Archive for August, 2012

Anchor Inn / New Songs / Rock Around the Block

A beautiful night at the Anchor Inn on Friday – one of our best nights there. A big thanks to Mark Schultz for running the sounds for us. We had a lot of compliments on the sound. This was our last outside job of the season at the Anchor and we appreciate John booking us. I had just finished setting up, and was talking to friends when I heard, “There’s a guitar case in the river!” Seems my gig bag (no guitar in it) had fallen from the side of the stage into the water. It was rescued quickly and no real damage was done. The situation was ironic as I had earlier teased Cyndi about one of her cheat sheets going into the water on a previous gig. Guess you don’t tease Cyd. Also thanks to Lucas Brookins, who sat in on “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Very solid job as usual.
 
We were off on Saturday, but had a practice in the afternoon and worked out “The Air That I Breathe” by  the Hollies, and we brought back “The Authority Song.” Gary had to learn a few new guitar chords on the Hollies tune, but he got them. We played both songs at Quotes for Rock Around the Block.
 
At first, I was a little disapointed that we were inside for Rock Around the Block. We also started in the 1st slot at 11:15. But given the rainy weather that cancelled some of the outside bands, it was a blessing. Jason ran sound in Quotes and did a good job. It was a little slow at first, but the crowd picked up quickly and we had a great time. It was also nice to be done early as it gave us a chance to hang out, say hello to fellow musicians, and see some other bands.
 
Rainbow Bridge is off this Labor Day weekend. However, Gary, Cyndi, and I are playing at the Walworth county fair next Saturday afternoon – around 3:00 I believe. Cyndi and I will also be playing with the Gary McAdams Band at Hammys on Sunday from 2 – 6. The band returns to the Darien Corn Fest on Friday, Sept. 7th. We’re playing at the Varisty Lanes on Saturday from 8 – 12 for I believe, a Milton Band benefit. I’ll have to find out more. Stop out and say hello.

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Cyndi’s Bday @ Tremors / Jerry Dabson Jam / Goodbye to Tim

Short week for the band just being at Tremors Friday. Although, Gary and I filled in for Cliff Fredrickson at the Marine Corp League from 5 – 7 before heading to Tremors.  We played quiet background music, and it went very well.
 
Tremors was a birthday party for Cyndi, and we had a pretty good turnout. Former guitarist, Deb Smith, came in from Indiana to be there. Nannette and Gloria brought treats and snacks, and we thank them for that. It was a fun night.
 
Our Saturday night gig in Delavan was double-booked and we were cancelled. Jerry Dabson had called me earlier to play the Hammys jam on Saturday afternoon, so I stayed in town. It was a good time. Gary, Cyndi, and Deb, Deb’s sister, Fern, were all out. We played on the back patio, which was a first for me. The weather was good, and I thought it sounded nice, although I think the bar would have done better business had we been inside. I chose to stay in town that night – thought I was going to check out some bands, but wound up heading back to dads for a quiet night.
 
Gary and Cyndi played the Wiggies anniversary on Sunday with Tim Pogorelski, Shawna Schultz, and Larry Walford. I headed back to Milwaukee early and enjoyed mowing the lawn, and vacuuming the house!
 
On another note, our soundman, Tim Waggoner, has taken another job and will no longer be running sound for the band. Given the house system at Tremors, Countryside, and the smaller venues we’ve been playing, we weren’t using Tim all that much. I’ve been told Mark Schultz will be running sound at the Anchor Inn on Friday. We may use him, or our old light man, Trevor Hoffman, at the Darien Cornfest coming up. Tim owns a lot of our equipment, so we’ll have to work that out. It’s been a lot of years with Tim behind the soundboard, and we wish him well. I regret there wasn’t the opportunity for a goodbye gig and send off, but that’s the way it is.
 
We’re at the Anchor Inn this Friday from 6 – 10. No gig on Saturday. Then we’re at  Quotes on Sunday morning at 11:00 for Rock Around the Block. A little early, but it’ll give us the rest of the afternoon to relax and hang out. We’ll see you this weekend!

