Um, let me explain something to you. My show at Sugarland on Sunday night was Un. Be. Lievable. UNBELIEVABLE. SO GREAT! I did four songs and my delicious backup dancers, Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra were there to dance with me on Dance Dance Dance and Friday Night Forever again. When we did the first dance, to Dance Dance Dance, people were cheering so long and loud at the end that we just had to wait a long time until it got a little ridiculous before they would finally allow us to move on to Friday Night Forever. SO FUN.

I also happened to find a disco ball corset that I wore at the show which is amazing. Everyone at Sugarland was saying it’s the best look they’ve ever seen me put together, which I loved. Krystal Something-Something vehemently approved, and if that’s the case, I know I’ve done something right.

I love that what I do is starting to take root at Sugarland. That is such an amazing place for young, bold performers who really know who they are and what they’re doing. I’m so glad that I’m becoming a regular performer there. That’s a dream come true! And it’s such a great place to get hooked into the Brooklyn arts scene. There are so many people passing through there who are kind, friendly, really talented and so much fun.

My dear friend Elijah was in from out of town and caught the show along with his fabulous cousin Adam, and after the show the three of us got pizza, hung out on stoops and the sidewalk till 4am talking, and then, just when we were about to go home, we realized that instead, we should go watch the sun rise on the banks of the East River, so that’s what we did. Then we drove really fast over the bridge back to Manhattan while blasting awesome house music, and before I knew it, I had been out until 7am without even expecting to. That’s one of many reasons why I love Elijah.

It was a good, good night.

I have already had a fantastic 2010 so far. New Year’s was spent staying up all night with my best bud Elijah, the guy I wrote “Friday Night Forever” about, like we love to do. It was complete with crazy face paint, a sketchy part of Brooklyn, a ridiculous party, a 3am trip in freezing weather to a Dunkin’ Donuts where the only way we could get served was to WALK through the DRIVE-THROUGH, plenty of laughs at outrageous comments, sleeping at the party, sleeping on the train to Manhattan, fried chicken in the East Village at 5am, and general good times.

Jan 1 was a little dead, but Jan 2, Saturday, I went to meet Elijah at Club 57, the much buzzed about Saturday night party, and we had the best time, dancing like mad and running into college friends as well as meeting new friends! That night I met two awesome new guys, one from Brazil and the other from Argentina. Then I went out with the Argentinian on Sunday night to a hilarious drag show, where we danced till 2am and met two hot, sweet Venezuelan guys! Then we went to Greenhouse for their awesome Sunday night party where we had the BEST time and ran into the Brazilian again, then we hung out on Monday afternoon and bonded over our mutual love for the movie Rent, among other things, then on Tuesday we went dancing till 3:30am, where we ran into one of the Venezuelans again, then we hung out in a 24 hr Starbucks talking and bonding and listening to music until 6am! That was the most fun I’ve had in a four day period in a long time. There’s nothing I like better than meeting new people that I really like and being really excited to stay friends with them forever because they’re so awesome. And since my insane friends keep moving out of New York, it’s good to keep getting out there and replenishing the friend supply. I’m so glad the album’s finished so I can go out again!

I also realized that making friends from all over is awesome because it ups the chances of me getting to do shows in more places. I currently am talking to friends about performing in Tucson, Boston, Long Island, Buenos Aires, Florida, California and Pennsylvania. I may not go on an actual continuous tour, but instead do shows here and there all over the world, as they come up. I’m excited about that! And who knows, maybe if I bring CD’s and t-shirts with me to sell, and the shows are well-promoted and well-attended, it could be a nice little money maker. The more I look for opportunities to do paying, well-attended shows, the more I find they’re totally out there, within my reach. One of my big goals this year will be to do shows in as many places as I can. After all, wouldn’t you think a little bit more of an artist who can say she performs all over the country/world than one who can’t?

