Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Their website says their goal is simple – “Keeping the music in schools.” Last year’s Festival raised over $30,000 for Petaluma’s and surrounding area school districts. According to the organizers, the 5th annual Petaluma Music Festival is on its way to similar funding levels due to such a great musical line-up and killer raffle items this year. They had autographed guitars, photos and other memorabilia, along with artwork, music and t-shirts for sale. They also offered activities such as wine tasting, rock climbing, and massage therapy to name a few. With all of this budget BS going on in government, from the locals to the top, music and art are usually the first things t be sliced. Yet, these two fundamentals are what help teach us to use our entire brain, develop our creativity, give us connection to emotion and help us learn to express it. These things are what connect us to other humans. It is a darn shame that our supposed leaders don’t see that. As one song remarks, “I have no faith in politicians. I don’t live in a dream.” This is a big election year and I find it interesting there are so many of these festivals that promote music and art for kids and non-profits set up (pay attention to those local races on the ballot people, it ain’t all about the Prez ya know). As a matter of fact, I head to two more in the coming week. I will spend a Saturday in Fairy Tale Town, near Sacramento, and then the next day, Sunday, in Paradise near Chico.
Fairy Tale Town is a year-round locale that’s been around for 50 years, offering children and families a place to develop imagination, play and learning skills. Sunday’s event is to support a local community radio station, KZFR’s “People Powered Community Radio”. One artist on the bill here in Petaluma will also be on the bill on the next two. As a matter of fact, this will be his fourth (at least) concert this year raising funds for non-profit organizations. Much respect Mr. Greene, much respect.
The 2012 Festival included 17 bands on three stages inside the Sonoma County Fairgrounds – the welcome sign ready’s you with, “Get your groove on!” Knowing there was no way I could cover all 17 without dropping flat with exhaustion (camera gear ain’t light people), being solo and doing both photography and writing, I decided to pace myself at my first festival coverage. I thoroughly enjoyed six of the 17 acts hailing from locales east to west, from Brooklyn to St. Louis toL.A. to the SF Bay Area and other parts of California. What a day and night!
I started at the main stage, called the Festival Stage, with Nicki Bluhm and the Grambers. This is the third time I’ve seen this band, and JBO’s second coverage. I really like these guys. I think they are fresh and on their way up the musical food-chain. Their songs are easy to listen and dance to and they make sure you have a good time – they are enjoying it and they get the crowd going and giving back good energy to the stage. They are really genuine with their performance, and so is the reaction from their fans. I know I’ve used the same remark as others have, that Miss Nicki is the “It girl” – well she certainly was in demand that day as she was asked to sing with two other bands and she fit in like it was meant to be. The voice can blend and yet remain so recognizable Nicki that you know it is her. I was able to enjoy nearly their whole set before needing to head to another stage. I was having so much fun watching and enjoying these guys that I nearly forgot about my other commitments! So, they opened with “Before You Loved Me” which starts out as a soulful song that rises to a raw rock ballad about having your heart-broken after giving the relationship your all. Then we get “I’m Your Woman” which is her Linda Ronstadt sounding rockabilly. It swings and rocks, and she tells ya she’s gonna be her own woman, she might play her music loud and late, wake at noon, sleep in the kitchen and cook food in the bedroom. Take it or leave it – I love it! A few songs into the set, I hear a familiar song, I can’t put my finger on it right away but it is certainly familiar; Leon Russell’s “Tight Rope.” I probably haven’t heard this song in a decade, maybe on the radio when channel surfing or catching a classic a DJ felt like pulling out that day. And, what? Nicki whips out the kazoo at the end? Now, this is certainly the first time I think I’ve seen any musician use this wind instrument in concert, let alone with such fervor! I haven’t seen her play the kazoo live, but I’ve seen her wail on their YouTube van sessions (songs from their road trips) when they covered “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall & Oats (which went global and made CNN) – and the girl can kazoo. But, again, I digress. From there, they move into a handful of funky-danceable tunes that keep the crowd moving and warm under the clouds. They also do a great version of “Pack up Your Sorrows” (I think Mimi and Richard Farina did this song?) and then Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good” – both pretty fitting for Nicki’s voice and feel of the Gramblers – Americana, road tested, folk-driven, fun and soulful music. Deren Ney on electric lead and Dave Mulligan holding the acoustic rhythm, she’s got a great duo to support their sound. Mike Pascale and Mike Curry holding bass and drums, more than respectfully, and this time we had a special treat with a special guest keyboard player to boot! She did announce they have a new record coming out in the spring of 2013 that will have “Little Too Late”, amongst others. I myself, cannot wait!
