There isn’t much that could have made Labor Day weekend any better. Umphrey’s McGhee and the Heavy Pets had great sets Saturday night in Orlando at the House of Blues and Sunday evening in St. Pete at Jannus Live. Seeing people you haven’t seen in a while is always a plus but add that too two nights of amazing music provided by two top tier bands and that makes for a pretty epic time. The cherry on top was catching a copy of the set list that Brendan threw from the stage at the House of Blues. The young ones don’t know about boxing out apparently so I was able to claim the prize with no lift what so ever. Times like those I revert to my adolescent fan boy state like it was 1991 and I was at the first Lollapalooza watching Jane’s Addiction.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Umphrey’s again in November at the Bear Creek Festival. The festival lineup is ridiculous this year and the ticket prices are really reasonable for the caliber of talent being brought in. Acts include Umphrey’s McGhee, Soulive, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, Nth Power, and a whole lot more so shut your front door. You won’t regret getting the details about Bear Creek and making the trip to Suwannee Nov 18th – 21st!
While things have been no more random or busy than usual, the frequency seems to be increasing. New material and ideas seem to be everywhere including the checkout line at Publix. I went there to get the usual 3 things I always get and came out with an idea. After racing home I was able to record the new piece before it was lost forever. Literally the other night I walked out to the porch and within 60 seconds had a couple of riffs together for another song that we later arranged and solidified into a full composition.
Practice over the rest of the catalog while preparing for the gig at Collective Culture has been interesting. New stuff kept coming up for some of the more mature material which we’ve incorporated into the arrangements for performances. Circumstances have been quite exciting creatively as of late. The real challenge is coming up with titles for the new material. Back in the day the title for a new track would come out of the lyrics if there were any or a piece was so old that it already had a name. Now the music writes itself without demanding a name. I guess we’ll just have to name the songs after people that like the band or assign them a bar code. Good grief.
In other news, a new show has been added. The details will be announced over the next few weeks as we get closer to some of the other dates already on the books. I get excited about every show but this particular gig has a little extra kick. Things have worked out to where we’re playing in different parts of town with different kinds of groups and to me that is particularly awesome. So pick your date and come hang with us at one or all of them.
If you’re in the Jacksonville area, we’ll be heading your way in a few weeks for JOMF. The bill this year is of the hook and the tickets are in. We’re running the same special while supplies last for presale JOMF tickets. $6 gets you a ticket to the Jacksonville Original Music Festival with more than 100 acts playing all day Saturday October 4th, a meiuuswe t-shirt, and one of our stickers. Yes that is a ridiculous deal you should take advantage of sooner rather than later by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The first draft of the schedule has been posted and we’re slated to play 10:00pm at the Volstead.
JOMF Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1438951149712315/
Before we head up the interstate to hit Jax we have some pressing business to attend to Thursday night at the Brink. Another band, A Wolf in the City, has been added to the lineup as well as some fashion vendors. That’s four bands, live art displays, fashion vendors, your friends, a killer venue, and all the creative juice you can handle in one evening. We have free tickets for this gig still available until 7:59:59 pm the night of the show. Email us and let us know how many tickets you need at email@example.com. We’ll see you this Thursday night at 8pm!