Because of my new friends, new experiences, the fact that my album’s totally done, and some decisions I’ve made about important changes I’m making in my life, I am feeling REALLY good these days, and I intend to keep it that way. Life is so much more fun when you are excited about it! 🙂

How’s your 2010 so far? Leave a comment below and let’s chat! 🙂

Lookin' fierce for Felipe's Droid phone

So Saturday was the Murphy’s Law show just up until the part where it really mattered. Here’s what went wrong leading up to the show:

1. Dan of Comandante Zero’s bass and vocal mic were stolen a week before the show.

2. Ken of Comandante Zero had a last minute trip out of town that came up and meant he wouldn’t be around for the show.

Result: no more double-header show

3. My band still wants to play the show but can’t provide a drum set or manpower to get everything up five flights of stairs.

Result: no more backing band for my newly solo show

4. Dan’s family gets a horrible stomach flu a few days before the show, which means that Dan gets a horrible stomach flu one day before the show. Dan is incapacitated the night before the show.

Result: Dan considers cancelling on the day of the show (but does not because he is INCREDIBLE)

5. The largest blizzard in recent memory is set to descend upon New York City when? The night of the show.

Result: Probably about half the audience that was going to show up is no longer going to show up

6. Dan sets up the sound system between bouts of trying not to die of stomach flu. Sound system starts loudly popping to the point where it sounds like someone is dropping a large amount of 30lb rubber balls onto the floor of the apartment from a height of 15 feet. Turns out a piece of the amp has fallen off during its trip to this gig.

Result: I am freaking out while pretending to focus on making mulled cider.

Despite all this, Dan managed to fix the amp before dragging himself back to Brooklyn just before he would have gotten stranded in Manhattan (oh the humanity!) because of the snow, and the show itself was a lot of fun. More importantly, it was ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE this time, and I will be uploading videos of it very soon! This means I will have videos of about eight songs being performed live to tracks to upload soon, which is very exciting. There are also some very funny moments caught on tape that you will have to watch for once they’re uploaded to youtube.com/jccassis. I made some new fans and friends at the show too, and one of the hosts of the loft took gorgeous professional photos of the show, and is willing to take more promo shots of me for my album cover etc, all for the price of me buying him a drink. Love it! Will upload the photos as soon as I have them. Can’t wait to have a free house party when there’s NOT a giant blizzard destroying New York so that I get all the audience I would have gotten in halfway decent weather.

Recently, I played another show for the middle school students at my K-12th Grade alma mater, The Spence School in Manhattan. Hands down, this is the best audience I’ve ever had. Two years in a row now, they’ve blown me away with their enthusiasm for my music, and it makes me feel so, so good. Last year I was so excited because after I played they were all so interested in knowing where to get my music etc etc, but this year blew last year away. Here are a few highlights:

-During “You Don’t Have To Worry,” some girls put their arms around each other and began swaying back and forth to the music, spontaneously! There was also clapping along to the beat.

-When I said I was going to play “Chocolate Cake,” there was a cheer like you can’t believe. They were SO excited for it, and this was 9 months after they’d first heard it. Amazing.

-When I sang “Chocolate Cake,” THEY KNEW THE WORDS! They knew ALL the words, and they were dancing and singing along all in unison–it was amazing!

-When I said “I don’t know if you’ve been following what I’ve been up to over the last few months, but if you have, you might know this next one–it’s called ‘Texas Boys,'” they SCREAMED with excitement. They all knew about it, they knew the words, and they wanted to sing along. So I brought a couple of girls up and they sang it with me!

-One of the girls actually made me a customized “Texas Boys” cowgirl hat, complete with a homemade “I ❤ Texas Boys" sign on it. That’s my first fan gift ever! Amazing!

-After the show they all wanted my and Socrates’ autographs, and we each signed a LOT of them. I love that.

So, Spence middle schoolers are the best. If any of you gals are reading this, thanks again! You made my day and I’m so happy you’ve got this old Spencie’s back!
-JC