Ahh! The Weekend!
Full of relaxation, and productivity! I spent most of the time either sleeping or catching up on my stories - when i wasn't mixing and laying down tracks for the record. Many an hour spent on Jon Roger's track, "Woman Ain't Happy." The mix is really coming along, layering the percussion and the vocals in is a beautiful yet tedious process.
I capped the weedkend off at Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar. I was roped into performing by the amazingly gifted Katie Kaden, a fellow teacher at School of Rock Chicago. I was initally told it's more of a jam and open mic, but it turned out to be Lonie's passionate side project - Local Talent Search. I performed Jimmy Reed's classic, "Baby, What You Want Me to Do?" which had been BHA's standard opener/soundcheck for quite sometime. I swiched to piano for a rendtion of "Down South in New Orleans," back to guitar for a solo take on "Sawblade," the Tense UP! (EP) closer.
I was suprirsed and impressed with both the talent pool, the attentive and sizable audience, and the care that Katie and Lonie take in this program. Though it's a competition, it felt more communal and supportive. Other performs were interested in my story, my song, and my work as an engineer. I guess we're all looking for clues in this adventure called life.
In the end I was one of two winners selected to perform in the final Nov. 29th. Not sure my gigging schedule will allow, as I've been added as the fulltime keyboard player to Wifee and The Huzzband!