Last Thursday night was a blast, but I have to admit I was really nervous. I’ve never played that much music live before in a row. 3 back to back 45 minute sets is a lot of music. I was wondering if any of us would fall over from being tired, or if Rachel and I would lose our voices. Thankfully, we endured.
First, Josh Anderson and Andrew Ho are beasts. They helped us set up a massive sound system that we rented from Tyler Carroll. He is a generous man, and all should bow to his beauty. But all should equally bow to Josh and Andrew. We are on a leash with time and resources, and everything was great thanks specifically to them. We appreciate you guys a ton.
Second, playing at Bella Terra Shopping Center is actually really great. I was worried they would make us turn down or security would bother us with load in procedures, etc, but nope – everyone was accommodating, providing resources for us on the spot without us having to search for it. Also, one of the female employees at Johnny Rocket’s was jumping up and down during our set while at work. You’re welcome Johnny Rockets…You are welcome indeed.
Third, we helped children mosh. Like preschool aged kids. I am still not sure of how I feel about it, but it was kind of amazing. What started out as a floor of maybe 20 or more kids dancing around turned into some light pushing and shoving which the parental security guards managed to put a stop to. It was awesome.
Fourth, we celebrated Mary (my Mother in law) in style with lots of happy birthday singing and cake. In addition, she managed to get the majority of downtown 7th street to Bella Terra. They didn’t mosh with the kids, but I could tell they wanted to. In addition, some of my wife’s students came out and it was awesome. It is always awesome to see people singing along, and I was so happy they came especially after having the chance to be a part of their grad night (Speaking of which, congratulations graduates!!).
Last, it just felt fun. People were singing along and clapping, and they were smiling often. I got to meet more of Andy’s family (who are awesome) and meet new people who hadn’t heard us before. It felt great and made me that much more grateful to be a Meanie. I know I speak for the band when I say I am really looking forward to coming back on August 2nd to do 3 more back to back sets. Each Thursday night they are doing these free concerts and they have awesome groups like Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band as well as Moonsville Collective serenading the summer lovers. Check out the calendar and make sure and see a new band or two for free before you head into the movie theater or go inside to eat or shop.
July will be a little bit quiet for us which will allow us to finish up some important projects and work on new material. We are grateful to be a part of your musical world and hope to see you at the shows. As always, thanks for listening