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Steve and Jon have been in so many cool music projects together over the last 20 years. Here's a list of a few...hope I remember most of them. OK?
Here gos.... At least, 20 years ago, Steve met Jon...they performed together in a group with RON REID/congas/percussion, STEVE BARTLETT/bass and JON BARONI/keys/vocals...there also was a female singer in the group, I think at the time..name?? and a Canadian guitarist, who packed his bags and returned home saying...'he didn't want to end up like Steve' . [NOTE:Steve has difficulty remembering names and dates...so, these are all as approximate as I can get, from listening to him. I help Steve remembering recent stuff, that's my job in our marriage. SMILE.Jan]. Steve said at that in those early days, Steve and Jon were friends with recording engineer FOREVER FIELDS. Steve lived at Forever's in a tent, with a bag of potatoes for food...Jon teases Steve about that time, in his song 'GREENCHAIN AGAIN' [lyrics: 'I don't Wanna End Up Like Steven'].....'luckily for me I love potatoes, hehehe....SMILE-LAUGH, Jan
But, Some of the more recent gigs of Steve and Jon's have been....THE GAIA PROJECT on 7/30/05, on Roberta's land, that's where Steve met SCOTT ERCOLIANI/drums [Steve just informed me, while I was twisting his right arm...that he had 'first' met SCOTT ERCOLIANI earlier at Forever Fields. Whoops. Jan] and st_robert/guitar/vocals and recording artist. Also, TOD THOMPSON/guitar/vocals was there, MICHAEL HARRISON/drums, TOMMY KEESLAR/drums, TOD LEMKUHL was there too.. This was an amazing unforgetful gig...Thanks Roberta, with lots of lovely dancing girls and beautiful images and videos co-ordinated with the beautiful music, wine. fresh organic foods, dancing, sculptures in the forest, enchanted poetry...lots of fun, well worth it paid rehearsals. Jon Baroni was the high-lighted vocalist/ Steve did a very cool bass solo too...Peter Gabriel-type tunes. [I remember Jon did IN YOUR EYES by Peter Gabriel and SHAKING THE TREE by Peter Gabiel. Jan] There were many other very talented musicians/artists too, can't list them all here. It was a never-to-be-forgotten evening. And,Yes...JZ KNIGHT and James were there.
Like I said,Steve Bartlett and Jon Baroni have been friends for over 20 years. They've been in so many musical projects together.. Here's even more Jon's a cool guy. We can always count on his friendship.
Updated 2/19,....I just remembered 3 more 'Jon and Steve gigs'....I think these gigs were around 2007, but not sure. Steve and Jon played in a group with ANDY CARROLL,/guitar/vocals, EVAN/guitar, MICHAEL HARRISON/drums, and JON BARONI/keys/vocals and my STEVE BARTLETT/bass at PUERTA VALLARTA Bar in Yelm a couple of times. Cool gigs...I remember big turn outs.
They also were honored to play at R.S.Es Late Sir Robert Jone's and Michelle Jone's daughter COZETTE and COY FYRST wedding party. I remember, when Steve and I arrived before the wedding guests, there was Sir Robert with a great big smile... wearing a hugh tan hat....roasting a whole pig for their arriving guests. That's the very first time that I met Michelle Jones, we got along right away . It was before THE BLUE BOTTLE.. The wedding couple were so in love, happy and it was a beautiful sunny day, lots of food, wine and some dancing too. ANDY CARROLL, EVAN, STEVE JON and MICHAEL HARRISON played this very fun gig.
Steve and Jon played with AL EARICK in 'FUNKIN GROOVIN', around 2005, with I can remember SHERYL CLARK/sax, JEFF MASON/trombone/harp, DON BENSON/drums at THE TACOMA CONVENTION CENTER.
These 'Two Tuff Cookies'.....played in a group with TOD LEMKUHL/guitar and MICHAEL HARRISON/drums about 2007, several times at the TENINO SMOKEHOUSE.
