Monday, February 14, 2011

A Case of the Mondays

Today's post is going to be music-heavy.  Why you ask?  Well, because I played 3 shows in the 3 days this weekend.  I can feel the thumb blister on my right hand as I use the space bar while typing this very post!


Friday night I played a show with Automatic Rival and Ziva at the Naked Lounge in Sacramento.  I went on first and played a set of all original tunes.  The setlist went as follows:

Second Rate Song
What's Inside
What's The Past Got In Store?
Kids Playing Guns In The Street
50 Stories
You're Not Just Another Girl
Neon Sign
As You Wish
Saturday Boy
This Time Around

Ziva was running a little late as they were coming from San Francisco, so I filled a little more time with a couple cover tunes- "Plush" by STP and "Little Black Backpack" by Stroke 9.  Funny enough, Automatic Rival showed me later that I ruined their setlist (ruined is a over-exaggeration) because they were going to play "Plush."  The good news is they replaced it with "My Name Is Jonas" by Weezer which was awesome.  All is still right with the world.

I had a great time, enjoyed Ziva and Automatic Rival, and want to thank all of my friends who came out in support.  It was a fun show!  The best part was the 5 minute drive back to my apartment after the show!  Much better than a normal long commute!


Saturday night I played a 3.5 hour show at the Boxing Donkey in Roseville.  I hadn't played there in a bit, but it was fun to be back.  The crowd was rowdy before I even started which made for an interesting and fun night.  I tried out a few new cover tunes that went over pretty well and I was able to (for the most part) handle everyone's requests.  Well, besides the request for "Warpigs" which I'm not sure would even work acoustically, but overall I think most people were happy with the song selection.

I actually played "F*** Her Gently" by Tenacious D both Saturday and Sunday nights.  It was in honor of Valentine's Day, of course!  It's quite surprising how much people love that song!

I'll be back at the Donkey February 25th and March 11th.  Hope to see some familiar faces back there!


Much like the old days when Adam Donald and I would play every Sunday night at the G St Pub, we played one last Sunday night there.  The G St Pub is closing (for now, at least) and is scheduled to re-open in mid-May (under new ownership and it should be re-modeled.)  Anyway, Adam and I were given the chance to perform one last Sunday night there.

It really did feel like old times.  I remember playing every single week and really "cutting my teeth" on that stage.  My first ever acoustic solo performance was at an open mic there and it is the venue where I've played the most shows.  I even wrote a song loosely about the place called "Neon Sign" (track 3 on "This Time Around.")

I opened up with "Neon Sign."  Then I played "Saturday Boy" and "Second Rate Song."  After that, I went into the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind???" followed by a number of cover songs.  I had a blast playing on the stage one more time and seeing all the familiar/friendly faces at the Pub.  I'll miss it and remember all the great experiences I was able to have on that stage.

And that's it- Happy Valentine's Day to all!  Enjoy the day and know that regardless of how much sleep I've gotten over the weekend, I'm rejuvenated and ready to play more music!


GMoney said...

What kind of asshole requests a Black Sabbath acoustic cover? Weak. That guy should have been kicked out.

Hay you ever covered Temple of the Dog's Hunger Strike? That seems like it would go over well and could be done acoustically. But then again, I am clueless about that.

Tony B. said...

Haha- he was adamant all night that "Warpigs" would be the way to go. It could be the crown jewel of my acoustic cover catalog, according to that guy.

I haven't tried Hunger Strike but you're right- that does sound like a good idea. Your suggestions are always appreciated, G$.

Clarkster said...

I know Cake does a cover of war pigs that's pretty solid...if you like cake that is. but I agree he was an asshole he should have requested Mother much better song!!

Tony B. said...

I forgot about Cake's version of that song. It's not bad at all.

"Mother" is a far superior song, but it is superior to most songs.