Every year, the Shafter community hosts a fundraiser for their orchestra, featuring jazz music and dancing. A nice dinner is included in the price of admittance. Last year, we lost the newly built venue at the last minute and had to play in the surprisingly nice local high school cafeteria. This year, the Ford Theater, our original destination, is open for business, and I was not lied to when I was told it is nice. What was once a Ford auto dealership is now a theater that I am told can host anything from music performance to live theater!
Since we were not the first act to play, but still had a ton of setup, we arrived early to arrange the stage and set levels.
After setup, we had some time to eat and rub elbows with the staff and the other musicians who were playing that night.
After dinner and the wonderful quintet, it was showtime for us!
I thought we were really on fire for this gig. I don’t know if it was the venue, or the fact that we had a nice break from performance for a little while before playing again, but I felt a real energy from the band that kept me focused and in the zone. And of course, we played for dancers, which I really enjoy doing.
I have to admit, I was pretty exhausted after this show. We were there for a total of 5 hours from setup to call time, to break down. It was totally worth it! I haven’t had that much fun in a really long time. I really hope I get to play this venue again someday, and I had a real blast with the big band again this year.
For those who are interested, here are a couple of videos of our performance that night: