I was mentioning to Barry Cohen that I was desperately looking for gigs during the week, and he told me he had a gig for me at an Italian restaurant called “Tuscany” in La Costa, which was a bit of a drive (40 minutes) from my house.
First off, other than Barry, I’d never met any of the other people in the band, so it was one of those gigs… no rehearsal, just show up and play.
I ended up having a lot of fun, and the musicians I gigged with were top-notch and professional. Anna Dowdell is a young, talented, up-and-coming singer/songwriter whose persona really lights up the stage. She was born and raised in Sweden, daughter of an African-American father and Swedish mother. I heard she came to the United States 3 years ago, and one can tell because she has the cutest Swedish accent. Anyways, her vocal style is more on the R&B side and we did a few Alicia Keys songs, a very nice version of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” and some contemporary jazz tunes.
Rob (didn’t catch his last name) is a fine bassist and he sang as well. And he did a fine job singing some Sting songs (Fragile and Fields of Gold), Jimmy Buffett’s “Margarita-ville” and Bob Marley’s “Stirr It Up”. He just recently arrived to San Diego from Detroit, and he’s a software developer.
Bernard Battle was on keyboards. And it’s cool because the last time I saw him perform was like in high school when he was in a top local band called the “Soul Patrol’ and I was a budding drummer just getting my feet wet. So, it was definitely a pleasure to be performing with him for the first time in all these years. And we talked a lot about the old local bands that were around in those days.
And Barry played guitar and sang a few of his usual crowd-pleasing numbers… “Hot Hot Hot”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, etc.
All in all, a good, fun gig. The crowd was a bit crazy, yuppy-ish, older baby boomerish, hawaiian shirt-wearing types. 😉 The musicians were really nice and made me feel at home. The lovely Anna Dowdell… beautiful, talented and I could see her making it big one day. And if and when she does, remember that you heard it here first. 😉