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March 28, 2012

st paddy’s bandclash at oncue!

on this past st. paddy’s day we had the unique opportunity to partake in not only some drinkin BUT we also took part in a battle of the bands for the first time!

so the deal is each act plays a set, the crowd response at the end of the nite dictates who wins & the winner takes home $250. so for a fledgling band like our female led, all bruce springsteen cover band, Rosalita the chance to play is great & the chance to get paid=even greater!

Oncue was the venue & patrons also got deals on food/bevvys/pool as well as sonic entertainment all night for a modest cover. t’was a great deal all around!

originally 3 bands were on the bill but one dropped out last minute. the first group was a dance duo. they did a great job and the bar was set. Rosalita played a better set than our debut and from our standpoint behind the kit things went well. though for the 2nd show in a row, vocals were tough to hear (crowd had similar comments) but at least this time out we could hear all the instruments which was a HUGE bonus. our playing on the kit was decent enuff. we hadn’t had the time we’d hoped for rehearsing into the leadup to the show but managed anywho. also, it was a rare opportunity to get to use our own kit for a show. that was definitely a hilite for us!

we were a sweaty mess by the end & the end of the set applause sealed the deal… Rosalita had won! our first ever personal foray into a “battle of the bands” setting was a success! its not a bad deal for patrons, the bands or the venue. the acts gain the stage experience (needed thx!), the fans get to see diverse acts, and the venue gets a decent night of entertainment & patrons at a decent cost.

our bonus for the night was the discovery of this wonderful brew! st. ambroise oatmeal stout! smooth and delicious! highly recommended if u happen upon a tap somewhere. next time we see it, it’ll be a no brainer choice! aren’t those the best choices to have? ’til next post!

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August 2, 2011

fly by July!

wow.  july flew by!  where to begin?  how about where we left off?

TooNice played 3 shows in the middle of the month.  the Friday was an intense hr long set at the British Arms in Barrie as part of the New Music Fest.  the joint was packed and much to our delight, ppl started movin and groovin the moment we started.  that is twice now we’ve played BA and gotten a great response.  only time will tell if we’re lucky enuff to play there again soon!  the Saturday was a full night at the Iron Horse in Cookstown.  just us and a few choice regulars made for an intimate and interactive evening.  great time and lots of tomfoolery!  we do recall having to swat a lot of mosquitos during our playing as we were nestled right near the patio doors.  the next night we were back again at the Barrie New Music Festival to play a 20 minute set during the awards show.  TooNice was nominated for “best reggae” and though we were the only act to play and not win, we got to chat and network with a lot of varied artists.  that made the evening all worthwhile.  if you like Sloan, u gotta check out Sweet Mack!  great band!

the following weekend was the triumphant return of Those Handsome Hooligans!  we were playing a mash up summer bash-bday party-buying a new house celebration outdoors.  but the rain made us start the evening inside and then we made the shift outdoors once the skies cleared up.  that was sonically odd to us as we got used to how the band sounded inside for a set and with the move outdoors not only was there more room to groove but we sounded so much different!  it made for a great evening of live music in a fairly spacey area beside a pool and a fire.  talk about picturesque! every1 in attendance was blown away by our hooligasm sets and much dancing was had. pretty much every1 said they could not believe how much of a difference it made having a real band play at a party. take that ipods! we were happy with our playing for the most part.  we hadn’t had much jam time in the lead up with members being away on vac etc but the tunes sure felt REAL darn good to finally let loose on!  we also played an epic set of 19 songs in a row that felt like 5 mins went by.  gather that must be a good thing.  we coulda played til the sun came up!

the last weekend of the month was back to reggae with TooNice.  we played a quaint lounge on the Friday in Woodbridge.  a few ppl danced but many regulars were away for the long weekend.  we made the most of it though.  we got to go over in a live setting a lot of material we hadn’t done in awhile.  that will help us in August as the band has many more high profile gigs on the radar.  one track nearly killed us and our finger tips.  time off followed by a lot of playing was finally catching up to our poor fingers.

looking back, july was busy month musically and to think we even squeezed some downtime and some horseplay in there too!  crazy!

sizing up the competition