There was a time in our parenting lives when the only way we could get to see much of our kids was by visiting them in seedy bars in questionable parts of town. Three of our kids were in a band called "Lawsuit" for ten years and we tried to get to most of their shows--and since they played nearly every weekend, we spent a lot of time in bars. Which is fun for someone who doesn't drink!
Lawsuit packed up its bags and faded in to the annals of music history in 1996 and while there is a revamped band, Preoccupied Pipers, they aren't as organized, don't play as often, and only Ned is in it regularly, Marta occasionally, and Jeri when she is in town (rarely).
But tonight Preoccupied Pipers played as part of an extravaganza called....
Ned has been working with Tom Fay to put this show on and publicize it (lemme tell you...if you want a good publicist, Ned's your man! He managed to make and post a video a day for the past week advertising this gig, in addition to an appearance on a Sacramento morning TV show and getting his mother to write a half-page long article, with two color photos, on Tom Fay, "The Christmas Miracle.")
And so there was no way we could skip this concert. Harrow's isn't exactly as "seedy" as some of the bars we have visited following our kids around Northern California. It actually has a menu of real food, so we could have dinner there. Ned saved us a table overlooking the stage and dance floor
A quartet opened the show and then Tom and his band, the Rhythm Kings, took the stage and did their set, ending with The Santa Rhumba. To look at him tonight you wouldn't think he was 75 and nearly died of a stroke two years ago!
There were a couple of other bands following the Rhythm Kings and then Preoccupied Pipers came on The thing that was always interesting about Lawsuit is that they always filled a dance floor. Even in a crowd that hadn't danced to other groups the same evening, would always be dancing to Lawsuit. That's what I thought when I saw the group dancing to Preoccupied Pipers. It was a Lawsuit flashback. (Walt pointed out that I could tell my mother that we went dancing tonight!)
It's always fun to see Ned on the drum, though he's hidden behind all the instruments in front. He did come out in front with guitar to do a duet with Marta.
There were also several "guest stars" whom I did not get pictures of, like Sarah "Sarge" Clanton and Barbara West singing a trio with Marta and later Paul's best friend Kag sharing the lead with KC Bowman on the finale, one of my favorite Lawsuit Songs, "The Grassy Knoell," their off-beat tribute to Christmas and the Kennedy assassination. Even Ned's brother-in-law Brad got in there playing the tin whistle. Everybody just had a great time.
There was another band after Preoccupied Pipers, but we decided to skip it and just came on home to watch Jeopardy.
As I write this, I am uploading my video of "The Grassy Knoell" to YouTube. If it actually uploads, I will link to it here tomorrow. It made me teary remembering the Lawsuit years and missing Paul.
We came home on such a high, the show having been so much fun, and with the happy news that Doug Jones had won the Alabama Senate run-off.