WE NOW CONCLUDE THIS SAGA OF A TREACHEROUS JOURNEY THROUGH MORDOR WITH MY SUPREME ARMIES OF-
Oh wait, I’m not dreaming.
I’m just kidding!!! Don’t worry, let’s talk about the last show!
I’m going to skip ahead to actually arriving at our Saturday show at Johnny’s Pizza and Pub in Ocean City. We got out of our car and it was snowing! (It was almost April, try to figure that one out. We sure couldn’t!) Dusting aside, C.J. and I decided that we’d quickly load up and get everything inside the venue so that we didn’t have to deal with blustery conditions later in the night.
After we got ourselves situated with the equipment and with helping Johnny with his drum kit, I took some time to look over our surroundings as we were setting up. The place looked really nice; it was an intimate space with a long corridor and had plenty of seating available! Since we were busy setting up the sound and the instruments, we didn’t have time to eat, so we started our set immediately.
Everything was flowing seamlessly; we were playing song after song without faltering or losing our energy. We even had a couple of guys try to challenge us by throwing songs up for requests out of the blue. When we played all of the ones they offered, I still remember the look of disbelief on one of their faces. I can imagine his thoughts were: “Wow, they’re rolling with everything we have!” It seemed like they were trying to heckle us at first, but after talking to them, we learned that they were really nice guys and just wanted to have a little bit of fun with us, and I can respect that.
Now for a few song highlights!
Someone in the crowd wanted to hear “Stand By Me”, so we played it and that seemed to turn a lot of heads toward us. Don’t get me wrong, we had the attention of most of the patrons, but that addition glued nearly everyone’s eyes toward us, and that felt great!
The next one…… wow, I didn’t even think we would do this one. So, C.J. started playing the theme to the 1960′s Batman show, and I decided to follow him along with it, because we love to improvise with each other. The energy in that song was wild because we turned that song into a faster, Ramones-ish version of the song and it was a blast! I may not have seen it coming, but I’m glad that he added it in.
To sum everything up, it was one of the best shows that I have ever played with Los Swamp Monsters. While we were wrapping everything up, Johnny (the owner) talked highly of us and even gave us a complimentary pizza to have at our condo (Thanks again, Johnny!!).
To anyone traveling to Ocean City, Maryland, if you haven’t been to Johnny’s Pizza yet, go visit there! The food is great, they have an awesome drink selection and top-tier staff. We’ll be playing another show down there next week on April 30th, so if you can stop by, we’d love to have you!!
Thank you everyone for reading this three part journal into the weekend of Ocean City shows. It was a fun few days and I’m glad that I can talk about them through here. Have a great day everyone and I’ll be back next week with a new entry. Rock and Roll!!!!!