There's a first time for everything, and every gig is an adventure ....
So Friday night Mark, Pat and I played for Warren Riley's birthday at the Paradise. We started at 7:30 and the crowd was small but into the music and we had a blast.
More and more people started showing up. This is a small bar to begin with, and we crammed all the stuff in the front, then locked the front door.
Thanks to Keith Franx and Warren for singing with us ... spirited renditions of Roadhouse Blues!
So we are rocking away at about 10:45, and as we are nearing the end of our last set, a Quincy Police Department officer walks in. He very politely tells us they've had two complaints of loud noise, and he asks us to turn it down.
I could tell it was probably the last thing he wanted to be doing, but he was just doing his job, no complaints here.
This bar is in a residential area and they have to be good neighbors. We played a few more songs and that was that.
"Usually when the cops come I just turn it up," Pat said.
The Funions usually don't play in bars, and we've never been officially told to turn it down, though we are always told we are too loud.
That aside (and we won't even talk about near-brawl in the parking lot), I thought we played pretty well. You really have to pay attention when playing at a 3-piece band. No beer and running around without caring in this lineup .... it was still a blast, and I hope Warren had a happy birthday.