Everyone has always told me about how awesome Rockwood Music Hall was, and they weren’t lying! There are two stages, Stage 1- holds about 75, and Stage 2, Which holds a couple hundred. I had a 6:00 show on stage 1, but since it was my first time playing there, I took whatever slot they would give me.
I left the venue in Philly around 2 am and started to drive towards New Jersey. I pulled onto the highway and thought, “that’s weird… Shouldn’t I have gotten a ticket for the toll road?” But there were no toll booth thingys spitting out tickets. 2 miles down, there was the toll collecting booth. I told the lady, “I never got a ticket.” And she said, “that means you pay the full amount!!!” So what should have costed $2.10 wound up costing $39 bucks. Ugh…
I had lunch with my friend Amy outside of New Jersey and it was a blast. She’s an on air talent for CBS and I met her when she was working for ESPN. Most people who meet me think I’m only musical… And that’s the furthest thing from who I am. I’d say I’m 95% jock and 5% glee. So when I’m driving I’m mostly listening to sports and arranging my day around what teams are playing. (Yeah I know… It’s nuts….)
Afterwards, I drove to the venue and got fantastic parking. (For all the problems in my life… Finding parking has kinda been a great skill… Crazy, huh?) I met Pete, the sound tech and struck up a conversation about his accent. (I guessed Michigan, and I was right!) People started showing up and in a minute, I was surrounded by a dozen friends! “Man. This is crazy. How is an indie artist from San Diego getting people to a show at 6:00 in NYC?” I thought. Larry and his girlfriend, Suzanne were the first to arrive, followed by Danielle, Jimmy Lloyd from “The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase”, Felicia, Jon Heffley, Marsena, and Cheryl.
The show was awesome, and I really loved playing there! I’m hoping next time to get a little bit of a later set and get some more peeps who had to work out there.
I’ve driven 10 hours since last night and I’m looking forward to seeing my youngest brother at his college in Greenville tonight and a day off. Playing just outside of Atlanta tonight, so it you know someone, please send them out!