Wow, what a show we just played!
Earlier this year, Robert Drake and Kathy O’Connell of WXPN in Philadelphia honored us with an invitation to the Kids Corner Music Festival. I’ve met them at KindieFest and handed them copies of “To The Moon,” and apparently the title track caught their ears with its blend of science and whimsy. So Robert’s e-mail in January was very rewarding. They’ve been putting on sold-out Music Festivals for a year now, featuring a bevy of kindie groups, including our neighbors Princess Katie & Racer Steve and The Deedle Deedle Dees.
His e-mail ends “let me know if this sounds interesting,” earning Robert the Understatement of the Year award.
Sadly, Vanessa was unable to join us for this one. Justin, Dana, Chris and I piled into the van at sunup and headed south towards the City of Brotherly Love. Our goal was to get there nice and early, unload our stuff, enjoy the first band, and play a set at noon. Our punctuality paid off; Rolie Polie Guacamolie found themselves nursing a sputtering car down the highway, and so Robert asked us if we could take the opening 11:00 a.m. slot instead. No sweat, for a band that’s evolved into a highly flexible entertainment machine.
A word about the venue: Union Transfer is probably three times the size of the Knitting Factory, in Brooklyn. Giant dance floor, multiple balconies, multiple green rooms backstage, and an overwhelmingly huge stage. Check out these great photos from the event, taken by expert lensman “Spark.”
What a show it was! Afterwards, Robert told us they’d sold over 1,000 tickets, making this (I think) our biggest gig ever. The audience was great, full of dancing kids, parents, and grandparents. I felt supercharged by their energy; you can see in the pictures that I’m all over that huge stage in my blue Sgt. Pepper jacket. We rocked them, there’s no other way to say it.
Kathy O’Connell got up to MC after our set; she was standing at my mic as I knelt to pack up my gear. I couldn’t help it, I had to tickle her feet. Then I stood up and announced “for those of you wondering, Kathy’s ticklish!” that was the kind of energy I was feeling that morning. Fortunately, she laughed (hey, you never know).
We repaired to the merchandise table, where we spent a crazy hour signing CDs and shirts for a flood of new fans! Wow! I almost completely missed Rolie Polie’s set, we were so busy. It was great. I enjoyed what I heard of Rolie Polie and they were nice guys when they came to hang at the merch booth (actually a bar). I didn’t get to say hi to Roy Handy and the Moonshot, in from the Pittsburgh area, but they looked cool in their matching outfits (see the photos). Not to brag too much, but Kathy called us the breakout performers of the festival. I think it was a Goldilocks moment: Rolie Polie was a little too mellow, Roy Handy a little too loud, and we were Just Right.
Afterwards we typed “chocolate” into Dana’s smartphone and found some delicious Amish-made sweets to enjoy on the car ride home. The perfect capper to a great day.
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