Busy weekend in 'Rough Cut Land'... or 'RC & B-Weave Land'... or 'B-Weave Land'... well, anyway.
Friday, I got home from the day job & had time to squeeze in a half hour nap before heading to Scooter's in Aurora. Ryan & I did a 4 hour 'RC & B-Weave' happy hour(s) show on their beautiful deck. It was a lot of fun. The staff was great & the crowd was kind (& actually into the music!).
8pm we packed up our gear & made our way to the Celtic Tavern, in Lodo, for gig number 2. This time adding Vic & Paul for the full 'Rough Cuts' experience. We got rolling around 10pm, playing to a surprisingly small crowd, however around midnight, everyone seemed to find their way into the tavern. By our last set the crowd was big & fun & vocal. My old friend Tommy Nahulu came out for his first Rough Cuts show. Angie Stevens & the Larson Bros joined us on stage. Fun Fun.
No time to bask in post show glory. Went home for another half hour nap before going back to the day job. (Yes, it did suck. Thanks for asking.)
Saturday- 1pm: home from work & time for a full 2 hours of sleep (it's getting better!) before the next show. the good people from CHUN put on a yearly event called 'Snack Attack'. It is a food truck event held in the parking lot of Argonaut liquor, on Colfax. This year, I'd guess there were about 10 trucks there. This was our second year playing the event, this time joined by Vic on the snare. Small, but fun crowd. The volunteers were all incredible as always, but for the 2nd year in a row we got rained on. It wasn't a torrential downpour like last year, but it was enough to shut us down. We got in about 6 tunes & enjoyed some free food & beer. Not a bad haul.
What's this? A full night's sleep? Yes please.
Gig number 4 was sunday afternoon. It was a benefit for the victims of the Black Forest Fire. A very worthy cause & we were happy to head down there and donate an 'RC & the Rough Cuts Set'. The benefit was at Casselman's, down in the River North neighborhood. I was a bit worried about the preparedness of those throwing the event, as I could find little information, about the event, online. My fears proved to be warranted. I walked into the main venue & there were maybe 20 people there. It's hard to say exactly, as it was pitch black. There was a very abrasive Nu-metal band playing, so I thought maybe they scared everyone outside, which would be good for us, as we were playing the outdoor stage in the parking lot out back. I made my way out back to find another 20 people, 8 of which were the Rough Cuts & friends. Two young girls (sisters about ages 11 & 14) were playing & just killing it on harmonies. They even did an Alice in Chains tune, so that was pretty cool.
We finally hit the stage & were about 4 songs into our set when one of the 10 spectators was backed over by a woman, who for some reason, had her car parked in the closed parking lot. Needless to say, that was it for the show. I packed up & sat on my suitcase, numb, until they loaded her in the ambulance. I think she'll be ok, but what an awful, awful thing to happen when you're just trying to enjoy a show.
Ok. I don't want to end on a negative note, so I'll say this. I had some time before the benefit, so I walked over to watch the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling event. So awesome! I had been watching the previous stages on tv all week, as they made their way through the mountains of CO, so it was cool to see it live. I stood on the corner of 15th & Larimer & watched them come by a few times (it was an 8 lap stage). Love to see people at the very top of their game, whatever that game may be.
Ps. Check out Ryan's page. As always, he had an even busier weekend then I did!