Everyone was out partying tonight in New Braunfels, TX! Tommy, Chris and I had a great night full of requests. It was a pleasure to work with these two fellas. I had some family in the crowd tonight, and I enjoyed hanging out during my breaks with them. I’ll be back one more time in 2017 for NYE tomorrow night! See you there!
Saturday, December 30, 2017
I performed again this evening with drummer Chris Wallis, and he once again made my job easy. We played in Round Rock, Texas, to a full house of energetic people. We played everything from “Whiskey River” to “Karma Chameleon”, and the crowd stayed with us for every turn. A big thank you to the staff at Rockey’s for keeping the crowd happy during our show!
Friday, December 29, 2017
I had fun with Chris Wallis tonight in Austin, TX, on 6th street. We had a great crowd with tons of oddball requests! Chris and I laughed through lots of songs we’d never tried together, and we had the crowd singing “watermelon” when they didn’t know the words. My favorite strange moment had to be the last song of the evening. We had a group who wanted “Werewolves Of London” and a different group wanting “Man In The Mirror”, so I played Werewolves and sang the words to “Man In The Mirror”. Best. Mashup. Ever.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas, everyone! David Lee, Chris Wallis and I played in New Braunfels, TX, for a Christmas-filled night of wonder and magic...well...at least wonderful requests. Everyone was in a good mood, and I had fun with the fellas. Happy holidays!
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Danny Smith and I played a holiday-adjacent show in New Braunfels, TX, tonight. A few birthdays and a bunch of requests later, we found ourselves pushing up against the midnight wall. I enjoy gigging with Danny. He’s a solid talent for sure!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I played some background Christmas music for the volunteer’s holiday party at Seton in Kyle, TX, this evening. Everyone enjoyed their food and each other’s company as I selected various tunes to play for them. I had lots of compliments and smiles as I finished up my hour-long set. It’s nice to perform in the background every now and then!
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Between all the Christmas tunes, I played (with Tommy and Chris) people's other requests, everything from Eminem to Kevin Fowler. I liked all the people who were wearing their most outlandish holiday clothes! The requests flowed all night long, and we played as many as time allowed. Thanks everyone for another great night!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Got some holiday cheer tonight in New Braunfels, TX, with Heather Ray! The night started slowly, but by 10pm the house packed out. Seemed like it was EVERYONE’s birthday, so happy birthday was sung on a nearly endless loop. Heather puts on a great show, and the crowd enjoyed seeing us swap instruments and sing together. I’ll be back tomorrow night for more fun!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Man, the crowd was crazy tonight in New Braunfels, TX! Michael Carrandi and Joe Resnick joined me on stage to entertain the masses. We had several celebrations happening with birthdays, anniversaries, and new engagements all represented. I received so many smiles and “thank you”s from the audience that it warmed me up on a cold night. Michael and Joe were both fun to perform with, and the crowd liked the whole evening’s show!
Saturday, December 9, 2017
My Friday night in New Braunfels, TX, was spent with David Lee, swapping with him between piano and drums while playing folks requests. Lots of requests and lots of people graced our stage over the course of the night. I’ll be back for more tomorrow night!
