Archive | July, 2006

7/29/06. The Shop, Spokane, WA

29 Jul

It was great to be back here at the Shop – a great vibe is always present here. Tonight I set up in front of a white wall in the parking lot where they project a movie during the summer at dusk. I couldn’t resist playing Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, as it’s about a parking lot. People kept streaming in, folding chairs in tow, and set up camp there in the parking lot to listen to me and then watch Dead man Don’t Wear Plaid, a super funny movie by Carl Reiner and Steve Martin. It was a great night, the weather was perfect, Linda and I had a great time.

7/28/06. WLGCR, Whitefish, MT

28 Jul

Another hot and beautiful day in MT. We set up around 5:30 and we about melted or burned up or something, the sun is damn hot. So hot that we had to cover our gear with stuff, it seemed hot enough to melt solder. It was a mellow evening out on the deck, at one table someone accompanied me with his silverware on a song, I asked him if he was a drummer but he said no, he was just feeling it.

07/21, 22 & 23/06. Hockaday Arts in the Park, Kalispell, MT

23 Jul

Our third year playing here and doing sound, a real good scene with lots of vendors and tents and food and an artistic vibe in the park. I brought my full rig for these three days this year, and it was definitely worth the extra time setting up and breaking down. Linda and I have been experimenting with different stage setups over the years and after various problems and glitches I do believe we have our technical stuff worked out. It was great to play with my own setup on stage and to have total control of my own sound, it makes a huge difference when you sound good to yourself. Most people don’t realize how different the sound is on stage than what the audience hears, and how important the sound people are for creating a great show. We really like this show and hope to back next year, hopefully it won’t be so hot – it was upper 90’s all weekend.

07/15/06. Pend Oreille Winery, Sandpoint, ID

15 Jul

A super hot day outside, perfect for a swim in that giant lake in Sandpoint, right? Wrong, we just learned that they put some nasty chemicals in the lake to kill milfoil, some kind of algae/weed. Signs are up saying it’s safe to swim, just don’t swallow any water and you’ll be fine… or maybe you won’t. What a drag, I love this lake, always sorry to hear about humans screwing up more of the earth, this hits pretty close to home, I like to think of the northwest as some of the last large stretches of good clean land ( I know it’s been mined and logged and polluted here too, but there is a lot of good land here) with many people aware of that. Whatever, it was fun to play in the winery, super mellow scene, people at the bar getting buzzed on fine locally made wine, yeah.