The Alamo in Springfield,
| August 10, 2009
a rockin' good time this one was. You would think that
Monday night would be a low attendance event but when we got
to the club we were pleased to see that it was packed. Standing
room only. From the get go the crowd was on our side. It turns
out the Illinois Central Blues Society has a regular blues
night at the Alamo Club in Springfield, Illinois every Monday
night. Dan Bringman is heading this up and he is doing a great
job. One attendee told me that they do not get much blues
in Springfield so everyone comes out on Monday nights for
some quality music. He also told me that the place empties
out after the first set but not this night. The crowd hung
in there through all three rompin' sets. It is a joy
to see Springfield has a thriving music scene. A jam session
was going on down the street at another club. If I was not
already working I would have liked to check out the local
Springfield talent. Way to go Springfield.
The Aguilar bass amp died on two occasions, and get this -
it was during bass solos! What a rip off. I'm cruisin'
along on some mind-boggling riff (you should have been there)
and boom! Nothing. The first time it happened we had to take
a break and regroup. Kevin and Laurie finished the song with
Kevin taking an incredible drum solo that the crowd thoroughly
enjoyed. After unplugging my pedal board and shutting down
the amp, It came back to life for the second set. During this
set it happened again. I was plugged directly into the amp
so it had to be something with the amp. I shut it down and
it came back on, this time, and I could finish the bass solo.
Whew. We think it might have something to do with power surges
and that the amp needs a steady electrical supply. Some of
these clubs are old and have suspicious wiring. I'm
going to look into getting some kind of power conditioner.
Here's a joke for you. Ollie and Lena have to baby sit
their grandchild. Lena goes to the store and leaves the child
with Ollie. When Lena returns she smells that the baby needs
changing. She says, "Ollie, for goodness sake can't
you see that this little one needs its diaper changed?"
Ollie replies, "Oh, no it doesn't. It says right
here on the side of the box that these diapers are good for
up to 25 pounds and we ain't no where near that yet."