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My Armando's gig started with me standing outside the door at the venue stressing about whether people would show up. The 49er's play-off was running exactly at the same time as my show. So there I was viscerally re-experiencing all the other times big sports events have kicked my cultural butt, when Annie Sampson pulled up on the curb smiling through the windshield and instantaneously erased all my worries. She has that effect!
We hunkered down on the porch stoop and rehearsed "Super Earth", a tune about leaving the solar system for another planet which was inspired by the NASA/Kepler Project. (Check them out: http://kepler.nasa.gov/) It was so much fun singing with Annie there on the street with a light rain coming down that I forgot about the 49ers entirely. Thank you, Annie!
Contrary to my worries, we had a full house! Even Roy Jeans, the owner--who could have easily gone upstairs and watched the game, stayed and listened. Carlos Reyes sat in the whole show. He is truly one of the Bay Area's multi-instrumentalist greats. (More about Carlos at http://www.carlosreyesmusic.com/) Then acoustic guitar monster Dave Nachmanoff--who accompanies Al Stewart around the world, joined us. He also sang a solo original that blew everyone away. Check him out: http://www.davenach.com/
David Correa of the Latin guitar group Cascada joined Carlos and I on "Plastilla". His extreme flamenco chops were in fiery display; you could practically see the monster coming out of the sea! (Check out his music at: http://www.davidcorreaandcascada.com/) Annie and I left the heliosphere on Super Earth, and then my lovely wife Kathy stole the show with her dramatic recitations and singing on a new satire called 'It's Just a Hippie Thought' which incorporates famous quotes from counter-culture history such as Wavy Gravy's "It's not what you eat, it's what you don't poop." We had big fun at Armando's! Thank you to everyone who attended and worked the show.