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Tim’s Birthday / Wedding / Moose Club / New Toys

Let me start in reverse. Our soundman, Tim Waggoner, had a birthday on Sunday. Our next job with Tim will be at the Anchor Inn on Friday, August 24th. Tim’s not on Facebook, but feel free to sign the band’s guestbook. Stop out on the 24th and wish him a good one.
 
Speaking of birthdays – Cyndi will have completed another trip around the sun this Friday, the 17th, at Tremors. The 17th is her actual birthday, and we’re there just the one night, so it’ll have to be a good one!
 
All private parties this past weekend that started at a wedding in Oregon. The bride, Heather, was in Holly’s and my wedding. Odd to have a reception on Friday, but it was a nice time and we were well fed! Matt tried out a new bass amp that sounded good, but might not be enough power. It’s always fun to try new toys. A little trouble with the sound equipment as my mixer wasn’t functioning right. Fortunately, Gary has a spare and we used that all weekend. All said, it was a nice time and we got through everything fine.
 
Saturday was a double birthday party at the Moose Club. Diana Lucero was celebrating her 50th and her and Nannette Gurney’s mom was celebrating turning 70. It was a nice time and we were fed again! Diana’s daughter, Rachel, (hope that’s right) got up and sang a song on our break – did a nice job. Matt also purchased a 5-string bass that he played for the 1st set. The extra string sounded good, but it’ll take a little getting used to. He went back to his 4-string the rest of the night. We were packed up by midnight so I headed over to Deano’s to see Jamie Cox and his new version of 2 Left Feet. Matt stopped over a little later and we caught the last set.
 
Again, we’re at Tremors for a one-nighter on Friday, and will be celebrating Cyndi’s birthday. We were booked for a private party on Saturday, but it got double-booked and we were cancelled. I’ve been in the basement working on tunes, and we hope to be adding more soon. On a side note – I was called to host a jam this Tuesday in Milwaukee and am excited about that.
 
Just added – I’ll be playing Saturday afternoon at the Hammys jam w/ Jerry Dabson from 2 – 6.
 
Stop out to Tremors on Friday and wish Cyndi a good one. See you there!
 

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Countryside / Country Corners / Gary McAdams Band at Hammys

Back at the Countryside for another Friday night. It wasn’t real busy, but we had a lot of dancers and thanks to all who stopped out. Thanks also to webmaster Greg VanBlairicom for stopping out.
 
Dan Smith, the guitarist for the Jerry Dabson jam at Hammys, asked me to cover for him the last set on Saturday afternoon. I went down a little early and met up with Gary. We finished up at Hammys, stopped at Culvers for a bite, and then headed up to McFarland for the gig at the Country Corners. Again, not a busy night, but we received a good response from the crowd there. Thanks to Nina, Bonnie, Dawn, Stacy, and Kami for your support at a new place. There were a couple of musicians from the band Country Storm that were out for a party night. We enjoyed meeting and chatting with them. When we were setting up, my guitar amp didn’t come on – major problem as I didn’t have a spare. Thanks to Bob for rewiring the plug and getting things working again. After the gig, I was on the road heading home when I received a cell call from Matt. Seems I left my guitar at the club. Fortunately, Gary took it with him and brought it to Hammys on Sunday.
 
The Gary McAdams band played Sunday afternoon at Hammys with Gary, Cyndi, Shawna Schultz, myself, and Steve Dougherty. Steve plays with the Dave Potter Trio, and has played with all of the well-known blues artists in southern Wisconsin. It was a pleasure to finally meet and play a gig with him, and I thank Gary for the opportunity. Jerry Dabson and Steve Peck came up towards the end of the gig and played a few. All said, it was a good weekend.
 
We’re at a wedding in Oregon next Friday, and a private party at the Moose Club on Saturday – no gig on Sunday. We’re also at a private party in Delavan on Saturday, the 18th. Our next “public” gig will be back at the Anchor Inn on Friday, the 24th. See you there!

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