Tonight was the public debut of The Canvas.
We were playing at Café Europa, my first time at this particular place. Europa is a pretty nice venue -- stone tile floors, lots of wood and well appointed decor. I'd recommend it for an offbeat, Continental kind of experience.
We had to start off playing fairly quietly -- there were still some patrons in the restaurant side of the venue, and the owner wanted us to keep things down while they were there. We compromised, saying that we would tone it down at the start, and then go up as more people came to the show (and their bodies worked to absorb the volume level).
Speaking of the audience; I was rather stunned by the number of people who came out to the show. We had probably around thirty or fourty people, which was about twenty more than I had expected for a Sunday night, with game 2 of the World Series on TV. Thanks again to everyone who came out to see the show.
We finally got started at 8pm (the owner asked us to wait so as to keep his dinner crowd happy). We opened with our traditional tune Waiting For Rain, then went through the rest of the set. Shahin took his unaccompanied solo first, working back and forth between synth sounds and his guitar. After a few more tunes, I took my solo.
I had originally planned to use my looper to build up some music and then solo over top of it, but that wasn't meant to be. Instead, I just winged my way through things. I did a little of the Canon, some quick funk riffs and then ended on The William Tell Overture with lots of harmonics to cap the set.
We took a short set break, but then quickly went and finished things up. Brett took his solo during the second set, and he did a very nice, tasteful job of it. After a few more tunes, we called it a night.
All in all, a pretty good performance. The owner liked what we did, and he wants us to come back for a Saturday night show some time in November.Posted by Casper at October 24, 2004 11:24 PM