It was one of those hot and humid western New York summer evenings. It was the Wednesday after Independence Day. People had been partying for a long 4-day weekend. We thought the crowd would be sparse.
Boy, were we wrong! The crowd packed the entire area all the way to the next street. Standing room only on the sidewalk across the bridge. And all along the banks of the Tonawanda side of the Erie Canal. We estimated about 4,000 friends and fans came out to end a 5-day weekend. The crowd response was overwhelming!
We originally called our appearance at the River Grill a “Glorified Rehearsal” but it turned into a Glorious Rehearsal when a couple hundred of our friends came to see us! Owners Jim and Patty Clinton have supported live music since they bought the place, and each week there are a minimum of nine bands performing (two on Tuesdays and two on Saturdays).
We thought the stage was going to be too small for our nine-piece band until we heard that a 16-piece big band played a couple nights earlier.
We tried a couple of new (to us) songs, and polished up some others as we played for about 2 and 3/4 hours. We will do this again!
Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace said it was the biggest crowd ever for the Music Mania Mondays concert series at Veterans’ Park. Everything fell into place to make it one of those perfect (but humid!) western New York summer evenings.
As the song goes, “people dancing, people laughing, a man selling ice cream …”
Our friends Eli – A Tribute to Three Dog Night opened the show with a great set of tunes from another hugely popular band. Thanks, guys!
We arrived at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls, Ontario to meet a terrific tech crew who had already worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. The “Springlicious” street festival was happening right outside the theatre’s front door, so we took advantage of the area’s offerings and listened to some great local music while we waited for show time.
When we hit the stage, the audience was ready. The response after the first song set an energy level that we thought couldn’t be bettered, but it increased after every song. This is an audience that loves its music, and it shows! Even our “hard-core-fan” selections such as Poem for the People and Mother were met with excited applause. We left every bit of energy we had on the stage, and by the end of the show we could barely move!
After the show, we got a chance to talk with many of our new friends at the Meet & Greet in the lobby, and it reinforced what we already knew: Our neighbors to the north are some of the friendliest people on earth!
We love the intimacy of the DHU Strand Theater. Our shows there allow us to try new tunes and, more importantly, they let us get to know you personally. Our brother Sal “Phil Donahue” Marino carries a container filled with slips of paper. The name of one song is written on each slip. Sal has you pick a slip of paper, holds the mic while you announce the name of the song, and the band has to play it. He also opens the floor for Q&A.
Aside from one confused person who thought Chicago’s “(I Just Want To Be) Free” was actually “FREEBIRD” (yes, there’s always one!) things went very well.
Thanks to everyone for spending your evening with us, and for being good sports!
The DHU Strand Theater hosts intimate concerts and provides rehearsal space for a large number of WNY musicians. The theater presents several concerts and musicians’ jam sessions each month. Refreshments and beverages are not served, but concertgoers are welcome to bring their own.
All of the money from ticket sales for this Chicago Authority performance was donated to the Theater.
Sportsmen’s Tavern is legendary, and touring musicians know it is one of the best music clubs in the nation. It was an honor to stand on that stage in front of a sold-out venue!. Our sincerest thanks go out to Dwane, Jason, Ken, the entire staff, and especially to our friends and fans!
Thanks again to Al Hury for filling in for Keith Spurlock, who is recuperating nicely. In fact, Keith was front & center to not only cheer us on, but also to lend his incredible voice to several songs!
April 15th marked our first appearance at the legendary Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. We were informed just before we started that it was a sellout! The night was bittersweet, however, because our drummer Keith Spurlock had to miss the show due to emergency surgery. Keith’s OK and recuperating. Thanks to Al Hury for filling in!