After our 16 hour drive from Austin to Boulder we had about two and a half hours before our show in Boulder. We took our time, set up, ate some dinner and drank some coffee. We were playing back at the Darkhorse, at least our 4th time. But this show would be different.
I felt surprisingly well, even though I was running on only a few hours of sleep. I didn’t even get energy-drink’ed out. Boulder is always a fun show, but tonight we were bringing a surprise with us: a horn section. Two of our friends from the band In Due Time, Kyle and Tony, brought their Sax and Trombone and ripped through about 15 tunes with us. It was fucking AWESOME! I really can’t stress enough how well it went. Sometimes we manage to get all of our Boulder and Denver friends to bring out their friends and come party with us in Boulder, but this time only a handful of our friends were able to make it. The horns took care of the rest: we had people dancing, moving, grooving, and LOVING the music. It was fun, and re-energizing just when we needed it.
So if you haven’t checked out In Due Time yet, please go to their website here: https://www.facebook.com/induetimefunk and give them a listen…you will not be disappointed! Til next time Dark Horse!
Last Saturday we played a rowdy show at The Dark Horse in Boulder. It was a our second show there (the last one being a about six months ago). We worked hard to get a lot of people out, mailing hand fliers to a bunch of our friends in town, and it paid off – the place was packed. I even had a stranger “tweet @achachay to get a free sticker at the show.”
Playing Boulder is always a joy because all three of us have some good friends there. Ryan’s buddies Aaron and Danny were riling people up the whole time, Julie and Kenny were singing along, Hooch’s friends bought us shots. We even had some surprise guests from Houston Texas in town!
This also makes for fun times pre and post show. I got to go mountain biking for the first time Saturday afternoon, and went rock climbing (bouldering in Boulder, classic) with Kate and one of her friends Sunday. H0och and Ryan had some crazy times singing karaoke until sunrise. I think they might have won a beer pong tournament at some point in the weekend too.
All in all we loved our time in Boulder so much that we went ahead and booked the next show in two and a half months – we’ll be back April 30th!
- People danced the ENTIRE time- all three hours!
- They sang along to the words, of our covers AND our originals!
- We gathered the most diverse crowd- all ages, types, sexual orientations. For example, here’s the quote of the night:
“Yall are so hot you’re gonna make me straight!” (from a lesbian chick)
- A ton of friends came out to see us, like my wonderful girlfriend Jane (who got to see us three nights in a row!), the all-stars Kenny and Julie, Katie an old friend from Camp Olympia and her friends, Kate an old friend from Austin and her friends (who are now friends with our other friends since they met the last time we played in Colorado), my old roommates’ younger brother, a bunch of Ryan’s good friends (including Aaron who saw us in Denver too)
- Some of Hooch’s friends (who are now our friends too) came all the way from Oklahoma! Shout out to Autumn and Jackie, badass fans
- The bar, called “The Dark Horse” was really cool. All these old chariots and buggies hang suspended from the ceiling.
- Everyone played along; I even got to do my first call and response with the crowd. I got a little carried away and tried to get everyone to scat sing. It actually kind of worked.
- We were very on musically, and the sound was good.
I wish I could capture the energy of the show and share it with you all online. It was just so positive, uplifting, joyous, and carefree. It was all the more special as a contrast to the 9/11 events nine years earlier. I didn’t even mention it on stage, because what better way to honor the dead, than by celebrating life to it’s fullest?