Monday, August 27, 2012

Three Nights

It was a 3 night purge. Three nights in a row.....its been a long long time since I have done that. And I felt it when it was all done and body and in my wallet. LOL. But it was all worth it. Three nights in a row of live music in one form or another. Night one was open mic night. Not a big turn out for that, just a few musicians and a comedian...and an audience not much bigger than a double handful...but it was still great live entertainment. Night two..karaoke. Say what you will about karaoke. A lot of musicians hate it, say it's a big joke, its for wannabes. I dont fully agree, and I am a musician. It gives the average person the opertunity to have the spotlight. Not everyone is blessed with the gift of playing an instrament...but may be blessed with a voice, this gives them the chance to show off their voice. And believe me, on 'night two', there was quite a few blessed vocies in there. Whitney Hicks has such an amazing voice, I always love to hear her sing. Her twin sister, Breann, totally blew me away with her equally anmazing voice. And then, their brother, JP Hicks, took the mic and did a fantastic job. Trully a blessed family indeed! Night three. After a long afternoon photo shoot and practice with my band, (you'll be hearing about that in a future blog), we went to check out the band that was playing at the Rusty Cactus...The TJ Broscoff Band. The band was a three piece, and they had a great sound, not as traditional as most bands that you hear in this area, but that was what I liked most about them. I really enjoyed what TJ Broscoff did...very smooth and tight performance. Wow, it was a long weekend for me...but was fun...even tho Im broke and tired. Gypsy~On!! Oh yeah, just a little note to always remember. The worst thing a band or singer can hear after a song...., is silence. Remember to make some noise, clap, whistle, yell, stomp your feet. Even if it wasnt that good. It takes a lot for them to do what they do, so give them some notice and a shout!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Last weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying some good live music from a band that I had never heard before, and hope to hear again. Cody Hodges and The Linemen, from Brenam Texas. They took the stage at the Rusty Cactus in Oakwood, and made it their home, cranking out one great dance song after another. But what I liked most was Cody's original songs. Songs ranging from huracanes to rodeos and everything in between. Cody Hodges and The Linemen put on a great show with lots of energy and heart. Daniel York was the opening act of the night, he was great getting the audience pumped up and ready for Cody Hodges. The night was off and running with a fantastic start....and it didn't let up, it just kept on getting better. At the end of the night came a big surprise. Joining Cody Hodges and the Linemen on stage for the last few songs were local musicians, Doug Neal, Daniel York, and Randy was an awesome performace with out a doubt. I am so glad I made that short drive to Oakwood...., it looks like that little town in Leon County is about to become a hot spot for live music, at least thats what I think. So be on the look out for more live music in this area...its coming.....gypsy~on!