It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our friend and close family member Ken Sasso has passed away. The details and news of arrangements will surely follow, but what is important is we remember Ken for all he was and all he did for our scene.

Ken’s contribution was selfless and vastly appreciated by all the Arizona Family. It would be impossible to account for all he did for all of us. He was probably the biggest fan of the Noodles and he was their original webmaster. Ken recorded and archived many of Noodles shows as well as many of our shows. He wrote for Jambands.com and other music webzines. In Ken’s professional life he designed and maintained websites for Tie Dye Mike, Nita’s, Sail Inn, The Loft and others. At just about any show Ken attended, he tried to make them better. Sasso usually showed up at shows early – setting up light shows, his recording equipment, running the door and helping the bands or vendors set up and at the end of the night he would help load out. He was always humble, generous, respectful and kind. He would lend a hand with out being asked.

Ken was an integral part of almost every show in Tempe. Not only for the Noodles and Xtra Ticket, but for many, many bands.

Ken was a good friend.

He will be missed, and his passing is a shock, and his absence will hard on us for a long time to come.

– from http://blog.xtraticket.com

Xtra Ticket, The Noodles and Workingman’s Grass….celebrate Bus Bob’s retirement in big Irish drinking puke on your green shoes… kind of way…….

– from http://blog.xtraticket.com
Feb 21 2007

Happy Birthday Vince

his time of year will be bittersweet for our group. Usually this was when Vince would come down and we’d celebrate his Birthday. But this year we can’t do that since Vince is no longer with us. And just thinking about all that is sad, but we remember the good times too. So if your reading this Vinnie, we love you and we miss you. Everyone else, we hope you can remember Vince in your special way, and we will see you soon.

Love

Evan, Jimmy, Chongo, Dave, Charley and Elliot.

Here is A Happy Song by Dave ABear

Currently listening:
Missing Man Formation
By Vince Welnick
Release date: 28 April, 1998

– from http://blog.xtraticket.com

From the Grateful Dead’s Official Website

The wheel is turning almightily fast. Life is loss, but our times have turned sorrowful indeed. It is with very heavy hearts that we must tell you that Vince Welnick passed away today, June 2, 2006. His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were heart-felt and essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music that we were lucky to share. We grieve especially for his widow Lori, his sister Nancy, and the rest of his family.

Our Grateful Dead prayer for the repose of his spirit:

May the four winds blow him safely home.

– from http://blog.xtraticket.com

Lake Powell has been pounded by a 6 year dry spell and higher temperatures linked to global warming, dropping water levels over 100 feet, and reducing total water reserves in the lake over 50%. Formed by the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell spans the border between Utah and Arizona and is a major source of water and electricity.

Thanks to decreased snow runoff from the Colorado Rockies into the Colorado River and increased evaporation as temperatures rise, water levels have dropped so low that the area’s electricity supply is in peril. Powell’s waters cool the generators at the mammoth Navajo Generating Station. If water levels continue to drop, the plant’s intake conduit could be above the water level, leaving it exposed and unable to run. Without the hydroelectric generators, the area will be hit with serious power shortages and possibly blackouts.

Energy from these generators, including Lake Powell’s, is a major source of power for the entire southwest. Millions of dollars may soon have to be spent to fix this problem. Hoover Dam’s impressive hydroelectric generators that power the glitter on the famous Las Vegas strip far downstream could also be at risk if water levels don’t rise soon. Eventually, lower water levels could impact farms as far away as Southern California. Homeowners will feel the heat, too. The Colorado River supplies water to 1 million households a year in California, including 70% of the taps in San Diego County.

– from http://blog.xtraticket.com