowradio promo- Michele D’Amour
Memphis Soul Stew-Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers

Neal Francis’ Midwest Soul at Waterfront Festival

There is a deep connection between Neal Francis’ childhood—his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father’s gift of a dusty Dr. John LP, and the songs he’s created. The result is an astonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporary funk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylings of Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of The Meters and Dr. John; the barroom rock ‘n’ roll of The Rolling Stones; the gospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. He pays tribute to the masters but has his own story to tell. The piano prodigy found himself touring Europe by the age of 18 with Muddy Waters’ son and backing up other prominent blues artists coast-to-coast. In 2012, he joined popular instrumental funk band The Heard. With Francis at the creative helm, The Heard transformed into a national act, touring with boogaloo progenitors The New Mastersounds and chart toppers The Revivalists and appearing at Jazz Fest and Bear Creek. As The Heard’s star rose, however, Francis sunk deeper into addiction. Once a promising sideman, by 2015 he had been fired from his band, evicted from his apartment, and was perilously close to self-destruction. He worked hard to change all that. 2018 was a busy year. In February Francis finished recording basic tracks for the yet-to-be named debut album in Los Angeles and spent the following months doing overdubs in Chicago with engineer Mike Novak (who also recorded demos for the project). After playing his first show in November, Francis was signed by Paradigm Talent Agency. 2019 has already brought a North American tour supporting The Cat Empire and he continues to tour relentlessly to promote his own music.

And that brings us to June 8th at the Marquette Waterfront Festival in Madison, where I will be able to catch a set of music I have been looking for. I had a chance to catch up with Neal ahead of the festival to help people get to know him a little better. We talk what people who don’t know about his sound/style can expect, we talk about new music and how his soon to be released album was born. We get into the way he was and where he’s at and I think many of us would like to know what songs & artists a cat like this would build a set around after I start it with one of his new tunes. Oh YEAH!!!