Hot Dogs and Beer this Sunday, June 10th, 2012!

it’s a strange path as a musician.

we end up performing just about everywhere.  concert halls, private homes, corporate buildings, yachts, rooftops……… name it, we’ve played there.

so it’s interesting to see where we end up each week.

this week we will play at The Hot Dog Shoppe in Lakewood, CA, which is the city next to our hometown of Long Beach, CA.  we’ve played here twice this year, and it’s been surprisingly fun.  it’s a relaxed setting on the patio with picnic tables an umbrellas.  this setting works well for our style of laid back music.

oh yea, there are hot dogs.  not just regular hot dogs, but well crafted “gourmet hot dogs” of every kind imaginable.  it’s difficult for me to say which hot dog is my favorite, because each dog i have eaten has been delicious.   with close to 100 gourmet hot dogs on the menu, there is surely a dog for each person to enjoy.  which brings me to the next thought…

as strange as this may sound, one of the reasons we agreed to perform here is because of the hot dogs.  there is so much negotiating that can sometimes happen when hiring our band.  location, time of performance, length of performance, number of musicians, reason for performance, budget, etc, are often the make or break reasons for each event.  while i do my best to make everything work for each potential event, there are factors that are more desirable than others.  in this case, gourmet hot dogs are part of the “desirable factors”.  funny.  it was never discussed while we were working out the details to perform here.  it was just understood, with out words.  plain and simple: the band likes to eat hot dogs.

well, most of us do.   Chris the Bass Player is a vegetarian, so he might enjoy the Vegetarian Dog that is offered at The Hot Dog Shoppe.  but Chris the Bass Player is out of town this weekend, so Joe the Percussionist will be Joe the Bass Player for this event (see our previous post on the importance of being versatile).  this means we will enjoy playing our music while eating gourmet hot dogs and drinking ice cold beer on tap.   not too bad of a way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in SoCal.

finally, The Hot Dog Shoppe fits the criteria of “all ages” and not “21 and over only”.  why is this important?  simply put, i like the energy of children in a group setting.  it allows for the audience to be more of a family rather than a club.  as a general rule i attempt to perform at venues that allow for all ages.  it just feels better.  i guess you could say that we are a “family band”, but it goes deeper than that for me.  i’d like to think we are coming from service, and this particular service is to provide a space and atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

it’s not about the band.  it’s about the band serving the community.  you’ll never hear me say “support the band” or “support live music” or any other common catch phrase that our local art nazis proclaim at every turn.  nope.  i’d rather say “join the party!” and “we’re here for you to have fun!”  i’m weird that way.  so be it.

Steel Parade will perform on the patio this Sunday, June 10th, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

The Hot Dog Shoppe is located at 5125 Candlewood, Lakewood, CA.

if you’re looking for something to do, you know where to find us.

as always, i welcome your comments.




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  1. Reblogged this on Joseph's Blog and commented:
    Enjoy this mellow sun baked version of “Yellow Bird” This is the first time we were at the Hot Dog Shoppe! #steelparade #yellowbird


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