Rolling Stones Play Heinz Field

The rock and roll Gods smiled on the sea of Rolling Stones’ fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field last night.  Steady rain fell for some time prior to showtime and during the opening act AWOLNATION.  Then shortly before the Stones were to hit the stage the skies cleared, displaying a magnificent rainbow.


Photography by Peyton Dempsey@focus.pgh (Instagram)

After 51 years of performing, the Stones showed their age only in the lines on their faces.  Everything else sounded like a band still in their prime.

With  the first chords of “Jumping Jack Flash”, the band’s opening number, the stadium was filled with an energy that only the Stones can generate.

Simply, The Rolling Stones were magnificent and somewhat magical, defying the laws of time and age.

I have seen the Stones several times over the decades and each show has been as good or better than the last.  They never disappoint.

Richards and Woods have the chemistry that develops from years of interplay.  Their playing was awesome on “Tumbling Dice” and ” Start Me Up” and compelling on their jammed out blue roots “Midnight Rambler” and “Sympathy For The Devil”.


Charlie enjoyed the spotlight and intrigued the home crowd sporting his black-and-gold socks.  His drumming was in typical Charlie style throughout the show and was particularly highlighted on “Miss You”.

And then there’s Jagger, a marvel at 71– he danced, pranced and gyrated across the stage like a man half his age.  Jagger cracked jokes, saying, “It’s the first time we played Heinz Field; we were all brought up on those beans,” and paid homage to Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol who designed both the “Sticky Fingers” and “Love You Live” album covers.  Although his vocal range was not quite what it was at 25 or 45, there are few who can deliver a song any better.  He never missed a note on “Moonlight Mile”, was absolutely superb on “Paint It Black”, and playful on “Honky Tonk Woman”.

Backup singer Lisa Fischer shared the spotlight on “Gimme Shelter” but the night belonged to Mick and any doubts as to whether he is still the best front man in the world were put to bed at Heinz Field.  The Rolling Stones proved once again that they are the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

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Have you ever thought about how we came to celebrate birthdays with birthday parties in the manner we do? Every year we observe and celebrate birthdays, ours or someone else’s.  Some of us get very excited about our birthday, especially the young. After all it’s a chance to have the meal of our choice, cake and ice cream, and don’t forget the presents and money.  Some people are a little less enthused about birthdays; to them it’s just another day and another year older.  No matter what a birthday means to you, it’s a great opportunity for family and friends to gather and enjoy some great birthday food, party games, music and more.  It’s an opportunity to be congratulated on surviving another year on the planet.

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Everyone can remember being young and thinking, boy I can’t wait to be old enough to drive, vote and drink, legally.  Inversely, boy I wish I was 21 again or more to the point I wish I was 21 again and know what I know now.

I believe birthdays or the anniversary of the day you were born and should be celebrated as the special occasion they are.  Birthdays are all about having fun and eating birthday cake.  What is your favorite type of birthday cake?  I really like chocolate cake with chocolate icing, although red velvet is a very close second. Traditionalists swear the only way is with vanilla cake with vanilla butter-cream icing.  Drop us a note and let us know your favorite.

The origin of birthdays and birthday celebrations has never been nailed down to one culture or period in time.  It is believed that the Ancient Romans were the first to celebrate birthdays for the everyday common man, but just men.  Christians at one time thought birthdays to be a pagan ritual.  The Germans are credited with the invention of the contemporary birthday cake.  The birthday song was actually a remix of the 1893 song “Good Morning To All” written by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill.Rocker Box Paper Plate

Of course some birthdays are more significant than others.  Big ones to the youngsters include “sweet 16”, 18, 21 and 30.  At 40 we hit middle age and our philosophy about birthdays may change.  Turning 50 is large for some – it was for me.  At this point depending how we age, we either embrace getting a year older or just don’t want to think about it.  When we turn 60 to 70, we think about retirement and reinventing ourselves.  Through the 80’s and 90’s we might feel blessed or even cursed depending on the circumstances.   My mother is 92 and she still is going strong; she is very blessed.

No matter how you feel about birthdays, it’s always a good idea to ponder the birthday party philosophy if not for yourself but for others who really want some birthday cake.