Before You Loved Me, I’m Your Woman, Go Go Go, Figure You Out, Tight Rope, Little Too Late, Barbary Blues, Pack Up Your Sorrows>Beer and Booze, Santa Fe (Duet with Dave Mulligan), You’re No Good, Burnt, Jet plane E. Kill You To Call
I meandered away from the stage as Jet plane was winding down to head over to the Pavilion Stage to catch the second half of Forrest Day, who announced they would be making an effort to “keep it PG-13” for the kids in the audience. I would describe Forrest Day as funk-rock-jazz-reggae with a taste of hip or maybe hop (or both) thrown in – they are a high energy band consisting of guitar, keys, bass, drums and the lead singer who also can play the sax. They hail out of Oakland, California and they are Forrest Day, lead singer/sax, Terrell Liedstrand on lead guitar and stage drama, John Sankey on bass, Nick Wyner on keys (thanks for sending me the set list Nick!) and their now full-time drummer Jasper Skydecker (so says their website). What an energy they give out – going from Nicki to Forrest was like moving from a swaying and rolling mountain stream right into the rumbling and tumbling rapids, not too scary but the kind where you know you better hang onto your seat cuz it’s gonna be quite a ride! The first I saw them was at the West End Celebration in Sand City last August (celebrating local artists). They rocked the stage pretty early that day, getting the small but enthusiastic crowd up and dancing, or swaying or groovin’ in some way. They are the kind of guys that when done, you might just have to go up to them and say “thanks man” – for the sound, the sway, the funk, the feel, the reality of the music that pokes fun at life and everyday struggles and drama that maybe you thought only you had! Most of their set list came from their first release, “Forrest Day”, which just came out in 2011. I just love this CD. I guess you might put them in the category of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or maybe Sublime. But, the tone to Forrest Day’s voice can bring a smooth reggae or jazz sound at times – his web names Frank Sinatra and Jay Z as influences, which is maybe why it is hard to really describe this sound! There were a few new songs in their set I didn’t recognize (their band manager mentioned I would hear some new tunes) so we know we are anticipating a new CD soon. I did miss the first part of their hour-long set as I was over at the main stage, but got to thoroughly enjoy every moment of “Meds” through the last note of “Without a Trace”. As I mentioned, their songs are a brief commentary of quirky life. “Meds” is about just that, the drug companies love to push it and the doctors love to prescribe it for everything that ails you – here, take this pretty blue pill (“it might be time for a medicinal vacation!”)! One of my favorite songs is “Hyperactive” – there is just something about the rhythm and sound of the song. It has a slow funk to it, but then they move to a fast tempo, bring it up to a rock or rap, quick tempo, and then back to the fun, that, well, makes you feel hyperactive! Then they offer the crowd the cleaned up version of “A$$holes” cleaned up as “Apples” – although one a day of one of the other would not necessarily keep the doctor away. It’s just a song we can maybe all relate to, maybe not now, but at one time in our life I think we’re all a bit tired of working for apples. “It’s Just Me” has an odd oldies feel to the start – with the simple tap of the keys on the piano, and the sway to the sound, maybe like you are on a swing or roller skating down the street, swaying back and forth. Afterall, the main line is “It’s just me, I’m a tragic comedy. To hell and back, to hell and back, and back to hell.” This song has a great groove – awe, heck, they all do!
Their 2011 CD is available for your listening pleasure on their website, and they also mention having music giveaways and promoting videos for their new CD.
