I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again! Dusk is a great place to play! Rick (the owner) has let me book the shows and I have done my best to get a good mix of bands/musicians together and put on a great show. By doing this and without bragging, I have put together really good shows, which bring in an ok to decent size crowd. A couple of bands, who are popular these days had there early gigs at a show that I put together! I’m kind of proud of this!
These shows were always on a Thursday night, but when I asked for a gig back in December of 2016, Rick gave me a Saturday night to book! I couldn’t believe it! A Saturday Night! I was thrilled!
I try to do a four act night, this way people get the most of there money. The first act I decided to book for the night was Leland Sundries. Nick came to my show in Boston back in December and he was looking for a gig out of New York. What better place than Providence on a Saturday Night? I decided that Leland Sundries would go on 2nd.
For an opener, I decided to book Lauren Perry. She is a co-worker of mine. She is a young Singer/Songwriter who has played a few sets at a bar that’s near to where she lives. She always comes to my shows and has told me in the past that she sings and writes songs. I once tried to go to one of her bar gigs, but couldn’t I couldn’t find the place. Anyway, she gave me one of her CD’s that she’s been recording and I was blown away by her voice. She also writes good songs. I booked her!
I needed someone to headline. But who? I don’t know how they popped into my head. I decided to see if I could book this band called The Charms. I saw them about a decade ago, going on 2nd at one of Little Steven’s Underground Garage shows. They blew me away. They were more than a garage band. They were a rock band with ’60’s influences…and a Farfisa organ! They were around a number of years, toured, made some albums, and even had a documentary made about them. My Fiancé and I actually met there bass player when we unexpectedly sat next to him at a show. They briefly morphed into another band for a while, and then reformed The Charms.
I decided to contact the bass player I met to see if they were interested in playing a show in Providence. He wrote back that he wasn’t the bass player anymore, and that if I was interested in them, that I should contact the manager. I found him on FB and sent him a friend request, which he accepted a few minutes later.
I wrote him a quick message. I didn’t go into too much detail at first. I was nervous. This was a band with a big following. His name is SR and he asked me a few questions about it. I told him the truth. This was a bar gig and the money depended on the amount of people that came through the door.
He wrote back that he didn’t think that they would do it. They were now semi retired. I thanked him for his time. I said that I figured that I’d risk and that I’d just find someone else. He wrote back asking me more questions about me. I answered them and even sent him a link to one of my songs.
He liked it. He liked it enough to say that they would do it if the drummer could use my drummers drums. I asked Stu and he said no problem. The line up was all set, but The Charms didn’t want to headline. So I said we’d do it. We were all set.
The show was epic. EPIC!
Lauren Perry was fantastic! Her set consisted of two covers and the rest her originals. She even performed by herself on two numbers. He band were called Swan Point and they were really good. Especially the bass player. Lauren was really confident and powerful. I was so impressed. Everyone else was too.
Leland Sundries were really good. The bass player and drummer were hired just for this and one other performance. Nick’s Girlfriend Delaney sang background vocals. They were really good. At the end of there set, Nick wanted me to join them onstage and I pulled a rock star move and decided to go on when I was supposed to so that I’d be “fresh”.
The Charms went on next. They were good. Really good. Earlier in the night, I talked with the two females of the band (Ellie and Kat). They were so beautiful. They told me that they weren’t really “semi retired”. It is just harder for them to play gigs because they are parents now. Ellie who used to sing and play guitar now plays bass. Kat is back in the band after many years away from it. She is the organist. I tried to talk with Joe the guitarist. He wasn’t really talkative. He wasn’t rude or anything, but besides one word answers, didn’t say too much else. I didn’t let it get to me. I told him that I was waiting for years to meet The Charms. He laughed a little.
As I said, there set was good. Ellie was a really good bass player, but I must say that I missed seeing her play guitar or shaking a tambourine. I was so happy. Joe is a really good guitar player. Kat is a great keyboard player. There drummer (whose name escapes me) was good and solid!
The final set was performed by Matt, Stu, and I. We were on fire. We even played two recently written songs, which we only rehearsed twice. People stayed for us. They were into it. Some women starting dancing and the crowd demanded an encore! We Rocked!
The crowd this night was fair to good. The temperature was below zero. Dusk has a concrete floor. If the number of people went down, the temperature inside went down. It was cold.
My Fiancé’s Mother, was dancing with the Charms and whoever else wanted to dance with her. She’s a great ice-breaker!
It was a great night. The doorman and soundman couldn’t wait for a return gig.
I’m so grateful. G-D is Good!