After two hour-long shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was time to do my final set of the week at Muffins in the Window, a variety show I’d heard about from my friends in BacKspace. They said it was the most fun show they’d played in recent memory, so I decided to get in on the action. I showed up, and the venue was a children’s theater in the Children’s Aid Society, and I ended up warming up in a church preschool classroom. In my usual stage outfit. Wow. So that was funny.
I have to be honest that given the setting and the small audience, at first I wasn’t too excited about doing this show, but once again I learned that you have to just put those feelings aside and do the best show you can, because a weird setting and a small audience can really surprise you with how great they can be. It turned out that the other performers were all excellent, and when I did my set, it was super fun and people really loved it. After the show, I got a lot of new people on the email list and actually sold a lot of cds, which was great. Then the host of the show and some of the audience members and I went to a bar called the Stoned Crow, which had amazing atmosphere and incredible burgers and fries. It was a great time.
Last week was the Week of Too Many Shows, which came about quickly and was totally exhausting, but also a lot of fun. Months ago, I booked myself into a show called Muffins in the Window for 9/16. Then, I was informed in August that I was invited to perform at Bartini Ultralounge on 9/14. Then a friend called me on 9/10 and asked me to play a set at The Trash Bar on 9/15. So I played for an hour on Tuesday, an hour on Wednesday, and, mercifully, 15 minutes on Thursday, when my voice was almost gone, anyway. Didn’t realize that was going to happen, so I’m glad it was only a short set on the last night!
Tuesday’s show at Bartini was lots of fun because it was hosted by the fabulous Emily McNamara, and although the crowd was relatively small, it was quite strong, attentive and loud at the end of each of my songs. A professional photographer/paparazzo (seriously! self-proclaimed!) was there to take photos, and I hear there’s a video somewhere as well, so we’ll see if that surfaces. I also asked my friend, JJ Japanime, to join me on stage to close the show with our song we wrote together, “Icedick,” which we know is going to be an enormous hit, and which people all over Brooklyn have stuck in their heads already. We REALLY need to hurry up and release it already because all our friends are dying to own a copy. 🙂