Monday, August 24, 2009

Harp A Thon

A note from Hike Handler, aka Harmonica Mike:

You may have heard the Harmonica Mike, that's me, got his harp case taken from his car last week. Over 15 harps plus a cool chromatic are gone. Please join me and the Rattlerz for a fun fundraiser to help restore my harmonica health. At today's prices, we're talking $500 to $700 in new hardware. (Thanks to the Candyman for the nice discounts). So come out and thanks in advance for all the good wishes and for helping me get back on my harmonica feet.

Here's the details:

Event: HARP-A-THON fundraiser to replace Michael Handler's stolen harmonicas
Where and When: The Tin Star Saloon, 411 W Water St, Monday Aug 24, 7 to 11 (or longer)
Featuring: host band, the Rattlerz, plus special guests throughout the evening....I'm sure there will be a jam or two along the way! (This is the Rattlerz first appearance at the Tin Star!)

Cover charge: $2 to $20, sliding scale.... plus a tip jar or two...hey, the band's gotta eat too....
This is be like the old rent party,and thanks in advance for helping me pay the "rent" on some new harps...... know you what they say, a harp player without a harp is like a.....hey, what DO they say??? Come up to the mic during the gig with a good ending to this phrase and I'll buy yo a drink. (limit to two good ones...I save my $$ for, you know....)

No RSVP needed, but tell your friends do show up!!!

LOOK FOR A STORY ABOUT THIS IN THE SF NEW MEXICAN SOMETIME THIS WEEK!, with audio from the band and me on their web site.....

Harmonica Michael Handler

PS> For those who want to give a couple of bucks but can't make the event, you can contribute to my PayPal account by using my e mail...thanks

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tin Star Indian Market Events

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Last Wednesday's Jam

More progressive jazz than blues last Wednesday, kind of nice for a change. But first, we started off with this young lady singer-songwriter, which kind of set the tone for the evening. Check this number out.

We continued to chill as the evening went on.

There was much more; come check us out next Wednesday.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Last Wednesday's Jam

It's been a while, welcome back to the Wednesday

jam post. A place where friends

get together to play some music, or perhaps just to listen.

Here's a bit of last Wednesday's music. Ray. Craig. Johnny.

And here are some of the folks who dropped by.

Outside it was raining.

Inside it was rocking.

See you next Wednesday.


The George Honea Memorial Blues Jam - Tue., Aug 4th, at El Farol

Tone Forrest just sent this out.

Friends: Another tragedy has befallen the Santa Fe musicians the last few years, we have lost Lannis Loyd, Rick Loyd, Regan Wright, Ruben Romero...all to tragic circumstances and all before their is with great sadness that we note the passing of yet another great musician lost to tragic circumstances and before his time...George Honea, an amazing drummer recently transplanted from Nashville to Santa Fe, came here with a long list of professional credits (The Judds, etc.) and his talents were immediately evident and appreciated by all the musicians he touched bases with...I had the personal privilege of playing with him as my #1 drummer at Tone and Company Sundays at Evangelo' addition his enormous proficiency on the drums, he was just a lovely guy...on Thursday, July 23rd, George Honea succumbed to a condition of extreme depression and took his own has become a sad but glad tradition at the Canyon Road Blues Jam to commemorate the passing of a fellow musician like George with a blues jam blowout, second-line style...we all share a life in music here and many of us had the pleasure of sharing it with George...let's play him on out in style!...come on down to El Farol this Tuesday, August 4th, for the George Honea Memorial Blues Jam...we'll use proceeds from the tip jar to send our respects to his family in Texas...Stewart and Linda Goswick, his best friends in Santa Fe, will be there to represent the family...please, let's give George a good farewell.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm working on it

It was an interesting Wednesday jam last night. I'll have the post up when I get a chance.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Im memory of George Honea

Update, 7-29-2009: Here are a couple more pictures, one of George, taken from that same evening at the Tin Star last August when he was playing with Stirling O'Neil's band.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, 7-13-2009 "Acoustic" Jam

We attempted to cling tenaciously to the rights for our moniker of "Acoustic" Monday jam.

But then we did some blues.

