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Strange Stage Stories from San Diego Musicians

Unusual Stage Happenings from San Diego Musicians:

Dan Luko (Neon Cough): “Last year, we were invited to play at a house party. We get there, set up our gear, and start playing in the backyard of this house that borders on an alley. Near the end of our set, a dog comes running through a big gap in the fence. The dog stops and sits behind us with it's head following our drummer's drumsticks along with every movement. When we finally stop playing, our drummer sets down his sticks, the dog runs up, grabs one of them in it's mouth, runs through the hole in the fence and off into the night, never to be seen again. That dog was the talk of the party.”

Sara Groban: “While I was on stage was when I had a humorous interaction with someone in the audience during both of my two sets. During the first set, an Australian man yelled out to me after a couple songs saying how great he thought my music was and how much he liked it. About an hour later, I went up to play my second set. After one song, the same Australian man yelled out how terrible my music was and how I had a long way to go as a musician. Needless to say, he was on his sixth cocktail and I don't think I've ever stared down someone and played so loud in my life.”

Josey Williams (321 Stereo): “I was playing my first Halloween show down in Chula Vista at this little dive. It was a pretty good time! The drinks were flowing and everyone was dressed up, and I was having a blast. Well, everyone else was probably having too much of a good time in retrospect. I was working on getting everybody to sing-a-along to a song they all loved and one woman in particular was gung-ho about joining in. She motioned to me to let her sing so I put the mike down by her mouth. Well for a drunk woman she sure moved fast, and before you could say lickity split she was off with my mike! She carried it, singing drunken slurs and curses all the way to her equally inebriated friends. I tried to go and retrieve my mike only to have her drunkenly push my face away. Once, twice oooh I almost decked her! Needless to say, we almost got into a bar brawl so security politely stepped in to aid me in my recovery. She and her friends sure put up a good fight, her friends chiming in "Just let her sing damnit- let her sing." Just when I got my mike back... the song ended... sigh...”

Jeffrey Joe – “Probably mid-seventies, some friends and I played with the legenday icon of El Lay's Counterculture, Gypsy Boots. He was a fixture on El Lay's scene for 50 years or more. A Nature Boy, Athlete, Philosopher, Vegan, Jack LaLanne on crack kinda guy. We opened a Benefit Concert for The LA Free Clinic for a radio station. We were in rented grandstands and a stage set up in the parking lot of the Palladium and the temperature was, as I recall, 195° or so. We followed a Glam Rock band and waded through heaps of sweat-soaked glitter and streamers to play traditional Bluegrass music while Gypsy Boots flung himself and his washtub bass all around for an audience of TWO people besides our friends and family. We were followed by George Carlin and became his audience of five.”

Sue Palmer: “When I was playing with Candye Kane, in the wild '90's. We were playing at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska. I wore a beehive with Candye in those days and got a lot of attention for it. She was a little envious, so she got herself a "pastiche", a little hair piece to put on top of her hair. The Zoo Bar is very small and intimate and we had a lot of good friends there. Candye always went all out for them and so this night, while I was taking a solo, she decided to go under the piano and put her head between my legs. I took a long solo but after awhile I started wondering when she was going to come up. It turned out she got her Pastiche stuck in my fish nets and couldn't move. We all laughed and still do! It was hysterical.”

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Unusual Stage Happenings from San Diego Musicians:

Dan Luko (Neon Cough): “Last year, we were invited to play at a house party. We get there, set up our gear, and start playing in the backyard of this house that borders on an alley. Near the end of our set, a dog comes running through a big gap in the fence. The dog stops and sits behind us with it's head following our drummer's drumsticks along with every movement. When we finally stop playing, our drummer sets down his sticks, the dog runs up, grabs one of them in it's mouth, runs through the hole in the fence and off into the night, never to be seen again. That dog was the talk of the party.”

Sara Groban: “While I was on stage was when I had a humorous interaction with someone in the audience during both of my two sets. During the first set, an Australian man yelled out to me after a couple songs saying how great he thought my music was and how much he liked it. About an hour later, I went up to play my second set. After one song, the same Australian man yelled out how terrible my music was and how I had a long way to go as a musician. Needless to say, he was on his sixth cocktail and I don't think I've ever stared down someone and played so loud in my life.”

Josey Williams (321 Stereo): “I was playing my first Halloween show down in Chula Vista at this little dive. It was a pretty good time! The drinks were flowing and everyone was dressed up, and I was having a blast. Well, everyone else was probably having too much of a good time in retrospect. I was working on getting everybody to sing-a-along to a song they all loved and one woman in particular was gung-ho about joining in. She motioned to me to let her sing so I put the mike down by her mouth. Well for a drunk woman she sure moved fast, and before you could say lickity split she was off with my mike! She carried it, singing drunken slurs and curses all the way to her equally inebriated friends. I tried to go and retrieve my mike only to have her drunkenly push my face away. Once, twice oooh I almost decked her! Needless to say, we almost got into a bar brawl so security politely stepped in to aid me in my recovery. She and her friends sure put up a good fight, her friends chiming in "Just let her sing damnit- let her sing." Just when I got my mike back... the song ended... sigh...”

Jeffrey Joe – “Probably mid-seventies, some friends and I played with the legenday icon of El Lay's Counterculture, Gypsy Boots. He was a fixture on El Lay's scene for 50 years or more. A Nature Boy, Athlete, Philosopher, Vegan, Jack LaLanne on crack kinda guy. We opened a Benefit Concert for The LA Free Clinic for a radio station. We were in rented grandstands and a stage set up in the parking lot of the Palladium and the temperature was, as I recall, 195° or so. We followed a Glam Rock band and waded through heaps of sweat-soaked glitter and streamers to play traditional Bluegrass music while Gypsy Boots flung himself and his washtub bass all around for an audience of TWO people besides our friends and family. We were followed by George Carlin and became his audience of five.”

Sue Palmer: “When I was playing with Candye Kane, in the wild '90's. We were playing at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska. I wore a beehive with Candye in those days and got a lot of attention for it. She was a little envious, so she got herself a "pastiche", a little hair piece to put on top of her hair. The Zoo Bar is very small and intimate and we had a lot of good friends there. Candye always went all out for them and so this night, while I was taking a solo, she decided to go under the piano and put her head between my legs. I took a long solo but after awhile I started wondering when she was going to come up. It turned out she got her Pastiche stuck in my fish nets and couldn't move. We all laughed and still do! It was hysterical.”

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"...grabs one of them in it's mouth..."

The dog grabbed one of them in it is mouth? The dog grabbed one of them in it has mouth?

*its mouth

And people wonder why newspapers are dying off...

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