TAMBORINE BORRELLI/vocals had her DINNER PARTY on 12/29/07...with the tuff cookies, Jon and Steve...TOD LEMKUHL/guitar, MICHAEL HARRISON/drums and there was SCOTT ERCOLIANI doing the video. Go HERE to read my report.
There was a group with STEVEN KNOPP/guitar. TOMMY KEESLAR/drums performining at SUMMIT LAKE, Wa. and THE BLUE BOTTLE before MICHELLE JONES owned it...to a standing room only crowd...I [Jan] was the 'doorman'...yes, 50 people can get into the Blue Bottle...cool. NORMAN brought the sound stuff for an giganic outside gig 'round the same time at the before named Blue Bottle gig. I also remember a gig with SONIA PENA/drums, STEVEN KNOPP/guitar and those two Tuff Cookies at the old TOSCANOs PIZZA PLACE next to the not-yet named Blue Bottle in Yelm.
When Steve played weekly at LIQUID SOUL COFFEE ROASTERs, beginning round 2007 Jon came in an jammed with the group there. That was MARTIN SALINAS/guitar. JOHN 'SCOOCH' CUGNO/drums.
Then. there was BLOOMLINE, [CDBaby link] a band that st_robert/guitar and JON BARONI/keys/vocals started with TOMMY KEESLAR/drums, that my STEVE BARTLETT joined after it's creation.
And, 'round that same time, Steve and Jon performed with MARTIN SALINAS/guitar and JOHN 'SCOOCH' CUGNO/drums/vocals at THE TENINO WINE FESTAVIAL in the Tenino City Park.
Those two played in TAMBORINE BORRELLIs tent Gig in the BLUE BOTTLE, a few years back...I remember it was catered...had plenty of great food /wine and $100.00 tickets to join in. See above at THE DINNER PARTY.
Steve was bassman in Jon's CD 'WAKE UP CALLs', available at CDbaby or Jon's web site HERE Steve also plays, in Jon's CD 'TRIBUTE'. Another cool CD is called 'IMPROV AT THE PARLOR'.
Now tomorrow,, Steve and Jon are performing again.... in my favorite band of them all.. the band called WALTERs BIRTHDAY. With SCOTT ERCOLIANI/drums and TOD LEMKUHL/guitar/vocals. That is tomorrow, Friday, February 11th. It's at LIQUID SOUL COFFEE ROASTERs in McKenna, starting time 8 pm. With only a $5.00 cover. Wow.
Go see these 'TWO TUFF COOKIES' in WALTERs BIRTHDAY tomorrow. OK? You'll have a great time. Jan
UPDATED 3/11/12...Another cool 'tuff cookies' band....Created February 2012....HOBBY STREET, see. That's JON BARONI/keys/harp/vocals, my Steve BARTLETT ON BASS[ Steve no longer a regular player in this band as of 5/1/2012. UPDATE: SCOTTY JONES/bass as of 5/15/2012, T. Jan], STEPHEN K. HICKS/drums and XXXXX-XXX/guitar/vocals/song writer[X'd out per request t. Jan].
UPDATED June 2013...Jon told me by phone, he left HOBBY STREET in January 2013.Except for a few jams and a couple of gigs. Steve [or I, Jan] have not seen, heard from or played with Jon since March 2013. See my story HERE Jan
P.S. FYI....JON BARONI's Grandmother was Marjorie Baroni...Civil Rights Activist from Natchez, Mississippi. His father was the late Jazz pianist Neil Baroni from Natchez, Mississippi.
NOTE: After some further friendly interrogating...Steve told me...that he had been in a musical group 'round 20 years ago, with R.S.Es GREG SIMMONs wife or ex-wife, named ? with TOD THOMPSON/guitar, but, Jon did not join THAT group...BUT, TOD THOMPSON did play with Jon, Steve, Ron Reid and a female vocalist occasionally. I'll keep looking for more juicy stuff.... OK? Jan...OK, I stand corrected. Cool Thanks, Steve.