22 May 2010

Closet Accordionist (for a night)

May 2010 - On tour OBI (rogaria.com) stayed for one night in a basement apartment behind Little Bucharest Bistro in Chicago. Very proudly I was shown to my private room.....a real treat while on tour. Imagine my surprise when I realized it was actually a walk-in closet with a bed. There on the floor in it's canvas backpack was my accordion. I wondered how in the world to explain that I was in the closet with my accordion for the first time in my life.

After settling in we went over to the bistro and started playing. And continued playing....until the owner was so happy he broke dishes while dancing and the Romanian Soccer team came in to celebrate. Somewhere around 3:00 a.m. the picture on the left was taken with the infamous saxophonist Gelu and OBI jamming. It was the first time I'd played with $20 bills tucked in my bellows as tips from the diners. What a night! And...I'm out of the closet. Thank you, Branko!

20 May 2010

Pictures and Explanations - OBI Midwest Tour 2010

Playing in a band can be a lot of fun, especially if the other folks are like you. Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) rogaria.com just completed a tour of Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan. This is me with our bassist, Matt Milller, as we waited in line at the Des Plaines Oasis to buy a cup of coffee. May 13, 2010