It’s Monday morning and I’m reflecting upon the 2 new out-of-the-box-for-me gigs I experienced over the weekend. Being out-of-the-ordinary for me, I forged brand new terrain in the landscape of my usual coffee houses and art gallery venues. Imagine meandering through the valley then coming upon a mountain – well, at least a large enough hill that will take effort to climb. Can you walk around the mountain so you don’t have to climb? Certainly a possibility, but that option is a bit more lonely and boring if your passion is to experience more musically, especially with other musicians.
NEW RIDGE Friday night the band I’ve been practicing with came out to our first appearance at a backyard party. Dawn, the gracious host, welcomed us with a cabana for shade and stage. Her backyard is the perfect set up for a party with a band, so thanks Dawn for the invite and a chance to play for your friends and collegues! Our maiden voyage went well and gave us a chance to work out a few kinks for next time. Playing outside was alot of fun for all of us!
To tell you a little more about the Band: We have christened ourselves New Ridge after one of my songs mainly because it speaks of climbing to new levels in life and we all seem to need that. New Ridge members are Wendy Matson (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), Sher Brodoski (vocals and guitar), Wesley Steele (bass) and myself (vocals and piano). All 3 girls are songwriters so we are doing our own music as well as some fun covers. All of this adds up to a folk country style perfect for an Idaho backyard party and beyond. More about New Ridge to come, but just thought I’d at least make the intro! (in the pic from left to right, Sher, Nancy, Wesley and Wendy.)
BOISE CURB CUP Sunday afternoon, Wendy and I both participated in Boise Curb Cup, separately, as singer songwriters. My location was in the 8th Street block between Bannock and Idaho streets right in front of Cold Stone Creamery. Wendy was in the 8th Street corridor between Front and the Grove fountain so we both were blessed with shade from the sun. Wendy had more traffic but said people were herding by and couldn’t really stop. On my end, there was plenty of traffic if less than Wendy’s location, but with more room for folks to stop if they wanted. The 3rd place Curb Cup winners, Maxwell Band, just a few feet from me, were gracious enough to organize a turn-taking scenario – so they played a few songs, then Jason, who was next to me, played a few and then I played a few. People seemed happy with that arrangement because then they could actually hear each of us. All in all, I played around 9 songs that were heard, so thank you Maxwell Band for being so generous and neighborly!
The weather turned out to be a beautiful pre autumn-type day even though there was predicted rain and thunder showers. The bluster happened the night before, thankfully.
My friends and family came out to support me, those who could, and I really appreciate the effort it took to do that because, believe me, it was crowded! I heard this morning that the count could have reached 30,000 people! My husband said that Boise must have been ready for something this different and crazy! Crazy it was in more ways than one – from 130 acts crammed into Boise’s 8th Street Corridor and Basque Block, all types of musicians playing side by side trying to be heard, hordes of viewers on foot, an array of bizzarity including a guy dressed in nothing but fig leaves (maybe next year there will be an added guideline suggesting that all derrieres should be covered!) — the list goes on.
All in all, it was a great opportunity for anyone who has a talent to get out there and shine, not to mention how fun it was to connect with our community by participating in the first Boise Curb Cup event ever! Thanks to Mark Rivers and team for all the hard work and planning and community mindedness!