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So you’re planning a birthday party for a friend or loved one, be it a spouse, child or other relative.  When planning a party there are a lot of things to consider, form food, especially the cake, party activates, favors, venue and who to invite.  Probably the biggest thing to consider is the theme of the party.   I have always been partial to retro music party theme. What goes better with a party than music?  Like this retro vinyl record themed party collection (not actual vinyl record).

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Hot Sauce and Marinades

Hot Sauce and Marinades

Introducing a new line of hot sauce marinades. These sauces are perfect for the grill, roasting and/or used as a marinade for beef, chicken, pork, fish and seafood.  The different combinations of peppers and spices create a unique flavor of each sauce. These sauces are also great for dipping.


If you’re looking for the perfect hot sauce or marinade we have your solution. These hot sauces and marinades range in degrees of boldness, heat and flavors having just the right combination of spices to enhance the flavor of the peppers.  Choose from any one of the 5 varieties or better yet purchase one of each and experiment with your favorite meat and recipes.  Each label is customizable to include your name or company name, website address and email address which make these sauces great for promoting your business or website.


Sauces can be ordered individually or at quantity price breaks.  To order just click on the bottle.


Hot Sauce Bluegrass


aka Bluegrass Sauce, the focus of this hot sauce is the chipolte pepper, a smoked-dried jalapeno stewed in a spicy tomato abodo sauce, this sauce has an intense smoky flavor slightly sweet with a touch of citrus.  Also great as a marinade.









Hot Sauce Blues


aka Hot Blues Sauce, in Cajun country the cayenne pepper is king with its lingering heat and bold pungent flavor. This sauce is loaded with fresh garlic for a virtual gastronomic jam session.










Hot Sauce Reggae


aka Smokin’ Reggae Sauce, combined with the finest fresh ingredients nothing is more flavorful than fire roasted Habanero, this is one versatile hot sauce.  The heat will build and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste of garlic and other spices.








Hot Sauce jazz


aka Smokin’ Jazzy Sauce, made from a heapin’ mess of green jalapeno peppers, fresh lime, lemon and garlic. This all natural – no coloring or preservatives will get yer heals a jumping. If yer tired of lookin’ for a great tastin’ classic jalapeno hot sauce your search is over.








Hot Sauce Rockin


aka Rockin’ Inferno Sauce, according the Guinness Book of World Records the Habanero hold the record for the world’s hottest pepper. This hot sauce is not for sissies. Use with caution.







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This yeaWoodstock Peace 1969 Posterr we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Woodstock exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960’s and the hippie era. Although attempts have been made, Woodstock to this day has never been truly replicated.  Two years after The Monterey Pop Festival in the small upstate village of Bethel, New York some 300,000 – 400,000 folks gathered peacefully on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm for 3 days of peace, love and music.  Unlike the Altamont Concert that would be held four months later Woodstock was, considering the magnitude of the event, remarkably peaceful. There were, however, two alleged accidental deaths–one a heroin overdose and the other involving a tractor in a hayfield. Some reports claim there were two births during the event. Despite the large crowds, logistics and the weather, Woodstock will always be known as three days of “peace and love”.

The list of performers read like a who’s who of rock and roll, featuring artists like Santana, The Who, CCR, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on.



Richie Havens
1. High Flyin’ Bird
2. I Can’t Make It Any More
3. With a Little Help from My Friends
4. Strawberry Fields Forever
5. Hey Jude
6. I Had A Woman
7. Handsome Johnny
8. Freedom/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival

• Sweetwater
1. What’s Wrong
2. Motherless Child
3. Look Out
4. For Pete’s Sake
5. Day Song
6. Crystal Spider
7. Two Worlds
8. Why Oh Why

The Incredible String Band
1. Invocation
2. The Letter
3. This Moment
4. When You Find Out Who You Are

• Bert Sommer
1. Jennifer
2. The Road To Travel
3. I Wondered Where You Be
4. She’s Gone
5. Things Are Going my Way
6. And When It’s Over
7. Jeanette
8. America
9. A Note That Read
10. Smile

• Tim Hardin, an hour-long set
1. If I Were A Carpenter
2. Misty Roses

• Ravi Shankar, Performed a 5-song set in the rain
1. Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
2. Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
3. Raga Manj Kmahaj
4. Iap Jor
5. Dhun In Kaharwa Tal

