Owwww! Fun and crazy singing tonight in New Braunfels for live band karaoke. Along for the ride with me was Andrae (drums), Daniel (bass) and Pancho (guitar). Those fellas are talented and fun to play with. We hit everyone's requests and had a good variety of songs. Good job, everyone!
Sunday, August 13, 2017
My second show of the night was full of mystery and wonder, and Dave and Roger and Pancho. Any show where I can sing, "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! If you just got out of prison, clap you hands!"and roughly the same number of people clap is a good show, indeed. All the musicians were on fire, and only one guitar was minorly hurt in the process. Crazy, crazy second show was a bunch of fun in New Braunfels.
Great turnout tonight at a wedding celebration in Seguin! Chris Wallis and I took requests from 7:20p-9:20p, and I had a good time with him. By the end of the night, folks were holding the table candles in the air and singing along to "Lean On Me" with us. We hit our last note and I rushed out the door to my second show of the night over in New Braunfels. A big thanks to my wife, Christine, and Chris for tearing down our gear so I could make it to my second show on time!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Strange people filled the New Braunfels club tonight. David Lee and I played many bizarre requests tonight. Everyone had a great time, and we had lots of them up on stage to...I wanna say...dance? They all did their best, and I was entertained, so, good show!
Friday, August 11, 2017
Live band karaoke went well tonight in New Braunfels. I've played with Pancho (guitar) and Andrae (drums) a few times before, but tonight marked my first chance to perform with bassist Daniel Rhodes. He's a solid player, and I enjoyed my first gig with him! I'm back at Moonshine & Ale Friday and Saturday for piano bar, so come see me!
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Overflowing crowds came to see the request piano & drum show in New Braunfels tonight! We had a great show with your typical bachelorettes and birthday parties, but a ton of songs filled the top of the piano. We had a guest piano player come and do few tunes, too, which was fun to watch. I was humbled by the sheer number of people who approached me on my break to let me know how much they enjoyed my playing. Made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Bachelorettes were out in force in New Braunfels tonight! David Lee and I kept them rocking all night. As David was on the piano, a woman brought up her request with a plate of tacos as a tip. Yep. A full plate of tacos. Look at the picture. Plate of tacos. Yep.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Piano night in Victoria, Texas was fun tonight with the great Chris Wallis on drums. We took lots of requests including Tears For Fears, Katy Perry, and Johnny Cash. Like our previous shows, we had so many requests, we couldn't get to them all, but we had fun tryin'. See you again in September, Victoria!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
San Marcos, Texas welcomed DanHolmesGroup tonight for our Tuesday night show under the stars. Joining me on stage was Kevin Humphrey and Roger Glenn. We even had a guest vocalist named Bruce jump up and sing a couple tunes with us! I had lots of fun with the fellas tonight, and some good news; starting at the end of August, we will be performing at Tantra every Tuesday night!
Monday, July 31, 2017
Purple Rain and many other songs were played tonight in San Antonio. Purple Rain and other songs were also good for getting the crowd to sing along. Purple Rain and some other tunes were also danced to. Purple Rain is the only song I remember playing tonight.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Packed house again tonight in New Braunfels! I brought my keytar to fool around with throughout the evening, and we had some shiny moments with it. I had a great time playing with the fellas tonight. This was my second gig of the day, and it was a great way to end my night!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
DanHolmesGroup played the San Marcos farmer's market today on the square! Roger Glenn & Kevin Humphrey helped me play some funky New Orleans classics and a bunch of my original songs while people went shopping for fresh veggies on a 100 degree morning. We were fortunately in the shade of a building, so it was pleasant. The day did start with a little scare as my wife injured her foot moments before we headed out the door. Thankfully, it wasn't too serious, so after making sure she was ok, she came to the show and even took photos for us! Now it's time for a nap before tonight's gig in New Braunfels...
