L.A. is always wild, crazy & fast paced! We played @ the beautiful El Rey Theater on Wilshire. We pulled up early to the venue and a few of us had a chance to grab some breakfast @ IHOP. The weather was nice. When we returned, I noticed a homeless person across from our tour bus sleeping in a sleeping bag. That's always a wake up call for me. Everyone has a story! Count your blessings and always keep things in perspective!
Okay, now for the real fun: JD had to pick up some gear from a local drumshop. We were told that the place was a mile or so up the street. We started walking and it got longer and longer! Finally, I pulled out my phone so I could GPS where we were, etc. From that location we were another 2 miles away! By this time, we had been walking for over an hour. we get to the shop @ 5:09PM to find them closed!! We were 9 mins late. So, we take a break and JD finds out that Sam Ash is a few blocks away. We begin this journey. Did I add that we're now 30 mins late for soundcheck? So now, the tour manager is calling and texting. We stop @ a Chick Fil A and they tell us that it's a few more blocks down the road. We wound up getting really close to the 'Hollywood' Sign, we passed "Catalina's" and got really close to the "Walk of Fame". We finally get there around 6:30PM, TIRED! JD gets what he needs and we cab it back to the venue where the band is looking @ us like, Really? LOL! We did a quick soundcheck and then the doors opened. People told us that they think we walked for about 7 MILES! Woooooooo!
The show started @ 7PM. We had a good crowd that was eager to hear some music! We jumped in! Vic killed it on "My Life". My goodness! The crowd was looking like, "Seriously!?" Woo! "Gonna Get It Right" came out tonight and the talented & funky Divinity Roxx joined us onstage. She toured with us for years before leaving to join Beyonce's all female band. She did phenomenal and it was great to play with her again. Check her out! Krstal sang a beautiful version of "Overjoyed'. JD was silly funky and Krystal had an unbelievable experience on this song (that also went into "Hallelujah" & "Amazing Grace") tonight! Wow! Epic! We also played "Love Is My Favorite Word". We ended with "Bass Tribute/Jaco". The encore was our cover medley with Divinity Roxx joining us with a freestyle rap & a rock version of her song, "Rebel". OH MY!
Thank U L.A.! Teddy Campbell and his Wife almost came out as my guest. We had a blast! Thank U God for your traveling mercies! Next up, the final night in Tempe, AZ.
Bless U real good...DWats
We played the Opera House in Napa. Beautiful room, but light on the sound reinforcement. No problem for the VWB, we try our best to adjust to the environment.
Set 1 started out smooth and mysterious as usual. The audience is usually blown away by "A Woman's Strength". Mainly because Vic starts the show out on cello. Nonetheless, it was fun & funky. Vic was effortless on "My Life" (Wow!). We ended the set with Steve playing us into "Imagine This".
Set 2 started with JD's "2012?". We had Danette's (Victor's manager) daughter sit in on JD's kit. We all had fun! "I Saw God" also made the list tonight. (: Krystal sang awesome on "Overjoyed", then Vic played a beautiful solo. We ended the set with Bass Tribute & the VWB's version of "3 Views of a Secret"/"Liberty City". Awesome! We encored with our covers medley.
The people were very into the show! Thank U all for a wonderful time. We appreciate it!
Oakland, thank U so much for all the love and support! Wednesday night was EPIC! That's all I have to say. My friend and one of my all time biggest influences, Joel Smith came out. It was great to see him and catch up. JD enjoyed seeing him as well! Michael 'Tiny' Lindsey (bad bass player) was in the house, too!
Musically, Wow! We had a blast! Krystal 'sang' and Vic blew up the place (SHEESSH)! We also played a smoking/smooth/latin version of JD's "2012?". And we encored both sets with, ? TBC...
A very special thanks to the staff @ Yoshi's and the Waterfront Hotel for taking good care of us! To our wonderful crew...You're amazing! (: Last but not least, thanks to our special friend Eugene for coming to EVERY set that we've ever performed @ Yoshi's! We appreciate U Sir! (:
On to the Napa Valley in the morning but not before I hit the Buttercup Grill one moregin! (: Bless U all real good...DWats
Day 1 of our 2 night stint @ Yoshi's was awesome!
The 1st show started with sweet versions of "A Woman's Strength" & "Brooklyn". Of course, "My Life" was killin with Vic. Steve Bailey then played a very musical solo into "Imagine This". Then Krystal sang a solid version of "When U Grow Up". Vic then played a smooth solo into "Amazing Grace" to end the night. We encored with a touching rendition of "Heaven". The sold out crowd was thankful! (:
The 2nd set started with the same 2 songs but the band kicked up a notch! Next up was "I Saw God". Vic tore the roof off with his solo. Next was a lovely version of "Love Is My Favorite Word". Krystal pulled out the flute. She then sang a smoking version of "Overjoyed". After that, Vic & JD coasted easily yet funky through "What Did He Say?", "Me & My Bass Guitar" & "U Can't Hold No Groove". FUNKY! We ended the set with "Sword & Stone" and another smoking drum duet with JD & I was born. Now, are encore was so epic that I'm not going to talk about it! It's the first time it's been done ever on this tour that started last May! U need to see the show to experience it. I will not ruin it for U! (: Vic, JD, Krystal, Flex, Steve & Dave..GR8 job!
Wednesday night should be fun, too! Bless U real good...DWats
Well, we made it to Chico early Monday morning..Amen! (: Again, it was a little inconvenient, but all's well that ends well! We got some rest and chill time this morning which was nice.
We played tonight @ the Sierra Nevada Music Room. We eased into it but had an awesome set. "Love is My Favorite Word" came out tonight. That was fun! There were also good versions of "2012?" & "Overjoyed" sang by Krystal. Vic played a killin' solo and he ended the night with "Amazing Grace/Hallelujah". The crowd loosened up & really started dancing on the encore which was our covers medley. We had fun!
We spent some time with the nice and appreciative people, signing autographs and taking cameras (LOL, story behind that). We appreciate the love Chico! Yoshi's in Oakland coming up Tuesday & Wednesday.
Bless U real good...DWats