I drove down to San Antonio, TX, to perform on the river walk on this Sunday night. Tommy, Ryan, and Denise were the other performers I played with. There was a good crowd which makes my job easier. Between travel and performance time, I clocked about eight-and-a-half hours. That’s why I laugh when people think being a musician is easy. It is rewarding, but it’s also hard work and long hours!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
I always have fun gigging with Heather Ray and Joe Resnick. This was the first time Heather and Joe had played together, and it was great! The crowd was in a sing-along kinda mood, which brought a good energy to the show. I even broke out the keytar for a few songs to the amazement of at least one guy who told me it amazed him. I’m just glad I amazed someone tonight!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Bam! Another gig completed for the books. Chris Wallis and I played a bunch of tunes, including “Good Golly, Miss Molly”, as heard in the movie “King Ralph”. As I told the crowd, the best way to view “King Ralph” was like I did. Went into the movie after it had already started, and the theater was completely empty. I walked all the way to the front of the theater, directly under the screen, and stared straight up. John Goodman‘s chin was as large as a school bus. My story ends here. I don’t have to explain myself to you.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Live Band Karaoke with Pancho Garza and Andrae Blissett was fun tonight. Lots of random singers got up to sing with us. I brought an extra keyboard just for fun tonight. Played piano and keybass for the crowd. I even jumped on drums for a tune. Next week (on thanksgiving) I’ll be back on drums all night!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
It was cold in Austin, TX, tonight! Roger Glenn and I heated up the room while taking requests all night. I had one on f those nights where people brought me up a bunch of stuff I didn’t know, but played something at least in the same ballpark as them. I’m always amazed at the amount of music swirling around in the universe. I wish I knew how to play it all! We did a good job and kept the crowd entertained, so I went home happy.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Ian Lee and I played from 5p-7p in Wimberley, TX, tonight. We had people dancing as we performed everything from old swing tunes to Beatles to original songs and even a Muppet favorite. I was happy that my wife Christine was able to join us! She took some neat pictures of the evening.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
It was a busy night in New Braunfels, TX! Wurstfest was going on just a few blocks away, and the crowds were out in force. I played with fellow piano player Holly Cloyd, and Jay Wimberley on drums. There was no shortage of requests for us to choose from. It was fun working with Holly and Jay. I’ll return to New Braunfels next weekend!
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Victoria, TX, tonight was a little slow, but Brian Carlisle and I played a solid three-hour show for the crowd. We were able to stretch out a bit and play some random tunes we don’t usually get to perform. By the end of the night, we had a steady stream of requests, many from the album “The Stranger” by Billy Joel. Not a bad way to end the evening.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
I performed with the always entertaining Roger Glenn in Austin, TX, tonight! The crowd was in a great mood, which made my job much more enjoyable. We had a few people celebrating various life events for which we played the song they thought was most appropriate for them. I received so many good vibes and compliments from the crowd that it made me feel all squishy inside. I like when I’m able to make someone so happy that they feel compelled to leave me a note. Hugs!
Sunday, November 4, 2018
I really enjoyed my second night in Portland, Oregon, on stage with Stanny, Shannon and Kit! We had a very active crowd and a bunch of great requests. Highlights of the show included: 1. I had a lady tell me I look exactly like her 20 year old son, 2. I had friends jump on stage and do the “Time Warp” with us, and 3. We had a cowbell player nearly hurt his own private bits with a drumstick. All the fun was tonight. Sorry if you missed it.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Tonight was my first show in Portland, Oregon! I performed with Shannon, Stanny, and Kit. We had a good crowd, including some birthdays and a bunch of out-of-towners. I enjoyed performing with this crew! I met a few new folks from the U.K. and from all over the U.S. My wife took some great pictures of our night! Our AirBNB hosts even showed up for some fun! I will return tomorrow night for more.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween! Jay Bleu had his album release party tonight in Austin, Texas. I played the gig as Chewbacca, horns as Cheech & Chong, drums and guitar as Wayne & Garth, a bassist as a bassist, and Jay as a rock star. The band sounded great, and I loved hanging out with them tonight. As an added bonus, not coordinated at all, a drummer friend of mine, Luis Balderas, showed up as Juan Solo while I was wearing my Juan Solo T-shirt! Lol!
Monday, October 29, 2018
Ian Lee and I mixed things up tonight in Wimberley, Texas. Not only did we play a bunch of jazz standards and swing tens, but we also played a few random 80s tunes, beetles, and originals. The crowd enjoyed it, and told us they like hearing our diverse styles. Next week, Ian will be performing with someone else because I will be in Portland, Oregon. I will return to Wimberley for our regular Monday night show in two weeks!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
I really need to go back sometime and count how many shows drummer Chris Wallis and I have performed together. All I know is that it’s a lot, and they’ve all been fun. Victoria, Texas, did not disappoint with the oddball requests tonight. I was shocked at how many songs were brought up to the piano which I have never seen requested before. The crowd enjoyed the show, and everyone left happy, so in my book, that’s a successful night!
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Mike Sueiro and I took a bunch of really odd requests from the crowd in New Braunfels, TX, tonight. We played three-and-a-half hours of tunes, as we do in Fridays. Mike is a good guy to perform with, and I’ll be with him again in November!
Friday, October 26, 2018
I played a fun show with The Governors in Austin, Texas, tonight! Doug, Sean, Chris, Jeremy and I played to a packed dance floor, while Dave Simms mixed us. I think we sounded great together as we all traded off singing and soloing over some rockin’ country tunes. Also, The Governors debuted their t-shirts tonight! Way cool.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Ian lee and I performed our song swap in Wimberley, Texas, again this evening. I always enjoy the times I get to perform with Ian. We had a good crowd, and we’ve been asked to do our Monday night song swap through the end of the year! Part of what I enjoy so much about our Monday residency is the wide variety of songs we can perform. There are many things that we don’t normally get to do that we can do at this show. We play lots of swing, jazz standards, Beatles tunes, and other tunes that we enjoy. I hope you can make it out next week!
Sunday, October 21, 2018
All Request Piano made its debut in El Campo, Texas, tonight to a packed house! Heather Ray, Chris Wallis and I played tons of requests, while Christine Barton-Holmes took tons of photos of our show. Heather and Chris are a couple of my favorite musicians to work with, and they impressed the crowd. We had a great time, and I hope to return in the near future!