Heather Ray and I played in New Braunfels tonight! We did the 'ole switcheroo between drums and piano all night. The crowd was bringing up some strange tunes, but we played them anyway. It was a fun night, and I'm glad I got to play another show with Heather again!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I filled in down in San Antonio on a good Wednesday night! Ryan, Hailey, Katie & I took requests all evening. Before the night was over, some other Howl players showed up to hang out, and they witnessed a man who paid the stage fee to sing "Walking In Memphis" and killed it by changing all the words to suit his conditions. I loved it!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The amazing Danny Smith and drum machine Joe Resnick played with me tonight in New Braunfels! We had a huge crowd full of folks with random musical tastes. The best part of the night was no matter what song we played, the crowd sang along. Everything from Kansas to Tu Pac, the crowd filled in. Gotta say, playing with Danny and Joe made for a fun night!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Amazing! Astounding! Incredible! Excelsior! I watched some Marvel Movie trailers before I headed to New Braunfels to play with Heather Ray, but the words seemed relevant to my mood. We had a good crowd and a never-ending stream of requests, and our show was described by a very nice couple after the show as "better than the Howl At The Moon" show (which is funny, because that's how I met Heather a few years ago). I enjoyed the show with Heather, and I'll return tomorrow night for another round!
Friday, July 21, 2017
It was a fairly busy Thursday night in San Antonio. I was called in at the last minute to cover for a sick player, and by the end of the night, another player went home sick! Think I'll go home and mainline some vitamin C. Show went great, and I had fun performing with Denise, Hailey, Michael and Karli!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
I filled in tonight in San Antonio at Howl At The Moon. I performed with Denise, Katie and Ryan to a good Wednesday night crowd. I didn't stop believing tonight, sweet child of mine, but I did play a bunch of requests. See you again sometime soon!
Friday, July 14, 2017
I played key-bass tonight in New Braunfels for Live Band Karaoke. Mark Tokach (guitar), John Tuck (keys) and Amy Behrman (drums) all were fantastic to perform with, and we all pulled together as one rock-solid team, even though it was everyone's first night performing at Karaoke! The crowd really supported each singer we had as they finished their songs. Thanks, New Braunfels people, for a great night!
Sunday, July 9, 2017
New Braunfels was crazy tonight. We had them packed in as we ran through all our requests. Chris Wallis (drums) joined David Lee and I as we swapped off piano duties. Lots of excitement from the crowd as we played all the songs they were asking us for. Thanks for being such pros, Chris & David! You made my evening fun!
Friday, July 7, 2017
We had some fun requests in Victoria, Texas tonight. I brought my new Yamaha drums for Chris Wallis to play, and as soon as he set up, someone asked for "In The Air Tonight" to hear him play those new toms! He rocked it, of course. We also played a few tunes for the first time together tonight, which still amazes me to think that there are songs that we haven't played together!
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Happy Independence Day! Drummer Noel "Doc" Vickers joined us for our Fourth of July show in San Marcos, Texas tonight. I always have a good time performing with Ian Lee (guitar) and Kevin Humphrey (bass), and it was equally as fun to have Doc with us. He's a solid player and handled everything I threw at him with style. With nothing but love from the crowd, we finished the night just after the fireworks were going off from a couple miles away! Thanks goes out to Christine Barton-Holmes for the great photos.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
I had a bunch of fun with Chris Wallis in Round Rock tonight. We had a huge crowd with about a dozen birthdays! The requests flowed like water all evening long. Thanks to all who came up and talked to us after the show. You're compliments were humbling! See you next time!
