I performed at 16 Tons and it was amazing. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came. Secondly, there was a real synergy between myself and the two new musicians on stage with me.
The drummer is an incredibly talented and sweet guy who is the official drummer for B-2, the band I have been touring with - Boris Lifshits.
As I booked the show, I realized I had no bass player because the bass player who was supposed to play with me completely flaked on me last minute. So Boris asked his brother, Sasha. It was a pretty special occasion, also because prior to this show, they had never played together.
We rehearsed together for the first time the day before. Needless to say, I was terrified. See, I am pretty used to doing impromptu acoustic events/concerts. I have charts, all that. No problemo. But involve a drummer with a full kit and an electric bass player - and now it's a real band - and that requires special handling.
And yet, when we rehearsed, I walked away feeling like I was floating. Sure, it wasn't perfect. But there was something. And that something felt pretty amazing.
We had another run through next day, the morning of the concert. Shura B-2 joined me on two songs and there were a lot of fans of the B2 band who came out to support me.
I had such a good time at the show, I just wanted to turn around and do it all over again.
And it looks like I will have more than one chance to do it again, and pretty soon:) More on that later.