Hey No-Star Nation,
Long-time no-post, so here is a quick update on Your Mighty No-Stars...
Joel is doing well, but remains unable to perform with the band at this time. We have welcomed old friend, talented musician, irrespressible cut-up, and former Bleeding Hearts bassist Tony Blasting into the No-Stars as long-term sub (Tony will be on bass for at least the next year... he's also a fine keyboardist and singer). Say "hi" to Tony on an upcoming gig.
We'll be presenting a benefit for Joel and his family on Sunday, September 19th; watch this space or visit our main website for details. You should also check-out the brand new www.JoelThomasBenefit.com for continuing updates on the event and all-things Joel.
We'll be in Attica tonight (Wednesday, July 28th) at 6:30pm for a town concert. This Sunday at the annual St. Christopher's Summerfest, and on Saturday, August 7th at the Buffalo Blues and Barbecue event at LaSalle Park in Buffalo ( www.buffalobluesnbbq.com ). Check our schedule at www.MightyNoStars.com for the rest of this summer's concert calendar and other upcoming dates.
A recent poster placed this note (see below) in the comments section of the May blog entry. "T Bowen's" suggestions are so spot-on, they bear repeating... And, as one lucky fan recently learned-- always be polite (an SM58 plugged into a modest sound-system will always be louder than the most obnoxious, albeit sans-sound-reinforced heckler). Perhaps we'll ask T Bowen to make some regular commentary here on the blog; something like a guest column... We shall see.
T Bowen's Comments--
Music listeners etiquette guide
From time to time you may find a live performance too loud for your liking. Among the many options such as finding a quieter club for your conversation, moving farther from the band, or noise reducing earware, is the idea of speaking for everyone with a direct request for lower volume from the band. Some would start with an attention getter ranging from a mild "hey fellas" or "pardon me" to blanket accusations of fornication or other outright profanity. Seasoned musicians suggest the hand clasp and slight bow followed by the two handed motion palms down indicating a request for lowering of volume. This is guaranteed to work every time assuming you own the club or are otherwise involved in the band-paying process. Be that not the case, look for a handy tip jar and indicate your appreciation of the hard work and talent along with a desire for lower volume. (understand your performers have likely been going deaf for some time). Look for more handy live music do's and don'ts right here at Juke the Mighty!