Did you know that I have a secret identity?
As a musician, I go by Joshua Wake.
As Joshua Wake, I’ve had (and continue to have) a number of fun adventures. Let me tell you about about the time that I performed at a venue in Richmond, Virginia called The National.
The National is a large venue where major, mainstream acts regularly perform. Getting to play there was one of the most exciting events of my music career so far (and I would love to play there again!).
Pulling up to the venue and parking my Jeep Liberty where massive tour busses idled and unloaded such artists as 311, Nine Inch Nails, Silversun Pickups, Ben Folds, Iron and Wine, and Tegan and Sara was great, and loading my equipment through the same doors that these musicians used was even better.
I shared the show that night with three other groups.
A special thanks to Hero Gets The Girl, because they arranged the show.
I spent the most time interacting with the Juniper Green guys out of any of the acts, and they seemed like exciting guys who are going places.
Madd Hatter were more of a classic group, and I didn’t get to interact with them at all, outside of seeing their performance.
After unloading my equipment, I grabbed a stool and sat quietly tuning my acoustic as the night’s headliner did their sound check.
Finally, it was my turn. Their sound tech positioned me and I did my best to sound awesome.
Some of the staff paused in the doorways to listen and watch as I did my sound check – that was one of the best parts of the whole night.
After my sound check, we (my wife and I) toured the parts of the National that few people but the artists and their entourages get to see.
There are some rooms upstairs, and a jacuzzi. But the funniest thing we found was a basement tunnel that’s beneath the stage.
My wife and I, in an attempt to not interfere with the stage, successfully got lost and had a maintenance guy point us in the correct direction … just like in Spinal Tap!
A little while later, after hanging out with some of the other musicians and watching some CMT (which they had on TV’s in the artist rooms), it was just about time for me to hit the stage.
Standing in the wings, waiting to get the go-ahead to start my performance was so neat.
The performance was pretty good, I think. I was actually recovering from a cold, was pretty nervous (and rightfully so!), and kind of blew out my voice when I got too excited during sound check. Ha! But all things considered, I had fun and I think the audience did too – I mean, how could you sing along to a few bars of Rebecca Black’s Friday and not have a good time?
What are some fun / funny things you’ve done before performing?