Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mesa Boogie

Woah. Can it be? Is San Diego actually becoming a hipper town than LA?

I know the latter's conservative reputation, and have experienced it directly in many of my non-musical trips to the region, but every time I bring the IJG into town, things seem to get better and better. Indeed, there seems to be a bona fide scene emerging. Exhibit A: our yearly pilgramages to Dizzy's, which have been less and less successfully promoted (compared with our first trip there, which got a major push from TV, radio, and newspapers), and more and more well-attended.

Exhibit B: yesterday, which took the cake. We played a single set for Mesa College's lunchtime Recital Hour series. There must have been more than a hundred people there, certainly a record for us. And even though thirty or so of them had to be (as students enrolled in the course attached to the series), the whole bunch was extremely enthusiastic. At one point (the little chorale section in "Fuck the Muck"), according to Mr. Schnelle, an elderly man seated off to the side actually cried, he was laughing so hard.

This little boost couldn't have come at a better time, I must say.

Major, major thanks to Bing Luu, Igor Korneitchouk, Jim Romeo, and Joe in the Mesa College music department for making this thing happen, and for getting the word out across campus. (Extra thanks to Jim and Igor for treating us to some killer Vietnamese food after the show.)

Here's to the next one!

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