October 13, 2017
Back at the good ol’ Moonshadow. The kitschy artwork, the cigarette smoke, the weird stage, and the awesome people all manage to come together and for an always memorable evening. I never thought that the Moonshadow would be one of our “home bases” but we really found our little home away from home there. The people there always treat us really well, the food is great, and we always seem to pick up a new fan or three every time we play there.
This particular show was cool because we actually had some friends come out and see us. My buddy Mike and is gorgeous wife Christine were in town from New Orleans and they came out to see us which was a blast. Mike’s my oldest friend (32 years) and it was great to see him and his lady. Our friend Luis also came out who was very much entertained by Mike’s stories. We went on right around 9pm and we played one long set of about 17 songs. Things started off pretty good but then a couple of inebriated hecklers started yelling stuff at the stage. “Play Tom Petty! Wooo!”, shit like that. This went on for a few songs and it kind of threw Allison off her game a bit and her focus was just a bit lost. We made it through the first set, took a break, chilled, and then went in for round 2.
This time, Statler and Waldorf had left the building and we played probably one of the best sets we have ever played. We had people up and dancing in front of the stage, cheering, throwing money in my guitar case, and even asking for encores (that’s a first for us). We played until way past 1am and honestly I was having an absolute blast. The songs on this were played really well and I felt like we not only connected with each other but we connected with the audience as well which steered our songs through the night into a really fun direction that had us smiling and laughing our asses off.
This particular show was just a reminder that while not all shows can be perfect, how good a show is can totally be based on how you make it. We didn’t let that first set get us down and we went back up there and played a 2nd set that not only redeemed us but seemed to really moved the people this night. One of the most exciting things about playing music is getting to play it live. A live performance is always so unpredictable and so “in the now.” You never know what the evening may have in store for you but regardless, it’s always an adventure and an adventure worth remembering and sharing later on down the road.