The Rub Wrongways Caravan of Stars Night at The Black Moon in Belchertown, MA was a great success on Saturday. More people than I expected showed up. The weather-heads on the TV and the interwhat had been forecasting snow and sleet and slush and meteorites, but the day proved to be just fine.
That room up there in the Black Moon is very comfortable and welcoming. The lights were dim and the music playing through the speakers, when we arrived, was mellow and smooth. The Caravan arrived early with plenty of time to set up the stage, work out the schedule for the night and arrange the game prizes nicely on the piano. Matt Silberstein kicked off the show and he was followed by, in order, Sitting Next To Brian, Paper Piano, School for the Dead, and The Fawns. School for the Dead was a four piece since Tony was there for a change. The Fawns were occasionally a five piece because Jason joined us on about half the songs.
The School fr the Dead set was certainly not one of our best. We tried to play a few songs that we weren't ready for and there was no magic in that. Max, had prepared a nice set list, but I somehow managed to lose it on the stage, so we just kind of took requests and played songs that came to mind. It didn't gel as well as most of our shows, but I still think it was pretty good.
It was a very friendly night. We played Wrong!, our version of Bingo and we had four winners about half-way through the evening. Prizes were distributed and included things like, mix CDs, stuffed animals, chocolate flowers, candy and cupcake mixes, and 100 CDs. We also did a MadLib throughout the evening. The words were yelled out by the audience and they did a good job of picking funny ones. There was the one somewhat inebriated fellow at the bar who kept yelling out the wrong kind of word. When I said "adjective" he says "manifests". On that one, I though, oh man, you had a verb and a plural noun there, so close.
At the end of the night, I read out the MadLib while a sampling of musicians improvised a nice musical backdrop. That was a good moment for me.
...Next up: The Rub Wrongways Caravan of Stars Super Group at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville. THIS Friday! We are the first act. More info to follow