-Last Saturday night CAROLINE BLUE traveled to Ogdensburg, NY to play a show at Boneshaker’s Tavern. Opening for the band Cain, CAROLINE BLUE put on an explosive show that was off the hook baby! The band got a HUGE response from the crowd-which was reported to be 200-300+ people! Be sure to check out the LIVE PICS 2006-2010 and the huge amount of pics added to the ever popular FANS, FRIENDS & FREAKS pics! Be sure to also check out WWJ’s show recap of this night on the CAROLINE BLUE MY SPACE BLOG -it’s a long one!
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WWJ Show Recap
CAROLINE BLUE Show-3/21/2009-Boneshakers-Ogdensburg, NY
-Sorry for the delay in writing this. I had to work some OT and then try to get everything caught up. But enough of that….
-Last Saturday CAROLINE BLUE traveled to Boneshakers Tavern in Ogdensburg,NY. For those of you who don’t know, Ogdensburg is about 25 miles away from the Canadian border. When you say “Upstate NY”, you don’t get too much more upstate than Ogdensburg. We all met at Joe’s place in Utica and left around 2:45. It was a nice sunny day-a nice switch from the times we traveled to Connecticut & Oswego in the snow! It was a pretty easy ride for the most part. Typically, me & Andy make jokes from time to time at Joe’s expense-especially this time considering what happened last Wednesday at practice (if you didn’t read about it in the Blog entry-“a not-so typical CAROLINE BLUE practice”, go read it now and then come back. We can wait…:)
-As we were leaving Watertown, Andy spotted a Cracker Barrel restaurant and we had to stop over there to see if Andy’s claims of their great food were true. Speaking just for me-it was damm good. We received a pleasant surprise when our waitress, Jessica, asked if she could take a group pic of us. We said sure and posed for the pic-in the middle of a crowded restaurant. Not a problem for us. Joe got a pic of her w/ me & Andy and you can see it along with the rest of the pics from this day.
Andy says she wanted me, but he says that in regards to half the women we run into 🙂
-So we arrive in Ogdensburg and proceed to get lost! Our directions were a little messed up. We back tracked to a gas station and, as luck would have it, Jason from 101.5 The Fox (radio) was there and he led us to the bar. The Fox was going to be there this night and do a short interview w/ us before we hit the stage. We get to the bar and start unloading the gear. Cain-the main band-was already there and we were using their sound system. They’re a bunch of great guys and were great to us in every way. Then we met Greg-the owner of Boneshakers-who treated us great as well. This bar is fairly new and it looked great. Nice layout and a good stage area. We got our gear set up and relaxed a little before show time.
-A few things before we go further. One, I was coughing at various times like crazy. Andy was even a little concerned for me. It turns out that as long as I avoided the cold-the temp. outside was cold & windy-I was ok. I was a little concerned myself-but I was confident I’d be ok by show time.
-This night was the debut of my new amp head-a Fender MH-50 Metalhead. Andy has one of these and turned me on to them. When I 1st heard it I said “This is a great tube amp”. Turns out it’s actually solid state-and 550 watts! It has a ton of gain on it-something my Carvin head lacked. I didn’t have the time to test it out so Andy put his settings on it and loaned me his effect pedal for it. In hindsight, I’ll have to tweak the settings at a later date, but so far so good….
-While we were getting our gear set up, we also met the lovely 101.5 Fox girls! The radio station brought them and asked if they could have some pics of us w/ them. Not a problem! I talked with several of the girls before we went on and they were all really nice, great people.
-We also had Mike (Scruffy) from 4th Coast Entertainment Magazine there-he was the one who contacted me about the show. He also took a lot of pics of us performing this night. He’s a great guy and was very helpful. I asked him how many people were here-cause it seemed like quite a lot. He told me at least 300. Mike also told me that we were booked on the basis of our originals and that this bar was original oriented-and it was true. Having said that, it also didn’t hurt that we had cover songs and, in fact, we were also asked by Greg to extend our time slot and play some of them. No problem from us-we’re adaptable.
-We went outside and did a short promo/interview with 101.5 The Fox and then got ready to hit the stage! We went on around 9:45 and played until 11:30. We had a great crowd response from both the covers and originals. On the covers front, “Enter Sandman” & “Bad Girlfriend” got the biggest response-although a few of the other ones were close too. With the originals, it was “Love Me or Leave Me”-which we also played at sound check. Both times we had a number of women up front dancing away to it. On “Mine,Mine,Mine” we had a few ladies get behind the cage and start grinding (there was a cage area to the side (see pics). Btw-here’s the set list we did this evening…
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-I’ve Seen the Light Tonight
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-The Queen of Pleasure
-Won’t Be Home Tonight
-Far Away From Home
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Dead or Alive
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-The sound/lights were great and we did pretty good. There were some errors here & there and I messed up a few times pitch wise, but overall I think we did a great job and it’s definitely one of the top shows that CAROLINE BLUE has played to date. We filled up 2 pages of our mailing list sheets, ran out of power from the camera (cause too many shots were taken),and I ran out of business cards. We almost ran out of the samplers we brought too. We even sold some CDs and signed some autographs! A most enjoyable night for us.
-Cain went on after us.We could only stay for a little while, but they did a great job. A band to watch out for. I forgot to mention that their singer, Larry, got up on stage w/ us during “Enter Sandman” and did some singing.
Greg, the owner, said we did great and not only booked us another gig on the spot, but also doubled our pay for this night.So overall, this was a very successful night for the band.
-It’s too bad we couldn’t have stayed over this night, but we had to hit the road. It was around 3 hours to get back to Utica. Course, right when we left my left foot cramped up so we had to stop at a gas station. Then Joe started one of his many “release” trips. He got some “liquid food” at the station and we stopped a number of times cause he’d go (in his caveman voice) “PISS!” and we’d have to go off the road so he could do his deed (HA!). Actually, it wasn’t that many times. It was snowing a little bit as well.
I’m glad Andy was driving cause I nodded off several times thru out the ride.We arrived in Utica and went to a Denny’s to eat-this is around 5 AM. After a quick breakfast -in which Andy declared me & Joe “sissies” (ask Andy why-HA!), we went to Joe’s place to crash. We arrived and we were talking for a little bit, but I basically fell asleep really fast & hard once I was sitting on Joe’s couch. I was up 4-5 hours later and, an hour or so after I got home an unloaded my gear, I was off to work for some OT.
No rest for the wicked right?
-For all of us at CAROLINE BLUE, we want to thank the following….Mike from 4th Coast-thank you so much for getting us this show-looking forward to more stuff w/ you in the future….Greg and the staff @ Boneshakers-you guys are great and it was a pleasure playing there. Looking forward to coming back in July and more! Larry, Jason & all the Fox Girls from 101.5 The Fox-thank you all so very much-you helped make this night very enjoyable-even though after posing for pics w/ the girls, we all hard a hard time walking for awhile (HA!).
And most of all, thanks to all the people who were there and made 3 guys in leather from CNY very welcomed in your place.We hope to see you all the next time we’re at Boneshakers-and please bring a friend!
-We have the next week off show wise, but we’ll be back soon. Feel free to leave us your comments/thoughts/kudos here. We’d love to hear from you.