Last weekend, my partner Amy Gustin and I performed at North Country Fair in Arcata.
We had a terrific time playing for an appreciative and generous audience.
We performed a couple of pieces from Amy’s album, The Big Picture, and one from my album Um… Uh…Gum Eh? as well as several new works-in-progress.
After a busy Summer, we expected to conclude our season of live engagements with our performance at North Country Fair, one of our favorite venues, before taking some time off to record a new album.
Most bands that play North Country Fair don’t bring a full, theater-scale, light show, but since it was the last show on the tour, we decided to go all out.
It did take a rather extraordinary effort to set up 50,000 watts of lighting and four floors of scaffolding for a 45 minute set, but I think all who were in attendance would agree, it was worth it.
As a band, Amy and I sound pretty good, but our light show will blow your mind. You really need to experience it first-hand.
Photographer Bob Doran turned up for the event, and took all of these great photos.
After our set, we chatted a bit with Bob.
In addition to being a music writer and photojournalist, Bob Doran is also associate producer of my favorite radio music show in Humboldt County, Fogou, with host Vinny Devaney from 2-4pm Weds on KHSU.
Bob invited us to perform on Fogou the following Weds. Of course we were honored and delighted to play for KHSU’s listeners on Fogou.
We met Bob at his exquisitely decorated home in Arcata, and met his lovely wife Amy.
Before we went to the station, Bob showed me some of the photos he took at North Country Fair. Bob has a great eye, and his photos were not only well composed, but they captured the energy of the event as well as our personalities.
I really appreciate that he came out early on a Sunday morning to catch our set.
When we got to KHSU, we set up on the floor of the studio.
We had some technical difficulties with the Theremin, which took a while to work out, but we played four pieces from our repertoire and did our best to help them raise money during their pledge drive.
Bob Doran took several photographs of our performance on Fogou.
I had a great time, and it was a real kick to be a part of my favorite radio show.