Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Songs for John II Concert and a Traditional Greek Dinner

Two great things, one great weekend!

Saturday night, Brian and I attended a benefit concert in honor of my late cousin John held at Spivey's Bar and Grill in Lenexa, KS.  John died this past February at a very young age from neck cancer.  Last year my cousin's friends put together a benefit concert to raise money to help with the cost of his treatment, and this year they decided to do it again to raise money for many different families in need of help.  It was a blast!

There were six different bands performing including the duo of my cousin Kate, on accordion and vocals, and her friend Mike, on guitar and vocals, as the Minstrel Periods.

They did an amazing job!  They had a set that consisted of all cover songs, including a rap song (not sure which one, I will have to find out) in which they put down their instruments and danced and rapped to a beat.

It won them a standing ovation, as well as an overwhelming response for a repeat performance- which they did!  Great job Kate!  Hopefully we can see them perform again.

Another act was Anthony, who played the acoustic guitar and sang all original songs.

He is very, very talented.  Definitely someone who could make money playing music if he wanted too.

We also saw one of John's old bands perform.  They played many songs that John had written including his famous song "Embyo Dog".  They are a rock/blues/jazz band that loves to just jam.

There was also a band that came down from Des Moines, Iowa to play.  I can't remember their name right now (hey, I'd had like 3 beers and 3 rum and cokes!), but I know they were good.  I am only mentioning them because their piano player had a really cool suit on, and I wanted to post a picture of him.  Very "Killers"-esque.

On Sunday, Nate and his cousin Trent came over to watch the Chiefs game and we smoked a chicken, made a great salad, twice baked potatoes and garlic bread.  It was a nice relaxing way to finish out the weekend.

On Monday I made a great traditional Greek dinner.  Earlier this year, my brother went on a cruise around the islands of Greece and he brought me back a cook book full of traditional greek dishes.  So in honor of my brother (he better be reading this!) we made a few of the recipes.  We had a traditional greek salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, black olives, capers, feta cheese, oregano, and olive oil), roasted potatoes with olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper, and baked fish in tomato sauce (and olive oil of course, lots of olive oil!).  It was all very good.  Now I just need to learn how to make some of their traditional desserts!  Yuuummm, baklava.

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