Sunday, July 08, 2007

A busy few days

This week has been quite busy with the 4th. On Wednesday Darian, Jacki and I went up to York's to rehearse again and to have some 4th of July bar-b-q California style with some steak grilled up for tacos. Food was good and the rehearsal was also good. Darian took her bass this time and we worked on 2 songs. By the end of the night they were sounding fairly tight.

For Thursday and Friday we had back to back nights of Mike Keneally Band. Thursday night was down in San Pedro. I had never been down that way. Once we got to the venue Jacki and I paid admission and then got a quick bite to eat. About 10 minutes after we sat down Joe Travers (drums), his wife, and Doug Lunn (bass) sat in the table right behind us. We knew that as long as we got out of the restaurant before they did then we wouldn't miss anything.

This was probably the best Keneally set Jacki and I had seen. Doug Lunn on bass was also a treat. He played a fretless bass and had a fantastic tone.

A couple of points during the night Mike took requests. I yelled out "I Can't Stop" and he actually agreed to play it. A definite highlight. Other highlights for the night were Rosemary Girl and Uglytown. The band played very tight and the venue was great for live music. Held about 60 people and had grand piano on stage that Mike took advantage of a couple of times through the set. At one point they even launched into a free form improvised piece which they pulled off. Mike was playing a solo that he mirrored on guitar and keyboard at the same time.

The Friday night set was a little looser and not quite as exciting as the first night. They had Evan Francis on sax and flute for some of the set. However the highlight came at the very end of the night when the band played Inca Roads. Jamie Kime from the Zappa Plays Zappa band came up from the audience and Jamie and Joe led the band through an amazing rendention of the Zappa classic. Although Thursday's show was much better the Inca Roads performance was alone worth seeing on Friday night. We took Darian on Friday for her first Keneally experience. Although it wasn't the best first impression she could have had she did say she enjoyed watching Mike play his solos.

Saturday we spent a good portion of the day cleaning. Our house is now the cleanest it has been since we moved in. This up coming week I'm back to work for a few days and then I'm off
to Rocklahoma with Terry.

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