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Rick's Rap   - October 2003

      10/03/03 - (Mostly) Dead Gig #4

      The Outta The Way Cafe, Derwood MD

Set 1         Set 2         Set 3
Truck Drivin' Man
Iko Iko
Next Time You See Me
Friend Of The Devil
Lonesome Fugitive
One More Saturday Night
Take It Easy
Franklin's Tower
        Kansas City
Eyes Of The World
Don't Ease Me In
Dark Hollow
Peaceful Easy Feelin'
U.S. Blues
Tequila Sunrise
Jack Straw
        Around & Around
Fennario
Alabama Getaway
Candyman

      When we showed up the place was packed to the gills with the dinner crowd. It was so full ( "how full was it?"), we had a hard time threading our equipment through the crowd to set up. Most of them stuck around for the first set, and then drifted off. A couple of dead heads drifted over from the bar area and stuck around until closing. A few people showed up just to hear us, and they stuck around also, but by the end of the second set, the place was still pretty empty. For the 2nd time in a row, the management told us to knock off at midnight. I'm thinkin' this is probably not a good harginger of our future at the OTWC.

      The performance started out a little rocky. The onstage mix was a little muffled, we had some feedback problems, and for some reason we just couldn't seem to all hook into the same flow on Franklin's Tower. On the other hand, even when things weren't as good as we thought they should be, they weren't terrible either. During the second set we started having some magic moments, Dark Hollow and Jack Straw stick in my mind as being particularly nicely done.

      During the break between the first and second sets, Eric called Buffalo Billiards. They've reshuffled their schedules, and both of our upcoming gigs have been dropped. I've taken them off the web site. Eric is trying to get another booking with them.

      Doc won't be with us for the upcoming return gig at Brady's. We're going to take advantage of the Buffalo Billiards cancellation to rehearse with a substitute drummer next Saturday. He was at the gig tonight, and said he doesn't feel he'll have any problems with the material.


      10/05/03

      Well, we just had out 3rd acoustic trio rehearsal. We added four more tunes to the ready to play list, and picked out four more to add next time. The full band has some off time in November and December, and we're going to try and work in some fairly regular acoustic rehearsals then.

      Rather than wait until we have a full evening's worth of material, as soon as we get one set ready to go we're going to hit some open mic nights. I'm pretty sure we can do JV's, and Lukas is going to see if we might be able to get in at the Half Moon Bar-B-Que.

      When Lukas fired up the PA, the effects channel hissed for a few minutes before quieting down. It's still under warrenty, so I think I'll send it back for repair/swap before I try out the monitors (they're covered under a separate warrenty).


      10/07/03

      Well, Eric is definintely a booking maven. He's got us another gig scheduled for Buffalo Billiards in January. The deal is if we do well at the bar, we'll get follow up work, otherwise sayonara.

      2 clubs! The goal is 2 clubs! If we can get established as regular performers at 2 clubs we can probably survive long enough for word to spread.


      10/17/03 - (Mostly) Dead Gig #5

      Brady's Irish Pub, Manassas, VA

Set 1         Set 2         Set 3         Set 4
Bad Moon Risin'
Mama Tried
Next Time You See Me
Fennario
Don't Ease Me In
Peaceful Easy Feelin'
Kansas City
Jack Straw
        Around & Around
Not Fade Away
/ I Know You Rider
/ GDTRFB
Lonesome Fugitive
Friend of the Devil
Promised Land
Truckin'
U.S. Blues
        Tequila Sunrise
Beat It On Down The Line
Stormy Monday
Take It Easy
Iko Iko
Truck Drivin' Man
Franklins Tower
Johnny B. Goode
        Big Boss Man
Alabama Getaway
Good Lovin'
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Evangeline
One More Saturday Night
It's All Over Now

      Friday night traffic between Mongomery county and Manassas sucks! Bob came straight to our house after work and we all rode down together. It took just a hair over 2 hours to get there.

      When we finally arrived, I pulled up in front of the loading door, figuring we might just as well get our equipment inside and on stage before we stopped for a brewski or twoski, especially since it was just starting to rain a bit. As soon as we opened the van door we heard music, and it sounded live. When we peered through the stained glass window we saw that there was indeed someone on stage. My first thought was "Oh damn, this doesn't bode well." Just about this time Eric came walking around the corner and told us that on Fridays, Brady's regularly has acoustic music as a warm up for the band. The guy that was playing was Jon Fritz, and he sounded mighty fine. Check him out at www.jonfritz.com.

      We kind of melded our set-up into his tear-down and actually managed to start on time. Whew! The crowd wasn't as large as last time, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves. I don't recall that we had any magic moments, but we definitely didn't have any clunkers either. Overall I think we sounded pretty good. I believe we've finally hit the point where even on those nights when the muse doesn't deign to grace us with her presence, we still have a rock bottom quality level that's good enough to get by. Rick (the substitute drummer) was just great. He blended in with us like we'd been playing together for years.

      We met some rabid deadheads from Florida that were up visiting friends. They told us if we felt like co-ordinating our vacation plans and all come to Orlando, they'd provide us with a place to stay, and book us into a couple of clubs. Sounds like a hoot, but the odds strike me as remote at best.

      Eric picked up some more bookings there for next year, 2 for us and 1 for Crossfire, all on Saturdays. I've got my fingers crossed here, but I think this may be the first club where we can count on steady bookings. It's a great place to play. In fact, if it weren't so far away it would be pretty damn near perfect.


      10/22/03

      Posted pics from Brady's.


      10/23/03

      Posted set lists for The Outta The Way Cafe. Being the optimist that I am, I made up 4 sets. I went very light on the Dead material for the first 2 sets, and then started blending it in.


      10/24/03

      Acoustic rehearsal last night. I changed my mind (how unusual is that) and decided to try out the monitors with the pa before I send the mixer back for warrenty work. The whole thing sounded mighty good in my den, and I think it'll sound pretty good in a small club or restaurant too. Lukas isn't terribly pleased with the sound of his bass through the pa. He's considering augmenting it with a small amp, or maybe just a pre-amp/processor with EQ that's designed for bass frequencies.

      Bobby has a new guitar, an Ibanez flat top, flat back, round hole, acoustic/electric with a glossy black finish. Looks good, sounds mighty fine.

      We went over the tunes we thought we had ready to go. The arraignments were pretty good, but we seem to have somewhat overestimated our level of preparedness. We're going to get together next week and try to run through them agin, only this time without using a music stand. The only tune we added was "It Must Have Been The Roses".

     

      Stay tuned,

Rick

               
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