The Heat in Sudz

just putting the wraps to a great weekend with TooNice.  we played a billiards hall on the friday in Toronto then hit the road for our longest road trip yet… to Sudbury for an afternoon matinee at a coffee shop and an evening show at a pub.  all 3 shows were great but for different reasons.  friday night was not so busy so as a result, we got to try out a lot of the new material we’ve been working hard on the past few weeks in a live setting without much at stake.  some were rougher than others and a lot was learnt about which songs still need more attention and which are stage-ready perfect. btw, the home-made perogies at ONCUE were to die for! highly recommended!

saturday in sudbury was a heckuva lotta fun!  the matinee was ridonkulous as the kids in attendance were in non-stop dancing mode, the customers were more boisterous than u’d think and we sold out of our cd’s!  we’ll not soon forget the applause we got at the finish of the show.  that was off the charts!

the evening show was well attended and we got a fair shake of ppl up on the dancefloor.  we even lent out our bass amp to one of the bands playing(our first time doing that).  they were a decent original rock outfit with a great lead singer.  anyways, we get the 200w amp back afterwards and all the dials were turned all the way up!  its no worse for wear (they only played 30mins) but we’ll defo be thinking twice next time we lend her out. our thx to dj bookshelf for keeping the vibe up inbetween sets!  so sweet! also sweet were the tunes that we played for the 3rd time in under 24hrs.  by far, the best sets of the weekend!

as for our playing, we made some minor mistakes at all 3 shows but we didn’t repeat any.  and that was our goal heading into the weekend… not repeating mistakes and learning from them.  we were also trying hard to stay concentrated at the job at hand while playing and not get caught up in any day dreaming, thinking about the next song or crowd watching. we’ve also started to incorporate some thumb playing on the bass with mixed results.  we haven’t practiced that style enough to be wholly comfortable with it yet but there is definitely a time when it is needed and we’ll be counting on that style of playing in the shows ahead for sure.  we are lovin’ the deep sound we get with the thumb!

below are a few pics from the downtown blues fest for the local food bank that we stumbled upon inbetween satuday gigs.  the band playing was called “mississippi heat” from chicago and they were playing some wicked tight blues!  each member was spot on and the sound for an outdoor event was excellent.  it was the best sonic suprise of the day for us and we wish we coulda stayed longer.

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