I've been working long full days, so I haven't really had time to update the blog. Here's a quick review of some gigs I've had......
Borders Bookstore in Colorado Springs on Saturday May15th. I played solo Chapman Stick from 6-8pm in the coffee shop area. Not a very responsive crowd, most were there to peruse books and magazines or stare at laptop screens. I did get some nice compliments and the occasional smattering of applause. A fellow Stickist from the Denver Area came down for the performance. It was very nice to meet him in person and talk a bit during my break.
I got a call from the store manger this week, he said he got a lot of positive feedback about my performance. I'll be playing there again on June 19th.
On Saturday May 22nd I played at Cafe Dawn here in Salida. It was a reception for the Artists in residence for Colorado Art Ranch. The house was packed to the extreme, I found a spot to set up near the serving counter and played for about 40 minutes. The the residents gave presentations showing what they had been working on during their stay here in Salida. Toward the end there was a little time left for music so I invited Sarah Henson from San Francisco to play. She was one of the residents and played a couple of very lovely fingerstyle guitar pieces that she had composed.
I had been working out of town and rushed home for the start of the Colorado Art Ranch Artposium "Wade in the Water", which was a total blast! I was pleased that I was able to pick up my instrument for the first time in 5 days and play a good solid set. I'm also feeling way more comfortable performing in front of people than I have ever felt before. All in all, it was a fun evening.
Saturday May 29th I performed with Steel String Revue. Chris Nasca on vocals and guitar, Brian Pence on drums, Dave Sparkman on sax and yours truly on Chapman Stick. We played at the Fallen Bikers Memorial Rally here at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The stage was enormous! Three huge video screens, lights, lasers, fog machines, more decibels than really necessary! We played from 4-6pm, it was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, the problem was we were inside. There was a small crowd and at least we managed to get some folks dancing. I'm hoping to get some pics and/or video from this event, I'll post it here if I do.
It looks like another busy week, I'll be back at Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs this coming Thursday and Friday, more later, peace.....