Life in Gigland: Playing Guitar in a Bug Jar… & who is Greg Sterlace?

So last Sunday, Haunted Gypsy performed at the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY. Across the street, we found a Chinese/Thai restaurant and prepared our tummies for the performance to follow. Tummy time! Then we entered that big jar of bugs… er… the Bug Jar.

Giant bugs hanging from the lamp on the ceiling spun around and around… Don’t worry, they weren’t real bugs–else I’d be especially dizzy. Or were they? Naw, they couldn’t have been real ‘cause Meria’s allergic to insects greater than one foot in diameter…

Nice stage up there at the Bug Jar, and we had a sound person, Michael, who made sure the audience could hear our various ups and downs. The venue has a nice set up too. It looks much smaller from the outside. But once you enter you see a perfect hangout spot with seats and booths in front of the bar and little booths for peeps to just hang in. In the adjoining room is the stage with lots of space for dancing, though none for sitting. Ah, but those without the energy to stand and dance could sit in the adjoining room by the bar and still hear the music pretty well.

We were surrounded by singer songwriters. Nick Young performed just before us and Whirlin’ Jack Dervy just after us. Not sure if our musical style fit in exactly with the singer-songwriter mode, but we definitely created a nice digression. Video footage of that gig was questionable, so we may not be able to post it online. Time will tell…  It was a fun little road trip into Rochester, and we always enjoy playing there.

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So… while I’m writing these short blogs… Yesterday, Meria (that’s me) and Curtis Orange (drummer) were interviewed by Pam (Pamazon), Melissa, and RockNutz (Yep, that’s his name, baby!) on the Greg Sterlace cable access TV show.

The show will air after the first week of the Infringement Festival in Buffalo, NY. If you’re not familiar with Infringement, you should be. Infringement is a festival that is open to all artists who wish to perform or display their work. Musicians, dancers, comedians, performance artists as well as fine artists, painters, videographers, etc., are welcome to submit their work, and—get this—no one who is a serious artist is turned away. The philosophy is that by opening the door for everyone to enter, the best talent will most likely succeed. (The theory is that by restricting access, as do most festivals–particularly the Fringe Fest–that limit who can/cannot perform, then we also prevent the best talent from performing.)

In other words, we attract better quality talent in an open platform as opposed to a restrictive one that requires auditions, lengthy submission forms, and connections—knowing and kissing up to the “right” people. Are you reading/listening, Fringers? Probably not…

Every city should host an Infringement Festival. Does yours? If not, why not start one in a neighborhood near you!

Buffalo Infringement starts in about a week, so I’ll write more about it then. So… until next time,

Toodles, poodles!

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