I love to play live. I LOVE to play live! I love the interactions between the musicians on stage, the interactions between the musicians and the audience; I love the feedback that you get, the energy, the banter, the flirting. Everything, it’s all there, it’s FUN! It’s electric, a jolt to my system – I live for it, I thrive on it.
I think some of my best recordings throughout the years have actually been by bootleggers recording my band, or me solo, because in that moment, I’m just not thinking about it. All my energy is focused on the love of playing music. It’s all focused on rolling with the moment. It’s a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back to the audience. And as a result of that exchange, the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow.
And that’s why I’ve always wanted to shoot a live DVD. I’ve done live albums before, and those are great – they capture the music well and it’s fun to listen to, but you never quite get the experience of seeing the band interacting with each other, and the band interacting with the crowd. You don’t get the full sensory and visual experience.
In 23 years of playing and touring with different musicians there’s been so many versions of my band, and each permutation has been wonderful! But those awesome, spontaneous moments that have happened during shows have been fleeting, and not too many have been captured on live albums. But I’ve got this cool moment right now where I’ve got a GREAT version of the band, exciting, fun, just great guys, awesome players. And I’d LOVE to get it recorded, I’d love to get it on video. And I’d love to put it out into the world so you can see it and experience it like you’re at the show. And not just like you’re at the show in the audience, but like you’re at the show ON STAGE!
So that’s why I’ve created this Kickstarter campaign, and with your help, I’ll be working with a crew of local independent filmmaker friends to shoot and record a live concert experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen in my hometown of Portland, Oregon at one of my favorite venues – Mississippi Studios – the day after Thanksgiving.
Thank you SO much for your help in making this a reality.
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