Then, I head on back to the Festival Stage for Poor Man’s Whiskey, for which I got to stay for the whole set as I was covering The Pimps of Joytime who followed. Unfortunately, this had me miss Truth & Salvage, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Now, if you’ve never hear of or seen Poor Man’s Whiskey, I think the best description of their music/show that I’ve read is “high octane hootenanny”. You simply must yell, “Yeeee-Haaawwwwwww!” at least once during their set! As a matter of fact, if you don’t, the band just might suggest you to do so. They started their set all on acoustic instruments – banjo, stand-up bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin and drums – and opened with a foot-stompin “Humboldt Hoedown”. Here, we were instructed to “Yehaw!” loudly in order to get the proper start to the song. I, of course, happily obliged. I love this song, I have to dance, I have to grab someone and swing them around, I have to hoedown! They take this song and blend two more in there before bringing it back home, finishing up the song – kind of Dead-style. The thing about this song [Humboldt Hoedown], and this band is, that they are not your typical bluegrass band. They aren’t simply playing bluegrass. With Jason’s [Beard] background and love of rock and psychedelic music, they can take their songs to different spaces, just on the edge of bluegrass and teetering on jambands, psychedelic or southern rock, like the Allmans did it. Then, before you know it, you’re at a hoedown again, swinging and stomping in the barn out back, until you remember you’re at a concert somewhere! The next song, “Angeline”, has a feel to it I can’t put my finger on. It sounds familiar, but that could be just the familiar musical influences I hear (Allmans, Neil Young, the Band…). It’s not so much bluegrass but more of the southern rock feel. They next bring Nicki Bluhm up on stage to do “Here inCalifornia”, off their tribute CD to Kate Wolfe. They just put this out – called “Like A River”, go get it, it is a very respectful tribute to the life and songs of Ms. Wolfe. Nicki’s voice fit in just perfect. I love it when musician’s play together on stage and it is just natural. There was no time to practice, but we couldn’t tell.
I think the crowd favorite, aside from the hoedown opener, was “Catfish John”. It’s an old familiar song for a band to share with a crowd that might not be familiar with their originals. They added their “whiskey touch” to it, made it their own and made it memorable for the crowd. The one slower song, “Easy Come”, has Josh put down the banjo and sit at the keys. Yes, sit at the keys, slow down and get soulful. And he does. It’s a song that has a number of familiar SF Bay area locations (Josh grew up in Mill Valley), driving in fog, sitting in an old bar, making small talk over troubles, and taking life in stride. We should all take a little lesson there, “life keeps moving along, easy come, easy go.”
Well, they didn’t let us rest for long, moving into “Cousin Billy” – everybody come on, all night long! I believe this was to be their last song. We said MORE! Yelled, stomped, and pretty much demanded an encore – and the Festival organizers agreed. As they came back to the stage, Josh was carrying quite a large bottle. He places it on his keyboard and we can clearly see this is a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, but on it is hand painted “Poor Man’s Whiskey”. Some in the crowd get a little excited about that and, what do you know, Josh opens it up and hands it to the crowd! I think he said it was a gift someone gave him; I hope he got it back. The crowd was a bit “thirsty” if you know what I mean…… “Willie” was our encore gift – a song about traveling, leaving worries behind, taking the adventure of life, with your six-string on your back and your loved one’s close to heart and mind. This song, along with Easy Come and Cousin Billy are all originals from the second CD in their two-CD release of “Dark Side of the Moonshine”, which I just love. I’m telling you, these guys have something. I overheard someone compare them to early Railroad Earth – they keep this up and they may find themselves out, rolling down the highway a lot more often, with their six-strings on their backs! (Sorry Jason, I know your favorite town to hang out in is home…..). Poor Man’s Whiskey is: Josh Brogh (banjo, keyboard, harmonica, vocals), Jason Beard (guitar, mandolin), Aspen Stevenson (Bass and vocals), George Smeltz (drums, suitcase – yes, you read that right – and vocals) and, newest member, Chris Haugen (guitar)
Humboldt Hoedown> Cripple Creek> Old Joe Clark> Humboldt Hoedown, Angeline, Here in California (with Nicki Bluhm), Let’s Go Out Tonight, Catfish John, Easy Come, Cousin Billy E. Willie
[You can check out our interview with Jason Beard, one of the co-founders of the band. We had planned to interview both Jason and Josh Brough but poor Josh was late due to a minor fender bender. We’re glad it was minor and you made it safely to the show!]
