|Neil St. Andrew on keys (Photo By John G. Miller)|
When Baron took a break from playing the bass to chat with friends and later sat in on the drums, Jim Cervantes unleashed his bass to help keep the party going.
|Baron Chase on drums and Jim Cervantes on bass. (Photo By John G. Miller)|
|Lyn Carpenter-Engelkes (center) sings, with Lester Chambers, Steen Berrig, Chuck Steed, and Linda St. Andrew on New Year's Eve. (Photo By John G. Miller)|
It was hard to meet everyone personally at the party that night and get to know them, but the next day I asked the hosts to suggest people who were there as friends on Facebook. I put out requests for them, and I got acceptance.
Acceptance is always nice.
I also got invitations once those friendships started coming in to a gig by a band called The Mighty Groove. It turned out a few of those players from the birthday jam -- Chick, Neil, Jim, and Lyn -- were in the band. I had to fly back home to Utah a couple of days later, so me getting to see a gig by The Mighty Groove in California wasn't going to be possible.
But I did get to know a couple of those people a bit better in the weeks and months to come.
Chick Petersen was also part of Lester Chambers' Blues Revue, now known as The Mud Stompers. Lyn got to sing along with Lester and The Mud Stompers in a couple of live shows on Stageit.com, knocking 'em dead on a cover of the Bill Withers tune "Use Me."
These are just a few more examples of people with musical talent that's dying to be heard. It gets heard in live venues locally. It's the kind of talent, though, that ought to be heard by a bigger audience.
It's the kind of talent that needs to "get out there."
The Mighty Groove home page
The Mighty Groove on reverbnation.com