Jake jammin’ at Abbey Road on the River

E Street Band member Jake Clemons entertained the first night at Abbey Road on the River 2017 with his own show. Mark Rashotte, lead guitarist for All You Need is Love joined the jam with Clemons’ band. Video by Ronald Hawkins of RDH Great Stories.


Asking a big question at Abbey Road 2017

Longtime Abbey Road on the River favorites Hal Bruce and Jay Goeppner entertained Friday, June 26, with a variety of John Lennon tunes during their acoustic set. Among them was the early Lennon song “If I Fell.” Video by Ronald Hawkins.

Backstage and on stage with Jake Clemons and company

Jake Clemons, nephew of the late Clarence Clemons and a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, heading onstage during the first night of Abbey Road on the River 2017 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. All photos by Ronald Hawkins.

Guitarist Mark Rashotte of All You Need is Love playing with Jake Clemons band.


Summer of Love fun at library

The first of two nights of my Beatles Summer of Love at the Martinsville Public Library was great fun for yours truly and I hope for everyone who attended. Here’s a clip from a performance by Dennis Champlin and Dena Holmes. The second of two presentations will be at 6 p.m. April 25 at the library, 110 S. Jefferson St., Martinsville, Indiana..

Here’s a link to a performance by them: https://www.facebook.com/BeatlesMemoriesandMemorabilia/videos/1875355519392299/

And here is link to two more songs by them:

WorldCon nominees announced


If you’ve ever been to Worldcon, whether it’s in London, Spokane or Kansas City, you know that probably the biggest event is the awarding of the Hugo Awards.
The final nominees for the honors this year, which will be presented in Helsinki, have just been announced.DSCN0663
Here are few of them:

Best Novel:

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders;  Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers; Death’s End by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu ; Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee; The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin; and Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer.
Best Novella:
The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle;
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson;
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire;
Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold;
A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson; and This Census-Taker, by China Miéville.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):
Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve; Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller; Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig. Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi; Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards; and Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form):
Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow): Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales); The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy); Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO); Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO); and
Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)