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Well. Where do I begin?
What happens when four guys, unrehearsed, who have never played a full show together decide to book a gig at a local place in front of an audience of a couple hundred folks? Well, I would imagine it could very easily be a shit-show of a night that is chock full of microphone feedback, out of time songs, forgotten words and missed chords, possibly some accidental pants-shitting as well. Fortunately, by a miracle, we did not have to skip town after our show and hide from an angry pitchfork wielding mob. We didn't have to sign up for witness protection. We actually had arguably the best night any of us have ever had playing music.
The feeling was just right. There was a hum of energy right from the sound check. Every song just kind of fell together. From Justin's tap dance solos (which immediately turned the heads of anyone who wasn't already listening) to Rusty's Tazmanian devil like hands smashing the cow skin congas until they whimpered to Danny's Ella Fitzgerald-like jazz scat solos dripping with melody, I would say our night was almost a miracle. A couple of us were pretty damn nervous, and thats not a thing that typically happens much when you do this full time. I think we realized about thirty seconds into the first song we were doing really well, everyone was listening, and now is one of those times when you really cant screw up.
Here is a video (Courtesy of the wonderful Laura Isaac) of us rocking out Jill Scotts "Its Love"
If every audience was this great, I think almost everyone would play music for a living.
. From Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" to Jill Scotts "It's Love" to Trains "Meet Virginia" injected with jazz scatting, rock fusion playing, latin vamping, tap dancing, four-trading, stomping, swinging, funktastic-goodness. It was such a fun night and more than anyone we have the crowd to thank. So if you came out, thank you thank you thank you! Luckily we snagged a couple videos out of the night too.
And here is the more well known Sublime hit "Badfish"
To all of you guys who came out and stayed and danced and cheered and sang, you rock! We are really fortunate all of you came out to rock with us, let's do it again soon! Thank you Carlos and Michael for having us all play, we're looking forward to next time!