Played probably the coolest (if not one of) shows of my career last night at Garaj Mahal - a funky little art warehouse in Greenville. The proprietor and officiator of the space was Tim - fire eater, walker of glass, martial arts instructor and all around nice guy. Lynne and I came early to arrange the space.
Show started around 8:30, with an opening act of fire spinning and fire eating/breathing (like a dragon!) Turns out that a fire performance can also double as roadside torches for parking directions, as we had quite a laugh when the performance was interrupted to instruct wayward drivers into empty spaces (see video below). Lynne played first, singing sweet songs of life on the road on her various banjo's. Sadly her projector light blew out, but we were graced with a shadow box performance of the song "7 daffodils," with still scenes created by her 9 year old campers. Tim provided the intermission, walking on a bed of broken beer bottles to an accordion-accompanied rendition of "Cold Water" by Tom Waits. I was a little nervous to follow this, but was warmly welcomed by the kind crowd and played my set, including the old favorite "Chocolate Jesus" in honor of Tim's daring "feets".
The evening closed out with more fire spinning/hoola hooping, wine, conversation, and of course, marshmallow roasting. What a magical evening! Thanks again so much to Tim and Lynne for putting together such a great event. We got open mic's for the next two nights before headed off to Asheville and Horse Shoe this weekend. Please enjoy video and pictures below.