Collins Drive was back at the Moonshadow Tavern again and we were all very excited about it. The first time around we were a tad nervous because we weren’t sure about how it would go over. Being that it is more of a “bar” crowd as opposed to listening room, we really had no idea how it was going to be. This time around we were actually really looking forward to it. Loading all the gear in can be a hassle but in all honesty, it was all worth it in order for us to have total control of our sound. Aside from that, once we got set up and sound checked we enjoyed one of the few “band meals” we get to have together and it was awesome as always.
We got started around 9pm and we kicked off with an acoustic set and then did an electric set. Playing this show is like one long big ass rehearsal because we are basically needed to play 3 full sets. This gives up the opportunity to try new things with the songs, jam a little if you will, or even try tweaking the arrangement just a bit. After we played the first full set, we all felt like we played really well. The 2nd set was a bit rocky and the 3rd set was us just rocking it out electric on our 2nd wind. We even did a couple of live feeds on Facebook and got some really great feedback from there.
We also got some really great feedback from some of the audience members in between sets. That is the thing about a show like this that we figured out the last time. Even though it may seem that the people aren’t really listening, they really are. It’s just that the band in a place like this isn’t the focus. We are the soundtrack to these people’s dates, dinners, or just Friday night celebration of not having to work for the weekend. When you look at it this way, it’s amazing how it changes your attitude.
Anyways, it was a great night of music and a great time was had. A show this long is a challenge to just about any band and I feel like that we not only stepped up and took on the challenge and we even learned a little more about ourselves and the audience that we were performing in front of. 3 sets is a long time to play and it was hard to try to stay “on” but I have to say that I was very proud of how we played and proud of the reception that we received. What a great night and we can’t wait to be back there again!