The Week Starts Now

Right, my regular work week of regular gigs starts on Thursdays.

Things kick off at the Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte, where I start playing tunes at 7:00, then switch to asking Pub Trivia questions at 7:30. I still do a little music between rounds, and after the game is over, up until 9:00.

Then I’m off to the Phyrst in State College, and the energy ramps up as Maxwell Strait takes the stage at 10:30 and rocks all the way up until 2:00 AM.  then I head home for some blissful sleeeep.

Fridays are now similar to Thursdays since I started a second gig in September.

First, the Triple A Blues Band, featuring guitar master Andy Tolins and harmonica wizard Richard Sleigh, fires up in Zeno’s at 7:00 and burns until 9:00.

Then it’s right up 5 flights of stairs with my trusty Yamaha piano to the Allen Street Grill where Natascha & The Spy Boys add some sultry swing, jazz, and Blues to the evening. We usually finish up around 1:30.

Saturdays are reserved for one-off gigs. I may play a solo gig, a wedding, at a club with one of the groups I’m in, or even get hired by another band to perform keyboard duties for the night. This Saturday I get to lead my own group, the Denicats, at the Gamble Mill in Bellefonte, 8:00-10:00.  We play mostly songs I’ve written and recorded, and a few more of my favorites. Hope to see you there.

On Sundays, the music usually happens at the Darkhorse Tavern in State College where I host an open mic/jam session. but this Sunday I have something different planned. At Noon I’ll be performing on the Diamond in Boalsburg to help celebrate Boalsburg Heritage Days, the celebration of the village’s birthday.

Then I’m off to Selinsgrove where I team up with the Denicats again to down some ribs and play some Blues at Skeeters BBQ – a great way to finish up the week.

Hope to see you out and about this week; be sure and say “Hi!”


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