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Congrats To Steve Grimes For Taking Home A George Harrison Duo Jet

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Congratulations to Steve Grimes, who recently took home a George Harrison Duo Jet as part of the 2012 Costco Manager’s Conference.

The conference brings in managers and executives from around the world, and there is a silent auction during the event that benefits Children’s Hospital.

A George Harrison Duo Jet is certainly a nice prize to walk away with!

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Ray Davies Performs ‘Waterloo Sunset’ During Closing Ceremonies

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Ray Davies was a featured artist on the epic Olympic closing ceremony that recently took place, as he played “Waterloo Sunset,” a love letter to London.

Watch the performance alongside guitarist Bill Shanley in the clip below.

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Eight Great Gretsch Album Covers

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Gretsch guitars are fabulous-looking instruments. Always have been. So it’s no surprise that they often made their way onto the album covers of those who played them and put them to such great use. Here then, in no particular chronological order, are eight fine album covers notable for being graced with great Gretsch guitars:

1. A Session With Chet Atkins (Chet Atkins, 1961)

There are only about a bazillion Chet Atkins albums that feature a Gretsch guitar on the cover, usually in the hands of the master himself, and all of them look fabulous. So this one is kind of a tough call.

After much consideration, we’re going with the 1961 re-issue of 1954’s A Session With Chet Atkins because it must be the Gretsch-iest original-era album cover ever. The 1954 original cover somewhat somberly pictured Atkins himself, and while the ’61 re-issue cover doesn’t, what it does picture is three—count ’em, three—Gretsch guitars: a Tennessean, a Duo Jet and a 6120; the latter locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette. Come to think of it, 1955’s Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions also has three Gretsch guitars on the cover, but since none of them are locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette, A Session With Chet Atkins gets the nod here.

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Jack White Surprises With Impromptu Show in the Woods

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Prior to Jack White’s performance on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands music festival, the always-innovative musician ventured out into the Golden Gate Park woods, where he put on an impromptu show for a few lucky fans.

White reportedly jammed to gems such as the White Stripes’ “Hotel Yorba” and “Broken Boy Soldiers” from the Raconteurs.

Once White got on stage for his scheduled appearance, he turned in a 70-minute performance for the ages. Playing with his all-male band, the Buzzards, White threw out a few tracks from his solo debut, Blunderbuss.

The capacity crowd was also treated to versions of the Stripes’ “We’re Going to Be Friends” and “Seven Nation Army.”

At the end of the night, White took a bow with his band and tipped his cap to the night’s headliner.

“Steve Wonder!” he shouted with anticipation.

Watch a few clips from the secret show below …

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PAPA Kicks Off Twin Peaks Stage At Outside Lands

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Los Angeles-based PAPA has been quickly building a following after releasing an EP titled A Good Woman is Hard to Find less than a year ago.

That showed Friday at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival, as a solid crowd assembled at the Twin Peaks stage to see the Darren Weiss- and Danny Presant-led band.

The quartet has apparently been working on some new tunes, as a song called “Young Rut” that will appear on a forthcoming full-length album made the setlist.

The more-familiar songs played included “Let’s Make You Pregnant,” a particularly fiery version of “The Collector” and “I Am the Lion King,” the latter of which closed with Weiss jumping out from behind his drum kit to slap high-fives with the first row of fans.

It was PAPA’s first of three shows on Friday, and this after playing a pre-Outside Lands event Thursday night with Of Monsters and Men.

The guys were also scheduled to perform sets at the AT&T Lounge and Stub Hub Tent.

Judging by their following as one of Outside Lands’ first shows, the more shows the better.

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