Last friday night I performed as a guitar duo at the Hotel Vancouver. Would you like to know what it was like??
This event was a private engagement for the hotel chef that was retiring after his twenty-five years of service at this wonderful establishment.
Our job was to provide live background music and what made this event special was that the client asked that we play music to fit a French theme!
Fortunately playing rumba flamenco tunes by the Gipsy Kings made perfect sense as the band is based in France. Also this event allowed me to dust off all my Django Reinhardt charts. Plus a few other French titles I added to the mix such as La vie en Rose.
Anyways… here’s the Guitar Slinger video taking you behind the scenes on my gig.
Today I have two back to back guitar gigs! Should be a crazy busy day.
Task 1: Rent a battery powered amp from Long and McQuade for tomorrows wedding gig.
Load up the sound gear then we’re off to…
Gig 1: I’ll be playing solo guitar for Harrison Pointe in Langley, BC from 2pm to 3:30pm then it’s off to…
Gig 2: A guitar duo corporate performance at the Oru Restaurant in the new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver from 6:45pm to 8:15pm.
I would also like to welcome Vangel who will be sub’ing in for Andre Stepanian in the second guitar chair tonight.
As always I’ll be taping both events to present to you Guitar Slinger Season 1 Episode 6 – Double the Fun.
Once again I’ve taken my “Gig Cam” with me so you can join me behind the scenes on the gigs.
Here’s the 411 on Vangel my new guitar sub. Vangel came out to my March 12th performance here in Fort Langley with Ben Woods. Then he contacted me via email asking to get together to do a little playing. Andre Stepanian (my first call) has been busy performing weekends at the Latin Quarter in Vancouver so for a short notice performance such as this one Vangel was the perfect fit!
Once we’re done with the gigs I’ll rush back home to rehearse song for a wedding tomorrow. The scary part is, the bride still hasn’t advised me as to what songs she would like me to perform!
Wish me luck! I may need it.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this morning I was also busy getting a raccoon and her babies out of my work shop attic!
Essential Vancouver Guitar Gear… A large coffee, a propane heater and a towel!
Today I’ll be performing out at Simon Fraser University for their yearly SFU noon hour concert series.
A very wet and cold day out at SFU's Town Square
This performance will be as a rumba flamenco guitar duo with guitarist Andre Stepanian. Once again it’s pouring rain here however it’s not blowing sideways so we are cleared to play! It’s hard to believe all the rain we get here. One of my twitter friends has reported it rained 28 days of the 30 in the month of April!
Our performance today will begin at 11:30 am so I will be arriving at 10-ish to begin setting up.
One really great feature I have with my truck (a Ford Escape) is that the rear hatch swings up to keep me sheltered from the pouring rain.
Performing around the propane heater
Aside from the sound system I also brought a small portable propane heater and was I ever glad I did! It was really cold out today. Another life saver on this gig was the wonderful organic free coffee from one of the market vendors on site.
Once the sound system was set up my next task was to call the client to unlock the outdoor power supply box. Soon after that we were all powered up and ready to perform.
Essential Vancouver guitar gear... Coffee, heat and a towel!
We began playing at 11:30 and took our first break at 12:30. The propane heater was working out great however by the second break at 1:30 it had become even colder. The wind had picked a little and so did the rain.
At 2:30 pm we finished our performance and I very quickly tore down my gear and headed home to begin teaching at 4 pm.
At 6pm I had a 20 minute break for dinner then taught again until 9pm. What a crazy day!
Tomorrow it’s off the Harrison Hot Springs for my next performance!