Monday, October 29, 2007

World Series Champions

The Sox have won again!

You may have missed your chance to watch part of the series at the Cantab, with the Chicken Slacks ... but this means you can come out to dance this Thursday with no distractions!

Monday, October 22, 2007

George Masso

Just found this: the 81 year old "Grandfather-of-the-Bride" who sat in with us during our jazz set at Friday's wedding in Newport is George Masso, a trombonist with a substantial resume. He worked with Jimmy Dorsey in the 40's, and after a long teaching career, returned to the scene, touring with the Benny Goodman Sextet and working with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Bobby Rosegarden, and many others. He has a handful of recordings. Sweet man with a very sweet tone. Look him up on the All Music Guide website. I feel honored to have played with this guy, but more than that, I feel lucky that I simply got to hear his great chops.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Year Eve plans coalescing

Check the show schedule for the New Years Eve gig announcment soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wedding season: "Wrap It Up"

Well, here it is October and I'm about to send out the last "Wedding Advance Sheet" to the guys for the wedding in Newport, RI this Friday. These things always take a lot of work but after 15 of them this year alone, we're pretty used to it.
This will be the last wedding the Slacks have booked for '07 (oh, wait, there's one more in November, up in "Brrrr" Harbor, Maine). I must say it's been a lot of fun. People always ask me "Do you like playing weddings?" as if it's a hassle, like I have to rent a tux and buy a gift and find a date and all that. It's not like I was IN 15 weddings, we were just the PARTY! And we love to throw a party as you know. Weddings are a lot of fun: great locations, super happy people, gourmet food, fabulous dresses, and the inevitable "make a circle" dance contest. Chicken Slacks: We don't make music, we make memories. How's that for a slogan!?
Anyways, we're already booking weddings for next year, and if it continues at this pace, it'll easily surpass this year's numbers. Kudos to our sound engineer Rob Swalley, always the first to arrive and the last to leave, "working for that minimum wage..." as Jackson Browne once said. The man is a genius and makes us sound incredible. Thanks Rob.
We took some video at some of the weddings this season; I hope to put something together for YouTube at some point...stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Origins of the Cantab

After two years of Thursday nights, I was wondering where the Cantab got its name? We all know where the Chicken Slacks name comes from -right?

Well, wherever, whatever, whoever it was, its a pillar of the Boston music scene!

See you all Thursday night!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Record night at the Cantab

It was a record night for our Thursday residency. 155 paid admissions (just over capacity) and record bar receipts. Great to see so many new faces mixing with our favorite regulars. Jeff G on sax and Mike "The Hammer" Null on guitar added some nice spice and a bit of the "X" factor that always keeps the band on their toes. The A/C was cranked but it was still hot as hell up in there. The place was electric. See y'all next week!