Friday, December 8, 2017
Chris Wallis and I drove through about an hour of a blinding snow storm tonight in Texas. I have never experienced the sensation of driving into diagonally blowing, half-inch-sized snowflakes while my mind suddenly decided that the car was no longer moving forward (when it was) until tonight. It was a weird and scary sensation. After the snow eventually turned to rain, we made it about 8 miles outside the club and we were pulled over by the police. The officer was very nice and gave us a warning for doing 72 in a 65 (right where the speed limit dropped from 75), and we made it to our show with about 15 minuets to spare. The club was packed and ready to party, so we set up quickly and launched into our show, and powered straight through until the end. Slightly dazed, we packed up amid many people complimenting us on our show, and had an uneventful drive home. I like adventures with Chris!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Sixth street in Austin, TX, on a Tuesday evening with Mikey Gammon was a little cold, but we still put on a show for the people. People requested tunes by everyone from Billy Joel to Metallica. I enjoyed performing with Mikey again, and it was entertaining to watch him flip sticks in the air and try to catch them. Before the end of the night, the bartender flung him a water which bounced off the snare drum and hit Mikey in the...well...let’s just say Mikey sings a little higher than he used to now.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
I performed with Matt Wilson Band for a wedding in Austin, TX, tonight. We had a lively bunch of people at the reception! I played the second keyboard parts for the band which included Matt Wilson (piano & vocals), Kevin Flatt (guitar), Jimmy McFeely (bass), John Duran (drums), Karol Moore (vocal), Kristi Grider (vocal), Rich Haering (trumpet), Jim Buennig (sax), and Leo Gauna (trombone). I enjoyed the show and look forward to next time! Congrats to the newlyweds!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
We had a great crowd in New Braunfels, TX, tonight! The talented Heather Ray joined me on stage as we took turns at piano & drums all evening. Wayne, a fella who just retired from law enforcement and is becoming a fireman, was given a surprise party at the club, and it was great to play for their group, as well as all the other birthdays and bachelorettes we had in. Once again, Heather knocked it outta the park and was a pleasure to perform with! The two of us will team up again at Moonshine & Ale on 12/15/17! Yay!
Friday, December 1, 2017
A Thursday night in Round Rock, TX, presented Mikey Gammon and I with a listening audience. We had tons of great requests. My favorite part of the night was due to a birthday party. A guy was given a bicycle bell to put on his motorcycle, but we incorporated it into our show in several well-timed spots! It was a fun crowd!
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday night on 6th street in Austin, TX, with Chris Wallis was fun! Lots of great and unusual requests hit the piano tonight. I think we played more than an hour’s worth of tunes together for the very first time! Chris is such a pro drummer, and he makes it easy for me to have fun. Thanks to our new fans who just relocated from New Jersey to Austin (I can only assume it was to be closer to us, lol)!
Sunday, November 26, 2017
The night before my birthday started off a little slow in New Braunfels, TX, but by the end of the night, the club was hopping! David Lee, Chris Wallis and I played tons of requests for the crowd, and at midnight, David serenaded me for my birthday! We had some fans onstage at the same time who danced for me as the crowd sang along with David. It was a great way to start my next trip around the sun.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Happy thanksgiving! Andrae and I took requests from the tryptophan-laced crowd tonight as people escaped their family for a little drinking and singing. We had some great requests and some thankful people in our audience. I’m glad I could spice up some people’s holiday tonight. I always enjoy playing with Andrae!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Heather Ray and I represented Rock It Man Entertainment in Austin, TX this morning for a dueling pianos show from 10a-11:30a. Kato Kalin hosted our stage as the random fans in full costume came through the front doors of the convention center. This was one of my favorite shows I’ve done over the years with Heather! Christine Barton-Holmes came along as our photographer, and she took some great shots of the insanity. Heather is always a joy to work with, and her “I, Zombie” costume, complete with hot sauce was fantastic! Thanks to Rock It Man Entertainment for having us represent them in Austin!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
David Lee and I played together in New Braunfels, TX, tonight. It was kind of an odd crowd, but they still were requesting songs and enjoying what we played for them. After the show, someone told me that the Michael Jackson tune I played was bad. I asked, “Bad, bad...or bad, good?” They said, “Bad like the baddest Michael Jackson ever played Bad”, so I was good!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Our final Monday night show for 2017 was so much fun! Roger Glenn (drums), Kevin Humphry (guitar), Bill Ritter (bass) and I wore our Dan Camp shirts in honor of Bill’s first visit to Texas, where I kept him busy for a week. These fellas are true musicians and it was an honor sharing the stage with them (and also with Chris Wallis on Saturday night) while Bill was in town. Normally, Kevin plays bass with us, but he is a great guitarist too, so between listening to him on guitar and Bill’s interactions with a couple great drummers, I’ve been a happy camper at Dan Camp! A big thank you to Tantra for a fun season of shows, and also to Christine Barton-Holmes for always taking great photos of the group!