4/20 at the good ol’ Moonshadow Tavern. What a great time. It seems like every time we play the Moonshadow it just keeps getting better and better. The staff know us by name, the regulars get excited to see us, and they joke back and forth with us from the stage. It’s such a great vibe. This time around everything about the show seemed really relaxed. We finally got our gear situation figured out so setting up the PA and getting all our shit working was not a problem at all. We enjoyed a great meal together as always and we hit the stage for our first set.
Once we walked up on stage we realized that we had never planned out what all we were going to play and in what order so we just decided to roll with it. We kicked things off with “Cemetery Angel” and I thought it was our best version of that song to date and not a single soul clapped, haha. Hey, it’s the Moonshadow so we’re used to it. We had a great first set but we noticed that as we played, we started to get a reaction from the crowd. Something about how we were playing seemed to start capturing the attention of the folks and things started getting even more fun.
When we took our set break, we met this great couple who said they came out to see us because they had heard us on ReverbNation. Who knew that fucking site really did anything? It was such a great compliment to hear that they really dug our music and they ended up staying for the rest of the night all through to the end of the last set.
As usual, the 2nd set at Moonshadow is always a fun one. At this point, the smell of 4/20 was in the air and people were really feeling loose. “Another Day Away” had a couple out on the dance floor slow dancing which I absolutely loved. I was watching them dance and they were so into each other and all I could think was, “These folks are dancing to a song that I wrote and they are sharing a loving, tender moment.” That’s not something that every really clicked with me for some reason but it sure did make me feel good.
We dropped in a cover of “Dead Flowers” by The Rolling Stones and that shit just rocked the fuck out. People were standing up at their tables and singing along and it was so much fun. We closed out our final set with “Straight to Hell” and this time about 4 or 5 couples got up and started dancing. I even managed to get everyone I could to sing along and it was so much fun hearing them all just scream the lyrics at the tops of their lungs. After the set was over lots of people came up to us telling us how much they enjoyed our set.
Seeing these people smile, dance, and sing reminded me why I love doing this so fucking much. For just a few hours, we were able to take these people away from any shitty fucking thing that was going on in their lives just give them a good show. I think the folks really enjoyed it and, as always, the manager said how much he enjoyed us and wanted us back soon. Once again, I couldn’t think of a higher compliment. Moonshadow has really become another home to us and I feel that even though it took some time, we’ve settled in nicely.