A Career First – A Gig At A Hardware Store
Ok, let me explain. This was actually an event in Troy - The Victorian Stroll. Photos and backstory below.
The Victorian Stroll, for the uninitiated, is an annual event in downtown Troy, and features entertainment inside many of the businesses. I was asked to do perform in a duo with lead singer of Big Sky Country, Mark Pierre who is an acquaintance of the owner of Pheil Hardware , but due to scheduling conflicts, he couldn't make it! Being no stranger to playing solo gigs from my piano bar days, I took on the challenge. (Hey- Have keyboard, will travel! ).
I was about an hour into the gig having a good time. As soon as I transitioned into playing a Christmas song, someone generously dropped something in my tip jar. I was thrilled-- until this guy came along to claim his portion!
Ok, that was a joke. What would an event in Troy be without famous resident, Uncle Sam?
And he wasn't my only guest. Next through the door was none other than SAX-O-CLAUS. And folks, this Santa could PLAY!
He just jumped right in and followed along -great ear training on his part. Hey, I'll brag for both of us - we nailed Jingle Bells! If you want to hear it you can click below.
And finally, an entire choir sauntered in (mostly to warm up - they had been singing outside for hours). They were the RennseLYRICS (love the name). I don't have a photo with them, but hopefully one will surface on Facebook. They were awesome.
So playing in a hardware store wasn't as ridiculous as it may seem. It actually gives you the TOOLS you need to SHARPEN UP your musical skills. (20 years in the PUN i tertiary)
Thanks to the fine folks at Pheil Hardware for having me in! (Next year, Mark, we'll make it a trio - you, me and Sax-O-Claus.