Yacht Rock played three gigs in New England this past weekend; Thursday night in Providence, Rhode Island, and then two nights at The Royale in Boston.
Thursday: There aren't a lot of flights between Atlanta and Providence, so we had to go early, landing around noon. After lunch, there was still plenty of time to kill, so I went for a run. Chilly, but not freezing.
The gig was at a club called Fete Music Hall, and it seemed to be in a warehouse district, but that whole part of Providence looked a little rough. The gig was mostly a war of attrition--we were all pretty tired and fried from a long day. Even though the turnout was good for our first time here (286 in a room that could hold 730) and it sounded good, we were all ready to go to bed.
Video evidence of our gig:
Friday: Night one in Boston. A pretty slammin' gig! We had Keisha and Kourtney Jackson joining us as background vocalists, and Robbie Dupree came up to sing a few with us as well. Just over 800 in attendance, even though the gig was sold out--we're guessing that those 200 people stayed home to watch the Red Sox. That excuse is lame. We were finished by 9:30, and I was in bed in my hotel room by 11 PM, watching the game (didn't stay up for all eighteen innings, though).
You can hear just how loud the crowd is in this one:
Saturday: A Nor'easter hit New England, so today was a day of hiding in our hotel, waiting for the gig.
Night two was also sold out, and only hundred or so people failed to show. Another boisterous crowd and another entertaining gig. What else can I say? Boston was tremendous.
Sunday: Not a Yacht Rock gig, but I do want to mention that I killed it on my church gig this week--it was half classical/chamber music style stuff and half improvising, and I was all over it. I'm still enjoying the challenge of it, too.