These are strange and wonderful gigs at the bar in the Casino. They furnish sound and a good pay check, and an audience of folks drifting in from the slots for food and drinks.  We provide a sound track and a groove to the evening, but not much more than that.  But it gives me and my friends a chance to play with each other, stretch, experiment and practice our art.  And that’s worth the lack of audience reaction.  I’m lucky to play with folks like Ansel, Kris and Donnie who understand the situation, and use the opportunity to use our ears, brains and instruments to make music on the fly.  …a good thing…..


Tomorrow, the real deal at Musikfest, where it counts.