Friday, September 30, 2011

The Annex

The Annex is located in Sutter Creek in an Historic Building.  The main building is the American Exchange Hotel and the Annex is located in the downstairs area.   

Just two years ago, Steve and I visited John and Michael at their gig at the Annex.   They were playing with drummer Mike Cline.  We were both students of John, he invited us to come to their show.  I just came to watch and Steve was going to play his harmonica on a couple of songs.  Little did we know that we would participate in the entire gig.  I don't even remember how that happened.  But, it was a LOT of fun.  

Looking back on that day, I did NOT have any inkling that we would have been on the journey that the past two years has been.  So, it was really fun to be back there again with our band, complete with drummer Jerry!  We had a BLAST!

What a fun night.  This is my daughter singing along with us.

These gals were in town to celebrate a birthday, they were so much fun.

Catherine and Tim, a wonderful couple.  Catherine is none other than the popular novelist Catherine Burr!

New friends from the Napa area.

Family!  My son in law on the left, my youngest son in the middle and my dear daughter.  They were so sweet to show up and it was a complete surprise!

There was some serious dancing going on!

My guys!

We were celebrating Susan's birthday too!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Here she is with Terry.  My two favorite DANCERS!!  

Susan said I had a TWIN in the room and I looked all over for someone who looked like me.  She meant my daughter of course!  I call her "mini me"....hope she doesn't mind!  We are so alike.

This place has a very cozy atmosphere with original brick walls.  They have pool tables and a dance floor.  We'll be back on November 19th...join in on the fun!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Private Party Celebration

This was a return engagement for us.  Last time we played with four of us without a drummer.  Michael was out of town so we played with four of us again, this time it was John, Jerry Steve and myself.  

For this group we play our Dinner Dance/Ballroom music.  And they DO love to dance!

This is Mary and she loves to sing.  She knew every word!!

We love this crowd.  They are so nice and appreciative.  

This is us with the ladies who organized the party.  They were so nice. They even fed us!  It was a delicious meal.  They were celebrating their 10 year anniversary and had some yummy cupcakes!  Mmmmmmm.  I LOVE cake!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Barn Wedding

We were hired to play for a wedding in Elk Grove at a "Barn".  We had an address and we all ended up getting lost.  We went around and around.  Eventually we figured out that it was right in front of us, we just didn't see it.  It was a huge barn that the couple had decorated, it was great.  

I did not know the people personally, all I knew was that the bride was from Pennsylvania.  When we were setting up, my friend, Talia came up to me (big surprise!) and told me THIS was her Brother's wedding!  I was so shocked.  I told her that this could NOT be a coincidence.  She told me that she did tell him about us.  How fun!!  

I thought that everyone was soooo laid back, for a wedding that is.  As it turns out, the couple had a wedding back east and this party was for the west coast (groom's) family.  Many of the east coast folks came all the way for this party.  Here is the happy couple:

The toasts were wonderful, here is the father of the bride:

I love the look on their faces.  It was a really sweet speech.

Here is the father of the groom, his speech was also very touching.  The mother of the groom in on his left.   I really loved that when the "Mother/Son" song came, she invited all mothers and sons to join them.  It was so sweet to see mothers and sons of all ages dancing together.

A toast!

Father daughter dance.  The bride is from a very large family and she had several sisters at the party.  They are all beautiful!  

This family was so fun and happy.  We started out playing some soft dinner music.

It is a family tradition for this guy to sing "Margaritaville".  The band played it for him and he was really good!!

After a while, they were ready to ROCK and we played our entire last set of Rock n Roll.  The dancing was off the hook!

I took a lot of video and I'll share it here when I get it edited.

What a fun time.