At the end of summer, I started putting the word out that I was interested in doing some solo acoustic shows. Getting gigs are tough, and I figured that this would be a good way to keep me out there and playing my music. I can’t say that I have been 100% successful, but I am always trying. I contacted a bunch of places that do this and even contacted places that are out of my State.
One of the places that I heard back from was the Midway Café, which is located in Jamaica Plain. Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood that takes up 4.4 square miles in Boston. I have been to this area only a few times. One of those times, I played at Green Street Station, a well known club back in the day. I was told that Nirvana played there first Boston area show in this club.
The Midway Café, returned my message almost immediately. He told me that if I was interested in performing solo that I could be the opening act for there Thursday night “Qureeroke”! I had no problem with that and hoped that it was popular enough that many would show up during my performance! They gave me a couple of dates to choose from, I chose one, but then they gave me December 22nd. Ok, let’s do it!
I’m not really used to performing my music for one hour, but I was confident that I could. I have enough songs that’s for sure. I decided that I was going to perform three new songs. Two of them, I finished writing in one sitting.
Getting to the Midway wasn’t difficult. After taking the 2nd exit off of 93N, and driving through Milton and Mattapan, it is only a right and a left and you’re there! I even got a parking space in front of the club! When does that ever happen in Boston!!
The Midway Café is a medium size bar with a big stage. My soundperson/doorperson was a woman named Mina who was really nice. The Bartender was nice too. There were about 6 other people there, 3 of them were there specifically for me. Soon, the Queeroke DJ arrived with his equipment and set it up on stage.
I went on at 8:50pm and performed for just under an hour. I played about 14 songs. The three new ones sounded fine to me and I will eventually record them for a new release!
The audience grew steadily as I went on and by the end of my set, I was playing in front of about 20 people. All were polite and applauded. One guy was even dancing around a bit. I was happy with the way that it went and bartender told me that he like it a lot.
I hope that I play there again sometime! Perhaps with a band, but I have no problem doing these solo shows!!