Since June 12th I’ve been on vacation…probably my first vacation in years. Because I’ve been blessed with the being allowed to do what I enjoy doing for a living I’ve never felt the need to take a vacation. But after the way this year began along with already performing 83 shows on the road in 48 different venues, I thought it was time. And that’s not even including all the local gigs I’d performed or the recording sessions I’d done. So, with the exception of a July 5th Cape May, NJ show, I’m on vacation, or as a friend of mine called it, a “stay-cation”, until August 1st.
I’ve really enjoyed being able to go and hear my friends performing around town…Cleveland artists still my favorites to see. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t performed locally while on vacation. I’ve played a few piano bar gigs, played a couple gigs with Don Krueger (Eric Carmen, Beau Coup) and just this past Sunday, after all these years in the music biz, Billy Sullivan & I finally performed in our hometown at the Brook Park Home Days celebration…and we had a blast!!
Last Thursday I performed with my dear friend Jeff Varga for his monthly “Go Live” series…there’s nothing better than 2 good friends just having fun making music for the pure joy of it! I also performed an opening set for the gifted Karl Karl’s wonderfully funny hypnosis show…what an incredible night that was!!
Before I go back on the road, I have a few more local dates that I’ll be doing. This Saturday (July 15) I’ll be performing at Bar 107 with the lovely Jessica Petrone. Mike Hudak will also be there on drums along with the talented Giana, Jessica’s daughter, on bass & sax.
Next Tuesday (July 18 & 19) Billy Sullivan & I will be performing at the Rockside Holiday Inn in the Impulse Lounge. Though I’ve stopped in there many times over the years to see friends perform, this is the first time Billy & I are performing there.
And on Monday (July 24) I’ll be the guest artist for Jim Tigue’s Music Mondays at O’Tooles Pub. I do this about 4 times a year and it’s one of my favorite local gigs. Then on Thursday (July 27) I’ll be back at Trivs with my piano bar.
My favorite part of this 6-week vacation has been be able to perform again with the Praise Band at the Friends Church for most of the Sunday services in June and all of them in July. Due to my busy tour schedule earlier this year, I was only able to perform with them once prior to June.
When this vacation ends, my touring schedule returns with a vengeance…14 shows in August that will take us through New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nevada, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania & back to New York…whew!! As I’ve always said, I love my job. But this time, I also loved my vacation!! See ya somewhere soon.