I performed twice this week in two completely different venues. I received a call from my dear friend Brian Taraz (aka NAHuM) telling me about a local blues band wanting to start an “early” (5PM) open mic/ jam session at the “Bum Steer”- a local bar/restaurant in Tucson. The Bum Steer has a rough reputation. It had been closed down years ago after a shooting. But its new owner wants to change its image (and escape the past). That’s going to be difficult. But I checked out the blues band, The Bryan Dean Trio, on their My-space page. The samples there blew me away! Bryan Dean is good! So I sent him an email and he responded encouraging me to play as well. Here is a photo of me and Bryan Dean and another of me performing at the Bum Steer. I may go play there again one day, but I’ll take an electric guitar so I can “jam” with the Bryan Dean Trio. Please check out their website. I bought their recent CD “Pink Elephant” and it’s a joy.
My bride Deb is with the Friends of the Pima County Library and they are currently running one of their famous used book sales at the “Book Barn” – their warehouse near Campbell Ave and Grant Road. Thursday night was “members” night and they wanted to find someone to entertain the shopping members. Guess who got volunteered.
Well It’s a good thing because it was relaxed and relatively quiet so although there was no PA, everyone seemed to hear me just fine. Perhaps after I produce my next “secular” CD, I will perform there again and sell some merchandise. I’m going to ask my buddies at the TKMA (Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association) if any of them would like to be next.