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Date: Wed 29 Aug, 2001 at 00:00
Headline: A New Level

Greetings and Salutations!

First off, my apologies for not having written much lately. I said in my most recent note that August was shaping up to be our businest month ever, and it certainly turned out that way. Even with all of the activity, however, there has been a certain amount of nebulousness about our situation. Things are expanding and changing at such a rapid rate, it's hard to really crystalize one moment in written form before the immediacy has passed away and new, even more vague implications of the present and future are making themselves evident.

(and yes, I am entirely sober as I write this.) ;)

Ya'Buts marqueeAnyway, one thing I can talk about in concrete terms is the fantastic night we just had at Liquid Joe's. I had not played there since 1997 and while I thought the venue was great even back then, I marvel at the improvement it has gone through since. A new bar near the stage and expanded dance floor, the patio walled in and filled with booths and billiards, and oh yes, major improvements to a stage and sound system that was already pretty great to begin with.

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After these past few months of playing together, things have really begun to gel and last night I think we hit a new level in performance. The sound was happening, the band was tight, the show was energetic but relaxed, just as it should be. The response from the crowd (and it was quite an impressive crowd for a Tuesday night) was most gratifying. All throughout the evening, both the club's estalbishment and the other band on the bill (Groove Dilemma, who also put in a strong showing despite some nagging tech problems) treated us with good humour and respect. From my point of view, I couldn't ask for anything better...a truly excellent night.

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There is more to talk about as we head into September, which will be a month of expansion, planning, plotting, hard work and transition for us...but it will have to wait for a little while longer...

bye for now,

your humble correspondent
Thom Bowers