Thursday, April 8, 2010

Acoustic Rawk Roulette

I played a showcase last night at the Elbo Room.  It was the most fun show I've done in a long time!

Working up to the show as a bit of a chore however.  I took my acoustic into 3rd Coast Guitars to get it setup and be primed for the show.  I open the case and the guy looks at it as if it has leprosy :)).  He then tells me, "Well, don't get me wrong, I want your money but did you notice that your bridge and neck are cracked?"  I had noticed there was something going on with the bridge but didn't think much of it, but I didn't know about the neck.  He quoted me a price for the repairs and I told him to not bother as the cost of repair totally superseded the cost of the guitar.  So, my $100 investment 12 years finally crapped out on me.  So, I bought another guitar instead:

So I worked up a batch of 15 songs and headed out to the bar later that evening.  I set up the looper, guitar, mics, and my Ustream channel for the show (playback of the show can be found here).  The staff at the place hooked up a laptop to the big screen TV in the center of the backwall and threw on the display of   I'd never heard about this site until then and watched as random people webcams (tons of guys masturbating freely on it) would come up and the staff would act a fool in front of the camera.  I asked them to keep up the video while I played to keep things interesting.  I played a set heavy with originals, a few covers mixed in, and even a couple of songs improvised on the spot based on what I was seeing in the room.  I took the intro to "Jesse's Jam" and made a little hip-hop song out of it.  It was awesome!

I can't wait for the next one.  I love being able to play my own songs in my own way.