Here's Walter leading off on a Stevie Ray tune.

Then Mike cooled us down with some blues in the key of C.

Check us out next Monday. Or, if you can't wait, come by this Wednesday for Ben Lucero's jam!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Your Tin Star Blogger had been slacking lately -- apologies. However, I believe you will all agree that this is much better than doing the normal Tin Star blog thing...

Back in a week or so...


Monday, June 8, 2009

TV Series CRASH Shooting In Santa Fe

Wanna be an actor? Wanna go to an upscale party?

Here's your chance:

UPDATE, 6-9-2009:

Bob Baxter wanted to make the following changes to make things easier for those that want to participate;

"If you are interested in being an extra for the upcale party scenes that will be shot in Santa Fe for the TV Series CRASH, please call the following numbers. 505-974-8501 and ask for Dart or 505- 974-8506 and ask for Bob".

Thank you
Rich Gill,


You spoke with Robert Baxter about our upcoming shoot in Santa Fe, we hope that you will send something out for us for people that would like to work as extras for a high class upscale party scene that will be filmed possibly in a mansion. We would like for them to come down to our office for head shots and bring their best outfit that they could wear. Our office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m an located at 4321 Fulcrum Way in Rio Rancho. Our office phone number is 505-771-4471 or you can call me at 575-921-2119.

These are all paying positions.

Thank You,
Rich Gill

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Y.Que at the Tin Star last Friday

Ben Lucero's band Y.Que produced their warm Latin jazz fusion sound as usual last Friday. Check out this number featuring Tim on flute, Sam on guitar, Ben on vocals and bass, and Mike on drums.

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A pretty good crowed turned out.

Ben invited me up for one of Y.Que's signature pieces a bit later in the evening.

Y.Que, you guys sounded great! Until next time,


Daniel Talache at the Tin Star Last Thursday

My friend and neighbor Daniel played last Thursday at the Tin Star. Here he is doing Red House. Daniel was accompanied by Case on bass, Britt on drums, and Mud on keyboard. Sounding good, guys!

Wednesday's Tin Star Jam

No music this time, just a few pictures from Wednesday's jam.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Y.Que, Friday


Ben Lucero's band Y.Que is playing Friday night at 9:00 at the Tin Star. Come on out!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The "We're Not Prejudiced Against Acoustic" Monday Jam

Ok, it's not really acoustic anymore. Well, sometimes it is, when acoustic players show up. But not last night.

It was maybe the best Monday jam we've had though. Let's start off country, then ease in into some blues, and finish up with a little fun. Here we go.

Mike Montiel, leading us through some Swinging Doors, after a few false starts, with Dudly adding a couple of nicely timed dog solos.

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Heather Tanner was apparently dealing with a cheating heart last evening.

A good collection of musicians showed to have some fun: Alan Deuter, Rudy Smedley, Britt Alexander, Case Tanner, Heather Tanner, Frank, Rodg, Ray Dera, and Jimmy Russell. Here are a few mug shots.

Frank's trumpet has a few miles on it.

Jimmy Russell came visiting and took us on this smooth blues cruise.

Last number -- Mike was having a little fun with us.

There was lots more good stuff last night, but that's all I have time to pull out of the recording.

Until next time,


Monday, June 1, 2009

Acoustic Jam tonight


See you at the Tin Star tonight.


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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday's 5-20 Jam

Well finally, another jam post.

Pop Quiz: What's music good for?

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Dancing, perhaps.

We were fortunate to have Jimmy Russel join us for a number again last night. You're always welcome at the Tin Star, Jimmy!

What does a guitar player with a broken hand do at a jam?

Yolanda ripping some blues.

Case took up the lead guitar instead of bass for a number. Take a listen.

Then, Tom Kendrot led a group of us on one of his originals, The Wonder.

There was much more, of course. All in all, not a bad Wednesday jam.

Stay with us, folks. The Wednesday jam is still going strong, and the Monday jams will be back after Memorial Day. As always, there are a bunch of great groups playing at the Tin Star. Keep your eyes open for Y.Que, whom I hear will be playing at the TS on Friday, June 5.

'Til next time.