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Scouting out Raleigh

June 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Whew! I haven’t been blogging as much as usual lately, because I’ve been running all over Raleigh finding places to play. For the past week, Andrew and I have packed up our instruments and scouted out different places and times to play free outdoor concerts during the summer. It’s been quite a learning experience, and has left me feeling closer to the other residents of our city. After all, I’ve started to understand what they do every day!

Originally, we thought early morning shows would be cool, because they would be a pleasant surprise for people as they walked to work. Unfortunately, our early morning shows attracted only tiny handfuls of people. In Raleigh, it seems that there isn’t really a morning rush of people walking in to work. It’s more of a trickle, and the people in the trickle aren’t going down the same side of the street, or even in the same general direction! So, a little rethinking was in order.

The time when there IS a rush is lunch. We learned that yesterday when we were about to give up and go home, but saw a mass exodus of guys in suits from the State Capitol Building. We set up quickly and made…$11.76! And we won some friends who stuck around and enjoyed several of our songs.

We’ve also found that 10:30am is when the parents and kids start arriving at the park, so we put in an application to play there. For that gig, we’ll definitely have to start learning all the popular kids’ songs. So, if you have a youngster, please comment and let me know his or her favorite tune!

The original spark that made us start playing these concerts was that we were dangerously short on cash (as musicians sometimes are) and we wanted to help the people of Raleigh get to know us and what we do. But I didn’t count on our concerts helping ME get to know people better as well. Over the last week, we’ve learned little things about our fellow Raleigh residents, like who is where and at what time, and somehow it’s made me feel more a part of our community. So I look forward to what is to come; what else can I learn, and who else will I meet as we play our concerts outside!

(Our next one is Monday morning at the Central Borders in Raleigh!)

Tags: Live Music

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 ssgreylord // Jun 8, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I know I’d be thrilled to have you playing at a nearby park. Great idea. Love too how well you are getting to know the Raleigh residents. I’m sure you’ll get some word of mouth traffic and jobs perhaps. Good luck to you.

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