Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mardi Gras Gig? No thanks, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes.

Had a gig last night, and it was really lame. It was the Mardi Gras ball in Frederick, MD.

Normally, this gig is pretty get to see lots of people on the dance floor and very interesting costumes (as it is also a costume party for those who wish to participate) and masks. The Mardi Gras queen and princesses are pretty and young, and all in all, it's a good time.

Not this year.

The only thing that didn't change was the fact that the Mardi Gras princesses and queen were pretty and young. The rest of it was very lame.

The biggest mistake, I think, was the fact that they wanted us to be set up and ready by 8:30 PM, but at 8:30 PM they were still involved with the princess presentations. It's like they just magically wanted us to *POOF* be ready to play. Usually, for a gig, Don sets up everything well ahead of time so all we have to do is show up and get our sections organized. This time, we weren't allowed to do that. So people were making comments about WHY wasn't the band ready already? God I hate that.

Another big mistake (at least for us) was the fact that they had two dance floors. They had us and they had a DJ in the courtyard. Usually, the "older folks" prefer our music and the "young un's" go for the DJ. This year, hardly anyone stayed to listen to us. In addition, they didn't have snacks for sale, meaning people showed up to see their kids, then left to go get something to eat and didn't come back.

As for myself, my skirt ripped so badly I had to turn my skirt sideways so people wouldn't get flashed in the rhythm section.

All in all, a very lame night.

I could have been sleeping. At least after the gig, I FINALLY got to go to a Waffle House (they're big in the South, and we're far enough south that we have one in Frederick) and have some down time with a few of the guys. It was another case of the day being saved by fried food. Can't beat it.

So there...a post about the gig, Ed. Hope you're happy!