Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Promo Video New Gig Masters Profile

I created a promo video for our band to use, to try to book more private gigs. Decided to give GigMasters (view our profile) a try; attempting to get more private gigs. I figured that we got the skills, we have the experience, we have professional promo material, it's time to market us a little more. Let me know what you think of the video, or our GigMasters profile, and how we can improve it! Rock on Brothers and Sisters!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Gig Log: Club 90 - 03/09/18 - 03/10/18

We played back to back Fri. & Sat. shows at Club 90. It's always our favorite place because there's always a good turn out, and it's exhilarating to see people dancing to the music you're playing. We worked on making our transition flow better, and to playing songs right into each other. Also, this was our first time playing this much with Dean, which helped us groove with better.
Friday was great. The highlight for me was Mark's funny leather shirt.
Saturday was remarkable, if we were playing the game Guitar Hero, we were using star power pretty much the whole night. A lot of our friends and family showed up. Nate was in town and he let loose. He danced the whole night, and helped us sing the last song. April was there as well, Mark's ex-band mate and ex-wife, she rocked the house by playing keys for two sets and singing backup vocals. Rachelle, the venue owner sang with us for a song as well. It was a night of good vibes, silliness, and good music. When I thought that we have a million good shots at Club 90, and we wouldn't need any more, these were taken by Aaron's mom Kirsten and are absolutely great!
Be sure to catch us at Club 90 April 20, and 21!

Nate joins us on stage to sing "I Wanna Rock N Roll All Nite"
Rachelle joins us on stage to sing "Don't Stop Believing"
April killed it on the keys!


Mark's guapo shirt.

Allison did amazing as usual.

It was a lot of fun rocking with this gal.

Nate said "If we can play lead guitar, surely we can learn the Cupid Shuffle"


Dean, stoic as usual, but he did amazing!





Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Retrospective

2017 Retrospective



We had a busy year in 2017. Here are some of our high points:

Year in recap:

  • We played 15 shows
  • We released our debut LP, into the desert
  • We released our debut music video, "No One Like You".
  • We did a livestream video concert where we played some of our favorite covers at Rock Canyon Studios.
  • We lost Nate. But we now have the talented Dean.
  • We started offering lighting at our mobile party gigs
  • We have had two professional photo shoots.
  • We auditioned and became part of the Club 90 rotation
  • We reintroduced keys into our set.
  • We've come a long way since we started in 2013, and it's been fun every step of the way. We put out a lot of media at the beginning of the year, but we were devastated once we lost Nate. It took a bit to get the wheels turning again with our new guitarist Dean, but now we're better than ever, ready to tackle 2018.


What's on the horizon?

We've dedicated the past year and a half to compiling a great cover set-list, and to building our brand as a top notch cover band. While we're going to continue learning more covers, we're going to focus on writing more original content, and defining our sound. We are also going to be focusing on increasing keyboard presence and back up vocals. Expect great things!


 


Thursday, December 21, 2017

YPO Gold Christmas party at Outfitter's Cabin in Park City



One of Mark's pictures
We were approached by Howard a few months ago to play at his annual YPO Gold Christmas party. We've played a few events for him, so we were eager to play another one.

This was a formal event, where the participants were wearing tuxedos. We were told to wear formal/casual. We decided to be matching, so we all wore black shirts, black pants, black shoes, and red ties. Aaron joked that we looked like the mafia. I countered that black is sleek, white shirts would make us look like we're going to church, and red is a Christmas color.

A picture I took while I had a break
This cabin was kind of hard to find on GPS, but we all made it up there. It was an elegant and charming cabin that sat on top of a big valley, with a beautiful view. We were also fortunate enough not to have any snow while driving there.

This was our third time playing live with Dean, and the first time we played a lot of these songs. We were hired to play for 5 hours, so we practiced all of our material, just in case. In the past, we've mostly been ambiance/background music for Howard's parties, but this time, we had people dancing, so we mostly stuck with our dance songs, and mostly oldies and 80's stuff.

We were fed dinner, and it was fantastic! Several types of gourmet salads, fish, steak, potatoes, and delicious deserts!

One of the GoPro sills
I'm really glad that we started doing lighting at our shows, because we were on the porch, and there were only a couple of dim lanterns out there. I was excited because I had purchased a third light stand, to try and get a "halo" effect by placing it behind us. I wasn't expecting there to be a dance floor, so I didn't bring my derby disco lights.

For the past 40 shows, we've made it a priority to have at least one photo from each show. This night was tricky, because usually we have friends or family come and take pictures of us. I set up my GoPro to get stills, and Mark and I took some photos while we had large breaks on songs.

Overall, it was a great event and we had a lot of fun.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A weekend at Club 90


GoPro view from behind the band on stage
We played Club 90 11/3-11/4. Like always, it was awesome! There was a good turnout, and lots of people were dancing. This gig was special because it's the first time we integrated keyboards since we've recruited Mark. That means I got to play bass! It was pretty fun.

Nate drove across the country to fill in for Dean, because Dean was attending a wedding on the East Coast. It was good to see Nate again and perform with him. He still had his chops and it's like we never had a 5 month break playing with him. Club 90 has upgraded their lighting; and it was pretty awesome!
We live streamed both shows; both trying to capture the crowd and the band. We had quite a bit of interaction on them. The audio quality isn't the best, so I took them down afterwards, but it's kinda fun; it allows our international audience be part of the show.

Enjoy some of my favorite pics from the show!

Special thanks to Kirsten Fager, who always takes such amazing photos!

It was good to perform with Nate again!

Allison having a good time!

Victor the sound and lighting wizard!

Mark and his Korg Kronos

Me playing a Rick.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Party DJ Gig




Last year, we had a great time playing at a Halloween house party in Sandy. This year, Mark and Dean were out of town, and we weren't able to play the party as a band when they requested. Aaron and I offered DJ services for their party and they accepted. In addition to playing music, and lighting, we did karaoke as well.

Aaron dressed up as Link from the Zelda game, and I dressed up as a lion. (My wife and I were the Lion and the Lamb)

We had a good time. Although, lots of people were dancing and singing, this crowd reacted better when we played as a full live band. They want us back next year, but the whole band. We also met some people at the party who are looking for a band for upcoming parties.

We had such a success, we decided that we might do more DJ gigs when they present themselves.
Aaron with the whole sound and lighting rig
Me with the whole rig.

The backyard where we played last year
They had some delicious food, including this head made of prosciutto 








Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We're incorporating keyboards again!

Once upon a time, I used to play guitar and keyboard in the band. Then one day, I just got sick of hauling my keyboard and guitar rig to every rehearsal and gig. Our show at Wasatch Musician was the last time I played keys at a gig. It helped give a unique edge to some songs, by using guitars to fill in keyboard parts. Such as the beginning part of "Don't Stop Believing". We're pretty happy with how it turned out.


While we were satisfied with filling in the keyboard parts with two guitars, every once in a while we were reminiscent of how awesome keyboards were in certain parts. We decided against getting a full-time keyboardist in the band, because having more than 4 instruments in a rock band, clutters the sound.
 Recently, we've been playing a lot of modern pop and 80's songs, and Mark has decided to step up and start playing keys. While Mark is a fantastic bassist, he identifies more as keyboardist. So I'll be doing bass, while Mark plays keyboard on some songs.

We'll be introducing keyboard next weekend at our weekend set at Club 90. We hope to see you there!