Band stuff 03/06/07Posted: March 6, 2007
Figured I’d post this seperately to keep the XPack news in its own post :->
Band stuff has been going pretty well. Dirty Jack has had a few gigs now and they went fairly well. I decided my 88-key MIDI controllers were just too large and heavy (well the one with hammer action keys anyway) to lug around and setup on stage, so got myself a pair of M-Audio Axiom 61 MIDI controllers to use. These are very nice controllers if anyone is in the market for a USB MIDI controller (actually, I like just about everything in the M-Audio product line :->), they even have after-touch (first keyboards I’ve had with that, one of these days I may even figure out how to use it well :->). They also have 9 sliders, 8 rotary controllers, 8 drum pad like controllers (which I use for stuff like a VibraSlap, CowBell, helicopter sound effect, etc). They are light enough, but still feel well made.
Dirty Jack has one more gig currently booked on March 17th (St Patrick’s Day) at the Box Seats in Massaponox (which is just a few miles south of my house), and we are currently working on setting up a few more gigs, so if you are in the Northern Virginia area, check out the calendar on our website for future dates and drop by for a listen.
I’ve also joined a second band (really more of a 4 piece combo) called Flaming Red Horizon. I’m playing Bass Guitar in this band. This band is doing more blues type music, along with some originals written by a couple of the members. We’ve had a couple of half gigs (we split the bill with another recently formed band at one gig and also played in a battle of the bands contest) and I think we did fairly well, considering we only had 3 or 4 practices before hitting the stage. Here’s a couple links to some video Dave’s wife shot at one of the gigs:
I’m the one wearing the black bass guitar :->
Tim "Beatle" Gregson