Monday, September 8, 2008

Blog Moving...

The Art of Whimsy's Blog is moving to another location. I have wanted to do this for a while so here it is... Here is the link to the new blog... I hope you like it, I do.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I'm 5 again

Do you remember the good 'ol days, when you were greeted warmly in the morning with a prize in your cereal box? Yesterday I opened my box of Frosted Mini Wheats--a favorite cereal of mine since I was 5--and lo and behold, there was a prize inside, a pedometer just for me! I wore it all day (yes, I'm a nerd), and by dinnertime I had logged in more than 7000 steps. How cool is that?!
Well, Nathan has graciously agreed to wear the pedometer at the Paradise Grill show on Saturday, because he loves me and I asked nicely. We're taking guesses as to how many steps he'll take at the show with all the stomp boxing he'll be doing. Any guesses???


Monday, September 1, 2008

Starbucks Show

I don't have a lot of time but I just wanted to say that the show last Saturday at Starbucks was amazing. We kicked the night off with a set from Grayson Kessinich. (I think I spelled his name right). I was talking to our good buddy Eli about him and the only word I can think of to describe his voice is pretty. I know if I was smart I could think of a better word, but that one will work. He is a great song-writter, peformer, and a great musician. I would recommend checking out his site. I will get links up here in a little bit. I know he has one song up on his myspace page and in a couple of weeks he is going to be releasing an EP.

The next set was covered by The Music Room. Amy and Dane have a great stage presence together. Being brother and sister they play off each other perfectly. They are funny and keep your attention their entire set. Put that aside and they are great musicians and song-writers.

I have to go but more on this later....

Paradise Grill This Saturday!

paradise grill

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Starbucks 8-30-08

I know I just used this flyer but I really like it....

Busy Weekend

Sorry about the silence over the past couple of weeks, but we have been super busy. First off, this past weekend we were busy playing shows. Starting on Thursday we played at the Chief Crazy Horse Inn. A great show, the party was found at the Chief Crazy Horse Inn late into the night on Thursday.

On Friday we hopped over to the Auburn Alehouse and once again we had an amazing time playing for the folks there. Jordan Emmans was also around and graced us with a performance of several originals as well as some amazing covers. All of the people involved with The Auburn Alehouse are great people and a great time is had by all who are there.

Saturday we made the drive down to Sacramento and played at M.V.P. Sports Grill. This was an interesting show. We finally found out about the show that morning at about 10:00 am, drove down and were confronted with extreme negativism. The Art of Whimsy does not look like you typical band (i.e. drums, bass, guitar, and vocals). Instead we feature guitar, mandolin, percussion, and vocals, a lot of people don't see how we can get a place going and keep the people dancing and drinking. Normally people will at least give us a chance and never have they been disappointed. This show we were not given that chance. Even still we did what we do. The only person who seemed to not be enjoying the music was the person expecting your typical band. Oh well, they crowd had a good time, and that is who we are there to please.

After the late night Saturday we got up and drove all the way down to Bakersfield to play for our good friends at The Journey. Personally, this is one of my favorite places to play (minus the drive). The people in charge are super welcoming, generous, and friendly. This last trip they even gave us a little ice chest filled with drinks for the drive home. And the people that come to the show are sincere and appreciate that we are there to play music for them.

The open mic night on Tuesday was a great night. We had several familiar faces come back to share their gift. People such as our buddy Jim playing some old time country tunes, Jordan Emmans, Rich, and of course we were there. We also met some great new performers who are promising to come back again. Corrie and Jim from Sluicebox came in and played several acoustic sets, Mike played some killer thumb picking guitar. The people there were also privileged to see Rob Bonner perform acoustic guitar with his buddy Jim and old students Jordan and Nathan Emmans. The party was going until around 12:00 and we are hoping for a repeat performance this coming Tuesday.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chief Crazy Horse Inn (8-21-08)

Last night was a good night at the Crazy Horse. We started around 8:00 and shut down the town at around 12:00. All the other bars were closing around 11 and the people came over to the only open bar with live music going. We were super excited to bring in some business for the owners, times are slow pretty much everywhere right now. They hired us to entertain and to bring/keep business . It always feels good when you do just that...

We also need to say thanks for the awesome bartender that took care of us: getting drinks, bringing us amazing food (compliments to the chef), and for keeping the place open for us!

Also don't forget tonight at the Auburn Alehouse at 8 PM!