Before we begin, I would first like to insert a little listed prologue of why this event actually happened:
-I performed a show
-Band sound checking on bigger stage sees me
-They reach out to me
I’m just screwing around, I wouldn’t be that stupid or careless.
Around a month ago, I was performing an acoustic set at Mex Tequila Works in Baltimore, Maryland’s own Power Plant Live when the band that was soundchecking on the Power Plant stage, Jessie’s Girl, came and stopped by at Mex to get a bite to eat. I didn’t notice at the time because I tend to get drenched into the music in my performances. A few days later, I found out that one of the members reached out to Mex to try and find out how to contact me. I talked to him, he was really nice and wondered if I could do a guest spot with Jessie’s Girl.
I said yes, and that’s how we’re here now.
When I first talked to Sky, the keyboardist and musical director, I did not realize that they performed at a regular basis in New York. He told me that they performed at a variety of other locations besides there, but what really caught me was the style of music that they play: 1980′s.
To those of you who don’t know, I have a huge love for music that came before my time, and the 1980′s, especially the pop and rock songs, is one of my favorite periods of time for music. Sure, there were a good bit of cheesy moments in it, but you know what? It was charm and energy of the music that made me truly respect it.
I was really looking forward to playing with Jessie’s Girl at Le Poisson Rouge, a venue located in the art-rich Bleecker Street. By the time I got there, I was hoping I would have a better time than earlier in the Big Apple. When I first got off of Penn Station, I walked for a good twenty minutes only to find out that I checked into the wrong hotel.
“Great start, Marsh.” I thought to myself.
Aside from that drunken lapse, my first couple of hours in New York were pretty uneventful. But I didn’t come here as a tourist or to barhop (though the second option sounds like a really fun group idea in the future…) I came here for the show. I was ready to rock the house tonight with Jessie’s Girl!
After I walked inside of the venue, there was a huge line for another event that ran over its time, but I managed to meet everyone in and involved with the band beforehand. It made me feel a lot better knowing how nice and welcoming they were to me, I could feel the stress fading fast and the anticipation inside of me building.
Then came the outfit selection……. where do I begin?
I thought that I had a good outfit combination, modeling something that reminded me what Steve Whiteman from Kix would wear on stage. I had a sparkling leopard dress shirt with a polyester cover and black jeans with cowboy boots underneath, but then I heard this:
“Let’s make it crazier!”
I was given some stretch pants that were black with red skulls and crossbones decorating it. At first, this dress choice really confused me, as I was splitting my sides laughing at how stupid I looked, but then it hit me: this is the 80s we’re talking about here, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I fully embraced these pants with open legs, which sounds like some bad porno dialogue now that I think about it,
PART 2 CONTINUES TOMORROW WITH THE ACTUAL CONCERT!
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