• Melanie
1. Tuning My Guitar
2. Johnny Boy
3. Beautiful People
• Arlo Guthrie–order of set list unknown
1. Coming Into Los Angeles
2. Walking Down the Line
3. Story about Moses and the Brownies
4. Amazing Grace

• Joan Baez- she was six months pregnant at the time
1. Story about how the Federal Marshals came to take David Harris into custody.
2. Joe Hill
3. Sweet Sir Galahad
4. Drugstore Truck Driving Man
5. Sweet Sunny South
6. Warm and Tender Love
7. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
8. We Shall Overcome


• Quill
1. They Live the Life
2. BBY
3. Waitin’ For You
4. Jam
• Keef Hartley Band
1. Spanish Fly
2. Believe In You
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Medley
5. Leavin’ Trunk
6. Sinnin’ For You

• Country Joe McDonald
1. I Find Myself Missing You
2. Rockin All Around The World
3. Flyin’ High All Over the World
4. Seen A Rocket Flyin’
5. The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

• John Sebastian
1. How Have You Been
2. Rainbows Over Your Blues
3. I Had A Dream
4. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
5. Younger Generation

• Santana
1. Waiting
2. You Just Don’t Care
3. Savor
4. Jingo
5. Persuasion
6. Soul Sacrifice
7. Fried Neckbones

• Canned Heat
1. A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
2. Going Up The Country
3. Let’s Work Together
4. Woodstock Boogie

• Mountain, hour-long set including Jack Bruce’s “Theme for an Imaginary Western.”
1. Blood of the Sun
2. Stormy Monday
3. Long Red
4. Beside The Sea
5. For Yasgur’s Farm
6. You and Me
7. Theme For An Imaginary Western
8. Waiting To Take You Away
9. Dreams of Milk and Honey
10. Blind Man
11. Blue Suede Shoes
12. Southbound Train

• Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band
1. Raise Your Hand
2. As Good As You’ve Been To This World
3. To Love Somebody
4. Summertime
5. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
6. Kozmic Blues
7. Can’t Turn you Loose
8. Work Me Lord
9. Piece of My Heart
10. Ball & Chain

• Grateful Dead
1. St. Stephen
2. Mama Tried
3. Dark Star/High Time
4. Turn On Your Love Light

• Creedence Clearwater Revival
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)
4. Commotion
5. Bootleg
6. Bad Moon Rising
7. Proud Mary
8. I Put A Spell On You
9. Night Time is the Right Time
10. Keep On Chooglin’
11. Suzy Q

• Sly & the Family Stone
1. M’Lady
2. Sing A Simple Song
3. You Can Make It If You Try
4. Everyday People
5. Dance To The Music
6. I Want To Take You Higher
7. Love City
8. Stand!

• The Who began at 4 AM, kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy
1. Heaven and Hell
2. I Can’t Explain
3. It’s a Boy
4. 1921
5. Amazing Journey
6. Sparks
7. Eyesight to the Blind
8. Christmas
9. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
10. Acid Queen
11. Pinball Wizard
12. Abbie Hoffman incident
13. Do You Think It’s Alright?
14. Fiddle About
15. There’s a Doctor
16. Go to the Mirror
17. Smash the Mirror
18. I’m Free
19. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
20. We’re Not Gonna Take It
21. See Me, Feel Me
22. Summertime Blues
23. Shakin’ All Over
24. My Generation
25. Naked Eye

• Jefferson Airplane
1. Volunteers
2. Somebody To Love
3. The Other Side of This Life
4. Plastic Fantastic Lover
5. Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
6. Eskimo Blue Day
7. Uncle Sam’s Blues
8. White Rabbit


• Joe Cocker
1. Dear Landlord
2. Something Comin’ On
3. Do I Still Figure In Your Life
4. Feelin’ Alright
5. Just Like A Woman
6. Let’s Go Get Stoned
7. I Don’t Need A Doctor
8. I Shall Be Released
9. With a Little Help from My Friends

• After Joe Cocker’s set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for several hours.

