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Date: Tue 03 Jul, 2001 at 00:00
Headline: Smaller Plates
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Greetings and Salutations!

It's 3:30am and I really should be getting to bed, but I wanted to get this down while some of the buzz is still in me...

I just got home from an awesome show at Burt's Tiki Lounge, and I can honestly say that it was the most fun I've ever had on stage...not just with this band, but with any band. There were some technical difficulties early on, and I wasn't sure if the crowd was rooting for us to succeed or fail at first, but by the second set everything was locked in and we were having a blast.

Burt's is a very small club with a very small stage, so we expected less people to seem like a more substantial crowd...the "smaller plates" theory. But what we didn't expect was for the crowd to be big on its own terms, no forced perspective necessary! Great turnout tonight; everyone from our usual friends & comrades to the bar's regulars to folks who heard the noise on the street and wandered in. It was a packed house, the biggest and most enthusiastic crowd that this band has yet played to...and on a Monday night, no less!

Because this was our first show without an opening band, we also expected to have a little trouble filling up the time, but the fine folks in the crowd tonight helped out with that too. After we finished our version of Pink Floyd's 'Have A Cigar' mid-way through the second set, we were deluged with requests for classic rock songs. Well, we haven't all spent time in cover bands for nothing! We appreciate it when the crowd digs our music, but we're not above becoming human juxeboxes when the situation calls for it. Tim and I are major Floyd fanatics, and it turned out that a big faction of the audience was too. That could easily have gone on all night, but we also took the time to pound out tunes like Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' and Heart's 'Barracuda' -- the latter sung by Jupiter vocalist Juli Holt, who happened to be in the crowd that night. It was incredibly fun.

Ya'Buts marquee Thanks again to everyone who came out to see us and made it a wild, unpredictable, exciting evening.

Must sleep now...

your humble correspondent
Thom Bowers