The weekend came and went with surprising speed. The gig went off fantastically, but of course, that was expected. I’ve never seen the band play so well. S was fantastic on vocals, and the guitar solos by K and D were.. I have no words. Brilliant. Amazing. They opened with White Room, one of the first ever songs they covered. We have videos of them in high school playing that song! Then some of the crowd faves: Hootie, Oasis, wake up call by Maroon 5, some Dispatch, M’s song he wrote for the gf which is a staple at every gig. They added a little instrumental at the end of Black Magic Woman and it was some of the best work I’ve seen them do. Ended with Layla, their classic.
The audience (that’s us!) was crazy. The place was packed to the point of suffocation but cleared out towards the end so that by the second set we had the bar pretty much to our selves. Our selves though, was still a pretty big number, and the atmosphere was electric. The band always plays that much better for this particular crowd, or so they say. Maybe all you musiciany-types out there can confirm this, you play better for friends and family?
The whole shindig lasted 12 hours. Half a day?? you say. Well yes, from start to finish. With our shopping marathon out of the way, we had not a lot of time to get ready. Needless to say, we ended up missing the train, through no fault of mine, so we drove to
Anyway, the gig ended around 4.30, and we made our weary way back home. Not too weary though, since we were still on a high after the gig, and O and I could be seen skipping down Broadway, quoting Kathy Griffin to strangers “hey baby, how you doin, CALL me”. If you’ve watched her standup act, you’ll know.
On a side note, O is fast becoming one of my best friends. We connect in this really great way, where space is given when needed, the silences are comfortable, the humor is exactly alike. She can stand my sarcasm, I can stand her cleaning all the time. She pities my constant cynicism, I pity her naïve optimism. She buys me candles and flowers, I buy her Fabreeze and Lysol. It works. It was also the first time she met most of my family and she just fit right in. It can’t be easy, being white and being surrounded by a crowd of rambunctious brown people, but my family is pretty easy to get along with and she made quite the impression. I was proud!
Anyway, by the time we got home it was 7.00 am. A full 12 hours from the time we left. The drive back was beautiful; the sun was just coming up and the sky was all blues and yellows and there was that clean spring feeling. I was painting pictures in my head all the way back. Props to Sags for staying awake long enough to drive us back safely. But this time we were all awake to keep him company, excitedly reliving the night, going through the pictures on the Shobster’s camera, knowing fully well she’d have them up on FB within the hour, silly captions and all.
A great night in all, even though I did wake up Sunday afternoon and wasn’t able to move. I can’t wait till it comes out on youtube, I’ll probably be watching it for weeks!