We have had quite a couple of months for me. I have played with the “worst wedding band” in the world. (more on that later) and have had a rain out of a really great concert (rescheduled for Oct 4th) and got to see my good friend Craig Meyer (almost Elton John) as well as planning some great stuff for the future. The DCO played the largest outdoor craft festival in the country and had a great time. We have other stuff planned coming up. (see below)
This last weekend Ryan Goodwin, mixer and producer and drummer and guitar player and bass player extraordinaire, put together a jazz combo from a couple of us from times past to play at The Roselawn Craft fair this weekend. I think his health wasn’t good enough for him to get his band together, so we played a couple of standards for a total of 40 minutes. What a gig. Sounded like we hadn’t rehearsed and we hadn’t!!! (see link)
The lady who has put together the “worst wedding band” in the USA has a different keyboard player every gig and a male singer who is from Oklahoma….God bless him. “Its a little bit funeeeeeee…” with the worst twang you have ever heard. The regular drummer is from Poland and doesn’t read a lick of music. The bass player, who is very good btw, is the Bass player in a FEMALE AC DC Tribute band. Go figger!!! She sells her band as part of the Groupon plan, so Groupon gets 55% (so she says) of the money and takes forever to pay. We have played an Indian wedding in a voluminous marble encased hall….hello….hello hello hello…… forever. And we have played a Corporate gig for some BMW sales people who weren’t alive when the music we were playing was famous. Im talking 60-70-80s and ended up playing from the iPod for the latter half of the program.
The DCO did end up working on booking 3 dates at a local theater (read famous and lots of attendance) and another outdoor venue for the “Night under the Stars” Concert dealie with Douglas Cameron.
I got to participate in an interesting online collaboration with someone by adding clarinet, flute, and sax to some old radio recordings that will eventually be out on a CD soon. They sent me the files, I played some trax and sent them back and they did all the mixing. May be the way of the future.
I got promoted to bari at the GPC Jazz ensemble and we have 2 gigs for that to play this semester. Playing some interesting stuff.
There is always something music to be done………