Weekend Gigs Recap
While I haven't had a chance to go out and hear any music this last week (with the exception of my regular jaunt to The Owl and Thistle on Tuesday), I had a couple of fun gigs this weekend. I really missed playing in more pop-oriented bands when I lived in New York -- mainly because it wasn't nearly as much fun when it was just a bunch of people I didn't know. Now that I am slowly finding my way back into being a true "Seattlite", I'm also finding my way into projects with a slightly-more commercial bent.
Friday night's gig was a loose, free-form hip-hop space odessey with The MC Project: Live at Waimea Brewery's "Get Lei'd" night. Featuring DJ Kamakaze and MC Matt Cavinta, plus myself on trombone and DJ Frank I adding some help on the turntables and percussion, we played off and on from about 9pm 'til midnight, with the DJ action going the whole evening. The concept of the group is slowly evolving, but the direction and voice is starting to find it's own as we interact more with the DJs. Not to mention that lots of cute Kirkland girls, dancing patrons, and accomdating staff were all present for the night.
Saturday night offered a slightly different vibe, in the form of the soul-groove cover band, Players Club. I subbed with these guys a while back, and playing for this holiday party on Saturday was an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy kind of gig. With a solid book of charts from Michael Jackson to Donna Summers, these guys do a great job with dance music and still make it fun for the performers, too. I've been listening to this kind of music for years, and before I moved to NY I played a few gigs a week in this style, but I must say it sure feels good to play feel-good music with people that just wnat to do the same thing as you: give an audience what it needs to have a good time, and give the band what it needs to have a good time. Playing at the Rainier Club is always a pleasure, as well -- if you ever have the chance to attend an event here, by all means check it out: there's a kind of 19th century ambiance to the place that just makes you feel like old money!