Monday, May 25, 2009

I can hear some pop... popular musics

Saturday night was a good night for live music. I invited my friend, Lisa to come along with me to the QJam in the big ABQ downtown. The Gin Blossoms were playing for free out on the Plaza.

But first, my son's band, Spring Loaded Hot Dog, was playing at the public library downtown. The city is showcasing teen bands this summer and invited them to play. They played pretty well although it was hard to hear the words to the songs. They consider themselves a punk rock band.
There were about two dozen people in the audience. Unfortunately, it was graduation this weekend so many of my son's friends and followers were hosting or attending parties and couldn't come. Also, my son goes to school quite a distance from downtown Albuquerque (about 40 miles), so it was hard for some to attend this event. And, of course, it was Memorial Day weekend so many people went out of town. Because of the 'iffy' rainy weather they played indoors at the library auditorium so there was no chance for passers-by to come in. (I didn't even know the library had a stage!)
A funny thing is that when my son said he was playing at the library, and I'd tell people where he was playing, they thought we meant THE Library, which is a bar downtown. LOL.
The lead guitar/vocalist is Tennyson, the drummer is Andy, and the bass player is my son, Trevor. He's the one that goes crazy on stage as you can see, with his leg up in the air. The videos I recorded have way too much distortion so I won't even bother posting them. They need to get their sound adjusted. But, it was only their second public appearance. The first time was at the talent show for one of the boy's schools. They got their photo in the paper from that appearance.

After they played their set we said our goodbyes to them and walked a couple of blocks over to the Plaza where the Gin Blossoms would be playing.
We were hungry so we stood in line for a Bar-B-Que sandwich. Then we heard the band warming up so we grabbed our sandwiches and sat on the steps to eat and watch. Although Lisa wasn't sure who they were when I first mentioned going, she realized how popular the Gin Blossoms had been in the nineties. They played all their hits, lots of them, and even a few new songs. They will be releasing a new album in the near future. They sounded great!

He was a cutie with those bedroom eyes.The guy with the long hair and the light green shirt never turned around enough to get a good photo of his face but we got him later.
There was one hippie guy in a great big black hat dancing away by himself at the stage for a while. Lisa called him Madrid Man because we have a town called Madrid that is a hippie/art colony. He passed his hat on to the lead singer who kept making comments about how high he was getting from the browband! LoL.We stayed after and got to meet the band. I got a couple of signatures on a cd cover. We even scored a few guitar picks from the band.

We did get this picture later when Lisa posed with him. Aren't they cute? Lisa and I had a great time together.

I can hear some pop...popular musics - Baby Grace (A horrid cassette), artist: David Bowie, album: Outside

10 comments:

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I have seriously got to move out there closer to you girls. You have all the fun!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Yes, you should come visit, at least.

I'm glad Lisa went with me because I was going no matter what, I mean, my SON AND Gin Blossoms!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Come on out, NM! We'll be the 3 Musketeers. hehe!

Ok, Val. I purposely waited to read your Gin Blossoms post until after I posted mine...and I'm still surprised at how different, yet how alike, our words and photo selections are. lol!

Remembering Madrid Man makes me smile HUGE. Wouldn't it be funny if we actually saw him while in Madrid? lol!

That was SO fun. Let's do it again soon! :D

~Lisa

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh!

And I almost forgot!

Your new header is GORGEOUS!

~Lisa

Carolynn said...

I laughed when you wrote that your son's band needs to get their sound adjusted. Ha!! I think that's part of being in a rock band. ;o)

It sounds like you & Lisa had a great time. Nothing like enjoying the unexpected pleasure of a free concert in the sunshine. AND schmoozing with the band members...my, my.

Thank you for your lovely comments over at my place today. You're a sweetheart.

P.S. I hope Annie's doing well.

The Wades said...

Way fun. I'm with both of you--I like reading both your versions. You both hit on the key points but add your individual flavor. Looks like a fun time for you both.

Melanie said...

So....I just read Lisa's post and had to come over here to see what all of the fuss was about...lol!!!

What kind of music does your son's band play? I also told Lisa that I couldn't believe how old the Gin Blossoms look! Not that I am one to talk...teeheehee!!! :)

jmk said...

Oh I love the Gin Blossoims! Lucky you! Your horses are lovely.
Thanx for visiting my blog.
Jill

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Good fun. Thanks for sharing.

Dan

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!

My son is playing in a talent showcase this Saturday at one of the high schools. Please wish him the best. I'll try to record him again, hopefully with better sound.

Spring Loaded Hot-Dog plays punk- upbeat with short, fast songs. Not bad!