My daughter accompanied me to the Party in the Park in Chilliwack on Friday night. She made some fan art for my busking set at the Triple Play.
Last night, Saturday July 13, I played again at the Hot Spring Villa in Harrison Hot Springs, 6-9pm. Come on out to any of the other nights I'll do for the rest of the summer there!
I will be continuing playing at the Hot Spring Villa in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, throughout the summer, 6-9pm every Saturday night. I'll try to post it here if I'm going to miss a week, but I'm hoping to be there for every single Saturday.
This week, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is on, filled with local artisans and international musicians. It's a stellar tradition here in the Upper Fraser Valley and I encourage any art-loving folks to come on out and enjoy it. And... if you come out on Saturday, July 14, you can unwind with some food at the Hot Spring Villa Restaurant, where I will be the antidote for all the setlist-ready, agent-having, lyric-remembering, professional musicians you'll hear at the Festival.
And you might even enjoy every minute of it.
The Party in the Park is a long-running summer tradition in Chilliwack. Each Friday evening in July, they block off Wellington and Mill, fill it with booths and food trucks, and have a big stage with local music groups. Loads and loads of people show up each night.
I'm not playing on the big stage. Instead, I get to drop in at the busking stage at the Triple Play, hosted by Paul Barrell and Ron Johnson. Ron invited me out a few weeks ago when I'd shown up to his open mic Tuesdays at the Triple Play.
My daughter was also present on Friday night. She insisted on filming me from the sideline, just outside the beer garden where she wasn't allowed to go. Here's a little of what she filmed:
I hope to make it out to a few more of the Party in the Park nights for the rest of July.
And perhaps the big shows will inspire me to start up a band of my own. It's about time I put something together, really.
The next Party in the Park is slated for July 13, according to the Facebook page. Whether or not I get to play, come on out!
So last night I took my recording stuff to my restaurant gig and recorded a couple videos. Here's what the shows are like.
Half of the recordings below are pretty loop-heavy. But most of last night was taken up playing requests from the audience, sans loops. I still need to get a couple good recordings of some of that sort of stuff.
I play covers at the restaurant because they keep the customers happy. But I hope to sneakily incorporate a few originals over the coming year as my confidence in my own work returns.
Today I recorded a performance of "35,17" at Tractorgrease Studios.
I don't really want to write about the performances until I hear which one Jeff chose for the video. I'll be sure to post the video here, of course, and I'll be more willing to write about it then.
I played somewhat well. It was a little rough around the edges, of course, but I feel as if I turned on the charm and played a few good riffs. If anything the performance was unique, I hope. I look forward to hearing how a Jeff-live-performance sounds when it's professionally recorded.
Also, yesterday I learned that my mix of "Pound of Flesh" was accepted for the Michael Knott Tribute CD. I sent a mixed wav file and look forward to hearing how it gets mastered.
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