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The Lyons Den's 15th Anniversary
This June The Lyons Den Radio Show celebrates it's 15th Anniversary On Air. George Lyons started the show, which was originally, and perhaps inartfully, named, "Eclectic Excursions." We are now poised to deliver our 800th weekly episode! We pride ourselves in delivering an unexpected mix of the finest music regardless of genre or decade, fusing together technorganic grooves you can't resist. If you've never heard the show, just click The Lyons Den Podcast Site button over on the left and browse some of the great episodes from the past few years.
In any event, the good folks at First Friday have kindly offered to help us celebrate this milestone by hosting the main stage at First Friday, June 7. The lineup for this event will be as follows:
The Jazz Workshop comprises some of the finest jazz musicians in Las Vegas today.
DJ Mongo has been co-host of The Lyons Den Radio Show for the past 9 years, and was Resident DJ at The Lyons Den Stage at First Friday during 2012.
Moksha is one of the hottest bands on the jamband scene today and will be playing the High Sierra festival this summer, with two critically acclaimed albums under its belt, the second of which entered the charts at the number 1 and 3 positions. You can find out more about Moksha at their official site, here.
Finally, DJ Shoe has been Resident DJ at many of Las Vegas' finer venues, including Little Buddha, Tao, and now Hakkasan. He also graciously spins for us on The Lyons Den Radio Show every Christmas.
Which Way Is The Stage, Dude?
The stage will be located at S. 4th St. and E. Colorado Ave. This promises to be an event not to be missed, so you'll want to come early, and stay late!
This time out we will have some professional lighting to spiff up the stage, but we will also need some volunteer assistance. We'll need a couple mature and responsible people to keep an eye on the equipment during the show, and also a couple people to help set up and break down the equipment. If you would like to help, drop me a line either here on mongoland, or on facebook.
- Created on Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:37
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The Lyons Den Radio Show Podcast Page Expanded
The Lyons Den Radio Show Podcast is maintained in a WordPress site because a podcast is essentially a blog, and WordPress has some powerful tools for blogging ind podcasting. But Previously I had used a wrapper type feature to pull it into the main site and maintain a certain degree of the look and feel of the main website, and also provide contiguous navigation to the main site. The problem with this was that it was necessary to scroll horizontally as well as vertically to see the entire content of the site within the tiny window provided. I finally got tired of this and decided to treat the podcast site for what it really is: a separate website. So now the link to the podcast site makes it more clear that it is essentially a separate site, but the separate site does contain a link back to the main site in its menu tree. I hope you find this easier and more fun to use and navigate.
KUNV Live Stream Player Removed.
The KUNV Live Stream Player hadn't been working correctly for some time. I tried tweaking the feed for the live stream, which had changed when KUNV overhauled its website, but that didn't do the trick. I will try playing around with some different plugins for this feature, but for now it made sense just to yank it from the site. Instead, I have added a menu button that will take you directly to the KUNV Live Stream page. It's right there on the left.
Some of the links were a bit old and shabby. I deleted the links to the old MySpace pages. Who goes there anymore? Certainly we haven't been updating them. So they're gone. The Lyons Den Archive was relocated from the now defunct me.com site to the mixcloud site, so that link was changed. I also added a link to DJ Mongo's Mixcloud page. There may be more too, I can't remember all the changes I made, so just click on the Links button there on the left and check them out.
- Created on Sunday, 09 December 2012 10:33
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Well I have to apologize for allowing the site to grow a few cobwebs in the last six months or so. Between the duties of the radio show, the podcast, and producing The Lyons Den Stage at First Friday, including producing a fresh DJ set each month, some things slipped, and one of them was the website. There's only so much time in the day, folks. Sorry.
