Those of y'all who remember me know I'm a musician. My last band folded back in October, and I've been enjoying musical retirement more than I'd imagined I would. After 10-15 years of steady weekend gigging and rehearsals when there wasn't a gig, having weekends off is really cool.
A couple months ago, a friend asked me (not knowing I know longer had a band) if I could play a benefit gig for K9s For Warriors outdoors at the local American Legion hall. The original plan was four or five bands throughout the day (10am-10pm). I told her that although I couldn't contribute as a band, I'd be happy to provide the PA system for the day, so it would be be easier on the bands changing over, provide music and have a way to make announcements before and in between the entertainment, etc. It was hard find enough bands, so the event got shortened to 12-9pm. My son and I went through the gear last night, made sure everything still works, and are about to load up and head out (the hall is 5 minutes away from the house). And, yes, I'm taking cigars, a couple cobs, and some tobacco...
Very nice! Things like this make it so much easier to organize events like this, and hopefully encourage people to do it more often. I was at Boots on the Ground last weekend and had a blast. Hope you do the same.
My end of things went well. I'd still be there, but the last band, unbeknownst to me, was a keyboard-based band and preferred to use their own gear. So I kept my PA running break music while they set up, then packed up my gear and called it a day. 10am to 6pm outdoors is a long enough day for me.