Wow. This beautiful little town. This adorable hamlet. Coming in from N. Powder via Highway 237 was such a scenic little landing. The drive from Boise was eventful. It looks like this:
Rain, Nampa, Construction
Nick Jaina, "The 7 Stations"
Snow, Oregon, 65mph
Radiohead, "In Rainbows"
Hydroplaning, Baker City, Slush
Frank Zappa, "Lather (Disc 1)"
Leaving I-84, Hills, Scenic scenery, Union-to-LaGrande
Arrive at the venue in a timely fashion. Run across the street to purchase stamps 5 minutes before closing. The Post Office in Union, OR closes at 4:45pm, for future reference. The building holding the Postal Service looks like this.
Into LG Brewski's where I meet the owner Leslie and her trusted employee Mike. Nicer hosts could not be found, my dears. Made to feel at home from the moment I walked in, as was everyone else. Every patron that walked in was greeted with a "Hi, _________". The bar has a mini-shuffleboard table that looks like this.
Here's my setup, more of a nook than a stage per se, but perfect for the feel and size of the room.
When in a new town it usually behooves me to take a walk, even for 5 minutes, when possible. Norman Rockwell must have built this town. Slipped into the grocery for no good reason.
An ALL-TIME FAVORITE! This is in a window on Main Street. Perfect. Just perfect.
The show itself went well. After a solid meal, I was doing my thing catching up some email when an extremely vocal customer at the bar strongly urged me to get going. As the show wasn't due to start for 45 minutes, I promptly shot back some predictable comment that basically boils down to "You're not the boss of me". I'm so good with authority and all..... The gentleman persisted and proceeded to offer me a generous gratuity for starting early. With some doubt in my mind as to his sincerity, I clinked bottles with him and hit the Epiphone for a good 25 minutes or so, warming up a bit with each song. Shortly into the 3rd song a generous heaping of legal tender for all debts public and private arrived in my tip jar.
Cue Handel's Messiah. Don't even ask what part.
2 more full sets for a modest but rabid and enthusiastic crowd. CDs were sold, hands were shaked, connections made, future gigs discussed,.....I could really get into this musician thing.....
Here's another poster with me covering up a certain terrible beer handle. Thay have enough visibility as it is.
And finally the table tent. NIce to see Auburn Isaak getting out and doing it. I'm going to bring her to play in Boise the first chance I get. Prepare to be wowed.
All in all a way rad experience. I can't wait to get back and play ASAP. Also, gang, stop here for a beer and a bite on your way to Cove or Elgin or Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa Lake et cetera. LG's modest storefront belies a beer selection that goes far beyond the typically highway roadhouse or smallish town tavern. AND! most importantly some of the most decent, friendly and generous people I've played for can be found there. Thanks to Leslie and Sean Rogers for having me out.
Short drive into La Grande. As the freeway West is currently closed, LaGrande is packed to the gills with travelers and truckers. I took some amazing (IMO) video of what seemed to be an endless line of trucks parked along side the highway for miles surrounding the truck stop. But, the format won't work on this here blog so in the AM I'll go back to the drawing board and try and remedy that for the future.
Q: Thanks for:
3. Being awesome
4. All of the above
If you chose #4, you are fulfilling your destiny.
See you tomorrow.