Next to hit the Festival Stage was The Pimps of Joytime. They hail out of Brooklyn, NY and have been together for about six years. Their sound is a blend of styles – from funk and electronic, to afrobeat and salsa, and even rock n’ roll tossed in. It is urban street groove. Along with their instruments, they bring the NY swagger and attitude. I LOVED it! Man, are they funky. Let me rephrase that. They R Fun-kay! Allow me to take you back to the funk. We can easily go back to the 70’s and they would be there. We might not have to go back that far though. How about I take you to the parking lot scene in the early 90’s when we all wanted to stay at the disco bus all night long (c’mon all you heads, you know what I’m talking about!). I wish I could have cloned myself, or split into two, so I could have enjoyed their whole set; but, alas, I am mere mortal (I ran over to the Pavilion Stage for Diego’s Umbrella so I wouldn’t miss something special a friend of mine told me to catch, which I will share in a minute). By the time I returned, they were tearing down their gear so I couldn’t grab their set list (not even sure they had one written). I recognized a few from their latest release, “Janxta Funk!” The title track and first song on their CD lets the crowd know who they are and what they have in store for their set (janxta funky music, hey- I like it!). They kind of remind me of P. Funk-style funk, or maybe Sly and the Family Stone (two pretty awesome compares, if you ask me). Their “Keep that Music Playin’” is a total dance groove tune. I also recognized, “Blues Wit You” and the insane conga solo! They thrilled us with their song named after their band (“Pimpin’ Music”) – let me hear ya say, hey! I suppose that I can look at it this way – I was so very “in” every moment they were performing, dazzled by outfits and actions, that it is hard to remember exactly what they played. But, really, to know exactly what songs they played may not be necessary. All you need to know is that they are FUN-KAY! From the first to the last note, they funked it up and grooved it down and had the whole crowd eating off of their funky, janxta, pimpin’ food platter! And, we gobbled it up.
Back I go, to Pavilion Stage, to catch the end of Diego’s Umbrella – man do they perform! They are a photographer’s dream, with antics and drama every second of the show. Their website says, “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who will soon.” They call their music gypsy rock, and claim it to be an irresistible cocktail, for which I admit I had a sip and kinda liked it! I first discovered them listed as performers for the Petaluma Music Festival, and I decided to check out their website. After reading up a bit on their description (see below) I scanned iTunes to see if I could find them. I think I landed on their first CD, “Kungfu Palace” (which of course, they played none of!). With descriptions such as “harmonized shredding and gang choruses” and describing their live shows having “fire and unpredictability of youth”, I knew I wanted to see them perform. They’re maybe not your typical jam-type of band but they sure put on a high energy show filled with crazy stage antics – and they were tight musicians even while goofing around! The crowd loved them. They’ve evolved through their four CDs since 2005, so they’ve been around and have their loyal fans. Their music is very danceable, and there is plenty of opportunity to sing in choruses (as it’s been referred to) and feel like you are performing right along with them. When I think about what I would envision from a band associated with a “gypsy” sound – loud, celebratory, beer mug clanging type-o-fun, I can see this band in the center of it. They even got off the stage and brought their instruments to the audience, allowing everyone to encircle them as they intensified their love for their music. It’s about being amongst their fans and sharing their music with them at that level. I’ve enjoyed seeing two other bands do it the Michael Franti or Poor Man’s Whiskey style! Well, maybe not exactly that style but you get the concept – or just check out some of the pictures from their set and you can see what I mean. They have to have intense musicianship and strong vocals in order to support and shine above their party atmosphere stage show they can put on. The boys love to perform. Diego’s Umbrella are:
Architect, Downtown, Bullet Proof Shine, Hava, Strange Torpedo, Moneymaker, Proper Cowboy, Assassin of a Japanese Businessman, Richardon, Pants!, Das Borjka, Lasers ‘n Lesbians, Thrash Mexican Budapest
I was able to make it through the crowd and back to the main stage where I caught the headliner, Jackie Greene, and his band was just finishing up their sound check. Right away, I knew it was going to be a fun night. It was just the vibe we were getting from the stage. Maybe it was the good juju from the bands that had come before them, but whatever it was, I know the crowd was giving it back. Coming back over to the stage, I could see it had gotten more crowded.
As to be expected with Festivals and bands and gear, they were a tad behind (with all of the stage changes, it must be hard to stick exactly to the schedule. “Uh, excuse me, I know you are in the middle of a jam but can you hurry it up so the next band can play?”) If they start a tad late, we hope that they end a tad late, which we never mind, really, we don’t!
