pale beneath the blue

Road stories and more from singer/songwriter, pale beneath the blue.

Monday, October 18, 2004 takes a ride on the Trolley

Whew! Another weekend gone and I'm beat. Friday night was an amazing crowd at the Trolley Stop in Dayton, OH. My band, A Pretty War, was joined by fellow Gogirls, The Walker Project and Whitney Barricklow Band. Since no one wanted to drive down from Cleveland, we enlisted a couple of other local faves, Amy Hedges and legend, Sharon Lane. All the ladies performed fabulously and I can't wait to do more shows with them. They all rock in their own unique ways.

The Trolley was hopping. Maybe folks thought Gogirls Music Fest was some kind of burlesque thing. Anyway, I don't think they were disappointed. Gee, I don't think I've seen it that busy since our 80s Power Ballad night a few years ago. The one where the sound guys got pissed and left Ryan Smith to play "Every Rose Has it's Thorn" on his acoustic guitar, standing on a chair with everyone in the club standing around him singing. Ah, that was fun. Back to reality. This was almost as transcendant. It left Thadd Brittain(Poor Devils) and I talking about doing a Prince Tribute. Maybe soon. At any rate, the crowd was great. They enjoyed every morsel we threw at them, from Amy and Sharon's soul-filled piano greatness to Whitney's, "The Kissing Song"--Carol Walker soothed them with her sweet voice and the Chris Walker's bass grooves seemed to stun everyone. Thanks to everyone who came out and stayed out--especially our buddy Jay Bruns who was nice enough to keep an eye on the merch for us.

A big thanks to Chris Walker for helping out with sound, Frank Woods who seemed to manage the stage that night, and Danny Sauers and Sharon Lane for the PA. I was calling folks frantically the night before trying to come up with everything we needed and these guys came through for me. I am eternally grateful.

So, we had a blast, but what was your favorite part?


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