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Date: Sat 22 Mar, 2008 at 15:41
Headline: Nothin' But Green
Greetings & Salutations!

A few shamefully delayed shout-outs to folks who filled the St Patty’s gig earlier this week with such coolness...

Doug Vernieu, for stepping in at the 11th hour on drums and not only holding the music together, but lifting it up to new heights.

Mike Thiriot, for his good nature, fantastic playing, and continued willingness to be the Wes to Matt’s Steve....or something.

Matt Wilson and Ray Opheikens for slumming it with us and tackling the backing vocals to "Mr Serious" on very short notice.

Juli Holt, for being unafraid to join Matt & Ray in SoNette-ville, taking a bunch of great pics, and just being her.

There was a competitive spirit in the air, but of the friendly variety. All the other bands on the bill -- Silvershot, Funnel Head, Nine Piece Trio, Counter Measure, Sunset Strip, and Rage For Order brought their A Game and elevated each other’s sets. (I think Sunset/Rage in particular gave possibly the best performance I have ever seen from them -- their rendition of Queensryche’s "Take Hold Of The Flame" was a wonder to behold.)

And of course it could not have been done without the herculean efforts of Troy Fillmore, who put the show together, promoted the hell out of it, and ran an extraordinarily tight ship during the proceedings, while also managing to get in a few rock star moments for himself playing bass with NPT. Thank you, sir, for inviting us aboard and providing the best experience we’ve ever had at Club Vegas, and one of the more fun local shows we’ve done in recent years.

Finally, thanks so much to the folks in the audience, many of whom stayed till the end of the night and never faltered in their enthusiasm. Even though it was a holiday, we really had no idea how many people would show up on a Monday night, let alone stick around. It means a lot to know that you’re out there and listening.

The show was filmed and recorded, and we should be sifting through the raw material in the next couple of weeks. If we like what we see and hear, you’ll see it and hear it shortly thereafter.

bye for now,