Oh, what a set; short AND SWEET! Not to compare but I will! The last show I caught was Northstar, and we did a review. It was a good show, but sometimes you just know when there is something amiss. That night in Tahoe it was lighting and sound. No fault of the band, just that’s what you get sometimes. They rocked through it for us, made the show the best it could be and, as I said, we all left with smiles. But, Petaluma had a different feel. The spirit was there in the audience. We had been given so much love and energy from the bands that hit the stage earlier that day and the crowd was primed and ready for Jackie Greene and his band to extend the music into the evening (uh, maybe some were a bit too primed, but eh, it’s a festival, ya gotta expect some of that, right?!).
The first few songs were setting the tone for the night – it would be rockin’ and energetic. The opener, “Don’t Let the Devil Take Your Mind” gets us the Resonator. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who loves this Resonator, or steel guitar, or banjitar or whatever you want to call it. Jackie on the rhythm and Nathan on lead with his Les Paul, the song starts out a bit quiet, as he tells you not to bother looking for heroes, stay the course, don’t let it get to your head – it’ll all be good, just don’t let the “devil” take your mind (whatever your devil is, and we all have one). This song has some great lines, a few of them donated by Tim Bluhm, a good friend of Mr. Greene, and yes, Mrs. Blum’s hubby.
Then, a few songs in, we hear a serious blues riff come from Jackie’s guitar. He’s about to tell us a heavy story, he grimaces and sways with the strong and demanding notes. “Have you ever been mistreated? Well, you know what I’m talkin’ about.” This is old Freddie King blues song from the 50’s (who’s version is very different then Mr. Greene’s rendition, Freddie wailing on the keys while Jackie uses the guitar). I fuckin’ love this song “Five Long Years”. Jackie sings it with pain and anguish. He and Nathan tear your heart out with their soulful guitars, crying and wailing back and forth. And there is a bit of frustration and resolution in there too – as he tells you what’s gonna be different with the next woman. Yeah.
We were treated to special guests on the next two songs. Nicki Bluhm joined the stage for “Deal” which they really just laid it down. When she joins the stage, you see the smiles come across the fellas’ faces – they are all pretty good friends and you certainly can tell by the energy that comes from the stage and out of the song. And, of course the sweet moments of sharing microphones and hugs and smiles; like we were at a family/friend gathering and we were watching our buddies goof around and play us all a song. And, they decided to keep her up there and ask Deren Ney, lead electric for The Gramblers, join them for “Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right”. Jackie sits at the keys for this song. The sound was so full to this version of the blues – welcoming Deren’s sound of his electric, along with Nathan and Steve (who moves from the keys to the guitar), with Jeremy and Zach holding it down the strong rhythm, it was just a killer version of the song. The verses are sung back and forth between Jackie and Nicki, and this time, they ain’t playing buddies goofing around – he says “tell me mama, where did you sleep last night?” And she avoids the answer and soulfully says, “tell me daddy, who lights your fire at night?” Yeah, it’s a scorchin’ hot song. Ouch!
Jackie remained at the keys for a few more songs, first being “Shaken”, which is a soulful ballad about life, emotions, uncertainty, wanting to break away and be free but something holds you back. In Jackie’s song book (“Gone Wanderin’, The Songs of Jackie Greene, 2001-2011) he says this song was reworked from a guitar to piano song, with the help and influence of Jay Bennett, originally with Wilco but who also had a solo career (had about 5 CDs or so). My favorite part is the last verse, “I want to run – go stare into the sun. Watch the Bay waves breakin’, the human race awaken. I want to know why I am so uncertain, behind the curtain shaken….” I think we all feel that way sometimes.
Next we get another one of my favs with “So Hard to Find My Way”. I am starting to realize I say that a lot. I guess I just like pretty much all of this guy’s music. Guilty! This is another up-tempo, hip swingin’, head boppin’ song. When I hear it start, first with the keys tapping lightly and then a long wail on the ivories leads to Steve he banjo – here we go! It’s a song filled with short stories on maybe five different characters, somehow linked together by the same feeling of finding their own way in the world. Well, usually five. If we remember all five…… OK, I’m just gonna say it… I think we are forgetting the second verse nearly each performance I’ve seen lately. I’ll give a hint: it’s about a dude, kinda poor, he got himself a string instrument and it ain’t perfect but it’ll do. We cannot forget poor Richard.
