Quick turnaround on Saturday morning from twelve hours on the road the day before. I had to drive one mile for this one, Peas and Q’s at ArtsQuest for the Saturday kids’ show. There was a mighty chance of rain, and we were setting up on the outside stage for this one. Fine with me.
My good friend John Christie was signed up for this one. He had his shoulder worked on months ago, and I offered this gig to him just after his surgery. He thought this would be a good chance to emerge from his therapy cocoon. I remarked at the end of the gig, it seemed so long ago we agreed to do this. It was a pleasure to have him back in the saddle again.
There was a healthy crowd gathering, and I encouraged folks to move closer. There were many familiar faces, now grandparents, in the crowd. It was a nice, friendly show (I even met a family at Costco (!!) the next day who were there…) and some great moments throughout.
There was one family with three brothers, the eldest being a teen. The middle bro was right up front playing with me and I noticed the older brother (with a Pink Floyd T-shirt on…) was getting into it. I was surprised so I worked on him from the stage. He was great and eventually came up to play Thunder Tubes with his brother. It was great theater for the rest of the crowd as well.
On the other hand, I did Peanut Butter and Jelly and forgot to do the initial “Peanut, Peanut Butter”. That was pretty funny, and John corrected me. I knew something was weird. Seems I had a little jet lag going on myself.
It was good to be back in Bethlehem.