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This category is for gripes, complaints, and general whining about the state of the world. These posts most likely do not have anything to do with making music. Buyer Beware!

Meeting of Great Minds

This important meeting started yesterday evening.





Things didn’t start to break up until noon today.

UPDATE 8/17 – they went back to their huddle for most of today and late this evening spread out again although tonight I could only find five of them.
Friend Sue sent this link about the harvestmen – kind of related.

The Red Priest of Venice

Music by Antonio Vivaldi and women’s composers of the Ospedale
The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic & Chamber Choirs
With the Mallarmé Chamber Players and guest conductor Dr. Nathan Leaf

Saturday, March 25th, at 7:30 PM
St. Francis United Methodist Church (2965 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary)

Join us for an evening of music by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi as well as women composers from the Baroque.

North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble in Carrboro on 06/09/17

North Carolina
Rhythm Tap Festival ’17
Friday, June 9th
9:00 am through
Sunday, June 11th

Sponsored by the
North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

Featuring Faculty Artists:
Elizabeth Burke
Michelle Dorrance
Derick Grant
Sarah Reich
Nicholas Van Young
Dianne Walker

“The Greatest Tap Show Ever”
Faculty/Artist performance
ArtsCenter on
FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – 7:30pm
(Note the schedule change from previous years!)
Mark Wells – Piano
Robbie Link – Bass
John Hanks – Drums

Jazz @ The Eddy Pub with Alison Weiner and Robbie Link

This is our regular Tuesday (the weekend begins today!) evening romp through our favorite jazz tunes and songs in the beautiful Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw right on the Haw River. Alison is there every Tuesday and I’m there approximately every other Tuesday (check my calendar for when). Piano, bass, vocals. 1/2 price bottles of wine, excellent food using many local ingredients, great view, wonderful folks. Come join us!

Jim Roberts in Carrboro on 02/25/17

Jim RobertsJazz Saturdays w/ Jim Roberts, Robbie Link, and Chip Newton

Sat 2/25/2017 2:00p – 4:00p
Where:The Station
201 East Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Weekly live jazz concert series.

Bar opens at noon
Jazz from 2pm until 4pm
Free | All ages welcome

Blast from the Past 2

Trumpeter Brian McCune posted this recording from 1988 with me, him, Scott Sawyer, and the late David Via. He found it on a cassette tape.

and here’s another one – Dolphin Dance

Round Midnight

Upgrading the SSD in Your Chromebook and Installing Linux

I recently updated the solid state drive in my Acer C720 Chromebook to this 128 GB drive following these directions. It was easy – nothing to fear, here! Now we no longer have to live in the cloud and this very inexpensive but powerful little laptop becomes a ful-fledged computer. Next install chrx paying careful attention to the notes specific for your model Chromebook. Then, I highly recommend the Gallium OS. This is the most beautiful Linux version I have ever tried. The installation was a breeze and it works much better on my Chromebook than my previous setup using Crouton and Ubuntu. Excellent installation instructions for Gallium OS are here. Be sure to check the hardware compatibility list first.

And in case you miss this detail: When booting up the Chromebook, at the Developer Mode screen hit Ctrl-D to boot in Chrome OS or Ctrl-L to boot in Gallium OS. DO NOT HIT THE SPACEBAR unless you want to start all over again!