I was starting to wish that I had tried harder to get a booking for out band to play for Labor Day Weekend. Then, just a couple weeks before, Michael had a connection with an agent who needed a band for Saturday. And, he hired us! So, it was off to North Lake Tahoe to play for a Casino! Even though we filled in at the last minute...we were on the sign board.
After being in the car for a few hours, I was wishing I wore something nicer. Then I saw that everyone else was dressed comfy too! We set up with the new speakers and everything came together.
Michael left his hat in John's car and the best way to carry it was to WEAR it. What an outfit!!
John decided to rest and get ready for the show, but the rest of us were HUNGRY. Patty, John's wife was with us. We had to wait to order, wait for the food....time was getting away from us!
I love this picture...Michael is a very funny guy.
In fact, all the guys in the band are funny. It's jokes, jokes and more jokes.
It seemed like the bill would never arrive and we left Patty behind to get the check. (sorry about that!).
Time to get started. We were staying across the street from the Biltmore.
We loved this venue and had a great time.
Our guest drummer was Rich. He plays electric drums. I didn't even realize it until Steve told me. For the first 2 sets, John and Rich could not hear any of the music. I don't know how they played so well. Then Rich had the idea to plug his speakers in to the PA and after that we could ALL hear everything. I'm sure that made it much better for them.
Dancing Dancing Dancing!
Patty was in the band with John for many years. I wonder what she was thinking, being in the audience? I set my tape recorder on her table to get some new recordings of the band and when I listened, I could hear her singing along in perfect harmony. I just wish I could have seen them perform back then. It's funny because I remember seeing their posters around town years ago and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. But, I was in the middle of raising kids and didn't get out much...well ever. Darn.
Michael "emotes"!! Rock N Roll is serious business!!
When the harp player is also the photographer, he can come up with some really awesome shots. But, it can be startling to be in the middle of a song and see a camera right in your face!
And...it also means that there are never as many pictures with Steve in them!
John through in some new songs at the end of the night. We are all concentrating!
I love this picture of John and Patty. She is usually not at our shows. When he plays the song that he wrote for her, he often tells about how much he appreciates her for sticking with him through trying times, especially when he had his spinal injury. This night, he played the song, but didn't tell the story. I'm sure she knows how he feels. You can see it, right?
Four hours can seem like a long time, it makes me tired and my feet get worn out. But, when the music is going, we are all filled with energy and when John says it's the last song....I usually am surprised that it's over so quickly.
This couple stayed until the last song. They were awesome and so nice.
When people appreciate the music, it makes all the time and effort so worth it. Even the fact that we are ALL the roadies who have to pack it all up.
After the show, John and Patty decided to drive home. So, we helped Rich, the drummer pack up and we all went out for pie. This was Steve's idea, and he found out that there was only one place open all night. Rich said he knew right where it was and we followed him. When he turned on a street, it didn't match the directions we had been given. We went down several side streets and it just seemed like we were getting nowhere fast. He finally pulled over and admitted he was lost!! So, we went back and followed the directions from the hotel.
The desserts that we had were so HUGE, I wish I had taken a picture. And, we were eating this at 3am!! How crazy is that? It was 4am before we got to bed. Much too late for us old folks!
We spent the night and had a beautiful drive home.
We drove around the lake, a very scenic route. Pictures can not do it justice.