I recently played a show up in Annapolis with Robbie Boothe and his band at Union Jacks. Several things about the night made it one of the best nights I’ve ever had. My grandma, Nana, from my dad’s side of the family, was visiting from Massachusettes. When my parents were still together way back in the day, we’d drive up to see her on Thanksgiving. She’d greet us with hugs, smiles and a thick New England accent. “How ah you, honyeh?”
(Me, my sis, my step-mom, my dad, and Nana getting our selfies on before the show)
On top of that, my grandma from my other side of the family, LeLe, was having her birthday at Union Jacks. For all intents and purposes we will say it was her twenty first birthday. We got her lots of Fireball and some scantily clad Patrick Swayze lookalike dancers.
So the two sides of the family, my mom’s side and my dad’s side were having dinner together. It was amazing. Everyone was enjoying each other’s company. It was like time was gone. There were no problems. Just the people, the music and the family. So for the first and probably only time in my life I had the opportunity to play a song I wrote live at a gig in front of both my grandmas, one of which had never seen me play a show before so it was pretty much one of the best nights I’ve ever had. It was worth the 31 year wait.
On top of that, Robbie Boothe and his boys did a fantastic job of performing. Robbie handed the mic to a little dancing kid named Jeffrey who sang a song for everyone there (Jeffrey will one day be a rockstar). My cousin, Max Tucker, who is Robbie's guitarist, rocked out epically and even laid the guitar down on the floor and played a solo 70's Hendrix style.
(Max Tucker and Me, cousins who rock together)
The cherry on top of the night was the Macgregor Diaz fight, which happened after the show was over and a few of us were lingering. One of the best fights I've ever seen in my life. The very cocky Irishman, Connor (also the name of Robbie's admin/stage manager) got his revenge over Nate Diaz, who after watching the fight I am now convinced doesn't feel pain since he got hit in face about 300 times and didn't flinch, despite his face looking like Meat Wad from Aqua Teen hunger force. All in all, a spectacular night, I wouldn't have traded it for anything. The great things in life are moments with your family and your friends, I wish I cause pause and save them forever.
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