It seems it's been a while since I've posted about any of my gigs. This one was somewhat noteworthy. We played a pretty fancy-schmancy corporate Christmas party this past weekend at The Queen Mary. It's a nice boat and I've played there several times before. It has a well-deserved reputation of being the most inconvenient load-in and load-out of just about any gig in the country.
It was raining earlier in the day but turned into a nice afternoon after the clouds broke up.
No, this is not a skinny red TARDIS. It's just a cool old phone booth that is now housing an ATM.
Remember what I said about a difficult load in? This is the rickety old freight elevator that we have to use.
It goes up one level to the R deck.
Art and Mario are very glad that they made it up to the gang plank.
Now we roll our stuff across the gang plank, turn left down the hallway on the port side of the ship. Of all the rooms on the ship, the room we were playing has the easiest load-in, relatively speaking.
The Grand Salon is very art deco with its wood columns and art work.
After hauling all our gear up from the parking lot, a workout in itself, we had to set it all up.
Here's the obligatory picture of my rig on stage.
Here's Kelly during our sound check. She just came from another gig. She and the rest of the band will get dolled up a little later.
We're all set up and ready to go.
We took a little walk around the ship to grab some supper. Here's the elevators and the Promenade deck.
Here's the obligatory view from my mic. We started with some dinner music.
After the guests had dinner and a few drinks the band was able to have some fun.
This is Mario, showing off.
Art, Daniel, and Kelly smiled for the camera.
Here are a couple of shots of the band in action.
On a break we took a band picture. Of course, every time you take a band picture the band breaks up, or gets a new member. Hopefully that won't happen.
And the moment we've all been waiting for, tearing down and loading out. At least we got paid pretty good for being roadies tonight. We earned it.
A good time was had by all.
I've played in other rooms on the Queen Mary where you had to go up the elevator to the gang plank, down the hall to the front of the ship, up the elevator or stairs to another deck, then back down the hallway to one of the smaller rooms. The Grand Salon room is relatively easy to get in an out of. It's a lovely venue, if not a little old and a bit dingy or damp. You always hear stories of ghosts on the ship too. You can rent a room there just like a hotel. It's a nice experience.
Thank you for looking. Break a leg everyone!
Thank you for your indulgence,