Sunday, April 17, 2011

thoughts on summer parties...

man did we rock the freakin' house on friday night or what!?!?!? actually, it was an awesome show - one i was unsure to make heads or tails on prior to our first of 3 sets. the night was a radio promotional party for a country radio station BEAR 95.3fm, held at The Rendezvous in Turners Falls MA. they were doing a Budweiser promotion giving away tickets for an upcoming country act, Jason Aldean. this was not a typical night over at the Voo - as they mainly have a lot of indie and folk or jazz bands on tap. it was a crowd there to win tickets, mainly - not shake they're collective asses to the house rocking gritty blues and classic rock stylings of Damon Reeves & The Love Thieves - but that's exactly what happened!

the interaction between the four of us on stage and the audience who had no idea what to expect - ended up being a dream come true. the crowd was a mix of beer chugging twenty somethings, to a more distinct and seasoned mature crowd... and it all worked perfectly.

this has me thinking about summer parties. i'd like to book the band at gatherings anywhere and everywhere. our goal since day one has been to develop our audience through exposure - i'm finding that a little harder to do in the bar circuit than we had anticipated. the idea of playing private events is becoming an alternative way to bring this music, band, experience to more people more often.

this is what i propose - if an individual is having -or- knows someone who is having a party and would like to book a band for live entertainment - contact me. we have the library to draw from that will allow us to play for up to 5 hours or so. this is a mix of originals and covers. some of the artists we cover are Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, doors, muddy waters, john lee hooker, bb king, hendrix, plus a ton more rock and blues and standard party tunes. we also take pride in having fun! we can open the mic up for folks that wanna join in ala live band karaoke style.

contact me and we can bounce ideas around - we are available in as little a group as a solo/duo or a full 4-5 piece band. we will bring all sound equipment needed for the even and even provide some background music in between sets. don't worry about costs - contact me and we will talk!

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or call/text me @ 413-320-5724

let's do this - let's have a great summer!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

sunday morning and i just put the baby down for a nap. she's been a little bit of a crankity crank this morning too. not sure what her issue is. still, the dishes all managed to get caught up. that was my big goal this monring - get those out of the way.

chicken is marinating for tonight's souvlaki (sp?) greek tacos. yea - it's fusion night in the Charette house.

Chloe is in the other room playing Wii - she's constantly providing a running commentary on EVERY detail in any game she's playing. it's cute, but i hope she doesn't wake up the baby.

not a whole lot on tap today - just gonna hang out with the girls. we had a little adventure yesterday bumming around in downtown northampton. did quite a bit of walking too - maybe we'll go out today for a bit who knows.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

been a great week for me! for starters, we got new pictures taken of the girls. Chloe of course is a clown in them all, but Delaney - well she's been smiling and so good lately. her new pictures look great and the process was basically painless this time around.

i had gotten a lot of things accomplished this week for the Japan Disaster Relief BLUES BASH at Maximum Capacity. the show is coming up soon, so i have been sweating getting all the details in order in good time. this week i managed to get a bunch of details confirmed. first off, i got the ticket situation under wraps. i set up an account with Brown Paper Tickets for this event. i love the way that company works - gives you complete control to create and promote your event. They even will supply me with pre-printed tickets to sell person to person, the old fashioned way. All if the money raised from tickets sales and the door will be donated to help relief efforts in Japan. At this point we're still looking at a red cross donation as the beneficiary of the show - but Yukiko Fujii (Tokyo Tramps bassist) is looking into more direct charities involved. mainly so that the funds raised get the maximum amount of use where it counts.

The other aspect of the event that was solidified this week was the line-up. i've got five acts lined up, i'll post a short video of each to give some idea what they are all about!

so the line-up is pretty fantastic, if i do say so myself - and i do! there is one other thing that i managed to get tied together this week, a television appearance by Wildcat O'Halloran on TV 22's Mass Appeal on April 25th. granted i work at the station - but it was one less thing to get in the works later on. i may actually look into having a second act do the show too maybe earlier in the month - we'll see what i can swing. it's an early morning for some of those musicians traveling out from Boston!

lastly, i played a show last night with Damon and the crew at Snowzee's in Sunderland. it was the early show from 5-8pm - good times! part of me wishes that more bars would put some early show on for friday nights! we played 3 short sets, got out some covers we had been wanting to try out. even played this tune --

yea - we did that. kind of made me a little nostalgic for back in the Prescription America days. We played a great gig in Northampton one night and used that song as intro music. i miss that band sometimes - we had a long string of memories!

well folks - that was my week in a nut shell. please, if you could take a moment and see if you're available for the benefit show - it'd mean the world to all of us if you were there. all the details, as well as online ticket sales are at the link below. Thank you!

Blues Power | My Secret Boston

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Blues Power | My Secret Boston