That very evening we performed our "International Showcase" at venues previously mentioned. We saw a little of Lazy Eye @152 but schedules didn't allow us to stay for very long. As for Dave & myself at Pig On Beale we both felt we performed a great set (75minutes). The place was rockin’. None of the crowd left, which was a good sign!We were second on the bill - Chris O fro Sydney Blues Society opened the evening… a very accomplished performer. Enjoyed her set. After us was Wayne & Mikey from Canada… also seasoned performers.
The next two days were spent preparing for the quarter final rounds. We were on late in the evening (act 11 of 12) after a five plus hour wait, finally we went on. A little flat by our own standards (You had to sign in 20 minutes BEFORE the first act starts, then remain for the duration, until after you have performed). The second night we were the second act on (at 6.00 pm). Nailed it!! Thought we may just sneak into the semi-finals (we had judges come see us for our business card both nights after we performed), but the calibre of acts is just so high, as you can imagine. Alas, we didn't make the semi's!
Looking forward to seeing all our friends at St. Lukes on May 7th for our "Thank-you" event. Performing with Lazy-Eye and possibly a "Q& A " session. For me personally I think I have gained probably ten plus years experience in this past week. It has changed the way I think about performing, the business side of things, etc. Have met some truly wonderful people from around the globe and hopefully I may return to perform again in Memphis - one day!! (With my mate Dave Blight of course. A thrill to be there with him. He's always "got me covered”).
"Planet Beale Street"- An inspiring, crazy, thrilling, head-spinning place to be. But I would still rather live in "Good Old Oz.” Best country on the planet in my opinion!
Cheers - Mick Kidd :-)
Applications for the ARBA 2016 Memphis Blues Challenge open on the 15th of February.
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