Last night I performed at Robson Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This is a great little spot were we have an outdoor ice rink. Unfortunately, the rink had been closed for the last 20 years and it’s so wonderful that the city has re-opened the rink once again. (I really hope the city continues to keep this going)
This gig was a free outdoor concert were I performed with my quartet. Brent Gubbels on bass, Lyndon Dewitt on percussion and Andre Stepanian on guitar. I felt a little sorry for Andre as he finished his 3 hour performance with us and had to rush off (with icy fingers) for another 3 hour gig at the Latin Quarter.
It was a very cold evening and playing outside for us means performing with icy fingers! Unfortunately with today’s new technologies our lighting system is now made up of par cans with LED lights that do not provide a lot of heat on stage like the old systems. This was one of those gigs were you really miss sweating it out under all that stage lighting. We had heaters up in the scaffolding however they really were not that effective.
For this gig we arrived at 5pm for a sound check and began our performance at 6pm. It was a little warmer then however after our first break at 7 it began to get really cold. Even with the icy fingers I really enjoyed playing this event and would like to thank everyone for coming out. We had a blast! It felt like the old days when I was performing with my old top 40 rock band at the roller rinks. It was so cool playing as everyone was skating around dancing to the music. I really hope the Robson Square rink is here to stay!
Our next public performance will be March 12th at Fort Langley’s Chief Sepass theatre with Special Guests Stephanie Pedraza (Flamenco dancer and vocalist) and LA’s virtuoso Spanish guitarist Benjamin Woods. Click here for details