The End of The Lyons Den Stage At First Friday
I started producing The Lyons Den Stage at First Friday in October of 2011. It was pretty much exactly one year later when the Managing Member of First Friday called me and told me he wanted to put all the DJ's on one stage, all the bands on another stage, and have me managing a third stage of singer songwriters and comedians. Well, if you have ever heard The Lyons Den Radio Show, or been to The Lyons Den Stage at First Friday, you would know that the Stage was like a live version of the radio show. We alternated DJ's and bands so that the music never stopped, which is a live way of doing the same thing we do on the radio show. So basically this new plan would essentially destroy The Lyons Den Stage, and I wasn't interested in doing that. So The Lyons Den Stage is no more. I understand the folks at First Friday are engaged in a grand experiment and they have done and are doing fantastic things with First Friday. But I have enough on my plate as it is, and the Radio Show will always come first. I don't want to spend my energies in a way that will dissipate them further without benefiting The Lyons Den Radio Show. But I encourage everyone to go out and be a part of First Friday. It is truly a fantastic flower of the Las Vegas arts community.
Mongo's Leg Injury and The Lyons Den Radio Show Podcast
At the end of October I injured my leg when I took a bad step going down a stairway. There was a snap, and a crunch, and about thirty seconds of swearing like a sailor. When I picked my leg up, my foot was sort of turned around the wrong way and hanging off. I was able to control the pain with meditation and reiki, so that by the time the EMT guys arrived, I was pain-free and refused their offer of morphine. It turns out I had dislocated the ankle and fractured the fibula in a spiral kind of way. I ended up getting seven screws and a metal plate installed. Pictures, including X-Rays, can be found in the October 2012 and November 2012 segments of my Facebook page.
My recuperation involved a lot of time laying in bed with my foot elevated and a series of three different casts and a cam boot. I have a walker, crutches and a wheel chair. I only used the walker twice - once in the hospital with the bone-head physical therapists, and once on the way home from the hospital, because my crutches were at home. I used the wheel chair once when attending a Lacrosse tournament, because the distances involved were just too much to deal with on crutches, and I figured I needed a chair anyway. I will be in the cam-boot, which is kind of a removable cast, for another three and a half weeks as of this writing, meaning that I should be out of it during the first week in January 2013.
Because the injury had slowed down everything in my life, one of the things that got left behind for a while was The Lyons Den Radio Show Podcast. Well, I spent this weekend getting caught up on that, so as of today the podcast is current. Check it out at http://mongoland.com/podcast.
Music Production and The Time Bank
As my leg heals, and I have more available time owing to the termination of my involvement with First Friday, I have become more active with sangha activities, and I have joined a time bank called One Equal Share. The idea behind the time bank is that once you join, you can trade an hour of your time for an hour of anyone else's time, so you can do something for Albert, and have Bob do something for you. Before my injury I was starting to teach myself music theory, composition, and production using Ableton Live. I have not had time to get back to it yet, but if this idea of a Time Bank appeals to you, I expect to be in the market for services involving music theory, composition, audio production, and maybe even some performers to assist in my projects. Just follow the One Equal Share link and send me an email through this website if you're interested.
The Next Incarnation of The Lyons Den Stage
Just before I broke my leg, I was starting to plan an event for December 21, 2012. The injury pretty much nixed that idea. But I am interested in putting together a few events during 2013. I'm thinking warehouse parties or maybe some events out in the desert somewhere. I'm also up for DJ'ing so if you're putting together an event please keep me in mind. Just send me an email through this website. And again, please consider joining One Equal Share - that may be one way of producing some amazing events without a lot of traditional economic capital going into them.
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This month we'll start things off with a country/folk jamband out of North Lake Tahoe that is booked for some of the mid-sized festivals this summer, including High Sierra and Horning's Hideout: The Dead Winter Carpenters. Here's a taste:
We'll follow that up with a set from moi, DJ Mongo of The Lyons Den Radio Show. Thereafter, at about 8:00 we present the return of one of our favorite acts, The Outside In Trio. The only video we could find for them seems more of an ad for Osaka, where they play every Thursday night. Don't be fooled. Wait til they break into the Led Zeppelin!
And if all goes according to plan, The Outside In Trio will flow into one of Las Vegas' dirty little secrets, Unique Massive - a band comprised of some of the finest musicians on the strip. Their only rule in their sets of pure improvisation? No covers!
The show starts at 6:00PM. Don't be late!
The Lyons Den Stage will be located at S. Casino Ctr. and E. Colorado Ave., Las Vegas: