Sound Tower Gig Diary II:  Creating a Buzz

By George Dionne | Oct 06, 2010

Since my last blog entry, Sound Tower was fortunate enough to play three area venues. Two of the clubs were new to us, and one was an old favorite.

September 24th – The Fan Club, 2859 Cranberry Hwy. Wareham

If you read my previous blog, From Pool Shark to Rock Frontman, then you know how special this gig was to me and Sound Tower. Walking into a new venue you never know what to expect. This is especially true with The Fan Club which is known more for its sports, pool hall, and weekend DJs.

By far The Fan Club is the largest venue we’ve played. The space where we set up had plenty of room for us to move around. The beginning of the night started off a little slow. A good handful of my friends and a few former pool mates were in attendance. As eleven o’clock approached, more and more people started coming in. This of course energized the band, as we were hitting our best dance numbers in the set list.

I would certainly call the night a success. I was hoping for a bigger crowd, but there was more than enough people there. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the night for me was when the owner of The Fan Club bought us a round of drinks. Having frequented The Fan Club for years in the past, this is a very, very rare occurrence. To me this was a huge sign of approval.

Sound Tower has been invited back to The Fan Club three more times before the end of the year. Two dates I am most proud of having is Thanksgiving Eve and New Years Eve. Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest nights for The Fan Club. It’s wall-to-wall people. No band has ever played on this night. Sound Tower will be the first, and for that we are very grateful. I hope together we can help build-up a live music program for The Fan Club.

October 1st – Piper Beau’s, 207 Main St. Wareham

You probably don’t know the back story of Piper Beau’s and Sound Tower. We were booked to play Piper Beau’s way back in May, but following the departure of our former guitarist and bass player, we had to cancel. We were bummed and Piper’s was bummed. They told me then that people were really looking forward to that show.

Well, we got the chance to redeem ourselves, and redeem ourselves we did! Piper Beau’s was packed from the very beginning to the very end. Our friends and family were there. People I went to school with were there. I saw past and present selectmen, teachers I knew from high school, and even local business owners.

Our set was very well received. People were dancing, drinking, and having a good time. This by far was one of our best nights, if not THE best night we’ve ever had. As a result, Sound Tower will be back at Piper Beau’s every month from November to May 2011. I’m sure you’ll see us there after that as well.

October 2nd – Shooters, 360 Wareham St. Middleboro.

Doing back-to-back gigs is always draining, but as they say, "the show must go on." Shooters in Wareham was the first bar in the area to give us a chance when we were just starting out. I’ll never understand why they took the chance, because at the time we had no demo for them, we didn’t have many gigs under our belt, and nobody knew who we were. Back then we had a deal, if we were good we’d come back, if we weren’t, see you later. Needless to say, we came back several times. The band has a philosophy, give us one chance and we promise you’ll want us back. Hasn’t failed us yet.

After Sound Tower’s line-up change over the summer, Shooter’s was the first place we called. The Wareham location said they were phasing out bands, but moving them to their second location in Middleboro. In all honesty, Middleboro is a much bigger location, more suitable for live bands. However, the first gig in Middleboro was not so great.

The building is shaped like a “U” with the bar being at one end of the U and the band being at the other. So unless you walked out of the bar and down the hall to the dinning room, you couldn’t actually see the band. And on that night, no one wanted to leave their bar stool. We played to a packed bar that could see us if they peeked around the corner, but the room we were in was empty for the most part. It wasn’t all bad. We were given more gigs.

So for the October 2nd gig, our expectations were low. But on this night, Shooter’s came alive. The bar room was packed once again, but this time, so was the band room. We didn’t have a lot of our friends and family in attendance, so this was all Shooter’s crowd. The dance floor filled up during our dance numbers. The same people stuck around for our slower and harder songs as well.

One of the highlights of the night for me was when I was talking with a couple during our first break. I asked them how they liked the show. They thought it was great. They went on to tell me that they came specifically to see Sound Tower. They said they saw our band’s profile on a local music calendar site. They listened to our demo songs and watched the live video on our website, and decided to check us out. Did I mention they came all the way from Framingham?

Quick show preview:

Sound Tower guitarist Jack Crowley and I will be playing a special acoustic set at Edaville USA’s National Cranberry Festival this Sunday, October 10th (2:30 show time). The National Cranberry Festival is an event for the entire family. For more info on the event, please check out our Facebook page. Hope to see you there.

Upcoming shows:

Oct 22nd: Buzzards Bay Tavern – 149 Main St - Buzzards Bay (9:30pm)

Oct 29th: The Fan Club – 2859 Cranberry Hwy - Wareham (10pm)

Nov 5th: Buzzards Bay Tavern – 149 Main St - Buzzards Bay (9:30pm)

Nov 19th: Shooter’s – 360 Wareham St – Middleboro (10pm)

Nov 24th: The Fan Club – 2859 Cranberry Hwy - Wareham (10pm)

Nov 27th: Piper Beau’s – 207 Main St – Wareham (10pm)

For more info:

www.soundtowerrocks.com

www.facebook.com/soundtowerrocks

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