The temperature was climbing into the 80's, and everywhere I looked people were trying to fan away the thick, muggy air. When we finally did get on stage, I turned to Danielle who had noticed my sluggish sate throughout the day. "If I throw up, just keep playing." And then we let loose with everything we had. By the end of the first song, I had made a full recovery like nothing had been wrong just two minutes ago. This was going to be a good show.
We preformed a mix of originals and covers in our hour long set, switching between slide guitar and my trusty Strat, with total emphasis going to the blues. You can hear some previously recorded tracks that lean toward what we performed Saturday in the Coastal Noise Music section. After the performance, I stuck around to see friend and fellow musican Len Bentz play a set (see Podcast #30) before I rushed off to help family with the rising waters that were threatening their home.
Overall, I had a blast at the event and want to thank a few of the people that made it happen. First, I have to give a big thank you to Danielle Linn who was a huge reason why I enjoyed the show so much. It makes a world of difference when you have a drummer playing with you, especially when they are as good as Danielle! She answered the call when I needed a wing-man (or wing-gal) and made great efforts in alotting time for our practices and scheduling. It was very rock and roll.
An equally big thanks goes to Ben Sanders for taking me on for the festival. One call with no prior knowledge of who I was and he gladly worked with us to get a spot for the show. I know its not easy multitasking all the details that go into a festival, before, after, and during, but Ben handle it with patience and diligence. All in the name of a charitable act for kids. Kudos Ben! I hope next year is an equal success.
The sound guys working the festival deserve thanks I feel too, as well as all the other staff members who helped make the day possible. A special thanks to Ryan Meyers who, to my surprise, was also at the festival running sound for the musicians. I was very glade this was the case. Being only in his twenties, Ryan is on the fast track to becoming an expert audio engineer in his field. He ran around so much smoothing out the sound for the performers that I thought he would never need another gym membership again. The persistence was much appreciated dude. Stay steady.
On behalf of Danielle and myself, we would both would like to thank our dad's, who helped with the set up and break down of all the equipment. It really helped us get a few minutes extra of playing time in, which made me happier than anything...Not throwing up was great too. But seriously, thanks!
Well done goes to Len Bentz and Joe Garrett for their follow-up performance. Keep a-pickin' fellas. Also, thank you to Nicki Funk, who took a lot of funktastic pictures during the performance. The shots capture exactly how I felt about the show after looking back on them. Good eye and sharp finger!
And of course, thanks to all our friends and family who came to the show to support us and the good cause. Till next year!
*Be on the lookout for the podcast with Tiffany Langlinais this weekend, and check out the latest episode with Jason Sanford and Emily Sholes of Rosco Bandana