Last Sunday, NOAH and the SPACE ARK made their Rockpile debut. Rockpile is a monthly open jam that takes place at Pub 61. They’re focused on rock, hence the name Rockpile, but they are pretty cool with other bands coming in to play a set too. And let’s face it, there is definitely some rock in the NATSA sound!! After running some tests on the space ark and some melted faces due to collateral damage, it was great to cool off by the pool.
I then had a couple days off in a row, which was great because it allowed me to get this guy,
a 2005 Chevy Avalanche. After totaling my 2002 Tacoma, I put a bunch of time into researching different vehicles and landed on the Avalanche as the one that would knock it out of the park. It gets reasonable gas mileage for its size, has plenty of space in the bed and in the cabin to store gear, and has great ratings for longevity. You can even fold the back of the truck bed into the cabin and so it should be able to function as a motel for mini-tours. Here’s to hoping this will be the Noah Grove Music vehicle for many years to come.
The rest of those two days involved starting work on arranging Georgie’s new song, defending the fish from bullfrogs, producing videos for the YouTube channel, mowing the grass, going 0/20 in pickup basketball, and practicing new songs for the weekend’s gigs!
On Wednesday it was my honor to be the MUFIC (Musical Fiction Alliance of America) songwriter of the month for July. MUFIC is an organization of local musicians and each month they highlight a local songwriter and do a short interview along with an impromptu collaboration on one of the songwriter’s songs. I was interviewed by Joshua Jarman, Chris Tidestrom ran the production, David Benrexi offered companionship, and Caryn Egan jammed on the violin! It was a good experience and I’ll share a link when it’s posted!
Thursday was Benton House and OPEN MIC NIGHT @ Southern Roots Park Circle. This open mic night was one to remember. The guys from Swamp Fox Studios (the podcast I was on two weeks ago) came and they brought a set!
I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first because, well: (1) as you can see the kit pretty much takes up the whole stage and (2) the room is pretty small and very reverb-y. We were able to place the mic stands on the floor by the corners of the stage and there was enough room to stand and play there on the corners and place a pedalboard. While volume was a little bit of an issue at times, the reviews are in from all angles and it was a raging success. It was a ton of fun and there were just some phenomenal jams. David Badillo and Zac Crump came out as well and lead open mic jam sets. It ROCKED!!!!!
Friday, I was in Beaufort playing for Jeanette and Gerry’s anniversary. They were amazing hosts and it was beautiful playing on their backyard riverfront patio. They sent me home with a delicious “care package” from the caterer.
Saturday I had the honor of playing for the “afterparty” for the Charleston Memorial Stair Climb. What is the Charleston Memorial Stair Climb you might ask? Oh you didn’t ask? .. oh you did. Well, speak up! The Charleston Memorial Stair Climb is a new nationally attended event hosted here in Charleston where participants climb 110 flights of stairs to honor and remember “the 343 firefighters, 1 NYFP, 60 law enforcement officers, and 8 emergency medical technicians who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives on 9/11/01.” “First Responders are encouraged to climb in their appropriate attire. For example, fire department personnel are encouraged to wear bunker gear and SCBA. PD are encouraged to wear vests and belts.” I was thrilled at the chance to play to so many firefighters, officers, and first responders. My heart breaks for how much negativity these days is directed toward the profession that is occupied by many of our living heroes and getting to make sounds for them was a very special chance to celebrate them and show my appreciation for what they do. Next year I intend to do the climb. It is open to the public to participate.
After that, I headed to play for Vance’s graduation party! It was an awesome time. I set up on their poolside deck and the landscaping was just beautiful. Noises of early teenagers playing games in the pool, parents and grandparents fraternizing and relaxing, heartfelt speeches to honor Vance and celebrate his future. I got folks up and dancing a couple of times and it was a lot of fun.
But now, I can feel my throat saying, “Dude, chill. out. man.” The electrician is coming today to open the project to move my studio “The Grove” toward completion. I’ll be playing for Benton House today (a special Father’s Day appearance) 3:30-4:30p.
Another pretty busy week ahead! Some highlight reel videos to be shared and posted on social media and YouTube coming soon! Have a good one y’all!!!