The grand opening of Off Center was quite a success. 350+ people packed into the place and gave it the welcome it deserved. I was humbled, anxious, and a little sad all at the same time. Buddy's dream had come to life.
Adding the horn players to the mix was probably the best thing I could have done. They bring such an awesome energy to the music.
We opened the show with an 80's classic. Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer." I was trying to talk the band into cutting it up until the very last second. ...good thing we didn't. It was the perfect opener.
After that, the show rolled on as it was planned. For the most part. There were a few glitches in the music, but the crowd was awesomely unaware.
The responses, praise, cheers, and accollades have been flooding my facebook and my email.
I never would have imagined such a thing.
Buzz is good.
All my life I've lived for applause, but I've made the shift from that immediate gratification to the sustainable energy created by good buzz. ....So don't ever say I'm not doing my part to save the planet.
Marko continues to bless my life with a kind of love I thought I would never know. Without sounding like a Danielle Steel novela, it's sort of hard to describe. Only those who understand what I'm trying to say really understand what I'm trying to say.
He's a keeper. 'nough said.
Tonight John Willis and I take the stage at Off Center. We'll be serving up a mix of americana, r&b, pop, country, and diva. this first show will kick off what I hope to be a lasting "act" that everyone finds refreshing.
And I'm hoping for a HUGE payoff. lol
Everyone please pray for my vocal chords, they're all but used up this week.
I hope you're having the time of your life.
But think twice.
...That's my only advice.