Archive for October, 2010

Tremors / VFW Benefit

Two more good nights at Tremors and thanks to all who stopped out. The news for the band was Tim’s new sub cabinets (the bottom part of the speakers). We had a lot of compliments on the band’s sound so people did notice. They’re on wheels and we noticed that! Nearing Halloween weekend meant “The Monster Mash” was a regular part of the set list, and nobody does it quite like Matthew. We had the Fruit of the Loom gang out on Saturday so a few people were making use of the their costumes. Halloween weekend has us back at the Owls Club and we’re looking forward to that. We’d also like to send birthday wishes to Charlotte (“Socks” as she’s affectionately known) who had a Bday last Tuesday.
Sunday afternoon had us at the Janesville VFW for a benefit. It was a nice informal event and we had a good time. Local Elvis TA, Shawn Sharpe, started things off. We invited Shawn to do a few songs with us and it sounded great. I hear Cyndi used to babysit him. Matt placed a bid on some Packer pre-season tickets (supplied by our first cousin, Randy Sunby) and won. All said, it was a good weekend – and I was home in time for the Packer game!
This coming Wednesday has “Cyndi & the Sensations” back at Cafe Belwah in Beloit from 6 – 10. And then it’s Halloween weekend with Rainbow Bridge at the Owl’s, Fri. and Sat. Holly is still having a lot of problems with her broken foot and might not make it this year – we’ll see. Sunday has Cyndi and I back at the Castaway jam in Indianford from 3 – 7. We’ll see you this weekend!

Varsity Lanes/Castaway Jam/Return of the Mash

A high profile football game makes for a good crowd at a sports bar. This was the case at the Varsity Lanes as we started playing while the Wisconsin game was on. The main TV was just overhead of us, and most of the eyes were on the game. But all said, it was a good crowd and a good night. And as always, thanks to all who stopped out. Saturday night was also the start of Matt’s Halloween tradition of “Monster Mash”. We’re back at the Varsity the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It’s nice to have a place in Milton to play and I hope this continues to be a regular place for us.
Sunday was a return to Castaways with Cary. A disappointing loss for the Pack, but a good crowd. Thanks to Cyndi and Matt for stopping out and playing. Also thanks to Captain Jack and Steve Peck for sitting in. Cary was in playing mode and we played later than usual. I didn’t mind and the crowd was into it. We’ll be back in two weeks with Cyndi back in the lineup. Next weekend has the band back at Tremors. We have a few new songs on the list, including Monster Mash, and are looking forward to good time. See you at Tremors!

Tremors/Sneakers/Nina & Earl

A last minute cancellation by another band got us a fill-in call at Tremors Friday night. I’m still surprised that none of us had any unbreakable plans and were able to play. Matt was on call from work, but still had Denny Wayne to cover. We had a decent crowd thanks to the website, Facebook, texting, and word of mouth. Thanks to all who stopped out on short notice. We had a practice Saturday afternoon and brought back a few oldies: “Wild Night” and “Fire” (Pointer Sisters). Both went well at Sneakers. We tried “Lights” but I was leery about calling it. Maybe next time.
Sneakers turned out to be a good time. We had a little trouble setting up as there were two doors behind the band that the bar needed access to, but we made it work. Again, thanks to all that stopped out to help us at a new place. A couple of birthday parties also helped as they stuck around to do some dancing. We don’t play anywhere in central Janesville; not since Slicks was torn down. I think it’s a good location and a place to see the band for those who don’t head to the southside for Tremors or north to Milton. Speaking of Milton, we’re once again back at the Varsity Lanes this Saturday. Another 8 -12 job so stop out early! I’ll be at the Castaway jam in Indianford on Sunday, 3-7, this time featuring Cary Farmer instead of Cyndi. Cyndi and Cary are going to alternate Sundays for a while.
A couple of special birthdays this month that I’d like to mention: Nina Spenle and Earl Young. It’s even a coincidence that their Bdays are close. Nina and Earl are the band’s longest running followers. Next year will be 35 years of Rainbow Bridge and Nina and Earl have been there for just about all of it. They know the history as well as anybody, and even through the member changes, have always supported the band. A big happy birthday and thank you from all of us to you both. We’ll see you at the Varsity Lanes on Saturday.

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