Wabash BBQ in Excelsior
| July 17, 2010
drive is short. Only ninety minutes but it is one hot day!
The temps were in the mid nineties but with the Midwest humidity
it seemed like it was ten degrees hotter. Last year when we
played here it poured rain during the whole show and there
were some stalwart people who stayed with us throughout. Even
though it is hot there should be a bigger crowd.
We get to the Elms hotel, a classic throw back to the 1930's,
and drop off our luggage before heading over to the Wabash
BBQ. The stage is outdoors under a covered wooden platform
and everyone, including Dave and Junior, the soundmen, are
sweating profusely. It's gonna be a hot one. Sound check
is done. Now it is time for some eats.
Mitch has a great BBQ called the Wabash BBQ that makes great
smoked meats, especially ribs and pulled pork and, not only
does he treat his bands well, but he feeds them well, too.
The aroma is pervasive through out the picnic area where we
will be playing. I'm a vegetarian so the smoked pork
is lost on me but the rest of my band mates were ooing and
awing over their dinners. I like the sides like coleslaw,
baked beans, and potato salad. Yum. Luckily we get to eat
in the air conditioned inside of Mitch's restaurant.
Mitch also has a son named Austin who was a big help and he
was always asking what he could do to help. Thanks Austin.
When we get back to the stage at 7 pm a good size crowd has
gathered. The sun is beating down on the stage and will do
so for the next twenty minutes until it sets behind some trees.
Half way through our first song everyone is dripping wet.
The shirt I have on is soaked through and through and will
be so for the rest of the night. Donto, Tommy, Lisa, and Laurie
are the same. We have to towel off between every song to keep
from slipping off our instruments.
Despite this heat the band takes on the usual high-energy
take no prisoners kind of attitude and puts on an energetic
concert. People are receptive and families and friends are
having a good time eating and drinking while listening to
the Laurie Morvan Band in this outdoor picnic type setting.
The band finishes at 11 pm and we get back to our hotel after
packing up for a much-deserved shower and sleep. We need to
be up early tomorrow (8 am) to drive 6 hours to Galesburg,
Illinois for a 6 pm show.
Thanks Mitch, Dave, Junior, Austin, and the folks of Excelsior
Springs. You're the best.