Woo! Mikey Gammon drummed tonight while I took requests on the piano in New Braunfels, and it was fun! His brother was in town for the holidays, and he sat in on a tune, too. The crowd was in a post-Christmas haze of overeating and alcohol which means they were cool with everything we played. Don't forget, Mikey and I will return to Moonshine & Ale for our big New Year's Eve show next Thursday!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Chris Wallis (drums) made me laugh all night tonight in New Braunfels. The best event of the evening came when a woman brought me a request for Adele's "Hello" with the instructions to play it fast and happy, not slow and depressing. Without talking, Chris and I simultaneously broke into a polka version of the tune because you can't be sad while listening to polka.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
After my early morning date with my wife to see the new Star Wars film for our 12th anniversary, I drove from San Marcos to Houston to gig with Dave Lovett for a Howl2Go (Howl At The Moon) show. Eddie Baty also joined us for set up, tear down, and to take some pictures. The crowd was very kind to us, and we played for a couple hours after they fed us some delicious steaks. The hardest part of the night was just trying to not spoil Star Wars for Dave during dinner!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Tonight, I wore my largest hat to New Braunfels. The bigness of it was undeniably big. Yet, somehow, it took until the end of the night for anyone to notice. There was dancing and singing and trying-not-to-stare-at-the-piano-player's-big-hat looks, and lots of compliments on my playing, which made me feel good. Now, I'm off to bed because tomorrow morning, I have my tickets to Star Wars! Yes!
Thursday, December 17, 2015
My show in Waco, TX went great tonight! I performed a two-part show for a bunch of teachers. The first part took place at the Palladium at 6:30p, where I performed some dinner music while folks finished their meals, and then began to take & play requests. About 8:30p, we moved the party next door and added drummer Mikey Gammon to the fold, where we played until about 10:30p. Little bunny Fu Fu was present in almost every song, and Bruce in his camo underwear made an appearance. Yeah, things got weird.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
At 1pm, Gray Gregson (pianist), Kevin Humphry (bassist), and Chris Wallis (drummer) met me at my house in San Marcos to ride together to do our show in Houston for Howl2Go (Howl At The Moon). Soon after we hit the road, it started raining heavily, and as traffic started to slow down on the interstate, we were rear-ended lightly by a hydroplaning car. No one hurt and minimal damage, we continued on to our show. Load in and sound check happened before 6pm, and the show was 8pm to midnight to an energetic crowd! They partied and danced and generally had a good time! The dancing kept a smile on my face.
By the time we loaded out and headed home, the wind and rain had intensified, and we arrived safely back at my house by 4am. All three of those pro musicians I worked with did an amazing job, especially considering some intense travel and the long hours. Hats off to you three!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2015
I had the opportunity to play piano tonight in San Marcos and be accompanied by Mark Johnson on the drums! Mark was great to work with, and the crowd was terrific tonight. Texas State had their graduation festivities this evening, so everyone was in a great mood as they sang along to their requests. Thanks, Mark, for a fun night!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Gray Gregson and I put on a dueling show tonight in San Antonio for Howl2Go (Howl At The Moon). We were set up I the restaurant area of the Marriott for an intimate crowd experience, and it was great! They brought up lots of old Motown and Beatles requests, and they were an extremely interactive group, which always makes my job easy. Thanks to the company Harland Clarke and their employees for having us!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
DanHolmesGroup played in San Marcos, TX this afternoon for a benefit show called Kooking For The Kids. It was an all day event with bands and food, morning to night. We performed a 45 minute set at 2pm, and I had a great time. Ian Lee on guitar was on his game! His solos were a delight. Kevin Humphry on bass and Chris Wallis on drums are a great team, and they make my job easy. Glad we could help out the folks at Jack's today!
Friday, December 4, 2015
Hooowheee, it was busy in New Braunfels for wassailfest! There were people EVERYWHERE. It made for a fun night with a packed house. Joe Resnick drummed awesomely, and we had an endless amount of requests! I was happy that my parents even had a chance to come to the show. We played "Wild Child" for my mom...it's her favorite song I perform.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
I had a great night with Joe Resnick in New Braunfels at our all-request piano show! We had a seriously large crowd waiting for us before we even hit note one. People jumped on stage and danced randomly, and birthdays were celebrated in many different ways, including my family's favorite way, The Chicken Dance. I've never seen so many people jump up in a Pavlovian response to hearing that tune as I did tonight. Joe even commented on how good the "clap clap clap clap" part of the song sounded. He wasn't wrong.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Black Friday in my favorite basement bar in San Marcos, Texas went well! The always cheery Taxi Haskell on drums joined me in getting the crowd involved in my post-birthday show. A couple other folks were also celebrating their birthdays, so we sang to them & played their requests, as you do. Another fun night checked off my list!
Friday, November 27, 2015
Happy thanksgiving! My day started off in Katy, TX with a bunch of family and friends, with great food made by my brother and sister-in-law. Today was also my birthday, so there was cake and presents after our meal! Then, I hurried back to San Marcos with my wife, dropped her off, and headed to my show in New Braunfels. Everyone was in good spirits in the club, and they challenged me to put a tiny bit of Christmas in each song, which I did. At the end of the night, the crowd sang me an impromptu "Happy Birthday" while I was packing up to head home! It was a good day.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Our show at Jack's in San Marcos last night was fun! Chris Wallis was super-groovy on the drums, which I love. That kick, woo!!! Kevin Humphry's bass lines were as tasty as his chicken fingers. Special guest guitarist Steven Gutierrez fit in nicely with the group, especially considering it was his first show with us, and with no rehearsal. He's a talented guy. Heck, they're all talented guys, and that's why DanHolmesGroup gigs are so much fun!
