This month was quiet compared to the rest of the summer. Luca had been coming up with zillions of song ideas and we managed to make one of them into a song. We're still working on it, but I've written lyrics and we have a melody, it's just a matter of tweaking. Woo hoo! In other happenings, we got a review of our latest CD placed in the All Music Guide, a very prestigious thing to happen. If you go to www.allmusic.com, you can check out what the Guide is, but you have to sign up. It's really a music industry kind of thing. I signed up - it's not a big deal, and they don't sell the email addresses they collect. It's actually a really cool and fun tool, and highly comprehensive. My cousin Bruce Skerritt is in there (he's a jazz keyboard player based out of Toronto) and my grandfather's name (Fred or Freddie Skerritt) comes up too. My grandfather was a professional sax player. It's kind of fun to go in there and look around. Anyway, the review is also posted on this website in the PRESS area.
Marco worked harder than usual this month to find us two things: A publicist and a booking agent. The first is looking good. We're seeking investors to help us finance our publicity campaign. We're looking for people to invest from $50 a month to as much as you can afford. I know this sounds crazy, and it is, but publicity is important. You watch - when this publicist gets some "buzz" in the press, blue number nine is going to reach yet another level. I'm confident about this and I think it's one of the missing links in bn9's journey so far. So it would be good. Well, it would be good if I don't lose my mind first, what with working three jobs and all. AND he found us a booking agent, and this one has already offered us some dates.
On the 17th, we got to do the taping for Across The Hudson. We were originally supposed to do this video shoot a few weeks earlier, but there were miscommunication issues and so it got cancelled the night of the taping. But, fortunately, we got to do it at a later date. The taping went down at Maxwell's in Hoboken. This is the first time blue number nine has performed at Maxwell's. There was a point, a while ago, where I tried really really really hard to get us a booking there! This taping took no effort at all (THANK YOU NICK!!!!!!) It was cool. Camari was with us and also Jeff Witt on keys. Oh yes, and I am about to do something I've never done in this DEAR SURFER. I am going to PRAISE the sound guy! Adam at Maxwell's is the absolute coolest, funniest, most fun and ego free sound person I've ever encountered in the NY metro area. He took all the ego stuff from band members in stride (I won't mention names), and was just a nice person... and a good sound guy. Kudos to Adam! Also, thanks to everyone who came out to see us. It was great having you there making noise! And finally, check out Buzz Universe: www.buzzuniverse.com. They went on before us. They are a fun, party band with a great, easy, REAL attitude, and groovy danceable jam band tunes. I have been on their mailing list for a long time, but this is the first chance I've had to see them live. They are excellent, and super nice guys (and let us borrow their cowbell!) Definitely check out their website and see them live. One of our fans signed their mailing list. If you like bn9, you'll like Buzz Universe.
In other shows this month - we played our last show ever at Split Rock Resort's Rock Bar. I was told it is being turned into a sports bar because, "The bands aren't cutting it". Well, it's not my bar, so I have no say. It's just a shame that another live music venue, and one that pays, is biting the dust. They treated us well, and it was a good run. Thanks to everyone at Split Rock for everything. It was great to see my cousin Freddy again and friends, and also, to watch Karen belt out the blues with the band! Great vocalist. I wish you could have been there for this last night of ours at Split Rock (if you were there, thanks for coming!)
Aaron Strebs shot video of us at the Alphabet Lounge last month and edited it into a nifty DVD. If you're interested in getting a copy, let me know. We're asking for $5 to cover costs & shipping. Also, when we get the DVD from Across the Hudson, I'll be sending a FREE copy to anyone who was at that show. Don't forget to keep your eye on our schedule for upcoming shows!
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