Holy guacamole!!! Thank you to everyone who made it out to the CD release show in body or in spirit. The turn out was amazing, the vibes were good, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the love that we felt from everybody. When I first started playing music, I couldn’t have dreamed a more beautiful experience than that show. It’s as if the stars were aligned to see the birth of The Red Tiger Nebula. What made it such an incredible show?
The Family Gallows
It’s always a good to start anything out on the right foot. There wasn’t a better first step we could have taken than having The Family Gallows open for us. They always get up and kill it, and this show was no exception. The doors were set to open at 7. To our surprise there were some people who were very punctual and showed up right at 7.
While everyone waited for the Family Gallows Set to start at 8 there was a lot of catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. The Music Garage Even had a cornhole set that we got a few games going on. When 8 o’clock rolled around, the Family Gallows struck their first chord, and people became entranced. As they played their set more and more people began to filter in. The energy grew more and more powerful as the set went on. People bobbed and danced along to their songs. Once they wrapped up the set, the house was pretty packed, and we were ready to perform.
The Red Tiger Nebula
The lights blacked out. People chattered and chirped with anticipation. After waiting for a few minutes, we came on stage and the lights came up. Immediately we went into the first number, a poem more than a song. People seemed to be stunned by it. Caught completely off guard by the off kilter feel of that introduction. After that, I counted in the next song and it landed like a hammer on hot iron. People were sucked into the performance from then on.
For this release, we played The Red Tiger Nebula in it’s entirety, in order. It was fitting because the whole thing is a concept album to begin with. This show was different though. The music gods had blessed us with the good fortune to be playing with all of the incredible musicians that had recorded with us on the album.
Jasie Bone, is one of the most incredible violinist, musician, and all around person that I’ve ever had the good fortune of meeting. She played in the band before I joined on, and right up until we recorded this album. Luckily enough she helped us throughout the recording process and tracked some incredible parts for the album. It really made this a show for the ages to have her back with the band, if only for the night.
Trisha Swanson is Ben’s vocal coach of many years. She has passed so much knowledge onto him and was kind enough to record an amazing part on our album. The song that she recorded on was “Ants on the Hill.” It’s an epic song and her part was an operatic ode that conjured images of Valkyries raining down upon the battlefield. Having her on stage with us was added an extra element that really gave that song the punch it needed.
Kopo Magic is an amazing spirit. His talents reach from drums, to piano, to ukulele. For the Red Tiger Nebula, he lent his skills as a harpist. Having that angelic sound pouring out of Kopo’s fingertips really made that track (The Storm) come alive. How could we release the album without having him there? Fortunately we didn’t have to answer that question. Kopo not only lent his harp, but also played hand drums on a few of the songs as well.
Having such a spectacular cast of musicians really helped us to play the album with the conviction and power which we recorded it with. Seeing peoples reaction to it was inspiring and encouraging to us.
We didn’t want to end the party after just one set, so we played another! It was our show right? We pulled some old favorites off of the first album. It was getting late, so a few people had left. Even with the smaller crowd there were great vibes and a party atmosphere around. People seemed to hang on every note. It was a blast all the way to the end.
We Appreciate you
I cannot express enough how grateful we are to have all of your support. From everyone who made it out to the show, to those who weren’t able to make it out, we were feeling the love. Now we’re left with a question maybe you can help answer. What’s next?