Mr. Greene, at times, has been compared to early Bob Dylan. Yeah, he’s got a few songs from his earlier CDs that can fit that description. “About Cell Block #9”, to me, is one of them. But, the story behind the song reminds me of The Beatles “Rocky Racoon”. It paints a picture of a cheatin’ heart, betrayal of a friend, and deep passion over the betrayal that drives you to pull the trigger, literally. Then you realize, that the only friends you could ever count on, betrayed you and you too betrayed them, and everyone pays the price in some way (jail or death). (I read that this song was written in his mother’s garage at a time when he was really into outlaw and prison songs – wonder if he wore out the needle on any copy of Johnny Cash’s live recording from Folsom prison.
Jackie moves from the keys back to the guitar, turns to Nathan and mouths, “Hollywood”. Oh yeah, love the way this one makes me swing from the hip. It’s filled with references that make you feel like you are people watching, walking down some L.A. street scene. “This town is so opaque, I swear the bums are wearing shades!” I find it interesting that they next move into “Tomorrow Never Knows” – telling us to turn OFF our mind, relax and float downstream. Very different visual than we get with Hollywood!
The set ends with a scorching “Scarlet Begonias”, with its own hop and skip, bells on shoes and dancing the blues! It is fun to watch Nathan play. He moves with the notes he pulls from the strings, he shares the song with you musically but also lets you know how he’s feeling the notes by his body language. Jeremy is the same, he’s boppin all over the stage with the bass. And he’s really a guitar player and so there are times when he fills in the sound of the bass but it might be played like a third guitar. He ain’t just playing the bass notes, if you know what I mean. And, again and again, we love having Steve Taylor fill out the sound with the keys and his abilities to hit the higher notes. With he and Nathan backing up Jackie, the sound is that much fuller – both instrumentally and lyrically.
We were treated to a double encore, starting out with “Uphill Mountain”. I love the harmonica in this song, the way it moves to a crescendo and then quietly back down the mountain to a soft close. This song will always remind me of my Mom – her life was an uphill mountain, it got more than a little rough at the end. I’m sure it often felt like she had mountains to overcome wearing shoes made of steel, making it difficult to move forward and look at life lightly. But, she took what she was given and she always tried to stand tall, carrying her sense of humor with her every step of the way. We played and sang a lot of music her last days, and she tapped her toes all the way to heaven.
The band does not yet seem ready to leave the stage, and then we hear Jackie call Nicki back. He puts the acoustic down and grabs the electric. And the familiar sound of “Sugaree” begin. Oh, I just love this Jerry tune, which I hear is one of Mr. Greene’s fav Jerry tunes as well. I read an article around Jerry’s would be 70th birthday early this month, that included brief interviews with musicians relating to the influence that he had on their musical careers. Jackie was asked to name a favorite song. He named Sugaree (for now) – “it’s mesmerizing every time I hear it.” We agree! And they have so much fun with this song. Jackie puts his own spin on it, of course, and with Nicki sharing the verses, the song’s tempo and mood is meant to be different from what we know Jerry would give us. Jackie’s version is a bit louder and maybe just a little less sweetly played, but maybe more demanding of us, that we shake it, shake it, yeah, Sugaree!
When writing these articles, especially if I can’t get to it immediately (my other job gets in the way), I try to listen to the artist’s music again and remember the feeling they brought to it that night. Our readers might get a glimpse into the festival scene we all played in that day if they checked out some of the recently posted videos from festival goers out on youtube – we love our videographers!
Don’t Let the Devil Take Your Mind, I’m So Gone, Medicine, Farewell So Long, Goodbye, Five Long Years, Gone Wanderin’, Deal (w/Nicki Bluhm), Tell Me Mama (w/Nicki Bluhm and Deren Ney), Shaken, So Hard to Find My Way, About Cell Block #9, Hollywood>Tomorrow Never Knows>Taxman>Tomorrow Never Knows, Scarlet Begonias E: Uphill Mountain, Sugaree (w/Nicki Bluhm)