Apart from the odd guy who kept calling out for us to "play Usher", the gig in Cedar Park, TX with Rob Roy Parnell was great! Chris Wallis was gone for the weekend, so Michael Echart filled in on drums and did an amazingly great job. Coffeeboy played some tasty licks on guitar, and I was able to hear him really well in the giant wooden-floored room. Rob and Pat kept the show on track, and I enjoyed the whole evening...except maybe for the "Usher" guy.
Taxi Haskell drummed his drums while I tried to keep up with the insane amount of requests being thrown onto my piano tonight in San Marcos, TX. We had a packed house and a huge variety of tunes, most all of which we tackled like rock stars. At least Taxi tackled it like a rock star. I played the straight man to his shenanigans. We took a chance to snap a quick photo right after we finished our 3-hour set!
J's Bistro in San Marcos, TX is now Taxi's! Tonight marked the first night he had his new sign hanging out in front of the bar. Taxi played drums as I rocked the piano for a couple of strong hours tonight. My favorite request of the night? "Hot Dog" by Led Zeppelin. It was a somewhat slow evening, but everyone there was great, and we all had a good time! Congrats, Taxi on your new sign/bar name!
Pat Whitefield was decked out in his cool Rock N Bowl shirt from New Orleans today in Austin. Chris Wallis and I wore plain shirts. Well, Chris' shirt was a cool plaid, but mine was plain. Unless you count the ridges on the front of my white shirt, but I don't. It's pretty plain, but interesting. I guess I should stop talking about our apparel and tell you about our show. We played everything great, and everybody was happy! I like performing with Chris and Pat, and I look forward to our next Baker's St. show, where we will wear shirts.
For my first visit to the city of Houston, Rob Roy Parnell had a show at The Big Easy, which J.P. Whitefield, Chris Wallis, Rafael "Coffeeboy" Ibarra and I backed him. I really liked this venue. Very cool vibe and a great crowd, a crowd who liked to dance to just about anything we played. The band felt like a party on the stage, and I really look forward to the next time I get to perform for the good folks in Houston.
So on a stormy night, Taxi unexpectedly called me to come in for about an hour to fill in for a piano player friend of his whose flight was delayed on it's way into Austin. I went in and that hour turned into a fun two-plus hour set of request-based piano madness while his friend encountered not only weather delays, but some officer speedy delays as well. I even had a few minutes to hang out to hear his super-talented friend from Nashville play some tunes before I headed back home in the stormy night!
San Marcos, TX was hoppin' at the piano bar tonight. Taxi, once again, laid down a fat groove to every tune I pulled out. I had a request for "You Can Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac, which I played for the very first time for some happy people. It's always interesting playing tunes I've never tried before live. That one, thankfully, went really well!
We followed Rob Roy Parnell to Georgetown, TX for a show at a golf clubhouse. The horn section was there (which is always fun to play with) along with J.P, Chris, Ralph and I for that big band sound. It seemed like every table had a bottle of wine, and before we finished, the wine did it's job to get everyone on their feet and dancing. The band sounded great, and I look forward to another show with the horn section sometime soon!
My first show in San Antonio was great! We had several groups of people out to have fun, and fun they had. Lots of my favorite songs were requested which always makes the show more enjoyable for me. I would like to thank all the new piano players I met tonight for making my job easy. I dueled with Josh, and I hope to work with him again back at Howl in San Antonio soon!
Friday the 13th in San Marcos brought about a fun show for me with a special guest Ian Lee on violin. We played a few tunes together, and then I took some liberties with the way some other tunes felt. I played really sad, slow versions of songs like "I Saw HewStanding There" and "You Are My Sunshine" and really happy, upbeat versions of "Georgia" and "Long Black Veil". Thanks to everyone who showed up!
I walked into 219 West in Austin, TX expecting another great piano show. I was wrong. Within the first five minutes of being in the club, the piano bench took a chunk out of my finger. Looking back, it was maybe a warning I shouldn't do the show. I then really enjoyed performing with Joe Resnick (on drums), and I played every request laid down on the piano. I will not go into details, but the added insult to injury was I left the show without being paid.
Oddest request tonight in San Marcos? The 1980's version of "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco. Best request? I love the ones like the one I got tonight which said "Play your favorite song". Taxi Haskell once again tore it up on drums and made my job much easier with his backbeat. It was a straight, 3-hour, non-stop music set, and I'll be back at J's in just a few short weeks to do it again!