Last Wednesday was St. Patrick’s Day, but at some points during the night it felt more like Halloween.
1. Ben Garvey – I am getting worse and worse at remembering what songs I play. The weeks just bleed into each other in my mind and playing a gig there on Friday really threw me off.
2. Cynthia Bennett – She returned to the Tree House open mic after her California adventure. The audience gave her a nice round of applause when she took the stage.
3. Roz King – I wonder if the fact that it was St. Patrick’s Day had anything to do with Roz wanting to play early so he could leave…
4. John Shaughnessy – I like that original song of his with the chorus that goes, “Oh Roberta.” It’s weird that he’s been playing “Punk Rock Girl” a lot lately and then Dave Blood dies.
5. Jason Vertucio – He broke a string during his first song and then he snuck in two Goo Goo Dolls covers using my guitar. For future reference, Goo Goo Dolls are forbidden on my guitar. I don’t care if they were the bass player’s songs either.
6. The Forest Greens – They sounded awesome and I gave them an extra song for the holiday.
7. Sarah Allen – She sounded awesome, but you already knew that.
8. Bob Michel – He played an Irish song on the tin whistle and everyone really seemed to be into it.
9. Tony Desantis – Tony will probably be opening up at Kerry rallies this November with songs like, “The President’s an Idiot Blues” and “You Don’t Have to Grow Up to be President.”
10. Joe – When Joe walked in this week I thought he had a mask on. His face was covered in candle wax, ink, scotch tape, and what looked like wite out. He played some of his usual screaming songs. At the end of the night he requested to play another tune. I said, “ok” and he proceeded to write and perform a song about me. All I remember are lyrics like, “he has flashing eyes and wavy hair like the sea.” It was bizarre.
11. Phil – I like any song that includes UFO’s. Phil has some serious talent.
12. Phat Franklin – Just in case anyone didn’t understand what his song was about, PF informed us that “The Necrophiliac” is a song about someone who wants to have sex with dead people. I wonder if just wanting to do this would make you one or do you have to actually go through with it to be defined as a necrophiliac (or a necrosexual)?
13. John and Dan – They played one of my favorite Kinks songs, “A Well Respected Man,” and did a nice job with it.
14. Keith Lewis – His guitar sounds so good through the PA system.
15. Dylan O’Hearn – He had some trouble getting through his two songs, but he sounded good while it lasted.
16. John Quinlan – I’d be shocked if JQ isn’t a big Face to Face fan. The influence is obviously there.
17. AJ – does some fantastic Radiohead covers.