Well, here we are — one day before Lester Chambers and his band, The Mud Stompers, take the stage in front of a live camera and broadcast their musical passion to the world on Stageit.com.
Private emails have gone out.
Social media invitations and reminders have gone out.
Blog posts have been published.
Radio interviews with Lester have been scheduled.
A press kit has been sent to the larger newspapers in every state across the country in plenty of time for them to review it and decide whether to publish anything on it.
Now, the curious question remaining out there as the hours tick down until showtime is how many of Lester’s friends and fans will “tune in?” How many friends and fans from around the world will pay as little as $5 through a website to see Lester and his friends play and sing as a way of saying “thanks” and “we love you” to Lester Chambers?
There are still waves rippling out there around the world from that March 4 viral photo of Lester holding up a gold record for the rock classic “Time Has Come Today” (still heard on network television shows this very week), with the record positioned where his face would be and the words handwritten below it, telling the world that he hasn’t been paid by record companies what should rightfully be his for his work, his musical passion.
It’s the kind of attention that brought some notice and pleas of their own from celebrities such as Yoko Ono, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper, and Robert Fripp, among others.
Lester doesn’t want sympathy, he just wants what he feels he’s owed for entertaining millions of people around the world for decades. And he wants people to know that he’s still actively pursuing his art, still wanting to create and record and publish new music, still wanting to be an important and vital part of the music industry to this day.
And the world can see just how active he wants to be by picking up a ticket to see his show tomorrow night at the link below:
Lester showed the fans who “tuned in” to his February 25 Stageit show that he still has what it takes, both vocally and on the blues harp. He sang with fire, pure emotion, tons of heart. His blues harp playing was filled with soul.
And that was just Lester. The Mud Stompers are one very tight outfit, and the band members there need some mention as well. If you saw the February 25 show, it was Lester and The Mud Stompers and a bunch of their talented and relatively unknown friends. This time, for Saturday’s show, it’s more of the core unit.
Ken Roy Berry is the keyboard player, and he has a crisp, clean, pure, note-perfect sound. There’s Chick Petersen on guitar, who’s capable of launching a nasty riff at any moment in time if you’re paying attention. There’s Kenny Susan on drums, just a very rock-solid time keeper. There’s Marcia Miget on saxophone, who — once she goes into a solo — is a mind-blower. You’ll hear a bit of vocals from Lyn Carpenter-Engelkes, who’s got a powerful voice that deserves to be heard by a wider audience. And there’s Lester’s bass player and music director, Baron Chase, to bring it all together with his musicianship and his away-from-the-studio leadership.
Baron tells me that there’s been no rehearsal time with this group leading up to the show. They don’t need all that much rehearsal, they’ve played together before so much and so often and they know each other so well that all they really need is 15 minutes together as a group before the show just to “get on the same page” and they’re good to go.
Baron wants this show to be a purely “organic” experience, totally off the cuff, more like his 52nd birthday jam on New Year’s Eve that led me to become involved with this group in my own way and to get to know the players as people.
Baron wants to give Lester some time to just sit down on occasion during this show, and maybe show a part of himself through spoken words and stories along with the music. Lester definitely has some stories to tell, from decades’ worth of experiences in the music business and all the stars he’s come to know, past and present.
Above all, everyone involved just wants the audience to relax, have fun, get their keyboarding skills in shape for the interactive “Stageit Chat” and feel free to send along comments and regards to Lester and the band via email through Baron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, all that’s needed is an audience with the desire to tell Lester they’re in his corner, thanks for all of the memories, and here’s to the future that Lester Chambers hopes is a very bright one.
It’s all up to his fans now.
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