Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Then I stopped at Second Comings, our local thrift shop. Found myself a nice new (to me) sweater for four bucks. Just in time for the snow! I mentioned that yesterday, and we didn't really see any. It looked like it might change over late last night, but the ground was bare this morning. It sure is cold enough now though. Maybe tonight.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This was the slowest month I can remember, in regards to playing shows. But November looks like a return to normalcy. Here's what's on tap:
10/30 - Country Cow, Campton (solo show)
10/31 - 7 Barrel Brewery, West Lebanon (w/Who Are The Brain Police)
11/7 - Shooter's, Belmont (solo show)
11/8 - Masonic Hall, Holderness (military appreciation show)
11/14 - Corner House, Sandwich (solo show)
11/15 - Shooter's, Belmont (solo show)
11/20 - Hong Kong Garden (w/Who Are The Brain Police)
11/22 - VFW Hall, Littleton (w/No Limitz)
11/28 - Shooter's, Belmont (solo show)
Still some holes to fill, but it's back to business at least.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
In other news, I stopped at the open mic at The Common Man in Ashland last night, which was fun, but not particularly lucrative. Especially with car repairs figured in. So, if I can get the mid-life Chrysler back on the road by tonight, I'm gonna go out again and see if I can book some gigs. The business is real feast-or-famine up here. It's a little more even for me now than it was a few years ago, but October and November still take a Hell of a dip.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Not too bad, for just having one SM58 pointed at the kit. And now that Mike Kim's band Boss Level has moved into the studio, there's a much nicer kit sitting there waiting to be recorded. So it'll only get better.
In other news, I don't have ANY shows on the books this week. That's going to change.
Monday, October 20, 2008
In other news, things are slowing down considerably. I don't have a show on the books until next Thursday. Ouch. I'm hoping to plug something in this week, and I'll let you know if anything comes up. I got to do some studio work this weekend, which was a lot of fun. Chris Downing loaned me his loop pedal. I simply have to get one of those.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The show went well enough. Playing a show during a Red Sox playoff game is a pretty tough sell up here, but there was a large group that was there to celebrate a birthday, and they were on board with what I was doing.
I'm not hosting the open mic at the Sunset Grill tonight, but I may still stop by. I'm really hoping to get to the studio and start putting down a few musical ideas. I've been playing with one of my old guitars tuned down to... I'm not sure exactly how you'd describe it. I guess it's like regular tuning, but down in C. Sort of like a baritone guitar, I guess. I'd love to have one of those to play around with.
Friday, October 17, 2008
In other news, my New Year's Eve commitment is no more. I was going to sit in with the Undercover Operatives at The Margate in Laconia, but they've taken on a full-time keyboardist who is going to do the show with them. So, now I gotta find a place to play. I'd almost prefer to do a solo show, I guess. But we'll see what comes up.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tomorrow it's back to work; I've got a recording project to finish up. But for tonight, it's cake and cartoons.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Then I hosted the open mic at the Sunset Grill. It went well enough, I suppose, but I was on stage the whole night. Susan Kominz was the only other musician to participate, and she doesn't play guitar when she comes out, so I accompanied her. It would certainly be a better open mic with more musicians. But the attendees were happy enough with the performance, and it was a welcome distraction from the dismal Patriots game. (My Saints had a good day against Oakland though.)
I'd wanted to attend the singer/songwriter night at Lago (they've moved to Mondays now), but I have to meet my friend Mike at the studio instead. He's going to move his band in there, and we'll split time/costs. Since I can't use the place full-time right now anyway, it works well for me.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I played a party in Warner with (Who Are The) Brain Police, I stopped in at Music For A Song and got some pics of my CD on the shelf, and I played a solo show at the William Tell.
Right now I'm getting the family ready to take a trip to the Sandwich Fair. And tonight I'll be hosting the open mic at the Sunset Grill. Busy little weekend. And it's not a long weekend for me; the day job is busy this time of year, so I've got to work on Monday.
Anyway, details and photos to follow.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Immediately after that show I'll be headed up to The William Tell to play my regularly scheduled piano bar gig. That one starts at 6pm.
Tonight though, I'm the featured performer at Lago's singer/songwriter night. I get to do a full set of original stuff. I'm wearing a few different hats these days, but that's what you've got to do if you're going to stay busy as a musician up here. Maybe that's how it is everywhere, I don't know. I haven't been everywhere yet.
Kathryn was at my William Tell show a month or so ago, and she drew this picture and gave it to me. Awesome.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Today I'm putting together a rough set list for tomorrow's show at Lago. It's the singer/songwriter open mic, and I'm the featured artist. Linden Mazurka (the host) will go on at 8:30 and play a few songs, and then I get a generous time slot. The venue features strictly original music, and isn't that a breath of fresh air. I don't get to do many shows like this. After my set, the stage opens to any other musicians who want to take a turn, so if you're inclined, bring your guitar and play!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I hardly ever watch TV anymore. I'm online every day, and the computer screen is enough of a time sink, I guess. I get the impression I'm not missing much. We unplugged the cable back in 1998. Wow, ten years. The only thing I really miss is being able to watch the football game (geaux Saints!).
Tonight I'm playing at Shooter's Tavern. Thankfully, the Red Sox are on a travel day. If game 3 of the playoffs was tonight, they'd probably just cancel the show outright. That can be a tough room during a regular-season game. I wouldn't mees with that crowd during the playoffs. Anyway, if you're in the Belmont area, come on out. :)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I played a short set, and Linden offered me the feature spot next week. Nice! So I'll be there next Tuesday. Come out if you can. And if you can't. keep an eye on the podcast page, 'cause I'll be on there eventually. :)