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Old 05-19-2017, 02:59 PM   #1
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This one should be fun. An annual BBQ festival on the Chesapeake. I'm playing with a three-piece on this one...guitar, drums, and bass. Pop/rock, country, motown, etc...basically cover songs to eat smoked meat by. Outdoor stage and the weather looks to be pleasant. Pay is decent ($250), but it's a haul...100 miles one way.
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This one should be fun. An annual BBQ festival on the Chesapeake. I'm playing with a three-piece on this one...guitar, drums, and bass. Pop/rock, country, motown, etc...basically cover songs to eat smoked meat by. Outdoor stage and the weather looks to be pleasant. Pay is decent ($250), but it's a haul...100 miles one way.
Hahaha, Big John doesn't slow down. Good luck my friend.
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"Cover songs to eat smoked meat by," should be your band's slogan, lol.

Good on you Big John! Break a leg, or rib, or wing, or whatever.

What's your setlist?
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Get some video!
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Yes, Video please. Have a blast.
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Thanks, ya'll! Yes, it is full steam ahead this time of year. Almost every little town/county around here has some sort of Thursday night concert series or whatever throughout the summer. The wineries (there must be hundreds of them...seriously) have bands on the weekends. Same with the microbreweries. I've got two postgame party gigs booked at the MLB stadium downtown. BBQ festivals, strawberry festivals, art festivals, etc. I try to get in on as many of this as I can. Make hay while the sun is shining!

I'll try to get some video if I can. Almost every gig there are people pointing phones at me and filming, but who knows where it all goes. I rarely see any of it unless it is a friend/family filming.

I didn't get a setlist for this one yet, but I'm sure it'll be all popular cover stuff that people know...Stones, Cars, Temps, Buffett, Petty, Orbison, Marshall Tucker, Pickett, Cougar, etc.
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Be sure to eat a mess of ribs and then just go play... mojo!! ;-)
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Be sure to eat a mess of ribs and then just go play... mojo!! ;-)
I am doing that! Also going to try a bring back some fresh seafood if there are some good roadside sellers.
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Great gig! We played for about 3 hours (total) over a 4 hour span. We mostly played southern and classic rock covers, as they were going over well. We had requests for Mama Tried, Wildwood Flower, and Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys, so we played those too. I ate a bunch of swine and drank a few cold beers on the house. I got to sing the National Anthem to kick the whole thing off. Weather was perfect. I did not win the gun raffle...shucks.

I got a shot of the stage while we were setting up.



Somebody there filmed us doing Fire On The Mountain (Marshall Tucker cover) and The Bitch Is Back (Elton John cover). They said would send these to me, so I will post video when they do.

After the show I drove to Point Lookout at the southernmost end of the peninsula, since it was just 4 miles and who knows when I'll get down there again...if ever. There was a fishing pier, causeway, American Revolution and Civil War sites, etc.

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