Wow...an entire weekend without a gig. We all had a great holiday with our families and friends. And yet, we all missed playing music.
It's time to gear up for 2011! I've been calling and calling looking for places for our band to play. If you know of a place that you would like to see us play at, please let me know and I will call them! It's hard to get bookings, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! We stay booked because we work hard at getting bookings. That's what it takes to stay busy I guess!
So, now that our weekend off is over, it's back to FULL swing! We are booked solid for the holiday season and we can't wait. One MAJOR drawback is that Michael is going to be gone for two whole weeks!! We will miss him way more than he knows!! But, the show must go on and we have made arrangements to play without him. First, Steve has been practicing his guitar playing for the past couple of months...just so he could fill in. And, I must say that he is doing GREAT!
This band does not practice. I mean, we don't have "band practice". John and Michael don't need it. Since Steve and I started out as students, we just kept our Monday night class and show up to John's house to learn new things. Around August, when we realized that Michael was going to miss a show because of his eye surgery (which went great!), Steve started learning guitar to fill in. And, then we knew he could fill in again in Dec (now!).
We started bringing the PA and speakers in to John's living room to practice and get ready. Steve is a fast learner and John is a good teacher...great combination!
Because we don't practice, I don't always get enough chances to practice playing bass with Michael. He volunteered back in September to come up and practice with us just so I could play! It was great and I learned a lot. I'm still not playing a lot of songs at each gig, but I'm learning more and more all the time.
And, I LOVE it!
We had a really fun "jam" early in November. Meet Jerry. He is from the popular band "The Detours", whose band recently broke up. He came up to play with us and we had a BLAST! You may have seen pics of Jerry from the gig he played with us Nov 6. You will be seeing more of Jerry for sure!
Want to know a secret? Jerry is really SANTA CLAUS!! How cool is that?
Here is a short clip from my Iphone:
That was FUN!
We are all ready for our Holiday gigs, we have some new songs, some Christmas songs and we will be playing with different "guests" throughout the month.
With all the shows we have booked, only TWO of them are open to the public. The Stockton Singles Club in Stockton Dec 10th and Hotel Leger Dec 18th (Michael will be back for this one...YAY!).
We are already booked for a few dates in January and hope to see all of you soon!! Thanks for stopping by!