Grab snacks before the doors open...
Last night was our radio station's second birthday party- it was huge. Last year we had 800 people, this year I'd guess 1,000.
Thank Godzilla I didn't have to do live sound this year. I was given a budget, so I hired a sound company. After talking with their engineer, he offered me a job, but my day job pays better and doesn't include working weekend nights.
(I did sound for years at various local clubs- those days are over; these days the only clubs I like are cudgels)
If they had seen me struggling to fix the DJ system in the other room- it had gone fritzy- they might have changed their minds about the offer- I had to crawl under a table in the dark and fuck with wires I couldn't see...I started smelling a weird burning smell and thought an amplifier had fried- but no...I had flipped the table cloth up onto a lit candle and was about thirty seconds from setting the whole DJ booth aflame.
Remarkably, nobody saw me do this.
This is the band room before the party:
By the time local 'band' The Gaskets went on, the room was nearly full:
To me, the Gaskets sound like two kids on Ritalin and weed, hanging out in their parent's basement and doing 80's karaoke with a Casio keyboard- but they are really popular around here. I think they're kinda boring, but I'm an old fart. The kids were dancin', so more power to 'em.
With KTF, she hosts Inter-Tribal,a weekly Native American show, every Saturday at 6AM- my show is Sundays at 7AM- tonight she told me she's a 'night owl' but manages to get up early because she loves her show. I can relate.
This is a blurry pic of Liza Kate, a local singer-songwriter, she's got a good voice- I think she was having some tech problems but she didn't get flustered by them and after a couple songs she was joined by Josh Smalls , another local S/S, also a good singer:
They were folky and down-tempo, but I liked them more than the Gaskets, I'd had a long day and some quiet music was nice.