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The most unusual place you ever …..

“Singer stages gig in store window
May 16, 2014”

That was the headline that caught my eye, and started this train of thought.

When I was in high-school, my girlfriends and I once had a conversation in which we were supposed to name the most unusual place we’d ever kissed a boy. (Yes, I know that can be taken more than one way, but it was a more innocent time.) Some of the suggestions were under a street lamp, behind the garage (We lived in the city. No barns.), on the football field, under the bleachers, backstage.  All sorts of places that are available to teenagers. No bedrooms or airplanes ever came into play.

The question that occurred to me after I saw this headline was, where are some of the more unusual places you’ve put on a show? I’ll start the ball rolling and I’d love your comments.

One night I dreamed that I was playing a show in a dance studio, complete with mirrors, a barre and an audience of about 100 people. On waking, I thought that was such a good idea that I started calling around to tell people about my dream. No one took the bait and the idea languished, unfulfilled. Until I was having dinner with a couple of friends, one of whom was a dancer.  When I was suddenly reminded of my dream, and said something about it, she said “That’s totally possible, and I even know where you could do it.”  We ended up doing several shows at Cafe Dance in Austin, TX. We had a great time despite obstacles like the acoustic unsuitability of the space, and the fact that it was pretty much off the beaten track, as music venues go. Still, it was a dream come true, and we got a radio interview out of the press release — never hurts.

I’ve also had several friends that played in store-front windows to an audience standing on the street. Most notably, when SXSW first started expanding into “official” and “unofficial” showcases, a band I knew convinced a store owner in the heart of Austin’s 6th street entertainment district to let them take over for the night. The passing crowd loved it, and most stopped to listen for a song or two, which is as much as anyone can  hope for during SXSW.

The most truly unusual gig I’ve ever had as far as location was concerned, was also one of the sweetest.  I received a call from a gentleman who told me that his wife was about to go into the hospital for brain surgery. But before that could happen, she had to have her head shaved. He asked me to come to the beauty salon and sing love songs from him to her, including “You Are So Beautiful”, while the haircut was happening.  He told me after I’d finished that his wife was formerly a singer with the Dallas Opera, had studied under Beverly Sills. I’m glad I didn’t know that while I was singing. And she really was beautiful, even when her hair was gone.I also sang her the song which I’ve included at the bottom of this post, which is one of my own.

So how about you? Street corner? Subway? Living room? Standing on a table? Comment with the ones you found the most surprising.

Oh, and here’s the song I sang her:

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Austin, TX – 03/14/14

Who
SX North Lamar
When
Friday, March 14, 2014
6:30pm - All Ages
Where
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX, US 78751

Feminist bookstore with occasional music performances.

Other Info
A host of the best female singer/songwriters in Austin. My set is at 7:30, but come when it opens at 6:30 and stay for the whole thing. You won't be sorry!

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Austin, TX – 03/14/14

Who
Third Coast Showcase for SXSW
When
Friday, March 14, 2014
12:00pm - All Ages
Where
4101 Guadalupe
Austin, TX, US 78705
Other Info
A host of the best singer/songwriters in town. My set is at 1:30, but come at noon, and stay a long time. You won't be sorry!

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Austin, TX – 03/16/13

When
Saturday, March 16, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
Thrice Cafe (map)
909 West Mary

Austin, TX, US 78704
Other Info
This month, I'll be sharing the stage with Avenue Elle and Linda Back McKay, poet par excellence from Minneapolis.

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