Our “triumphant” return to the Velvet Lounge last night… and first time on the new stage. Start times being what they are here, it was a very late night for us, as Nefrit El-Or and Chrissy Coughlin took the first and second sets, respectively (great sets by both), and we closed out the night. A small but hearty crowd cheered us on, and my friend Mike Ratel snapped some photos. And the stage — who knew? One of the better sounding stages I’ve played on in recent months. The red (velvet?) curtain behind the stage plays a big part (of all nights to wear a red shirt), as do the excellent 2×12″ speaker monitor wedges up front (which, now that I recall, were once in use at the 9:30 Club around the corner…) Took a few songs to get up to speed (no sound check), but before long it felt real good up there. Soundman Craig did a great job and was most pleasant to work with. The Mesa Boogie blew a fuse just as I powered it up to start, and I didn’t have replacement in the right amperage… so it was back to the single amp rig for the night. Thirteen song set list, including the newly added “Forgiven.. next up, Luna Park, 1/30.
Mike Shupp Gig Archive: Velvet Lounge: Tue Jan 13 2004
…in the Weekend section today MIKE SHUPP “This Time” Private Mind (washingtonpost.com)… didn’t even see it… and a nice little sound clip in Post Haste 202-334-9000 (press 8107). Some great publicity for the Velvet Lounge show this Tuesday…
915 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
11:00pm $5 21+ w/ Glassoline, Enhance
Music will probably get started by 9:45 or 10:00 or so — check back for exact set times, we may be playing the middle slot (11:00 p.m.). See you there!
Mike Shupp track “Letter to Annette” was included on the Velvet Lounge compilation CD “WAKE UP NOW!”, which is available now for only $2 at DCCD, Tower, Borders, Olsson’s, Flying Sauver, Atomic, Pharmacy, and City Bikes. 20 great Velvet Lounge regular bands are on the CD: 555, The Blisters, Villa Rosie, Magnet, Jonathan Spottiswoode, Adam West, Mood Room, 51 Peg, Clark’s Ditch, The Meat Joy, Vanity Champ, Milk-O-Matics, Polyplush Cats, Banana Fish Zero, Power Lloyd, The Put-Outs, The Spontanes, Signs Point To Yes, and Ben Connelly. …Shupp plays the Velvet 7/31/99.