Tuesday night I played at the new World Cafe Live at the Queen‘s first ever open mic in Wilmington. It was pretty amazing. They have “Queen’s Golden Crown” Ale brewed specially for them by Dogfish Head. Omnom
Anyway, I will give lots of details because I am bored right now. I drove to Wilmington in the rain. I hate rain and hate city driving. I hate whining too. When I got inside at 6:40, I was #13 on “the list.” Signups started at 6:30. That is actually a good thing because it means other musicians will be playing before me and people will be there to see them do better and worse and have something to compare me to. The theater itself is gorgeous. Lots of restoration and very nice new everything. I was nervous going to a bar for the first time without knowing someone there and luckily I saw Jacopo sitting at a table. He is an extremely talented Italian that Em and I met sometime in the past few months. He plays classical guitar and kazoo and just came to Delaware from San Francisco. We sat together and talked and watched the other musicians the whole night. Lots of fun. Here is him performing with a disaparating busboy walking by:
They have a very professional setup with full lighting and monitors and everything was clean and new and fancy and nice people were there to see music. WCL supplies the drumset and keyboard too for bands. The limit was a 10-minute set. This was difficult for most people for some reason because they would either play for 7 minutes and end early, or play for 15 minutes and apologize. I figured out three songs to play from Grow, and shortened a few sections so that I knew I would fit inside of 10 minutes. I brought up my phone as a timer and played for 9:47. I got to lead the first ever open-mic singalong there yay and there were very friendly people who sang along and shouted and stood and swayed.
Afterwards I gave our CD and press kit to the program director and asked her what she thought and she gave me lots of compliments that made my entire year worth it and then she asked what I do so I told her I am an engineering student. Then she said, “Wow, most electrical engineers are strange and weird but you seem pretty normal.”
…I guess I’ll take that as a compliment to how well I can fool people ^_^
Overall, very fun night. I would recommend checking out the Queen. She is one fine lady.
Running sound and worship for the UD InterVarsity retreat this weekend. Can’t wait. Rain is expected but right now the weather is gorgeous yay