DCist: iPods Make the Big Time
(IOTA extended family-member) Jay Jenc is making news with his new endeavor Cafe Saint-Ex. I have yet to attend an iPod night there, but it’s certainly the friendliest stop along 14th street NW.
Had a lot of fun at the Local IOTA Notables Showcase last night. It was great getting to hear so many different performers in one night. The 10-minute set times had everyone buzzing, trying to get our songs in without going over. Amazingly it all seemed to flow pretty well; Mike Holden and Jon Kaplan did a great job emceeing the proceedings. For my set, I started off solo with a new one, Take Me Away, and then Chuck joined me for Ordinary Way and What Did You Mean. The complete list of performers, in order, was Mike Holden, Jon Kaplan (Bicycle Thieves), Scott Kurt (Carroway), Justin Sheehy (Jonasay), Meghan Hayes, Mike Shupp, Dave Greksouk (The Reserves), Andy Zipf, Justin Jones, Nefrit El-Or, Tim Bracken, Lee Wilhoit & Phoebus (Sweetie Pie Jones), Shane Hines, and Leah Morgan; and Mike and Jon closed out the night with a few more tunes each. IOTA’s new photograph collection looked great, I’ll have to have a more leisurely look on my next visit. Congrats to Steve and Jane and the whole IOTA family.
It was a cold, wintry Sunday night in Arlington, but there was rock to be had inside the cozy Iota Club and Cafe last night. Only our second show with Chuck on bass (and first at Iota), and things felt really tight. The stage is actually big enough now that when there’s not another band’s gear already set up, we’ve got a real nice amount of space to work with… can set the amps back a bit (and turn them up a bit). First gig with the new guitar rig, and it worked great. Still may switch out the second amp (the Mesa), but for now it’s happening. Dave on sound was gold as usual, and a genuine pleasure to work with… it’s just plain fun up there when it sounds that good; a great room. Our set clocked in right at one hour… we were just getting warmed up, too. Scott and Mike from Carroway did a cool acoustic duo opening set, and Cliff Hillis and the Forward Thinkers closed out the night with an excellent full-on rock set, great guitars and harmonies. Baltimore (at the Mojo) coming up this Thursday…
Really looking forward to tomorrow night… we’ve got our great bill at Iota, and across the street at Galaxy Hut is Rocket Transfer Warehouse (whose bass player Greg will hop back across the street to Iota after their set, to join Cliff in the Forward Thinkers for their show. Rock ‘n’ roll…
Have confirmed the line-up for this show at Iota… this is a really cool night. Scott Kurt, of Carroway, and Cliff Hillis and the Forward Thinkers will join us on the bill (Sean and Tom of The Samples having cancelled). The night will start about 8:30 p.m., with Scott opening solo acoustic for a 30 minute set. We will play next, in the middle slot (actually kind of nice on a Sunday evening) for a nice long set, then Cliff’s band will play the third slot.
I’ve recently played a couple shows with Scott and Carroway, real nice guys, and great music… Cliff, formerly of Starbelly and currently of one of my favorite bands IKE brings his own band… haven’t seen them yet (only seen Cliff acoustic), really looking forward to it.