Thursday, November 28, 2013
The pre-thanksgiving crowd packed AJ's to the max last night, as Joe Resnick and I entertained them. Lots of people in from out of town dancing inappropriately to various songs they'd requested. Like everyone is saying, Wednesday night is the new Thursday.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Last night was packed at AJ's in New Braunfels, TX! Roger Glenn and I performed for three hours to lots and lots of birthdays, and other people just out for some fun. We had huge groups of both nurses and teachers, all requesting tons of songs. It was the first really cold night of winter, with a little rain, so I was nervous no one would leave their house to come party with us. Boy, was I wrong!
Friday, November 22, 2013
My day started at 5:30 AM, when I awoke to prepare myself for the drive Porter, Texas, which is north of Houston. I got there, set up, played a full show, tore down, dropped off gear, drove back to San Marcos, sat on my couch for about an hour, and then headed to the piano bar known as AJ's in New Braunfels, Texas to perform a three hour set. Surprisingly, I had lots of energy, and the crowd was very involved this evening. So out of my 18 hour day, five solid hours were spent playing piano, nine hours were spent sitting in the car, and the other four hours were spent setting up & tearing down or mentally preparing for another gig!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today, I drove to Porter, TX with David Lee Morris to perform a "Howl To Go" show, representing Houston Howl At The Moon. We performed a two-hour set of sing-along classics, plus a couple of quick rounds of name-that-tune as per request by the good folks of Harbor America. They were in good spirits since the Houston Business Journal voted them #2 of best places to work in Houston!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull car on his big F1 win in Austin, TX today! David Lee Morris and I were there once again performing our dueling pianos show in-between all of the various races and qualifying laps. Our first set was 8am-10am, and our last set was 3pm-5pm, with several shorter sets throughout the day. My favorite moment was when a spirited group of men stormed the stage to dance and sing "500 Miles" with us to entertain the crowd! Fun 3rd of 3 days, and I hope I get to perform again there next year!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The second of my three performances at the formula one track in Austin, TX with the great David Lee Morris was a great experience today! The wind never stopped blowing as we performed in-between races, and the temperature hit about 80 (in November)!! We saw some classic race cars as they pulled up and parked next to our performance tent. It was a fun, long show, as we performed throughout the day from 8a-4:30p! See you tomorrow.
Apparently, Valentine's Day is everything everyone makes it out to be, because we had a bunch of birthdays in the house tonight! Roger Glenn was on the drums, while I dealt with an endless amount of requests from 9 PM until midnight. The bar stayed full all night long, and everyone left happy! Now, I have to drive home and get some sleep, because I need to be back out at the track to perform tomorrow at 8 AM. Who needs sleep, anyway?
Friday, November 15, 2013
David Lee and I performed a few sets of dueling pianos at the world class F1 race in Austin, TX today! It was a beautiful day to be outside performing. We were set up in a tent near the track, and we performed in-between races, so we had a chance to watch the cars while we were on break. Fun day of playing at the track!
Tonight marked the debut of Ian Lee's new project called Ian Lee and the Open Hearts. He has written a nice group of new songs, and I had the opportunity to play with a nice group of musicians. Eddie Baty, Rachel la Coss, Jessica Allen, Curtis Clogston, Kevin Humphrey and Ian Lee were all on stage with me this evening. Ian's new tunes are very melodic, and I enjoyed performing this evening!
Superfly's was a bunch-o-fun tonight with the Hill Country Gentlemen. We had a great crowd, and the band sounded tight. Jeremiah just got off from his day job, so he was wearing a suit. Kevin was wearing a jacket when we started, but took it off early in our set. I felt kinda underdressed, so before my next show, I went home and put on a tie. That is all.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
What a crazy night full of party people tonight in New Braunfels, Texas as I played a request show with the great Joe Resnick. We had a seriously interactive crowd from the very beginning, and they hung around all night! Joe made the 3-3/4 hour show fun for me, and the crowd enjoyed the night!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Interesting night in New Braunfels, Texas tonight at the request piano bar. One of the very first requests played on my piano was a tune by Mozart. I started my show by explaining that performing Mozart would defeat the purpose of a sing-along rock 'n roll piano show. So, for the next couple of hours, every single request to hit the piano was either an instrumental like green onions, or was a prog-rock tune with very few lyrics. The show was fun, and before the end of the evening, I was asked to play for a couple's wedding (pending a ring).
The Gents dusted off a few old tunes tonight at my favorite record shop in San Marcos, Texas. Everyone there really enjoyed our show, including the guy who, while standing in the doorway, said, "There's hot chicks on the sidewalk! Your music is great!" I'm just glad he was happy.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Happy Halloween! Joe Resnick and I performed to a heavily costumed crowd tonight in New Braunfels, Texas. Besides all the requests, we also had a costume contest where the participants won money and gift certificates! The first place winners were Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World. Second-place went to Reagan, from the exorcist movie. Third-place was split between a large group of friends who all came in as the Avengers. Joe sounded amazing on drums, as usual, and I had a great Halloween!