This is one of those reflctive moments – wondering about coming to Russia by my self… not speaking the Russian language very much – . I figured that at least I can look the part!
Danny; Moscow, 6/9/13This afternoon we played our final concert at the Preodoleniye rehabilitation center for spinal cord injury, the name means overcoming. This is the first and only spinal cord injury recovery center in Russia of this type. The pati…
Danny; Tomsk Siberia, 6/7/13 I’m writing this from backstage at our outdoor concert on the banks of the Tom river in Tomsk Siberia. The first photo is from the movie Dr Zhivago which was filmed partially on the Trans Siberian line. Set just before an…
Danny; Kaluga Russia, 6/6/13
Last night we played an outdoor concert in Kaluga Russia called Summer Jam. It’s part of an international guitar festival run by our host Oleg Akimov here in Kaluga
It was an all day event that featured performances by local bands, a Russian Blues singer, a great guitar violin duo called Two Siberians and our band to close the show. I’ve often found that outdoor festivals have a few things in common and one of those commonalities is volume. My ears are ringing today as must be the whole crowd. Combine a guitar festival and an outdoor festival and well, you get the idea;)
We played for about an hour and after the first few tunes, it turned into a dance party. Johnny really knows how to get the crowd going and what songs to call to keep it going. He really takes the temperature of the crowd especially since he jumped off the stage and spent most of the time singing and dancing with the audience. These evening shows are even better because the sun stays up past 10.
I took a walk around the area while we were waiting to play.
After the show, our hosts took us to a great Rock & Roll bar in the area where we were treated to some great food and music. They had a very interesting bathroom dedicated to drumming;)
The next morning, they took u to the Russian Space Museum and it is just amazing to see everything from Sputnik to the current spaceships that go to the international space station.
There has been so much cooperation between the US and Russian space agency’s over the years and I have read of many great friendships that were formed between the astronauts. Because they have the amazing opportunity to see the Earth from space, I’m sure they gain great insight and a realization that we are all of one planet, one living organism hurling through the black void of space united by life.
Danny; Moscow, 7/4/13 Here we are pictured with the US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul after he had joined us on stage to sing Otis Redding’s sitting by the Dock of the Bay. He told us that he had grown up around music because his Dad was a worki…