Saturday, August 6, 2016

Prestman Auto Grand Opening Gig

We were asked by Prestman Auto to play this gig 4 days ago (Wednesday). Even though it was last minute, we had our 4 hour set list prepared, practiced, and ready to go. I was thrilled that everybody had the availability to do it. Aaron had a military training on Saturday, but they were ahead of schedule, and were looking to give the students a day off. When Aaron talked to them, they decided to make the day off today (Saturday). This is our 4th gig in the past month. We've made enough money to almost cover all the expenses of our various projects, such as our album recording, and our live session recordings. I'm truly grateful for all the opportunities that have come our way!

This event was really cool. It was to celebrate the grand opening of a new car dealership. They had the official ribbon cutting on Thursday, and today they had a carnival. They had bouncy houses, a car show, free food trucks, free drinks, golf, prizes, free swag, and of course, a live band (us). We played in the parking lot. It was a mighty hot day, reaching triple digits at it's peak. We were glad that we came prepared with canopies. Even with the canopies, I still got a pretty good sun burn! We feel like we did an excellent job. The mix was awesome and we were the appropriate volume for playing outdoors. We got a lot of good vibes from the people there, and lots of people were dancing, and we received lots of compliments.

 Towards the middle, we got an unexpected gust of wind. All the canopies of all the vendors almost flew away. We fastened ours with bricks after that incident. One of Aaron's mic stands got bent. At the very end, when we were taking all of our stuff down, a flash downpour erupted. We had to scramble to protect all of our precious gear from drowning.

Overall, it was an excellent gig, and we are excited to play there again. Here's some photos, thanks to Aaron's mom!

Our setup in the front

They had lots of cool cars as part of the car show

Aaron liked this one

Renato couldn't decide between the Audi and the Ferrari

After much deliberation, he decided on the Audi. Unfortunately, they wouldn't accept our band swag as payment.

This delicious BBQ Sandwich was one of the many delicious items from the food trucks.

Aaron had a good time on the bouncy houses until his mom told him that he was too old to be playing on them.

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