Sal Paradise (stuntedparadise) wrote in umphreaks,
Sal Paradise

NYE surprise?

I hit up this bar every tuesday called Keegans. It's located here on the southside of Chicago in Beverly. Every Tuesday the band Leadfoot plays. Some weeks ago I recognized a gentleman in attendance, and it just so happened to be Greg Rzab. We talked for a bit and then went our ways.
Well, tuesday night, he showed up again, and he remembered me, we ended up partying all nite till 4am. Had quite the conversations with him.

For those of you that don't know who Greg Rzab is, he's joined Umphrey's a number of times. The first time I seen him was 12/30/04, He jammed with 'em with buckethead. At the time I had no idea who he was. I saw him again at the Skyline show with Ray White from frank zappa's band. He played again at U of I. If you haven't seen any of the shows, just google Greg Rzab, this guy has some crazy history.

Anyways, back to the point. I asked Greg what he was doing for NYE, he said he had no plans and asked me where the party was at, which bought a big smile to my face. I told him Umphrey's and he thought for a minute. I mentioned that Kellar will be playin with him and that left him with a smile on his face. I told him he should definitly think about joining Umphrey's again cause last year they did a sick jam. He said if he can't come across nothing better (what could possibly be better than umphreys NYE show?) he'll just show up.
Related to that conversation we were talkin about Mike Gordon playing with Kellar Williams, which led into conversation about Bill Kruetzman playing with Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio which led Greg to ask me the weirdest question.
"Is Trey outta rehab yet? How's his playing been since?"

Greg jammed with leadfoot for a bit too, we were doing shots, an he was gettin all nervous about goin up and playing, which was weird, cause being a musician myself I know that nervousness, but its different cause...I dont have name recognition. This is guy was Buddy Guy's bassist for 12 years. Throughout the night he would just start randomly telling stories about playing with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy and others too.

Moral of the story. Greg is an awsome guy and it is POSSIBLE, that he may make a surprise appearance at Umphreys again this year. Lets hope.
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