Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hope I die before I get old

THANKS TO FRIEND and neighbor Mike Sorensen of Bad Wolf Media, I'm heading to St. Louis tonight to see The Who at the massive amphitheater. Mike is taking photos and managed to come up with another ticket. This came up suddenly and it's the start of an action packed weekend - I'm playing for the Illinois Veterans Home folks tomorrow and Gus Macker is Saturday and Sunday.

Sheryl and I saw The Who in St. Louis at the hockey rink a few years ago and it was a great show. My brother flew in from Phoenix and we had floor seats, and we hooted and hollered for more than two hours to every song. The sound was amazing and the band was on form and it was a great night.

This year they are playing with an orchestra and doing Tommy and Quadrophenia songs, new takes on classics. The tour is getting good reviews and Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend seem to be enjoying themselves. It will be a good night.

They are in their mid-70s now and some say they are too old and just milking the nostalgia thing. Maybe so, but if you are that age and you are good at something, are you going to stop doing it? Geesh, they are only 20 years older than me, and I don't plan to stop rocking. Ever.


Again, thank you Mike Sorensen for including me on your rock and roll adventures - Mike is a concert photographer extraordinaire and I'm sure he'll get some great shots.

You are never too old to rock and roll!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Good days, and Let's Go Blues!

TUESDAY WAS A good day. We figured out our cardboard deal - let's just say we have a place to bring it now. We had a huge day in the store, and in the roller coaster world of small retail, it was very much appreciated. And finally, the Blues are in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Wait a second .... did I really just type THE BLUES ARE IN THE STANLEY CUP FINALS?

There are some die-hard Blues fans in the Q-Town and I'm happy for them. It's a great story, from worst in early January to four wins away from being NHL champs. My brother Stephen and I were at the Blues-Bruins game in February, and who knew it would be a finals preview?

Unlike St. Louis Cardinals fans, who "demand excellence" and think it's some sort of conspiracy if they don't win the World Series, Blues fans are patient and loyal. Good for them! Let's Go Blues, and also, I HATE the Boston Bleeping Bruins. Still, Bruins in six.

Here's to more good days ahead, including this weekend's Gus Macker right in front of our Second String Music doors. And again .... Let's Go Blues!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cardboard Tuesdays

TUESDAYS WILL NOW be known as Cardboard Tuesdays at Second String Music. Quincy Recycle no longer takes cardboard, and we have too much to put out at the house. We don't really know what to do, because throwing it away is irresponsible and expensive. So ....

We have cardboard. Lots and lots of cardboard. There is a bunch of it sitting on our sidewalk outside the door. Visually appealing, isn't it? Sorry, Q-Town, but if we don't come up with some plans to recycle, you will start seeing stuff like this. If you need boxes of all shapes and sizes for moving or storage or shipping guitars, they are here right now and free.

The other option is to take it home and make it into bonfires. Again, that's not very responsible.

So Cardboard Tuesdays it is. If you have any suggestions, please let us know, but we are all about saving the earth one box at a time and keeping our sidewalks open.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Get over it, GOT fans

APPARENTLY IT'S THE end of the world because Game of Thrones has ended and people are pissed at how it ended.

What? *WARNING: Game of Thrones SPOILERS BELOW*

I watched it and I thought the ending was great. It tied up a bunch of loose ends and it left you wondering what will happen to the various characters who survived. Can you say "Spin-offs!" Yes, we knew you could.

Lots of people are upset Dany died. What? She died? You haven't watched the last episode yet and I'm spoiling it for you? Ooops. At least you don't know that Jon Snow knifes her to death by the Iron Throne, which gets turned into molten metal soup by Drogon, and then the Bran Flake becomes king.

So don't watch the clip below of Jon Snow killing his queen. With a knife. While kissing her. Maybe it's time to go back and binge watch the whole dang thing again. *Don't try this at home!*


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rocking (again) this weekend

IT SOUNDS LIKE a stuck record, but again we have so much great stuff going on in the Q-Town this weekend. We will need at least a weekend to recover after the weekend!

It starts Friday at noon with our final Concerts In The Plaza of the season. The talented Kyle Trudell will be there and the Butcher Block will serve up tasty lunches. We've been lucky with the weather so far for the previous three shows and it should be nice and warm for our last one.

Friday night at Red Light Bar & Restaurant, our friends Prospect Road will be rocking the night away. Saturday morning is the Bridge The Gap race by the river, and the Farmer's Market in Washington Park.

And Saturday night is the long anticipated return of The Cheeseburgers to Red Light. We had so much fun there in January and can't wait to get back and rock the old Granite Bank building.

But wait! There's more! You also get a free set of Ginzu cutting knives! And Paul Bonn is playing Sunday afternoon at The Club Tavern in Quincy from 3 to 7. Then the Matt Roberts Blues Band take over for the regular jam session Sunday night.

Phew!

BTW, here's a summer schedule for both The Cheeseburgers and HartLyss. I'm partly doing this to remind myself ....

The Cheeseburgers
Saturday, May 18
Red Light Bar, Quincy, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 8
Camp Callahan Benefit, Village Vineyard & Winery, Camp Point, 6 p.m.
Friday, July 19
Quincy Gems game, Quincy, time TBA
Saturday, July 20
South Side Boat Club, Keokuk, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 2
Quincy Park District Concert Series, Washington Park, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Private party
Saturday, Sept. 14
South Side Boat Club, Keokuk
Saturday, Oct. 5
Red Light Bar, Quincy, 1 Year Anniversary Party! 9 p.m.

HartLyss
Saturday, June 1
Revelry, Quincy, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 8
Camp Callahan Benefit, Village Vineyard & Winery, Camp Point, 3 p.m.
Thursday, June 13
Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition fundraiser, Revelry, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
Tipsy Bricks grand opening, Hannibal, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Tap Room, Quincy, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 6
Back The Blue party, Washington Park (with Pepper Spray), 7 pm ish
Saturday, July 13
Red Light Bar, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23
Red Light, Quincy (with Pepper Spray), 9 p.m.




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Matching the Internet

WE DO OUR best at Second String Music to match internet prices. Does it cut our margins? Yes. Do we have a choice to remain competitive in the world of online shopping? No.

We match internet prices on all guitars, amps and bigger items. We are actually cheaper for our awesome Roland keyboards. Plus we have unmatched sales and service, and your warranty is good through us. Try doing that online.

Yesterday a young man came in and looked at our Fender Mustang G-100 amp. He asked if we match the internet price. Sheryl said yes. After he left, she looked it up and much to her dismay discovered it was $50 cheaper online.

So we made the adjustment but worried he would probably just buy it online.

This morning we were out on the sidewalk sipping coffee and figuring out life when up walks the young man and he wanted to buy the amp! We thanked him for his patience and for asking if we matched online prices. Figuring out our mistake saved him $50 bucks and he is happy, we are happy and he has an awesome new amp. We march onward to the next small retail challenge.

It is illegal for bigger retailers to advertise below MAP price, the minimum amounts resellers agree  to advertise items. If Amazon has 100 Epiphone guitars that are $300 each, but they are just sitting in the warehouse, Amazon can't legally advertise them for $250. They do it all the time anyway.

If you come in and see an item and you think we are above the MAP price, let us know. It's part of doing business and we are all about being the best (only?) music store in town.