Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blue State Bliss (Part Two)

The Blue State boys had a lot of fun playing in the battleground state of Ohio last Saturday night. Several members of my geographically-challenged band (based out of St. Louis and Chicago) flew into Cleveland one day early. As a result they were able to hit some local attractions -- e.g., an Indians game, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Flats, etc.

To ensure that we had guitars, amps and drums at the event, a couple of us loaded up the family truckster and drove from Chicago to Cleveland on Saturday morning. It made for a long day, but we managed -- despite some rainstorms right out of the Old Testament -- to make it to the gig in time for a mid-afternoon soundcheck.

It was undoubtedly the first time that any of us had played a show in an old red barn, but the guys and I gave it our barn-dance best. We even came away with a bit of rough video footage.

Thanks again to the bride and groom for having us out. We were honored to be a part of your special day.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Blue State Bliss

Yes, I’ve studied logic. Yes, I understand the fallacy of “post hoc ergo propter hoc” (“after this, therefore because of this”). Nevertheless, I still feel that a bride and groom can lay a strong foundation for their marriage by having my band play at their wedding.

Why? Well, to date, the St. Louis Horns and I have performed together at three weddings. All three of those couples are still happily married; in fact, two of them are closing in on their ten-year anniversaries.

To be completely accurate, the Horns and I have actually played only two wedding receptions together. The third event on our list was an amazing wedding rehearsal bash, held one night before the wedding. But since that bash was a swanky, private party held at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and since the bride and groom flew our band in from Chicago and St. Louis, and since we played a full show for hundreds of guests, it stays on the list.

All of which brings me to tomorrow night. On Saturday, September 13, the St. Louis Horns and I look to extend our streak by setting the table for yet another happy marriage.

This time our traveling salvation show hits Akron, where the Blue State Cowboys will plug in for an evening of music at the Conrad Botzum Farmstead. The farm is located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and from the pictures on the farm's website, the place looks gorgeous.

We hope the weather cooperates, but rain or shine the Blue State boys will do our best to make the event a bucolic barn-burner -- figuratively speaking, of course.

We are honored that the bride and groom, whom we had never met until they wandered into one of our tavern gigs a few months back, thought enough of our band to invite us to travel from Illinois and Missouri to be a part of their special day in Ohio.

Expect a full rundown of all the fun in upcoming posts.