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Heather Ray and I kept the folks entertained tonight in New Braunfels, TX. We swapped off piano and drums all night while taking requests. There were some odd songs asked for tonight, but we played as many as humanly possible between 8:30p and midnight. It was, as always, a joy to work with Heather again!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Full house in New Braunfels tonight! I had a chance to play with piano power-couple, John Tuck and Amy Behrman. The three of us rotated between piano and drums this evening, and John played some trumpet every once in a while. Lots of fun to share the stage with these two (plus some other guests from the crowd) all night. I hope our gigging paths cross again soon! As a side note, I'm happy to report that I saved "date night" for a couple of my fans. So glad they came out to the show!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Dan Holmes Group took over Lockhart, TX tonight. Chris Wallis was greatly appreciated on the drums by the crowd, while Kevin Humphrey's bass playing was rock-solid. Ian Lee on guitar traded licks with me as we played a couple hours worth of tunes. I really feel fortunate to know so many great musicians like these fellas. They validate my career choice every show!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Heather Ray and I played for the Denali Party on 6th street tonight. Groove Labs provided sound for our dueling show. Heather sounded great as she played through the requests the crowd brought up to us. I even had a chance to play some rare Beatles tunes for the folks! Fun evening in downtown Austin.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Our third and final night of our three-night run a Zydeco's in Mooresville, IN was a ton of fun! The band was on fire, the crowd was in great spirits, the owner of the place, Deb, was selfie-happy, and the other owner, Carter, hung around long enough to say hi and catch up with us before the show! A bunch of family and friends made it out, plus our Zydeco's fans were in full force tonight. Duke Tumatoe even dropped by to hang out with us, which was humbling to have him down for the show. Bill Ritter and Steve Brunner are so very talented, and it is always an honor to play with them. I had a great time in Indiana, and I look forward to our next encounter with the Zydeco's crew...rumored to be in New Orleans for the Crecent City Classic. We shall see!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Two of three nights in Mooresville, IN happened this evening. I love playing with these two guys. We pulled out the most random of tunes, many of which are not easy to play, and they sounded like we had been playing them for years. The song "Plastic" from my album "Burning Down" is one of those songs I didn't ever expect to play live, but we nailed it tonight. So far in two nights, we've played about 80 tunes. Yep. These fellas are pretty amazing. As an added bonus, an old friend of the band, Jeremy Sells, was in the crowd and sat in for a few tunes, too!
Friday, June 16, 2017
First of our three-night stint in Mooresville, IN on a muggy Thursday evening was bunches of fun! Steve Brunner and Bill Ritter joined me in playing tunes and eating Cajon cuisine. We played tons of tunes together for the very first time, including some of my original songs which I've rarely or never played live! "Shrimp Juice", "The Devil", "Something's Going Down", "Lost At Sea", and "Big Brass Band" just to name a few of my songs we played. Then, as we were in the last measure of our last song, the power went out in Mooresville. Everything just shut off, so we yelled "Goodnight" from the stage and went home.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
I played with Andrae Blissett and David Lee tonight in New Braunfels. Big crowd with lots of odd requests, and we played tons of them! Both David and Andrae kept me laughing all night. Those dudes are funny. Also, we had several fans in the crowd, many of them I hadn't seen in a long time! Thanks to everyone for coming back to see our show!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Heather Ray and I rocked New Braunfels tonight! We had a big crowd requesting tunes as we swapped off between drums and piano. Heather puts on a fun show, and it was great to share the stage with her again tonight. Thanks goes out to all the people asking for such good tunes this evening!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Man, Mikey and I had fun tonight in Round Rock! Good crowd, random requests, and people were singing and dancing all night. We were making each other laugh on stage all evening. Some of my favorite moments, though, came from a woman who just found out she's pregnant. I announced it, and immediately a table near her started singing "Ooh, baby, baby" from Salt n Peppa's "Push It". Then, the new mom requested "I Just Can't Wait To Be King". So we made her agree, if it's a girl, Peppa; if it's a boy, Simba.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Phat Tuesday had a special guest; drummer Roger Glenn. DanHolmesGroup played our super-funky blend of blues and rock, and Roger gelled with us effortlessly. Ian Lee (guitar) and Kevin Humphrey (bass) both sang tunes tonight when they weren't dominating their respective instruments. In fact, they even swapped bass and guitar for fun at one point! These are some talented fellas, and I had a great time performing with them.
Thanks as always to my wife, Christine, for taking some great pictures of the evening!