Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tour 2009: Ft. Stockton and Pecos

That motley bunch of border musicians from the Texas Big Bend and Ojinaga--you know them as The Resonators--just wrapped up their 2009 tour with rave reviews. With an early Friday morning departure on August 14th, the band blazed a musical trail across the expansive Trans-Pecos region of Texas, logging 410 miles, crossing numerous county lines, and bringing economic development to countless eateries, Wal-Marts, and budget hotels. When the group finally rolled back home, we--in our own individual ways--basked in the glow of two triumphant gigs in two days. Wow! I guess it's time to get on eBay and see if there are any tour buses (in the $1000-2000 range) on sale to meet our incredible travel needs which most surely will follow...

Well, actually the two gigs were very cool, and hopefully we'll be playing out and about more often. We played the 2009 Roadrunner Biker Rally in Ft. Stockton on Friday--a first for us. The outdoor venue was excellent, the weather, perfect, and the folks attending lots of fun to play for. Great success! We're hoping to play again next year. Thanks to Joe Schuster and Manny Rodriguez for having us play.

The the tour continued to its final leg in Pecos. One word: PARTY! The band was on and the wedding party was eager to have a great time Saturday night. After all was said and done, it was one more reason to be grateful that we do what we do. We discovered a great restaurant called "El Rodeo" the next morning. Mmm-mmm good! A great time in Pecos.

Tomorrow it's back to school, at least for teachers. Looking forward to working with Lucy, Taro, Julia and Juanito keeping the music alive and well in Presidio.

Monday, August 03, 2009

2009 so far

2009 has been an interesting year for the band thus far. Most importantly, we have had a pretty good run of gigs. We have also had the usual rocky moments a lot of groups go through, but we survived them and are probably stronger for it. One interesting note that has probably been most surprising is how we have continued to line up playing opportunities in spite of the shaky economy. I don't know what exactly to attribute this to, but I'm thankful we still play as much as we do.

Playing at The Granada in Alpine during Fiesta del Sol was a treat. The facility is terrific, plus you get Mark Pollock to run sound. Then we played for the Presidio July 4th. Other than a power glitch midway through the evening, it was a "blast" to entertain the locals. After a little time off, we played a very satisfying party for a nice bunch of folks in Marfa on August 1st. Next up is a motorcycle rally In Ft. Stockton on August 14th--a first for the band. Just like playing for the prom back in May, hopefully we'll have the right stuff. We're sure gonna try!