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Craft Brewery gig(s)

18 June 2017 - 07:48 AM

We played three sets Friday night, at the Wolf Hollow Brewery, in West Glenville, NY.   Our first brewery gig.  Hopefully they hire us back again .... and we are going to look into booking at other brewery/taprooms in the area (there are quite a few).   All of these craft breweries are stepping up their destination game, with food, special events and live music.   Wolf Hollow is not bottling their product and competing for shelf space.  They sell kegs directly to bars and restaurants, but mostly focus on getting people to come to their taproom.  The beer is excellent..  I enjoyed a Czech style pilsner and an IPA.... I could have drunk a lot more - free beers for the band -- but of course I had to play music and drive my ass home, so 2 was my limit.   There was a large crowd there, young folks and older folks, and very appreciative to us.  This place mostly books acts along the bluegrass/Americana/acoustic rock line ... so we were a perfect fit.  They paid us pretty well.   Maybe more $$ for us if we come back again.   They set the stage up right in front of the big shiny beer tanks--- how cool is that ?!


Have any of you been playing craft breweries in your necks of the woods ?  Could be lucrative ... look into it, if you haven't already


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Gig with partial band

22 April 2017 - 07:26 AM

Thursday night was our monthly restaurant gig at LT's Grill, in Niskayuna NY.  Our mandolin player had to go out of town on personal business and our fiddler was in bed with a cold, so we had to do the gig as a 4-piece, with little preparation.


It went pretty well.  We played looser than usual....  more rock-&-roll (-ish), maybe ?  Relaxed and kind of just winging the arrangements.   It was nice to know we can pull this off if we ever need to again.   


Did you ever have to do a gig with less than your full regular band, and discover a whole different vibe than with the usual larger group ? 


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Is anyone playing in Boston the weekend ?

28 December 2016 - 02:28 PM

My wife and I are driving from Albany NY to Boston MA on Friday, to celebrate our first anniversary (Dec. 30th) and New Years Eve.


Looking forward to good food, good beer & wine, and hopefully some great live music.


28 November 2016 - 06:29 AM

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Sabian, but not a cymbal

04 November 2016 - 06:13 AM

I have been playing a traditional Cajun triangle in my act for many years.  Recently decided to add an orchestral triangle to my set-up.  Until I started looking into it, I wasn't even aware that Sabian has a line of quality B8 bronze triangles.      Their hand-hammered models cost about twice as much as the non-hammered versions; I read some exceptional reviews on the internet, so I went for the 6" hammered model (about $75).  


It arrived last week, and it does sound nice.  


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(Especially if hanged properly.)


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We have been rehearsing our catalog of bluegrassified holiday tunes, for some upcoming jobs.

New triangle is working out great, for festive accents.  Of course it sounds best and brightest, when struck with metal triangle beater.  Sometimes I will have the capacity to quickly swap out implements, but in other places I need to strike it with the wood handle of my drum brush..  it responds pretty well to that. Consider me thumbs-up for Sabian triangles.