Saturday, April 16, 2005

Audio Espresso

As you can tell from Kev's recent post, the gig went way beyond our own expectations. Just about all of the people I invited showed up, and due to the band standing next to a huge window, many people just wandered in off the streets to see what was up. Best part was, they stayed.

It's hard to think that our last gig was at the beginning of October. Quite a bit has happened everyone in the band I'm sure. Hell, even our bass player got married in the big gap. But one thing you could tell was that everyone has been practicing. It was almost surreal for me(and I think the band would agree with me on this one)when the band started playing and everything was so much better than the last gig. Amazing what half a year in the shed will do for a group(of course we only shedded together once).

Every gig has it's notable moments, here are some off mine:

1.Myself and Kev got there about an hour early. The place is built so that the area where customers sit is kind of a 90 degree angle. Of course we were stationed on the long part, and my bell was literally pointed right at everybody's head the whole night.

2.Most of that hour Kev and I were there, the area immediately in front of the band was FILLED with small children. I think the oldest was about 3 years, and the youngest was still in a highchair. This one lady brought in about SIX of the little buggers and they were just sitting there, making noise and throwing cookies at eachother. And people just kept coming in with infants. I joked with Kev on how we should try and make ourselves into one big Sesame Street segment(imagine it, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird...and Dingus). Luckily the kids left about 10 minutes before our gig because the last thing we needed was front row of crying babies.

3. During the opening tune, my phone goes off. It was on vibrate, so it was relatively ok, but I knew it was probably the people I invited calling to tell me they were lost. I couldn't answer it till the break...and that was a good 50 minutes away. They eventually found there way however. The couldn't get a seat and just had to hang outside, which made them leave early unfortunately.

3.My old band director showed up. Usually a man estranged to the idea of compliments, was full of them tonight. He even liked my arrangement of Foosball. Afterwards he was telling me about how now he wanted to practice, and he had a few charts he wanted the band to play.

4.Overall there weren't any scary moments while playing. The time would go to weird places, but it would come trotting back like a loyal puppy. I think the most interesting case of "unintentional improvisation" was when our bass player accidentally held over a note on The Chicken, but instead of just stopping, he took an acapella bass solo, and we just did the head again.

Of course the gig was waaayy more than that. Workers and the owner said it was the longest steady stream of customers they had seen on a Friday night. The people were generous too, as me and Matt had the oh so wonderful problem of figuring out how to break two $20s found in the tip jar so everyone got their cut.

This one was the start of many to come.

Friday, April 15, 2005

A Big Return on Tax Day

I think my bandmates would definitely agree that tonight's gig went very, very well. The place was full to the gills, the owner and manager loved us, and we got a bigger reception at the end of Foosball than we'd ever been given in our whole time as a band. There were certainly a few interesting moments (as will happen to any band that hasn't performed publicly in six months), but all in all it was a fine show.

One pretty funny thing was that our unusual name threw some people; from what I heard, some of the people who work there thought that we were going to be a bunch of 16-year-old metalheads from the skate park a few blocks over. I trust that they were pleasantly surprised by what we really are, since they didn't seem like part of that particular demographic.

Oh, and we had our name on a sign out front for the first time in our career as a band. Matt snagged a picture of it , and we'll have it up here (in this very space) as soon as he's able to download all his pictures from his phone.

If you missed us this time, I have no doubt we'll be back over there, and it looks like it's going to lead to other things too. More thoughts from me over at my blog.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Directions 'n' Stuff

So if you're reading this post, I assume you'll be coming to see us tomorrow night; if that's the case (and we hope it is), here's the official map from the Coffee Haus site. If you want an expandable map to get you there from wherever you are, try this one.

At any rate, I hope we fill the place tomorrow; do stop by if you're within range and get a chance.

Friday, April 08, 2005

One More Week

Only seven more days till our "triumphant return" at the Coffee Haus. I can't believe that it's been nearly six months since we've done a public gig. We blew the rust off our traditional repertoire a little while back, so everything should go well. It's a tight little two-hour set, so it'll be pretty much our "greatest hits" (Foosball, Bud Powell, Samba de ZuachiƱu, etc.), so there'll be no worries about stretching like we had at the Ke Davi gigs.

I hope a lot of people can make it out there; it'd be great to fill the place to the gills so we'll get asked back; we're also hoping to possibly invite some other venue owners to hear us, since the demo probably can't be made until the end of the spring.