It started Thursday morning when I received a message that the new film I recently finished, 800 CDs, was featured in an article in the Oshkosh Northwestern – the daily paper for this large Milwaukee suburb. One of the artist’s featured in the film, Rob Anthony, saw an advanced screening we had last weekend. Apparently he liked it a bit because he proceeded to e-mail his entire extensive fanbase including all his press contacts. Rob is not small potatoes in his home market. In fact he’s enough of a big deal that the music columnist for the Northwestern called me immediately for an interview on Sunday morning. Her article was featured four days later in the Thursday Calendar section. Read it on the press page.
On Friday I received word that I was invited to play the main stage at The Comedy Store. I had a little debut there on Wednesday night up in the Belly Room, which evidently went well. Not only did they invite back – and to the Main Room – they scheduled it for a Friday night! June 8th. Oh man, I’m going to be FRICKIN’ scared. If you’re in the area that night, PLEASE come down and offer some encouragement and some ’emotional’ support – no matter how many lyrics I forget. That did seem to be one of the highlights of Wednesday night’s show. And of all words to forget… A bunch of us will be starting the night at 6pm and the Saddle Ranch next door. Come join the fun.
Saturday I went up to Santa Barbara to play NorthStar Cafe, a coffee joint right in the middle of all the action on State Street. I took my pal Tah Phrum Da Bush along. Tah’s a tremendous hip hop artist out of Brooklyn who is also featured in 800 CDs. This guy has opened my eyes to his genre. I’m still very selective, but I’m a big fan of his music for sure. In fact, after I played a couple of my tunes Tah joined me to freestyle to some riffs and patterns. We ended up creating and performing “acoustic hop” right there on the spot. Before we knew it, we had played for about two hours straight. There were some video cameras going, so hopefully we’ll get some of this up online.
Sunday night was spent at the Viper Room listening to Latham rip it up. My only problem with this band is that they’re doing so well and in such demand that Mark is no longer available to play lead guitar for the Emotional Wrecks. Go see his band and you’ll see why he’s so hard to replace.
Monday, my new friends in the band Two Word Name asked me to play some tunes during their afternoon set at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. Tah played too. This was truly fun. What a crowd. What energy this Two Word Name group has. They’re great. The Hermosa pier was hopping. I made a bunch of great new emotional wreck friends. I have to get back to the Lighthouse and bring the band.