Saturday night, the newly-redheaded Ally & I played downtown McKinney at The Pantry restaurant as part of their annual Oktoberfest celebration. We had a really good time (aside from one very unfortunate injury, detailed below), & it was certainly fun to get to play during such a big event for the city! Thank you so much to all of those of you who were able to make it out to come & see us play!
I’ve been downtown in McKinney during various events before, so I knew going in the logistical nightmares parking would present. I was lucky enough to find parking right behind the venue…unfortunately, there was a fence blocking access to the alley with a side door to The Pantry, which in effect meant I had to lug an incredibly heavy amplifer around seemingly half of McKinney in order to finally find a way to get access to the restaurant. The officer stationed in front of the alley, though, was kind enough to let me cut through after that & I imagine I must have looked pretty bad-ass to the teenagers hanging out behind back of The Pantry who weren’t privy to my conversation with the cop & assumed I was stickin’ it to the man by cutting through.
After having set up & eaten dinner (for free, too!), we got started with our set in typical fashion, leading off with our very own song “Remember Me”, followed by a cover of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning”, &, after a quick switch of guitars, another original (“All I Need”). Not coincidently, these three songs will be on our upcoming EP to be released in October (along with “Lovin’ Her”, which occupied a spot right in the center of our set). Our hour long performance went well, but for two incidents:
First, during our cover of Oasis’s “Wonderwall”, a very loud argument occured just outside the restaurant. The doors were open & we were set up right at the front, so although we couldn’t hear exactly what the confrontation was about, we could certainly hear two male voices screaming at one another for several minutes (it doesn’t help matters that our cover of “Wonderwall” starts very softly with fingerpicked acoustics more in line with Ryan Adams’s cover of the song than the Oasis original).
Remember before when I mentioned an injury? Now I’m not sure how to correctly describe this, but toward the end of our set, the mic stand Ally uses kind of slipped or retracted in…and caught Ally on her hand, pinching it quite badly. I only became aware of this afterward when she showed me the giant mark where it happened. However, even as it occured, Ally did not miss a note! I’m sure even the guys picking fights on the sidewalk outside wouldn’t have wanted to mess with someone that tough.