• Country Joe and the Fish resumed the concert around 6 p.m.
1. Rock and Soul Music
2. Love
3. Love Machine
4. The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

• Ten Years After
1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
3. I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
4. Hear Me Calling
5. I’m Going Home

• The Band – Set list confirmed in Levon Helm’s book “This Wheel’s On Fire”
1. Chest Fever
2. Tears of Rage
3. We Can Talk
4. Don’t You Tell Henry
5. Don’t Do It
6. Ain’t No More Cane
7. Long Black Veil
8. This Wheel’s On Fire
9. I Shall Be Released
10. The Weight
11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

• Blood, Sweat & Tears ushered in the midnight hour with five songs.
1. More and More
2. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
3. Spinning Wheel
4. I Stand Accused
5. Something Comin’ On

• Johnny Winter featuring his brother, Edgar Winter, on two songs.
1. Mama, Talk to Your Daughter
2. To Tell the Truth
3. Johnny B. Goode
4. Six Feet In the Ground
5. Leland Mississippi Blues/Rock Me Baby
6. Mean Mistreater
7. I Can’t Stand It (with Edgar Winter)
8. Tobacco Road (with Edgar Winter)
9. Mean Town Blues

• Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began around 3 a.m. with separate acoustic and electric sets.
1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
2. Blackbird
3. Helplessly Hoping
4. Guinnevere
5. Marrakesh Express
6. 4 + 20
7. Mr. Soul
8. Wonderin’
9. You Don’t Have To Cry
10. Pre-Road Downs
11. Long Time Gone
12. Bluebird
13. Sea of Madness
14. Wooden Ships
15. Find the Cost of Freedom
16. 49 Bye-Byes

• Paul Butterfield Blues Band
1. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
2. Driftin’
3. Born Under A Bad Sign
4. Morning Sunrise
5. Love March
• Sha-Na-Na
1. Na Na Theme
2. Yakety Yak
3. Teen Angel
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Wipe Out
6. Book of Love
7. Duke of Earl
8. At the Hop
9. Na Na Theme

• Jimi Hendrix After being introduced as the ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ Hendrix corrected the new group’s name to “Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.”
1. Message to Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin’
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House (Hendrix’s high E-string broke while playing, but played the rest of the song with five strings.)
5. Mastermind (written and sung by Larry Lee)
6. Lover Man
7. Foxy Lady
8. Jam Back At The House
9. Izabella
10. Gypsy Woman/Aware Of Love (These two songs written by Curtis Mayfield were sung by Larry Lee as a medley)
11. Fire
12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Stepping Stone
13. The Star-Spangled Banner
14. Purple Haze
15. Woodstock Improvisation/Villanova Junction
16. Hey Joe

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On America’s birthday we as Americans celebrate our independence and the birth of a new nation. It is often said that there is nothing more American than baseball and mom’s apple pie. Jazz is often referred to as the “true American art form” as I always have held a passion for jazz this old rocker would like to pose the question; what about the blues?

Somewhere around 1911 through 1914 the blues was first made popular by composer, W.C. Handy. Handy first heard an old man sitting on a bench in front of a rail station in Tutwiler, MS repeating the refrain “where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog”. However, the poetic and musical form of the blues materialized around 1910 with Handy’s “Instrumental Blues,” “Memphis Blues,” originally known as “Boss Crump’s Blues,” and “St. Louis Blues” helped to increase its popularity.  Here is a rendition of that song Handy heard.

By the 1920’s, the blues had become a national craze. The first vocal blues song recorded was “Crazy Blues,” by Mamie Smith in 1920. The influence that the blues had on jazz inspired singers like Essie Smith, and later Billie Holliday.

The Great Depression forced many businesses along Beale Street to close, never to be opened again. As more and more businesses closed, the blues migrated North to Chicago, where the blues became electrified.

In Chicago and Detroit during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s artists such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James played what was typically Mississippi Delta blues backed by bass, drums, piano, and harmonica. These artists began scoring national hits with blues songs.

During this same time, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King were pioneering a new style of guitar playing, combining jazz techniques with blues. It was B.B. King back in Memphis who in invented the concept of lead guitar now used by rock bands today. At the same time Son House, Leadbelly, and Bukka White were creating sounds of traditional acoustic blues.

It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the urban blues man was discovered by young white American and European musicians. Many blues based bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Canned Heat, The Yardbirds, and Fleetwood Mac brought the blues to young white audiences.

 Since the 1960’s rock has undergone several blues revivals. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix spin-off styles were strongly influenced by the blues.

Continuing a great blues tradition today, are Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton among others.

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