Thanks to my wife for some great pictures!
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Taxi's was insanely packed this evening! All of San Marcos turned up to dance and sing along, so we provided the music for them to do so. It was by far one of the busiest nights I can remember at my favorite basement bar, and one of the only times I've seen crowd surfing with 8' ceilings. Taxi rocked the drums, and it was fun playing a great gig with him. Thanks for all the requests, people!
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I joined Michael and DJ in Houston tonight to duel some pianos at Howl. We had a decent crowd for a Wednesday, and lots of good requests. It's fun playing with two great multi instrumentalist and singers! The night flew by, and now for the long drive home...
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Wow, New Braunfels was packed tonight! Mikey Gammon, the man-mon wit da plan-mon, helped me whip the crowd into a frenzy of sing-along sharks, waiting for their next musical chum. We both took turns joking around with the crowd, and playing all the hits people requested. Thanks Moonshine & Ale peeps for hanging out with us!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Chris Wallis made it funky in San Marcos tonight. I was there. I know just how funky it got. The was so much funk, people were slipping on it on the dance floor. So much funk that Eddie Baty had to relieve Chris Wallis for a few tunes so Chris could wash the funk off. Eddie then made it too sexy, what with his Pert shampoo smell and coy smile. Chris returned to the stage and proceeded to re-sexify it with his brand of awesome funk, while Eddie sexified the audience, with the help of Ian Lee.
And Pert shampoo.
It was a good night.
Friday, November 13, 2015
I did my show tonight in New Braunfels, where they are still making improvements to the club, this time, to all the windows in the front. The place will look even better when the windows are redesigned. Tonight's show went fine with lots of singing and dancing. I'll return to Moonshine & Ale Saturday!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Matt Wilson and I played a corporate party for ACCC tonight in San Antonio for Howl2Go (Howl At The Moon), and it went great! We knew it would be fun when they asked us to introduce a birthday in Swedish. Yep. I did that. Bork! We had a great PA & lighting company set up for us, a crowd who decided it would be more fun on stage with us, and an endless amount of requests, so all-in-all, a great success. Also, thanks to my friend Eddie Baty for the set up & tear down help, and some good pictures!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Roger Glenn and I locked in together and performed a three-hour show for the partygoers in Waco, Texas! I'm pretty sure that a wedding party from the venue next door decided to just come stay with us for the evening, because we had lots of people in suits and matching dresses cutting up on the dance floor. The house was packed once again, and Roger helped me keep them entertained all night long. You rock, Roger!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Mikey Gammon helped me get the crowd involved tonight in New Braunfels. We played a solid 3-hour set of requests to a packed house. A few birthdays and bachelorettes were celebrating with us, so of course, we brought each of them up on stage! Thanks, Mikey for another solid show!
Friday, November 6, 2015
For my second show of the day, I went back to New Braunfels, Texas to play requests for my Thursday friends! Singing people requesting songs to sing makes the songs I sing even more singable. Say that five times fast, and come see me tomorrow night as I return to Moonshine & Ale!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
The long trek out to San Angelo, Texas for our Howl2Go show today was worth the trip! Danny Smith was my dueling partner for the lunch time show. We had an amazing amount of requests on the piano, which you can see in the picture. We felt well loved at the end of the show, as everyone wanted to have their picture taken with us. Now, I just hope we don't become a meme.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Mikey "the werewolf" Gammon and I with my full Joker swagger took Waco, Texas by song for a huge Halloween party! The energy was high in the club all night. Tons of costumed people came out to get down, so we provided appropriate getting-down music. I love Halloween!
Saturday, October 31, 2015
The amazing Mikey Gammon beat the drums tonight like they owed him money. I sang every song the crowd asked me for, and then sang some more. Life is good, and the rain stayed away during our show. I hope to see everyone next Thursday and Friday when I return to Moonshine & Ale!
Friday, October 30, 2015
Matt Wilson and I took our show on the road up to Lakeway tonight. We played a show for a group of business professionals together for a conference. They loosened up as the evening went along, and by the end of the evening, they were dancing and asking for us to play more. Thanks to Matt for another successful show!
Sunday, October 25, 2015
David Lee and I performed a dueling piano show today in Austin, Texas for the F1 race! This show was a little different than most dueling piano shows, because the organizers of the event wanted a set playlist, so everything we played was on a list put out on the tables, and the people got to choose songs from the list. Lots of Johnny Cash, The Band, CCR, and Willie Nelson. It rained quite a bit in the morning, but cleared up by early afternoon. We dealt with the mud, and played a bunch of great music!
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The private party in New Braunfels went great tonight! Lots of great costumes on the folks there to mingle and talk about their role in the real estate world. I had some great requests and some singers & dancers. Thanks for including me in the event, SellSmart!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
What a beautiful night in San Antonio! Chris Wallis and I performed at Terri & Chris Nelligan-Davis' wedding reception, and it was great. The bride and groom have been out to see me perform several times in New Braunfels, and so they decided when their big day came, I'd be the one to entertain. The requests came up steadily all evening, and the great Chris Wallis helped me knock out each one with his rock-solid drum beats. Eddie Baty also joined us on this show, and he even had a chance to sit in on drums and play a couple tunes. Thanks to the newlyweds for having us, and congratulations!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Matt Wilson and I teamed up to perform a private dueling piano show in San Antonio, Texas from (Howl At The Moon) Howl2Go. The crowd had a great time requesting tunes and singing along. We even had a couple of soloist come up and sing with us! Matt and I had a good time with the fun group.