On this 1st weekend in November Jesse along with Kenny Hogg on Bass, Kash Hogg on Guitar, JoeBob Hogg on Slide and JoeJoe Hogg on drums packed our gear in a Scion XB and off from our starting point from greater Boston and all joked calling it the Hogg Clown car. Kenny had flown in from Dallas on Thursday and together we always get excited to perform in NYC. While it may not be true in every venue, NYC is more open to artistic expression than most other places where the expectation if you are not famous is to play covers. Not complaining just stating why we love the audiences in NY City. The first night was FRiday at Silvana.
We caught the tail end of the smooth jazz set from Jacob Varmus Quartet as we met Michael Liuzza and his guitarist from MN who was originally from Louisiana and had not played together till this evening. Nice guys and great set. Michael has a powerful voice they did originals and covers including Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants to Save The World" . This was their annual visit into NY City. We got the benefit of going on Before reggae band Sekouba Bolomba Facebook Page who helped pack the room. So we came out to a diverse and rambunctious NY city audience who make us feel more welcome than when we play in our current home in Boston so THANK YOU Silvana! Caught a few songs from Sekouba Bolomba and what a dynamite rhythm section. Really wish we could of caught the whole set but we had an early start Saturday morning.
We were requested to be in the upcoming full length film by Genoveva Rossi based on this feature short.
Here's a picture of Kash from the filming of the the bands part in the film that was not performing music.
So Kash also got a shot of the Blood but he was not curious enough to taste it after reading ingredients.
Then after bathing in the studio sink off to The Shrine for show # 2.
We arrived it time to catch the set by Rina Komai who had a incredible keyboard player accompany her on her set of classics including show tunes. Always some drama as the 8 PM band did not show so we set up around 8:30 and played a longer set. Great crowd as always at The Shrine and we were pleased as punch when 6 women in attendance joined us in our performance of "Hogg Tail Twist" and I called them Hoggettes or Baconettes (no offense Lisa Mari) and they danced beautifully and the crowd gave them a huge applause. We did OK too , I think they like us as we have been playing The Shriine for years. It was a ton of fun playing a longer set!! But just like Silvana it was a huge advantage opening for UP FRONT who are something special. Great band and 3 vocalists up front (pun intended) . Heres a picture of them.
As we loaded up we all drove away in the clown car back to Boston talking about when we get to return there next.