Can Ya Help A Brother Out?

March 18, 2006


…Pete playing with his band from high school…

Apparently for some time now a rock station in Oklahoma City has been sponsoring a “March BANDness” contest that runs at the same time as the NCAAs March Madness basketball tournament. They start out with 32 local bands, the radio station gives their songs airplay, people vote on the station web site for the song they like best, and the winning bands get to advance to the next round. The top four get to duke it out at a local amusement park in a “battle of the bands” for big prizes.

Most that advance are local bands that are playing in clubs every night and already have followings, but one group that is advancing is a band made up of college sophomores. Its my youngest sons band, North Rock. They have just made it into the elite 8.

Doug, Don… can ya help a brother out and vote for Pete’s band? Go to this web page. You will see the North Rock song on the list. In order to vote you have to go to the bottom of this list and register. On another screen you have to fill out an information field. (you only need to fill in the parts with the *s and I would also uncheck the boxes at the bottom where they want to send you stuff) Once you are registered, go back to the March Bandness page and VOTE NORTH ROCK! You will receive an email that will have a link on it. Clicking on the link registers your vote.

This is all happening very quickly. I think March Madness will be over this week and so will this contest… please vote now!

Ok… (1) register (2) vote (3) receive email (4) confirm vote by clicking email (5) bask in the glow of a job well done.

If we could just get all us Joness voting for Pete that just might be enough to put him over the top… but if a whole bunch of non-Joness could give us a hand on this thing, that would sure be nice…

You can hear their song HERE.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Done and done.

Keegan Jones

Oh boy, just noticed the new header images. Love it!

Don Jones

One vote one voice one winner great song. Peter be sure and smash a guitar or something along those lines for stage effect. People like that sort of stuff.

Doug Jones

I dunno… it’s really hard to not vote for something called “Bleeding Out Loud” or “The Donny Vomit Theme Song”…. well, OK, I’ll vote for Pete so I can bask in the glow of a job well done…

Nick Jones Everybody

The coolest part about the deal is hearing Pete’s song on the radio as I drive around OKC… pretty crazy.

Dennis Jones

…does everybody go crazy when his song comes on the radio like they do in the movie, “That Thing You Do”? …I sure hope so…

Dennis Jones

…Cap’n Geech And The Shrimp Shack Shooters used to be my favorite band… but now I think it’s North Rock…

Pete Jones


Dennis Jones

…Pete, I think if you would change your bands name to Cap’n Pete and the North Rock Shooters you just might win this thing…

Doug Jones

…you’re gonna win that blue ribbon!…


If you mention Texas in any tunes you have my vote.. Even though you don’t live in the United State Of Texas any more..How are things at our nothern border??


Hey… I’m checking in from an airport… somewhere… I think Chicago… anyway, I just wanted you all to know Pete’s band made the final cut and gets to move on to the final four, big battle of the bands next Saturday!

Don Jones

ALRIGHT!! NORTh is the cinderella of the band battle… a cinderella story


In The Dark

April 5, 2006


…what’s goin’ on?

I flew down to Oklahoma City this weekend to watch my youngest son, Pete, play in “March BANDness”. His band didn’t win, but it was quite an accomplishment for them to even make it into the final four and I really enjoyed getting a chance to see them perform.

I arrived at the airport before sunrise on Monday morning to fly home. This time I had a brand new, unexpired driver’s license, I knew how to work the automated check-in machine, I got through security without being singled out and frisked, and I got into my seat on the airplane with no problems. Everything was running like clockwork…

…until all the lights went out in the airplane and the engines quit running.

Since it was pre-sunrise we were all left sitting in the dark. Then everything came back on… and then it all went back off. But then it all came back on and we proceeded to taxi out to the runway for take off.

Then everything went off in the plane again… but it all came back on… but then off… but then on again… but then off again… then back on one last time. It was like sitting in a dark room with someone flipping the light switch on and off.

Finally the captain spoke over the intercom and explained that we were having a problem with an onboard computer and, as you would do with a home computer, you must shut everything down and then turn it all back on hoping the computer will fire back up correctly. Thats why the plane was continually shutting down and coming back on… they were trying to reboot the computer.

This (of course) did not work, because this was the plane I was planning to ride home in. We taxied back to the terminal and the tech guys came out and installed a new computer on our plane…

…while we sat in the plane…

…for two and a half hours.

I arrived in Chicago with barely enough time to catch my connecting flight, but I sprinted to my gate and got there just in the nick of time…

…to see them posting that my flight had been cancelled. But that was ok because there really isnt anything more fun than sitting around in an airport terminal all afternoon waiting for another flight home.

I really need to come up with another mode of transportation to these things.

The Comments

Doug Jones

So Karen flies around the globe all the time, but you take two trips and this is what happens? No wonder you stay home and raise gourds. ‘Bout plantin’ time ain’t it?

Don Jones

Den, for a second there I saw you sprinting through the airport terminal just like O.J.

Dennis Jones

…I was… of course, I tripped and fell when I tried to jump over the suitcase…

Don Jones

I’ve heard there are lots of bugs and viruses floating around inside an airplane’s air ducts. I sure hope you remembered to hold your breath while you were on computer stand-by.

Don Jones

Did Pete’s band get any parting gifts along with the prestige of making the FINAL FOUR? Free admission to Frontier Land? Guitar strings?

Dennis Jones

…they received a fabulous day of free rides at Frontier City for their efforts… bad news Don… the car ride we used to enjoy so much is gone… replaced with one of those newer model-t type car rides…

Don Jones

I do remember that they had a saloon of some sort… I recall walking past it and thinking creepy things were probably happening inside

Doug Jones

creepy things were happening OUTSIDE as you walked by…

Don Jones

It just hit me that if you are in need of another mode of transportation… fire up your SEARS Craftsman mower and HIT THE ROAD!

Dennis Jones

…I think with a tune up I might be able to get that baby up to 6… maybe 7 miles an hour… not a bad idea, Don…

Don Jones

You haven’t modified that mower with any on-board leftover PC computers have you?

Don Jones

NOTE: Movie contains violence: Alvin twice shoots his broken-down riding lawn mower, causing it to explode in flames. Now THIS is entertainment!

Dennis Jones

…I believe we previously proclaimed this to be the official movie of the Brother Jones Web Site… check it out sometime… if you are having trouble sleeping…

Don Jones

Did you watch it? I have yet to see it.

Dennis Jones

…yes… it’s actually pretty good… if you don’t have anything else to watch….



Dennis Jones

…no Jeff… I only wear my welding Goggles when I’m cruising town in my car… with the windows rolled down… and my arm hanging out the window… with my sleeves rolled up onto my shoulders to show off the Brother Jones tattoo on my shoulder…