Hi, Greg Diablo here everyone, and I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic night I had playing in downtown Olympia yesterday (Saturday, April 14). After performing my usual 2 PM concert on Friday down at the Kissing Statue on Percival Landing, I was itching to try a nighttime gig.
Well, the following Saturday it was finally warm enough after the sun went down to give it a go, so I packed up the gear at about 6 PM, and drove around looking for a place to jam. I found an empty enclosure by the Oly Bikes store off of State Street, and since it and adjoining Mail Box place were both closed for the day, it looked perfect. Not only did I have a parking spot on site, but there was an instant audience hanging out at the Intercity Transit Bus Station across the street, and the enclosure protected me from the weather and had some nice reverb, too.
I couldn’t possibly relate to you all the good vibes that went down (so much so that I didn’t quit playing until about 10:30 PM), but suffice to say that (a) for the first time, I actually got some singers to come up to the mic and jam with me, (b) a drummer named Tony set up and I got to play a couple of my original tunes “Out in Style,” and “More Perfect World,” and (c) I may now have a regular base of operations for Saturday night, as the Oly Police didn’t seem bothered by my rocking out in the slightest.
I’m calling this my first “guerrilla concert” as this is the first time I actually had a fairly steady audience for the entire time I was playing. Rocking out and interacting with the singers brought back a lot of good memories from my Street Karaoke Project days, and I realized that these younger folks don’t even know what that band was about.
So I can’t say for sure about any other Saturdays, but I am definitely planning to be there on the 28th for ArtsWalk. I hope to see Michelle, Tony, Gary, and all the rest up there at the mic, and I may even have a special guest or two to join me.