Successful hosting of traveling group Catacoustic Groove
- Below is a trip summary of the group Catacoustic Groove from Arizona that
recently toured the bay area. Thanks to everyone who helped them out --
they felt very welcome and the venues compilation got a good christening.
>Brief summary (too much for really detailed__________________________________________
>We had a GREAT TIME in Bay Area!
>Our director got off work around 10:00 Friday night,
>and we headed in to Palo Alto anyway, even though
>we only got there around 11:00. Still a fair number
>of folks stopped to listen, and one guy said if we were
>going to be around for a while he would like to hire us.
>Nice gesture even though we had to decline.
>Saturday on Fisherman's Wharf was WONDERFUL! Lots
>of leisurely people wandering around, just waiting to
>be entertained, and they settled down to enjoy our
>show, and their obvious enjoyment was a real booster
>to our own morale, singing in the BIG CITY for the
>very first time away from home. Ghirardelli Square,
>Pier 39, and The Cannery were most hospitable and I
>strongly recommend them to any other visiting groups.
>Remember, though: BOOK YOUR TIME/PLACE WEEKS AHEAD!!!
>We can attest to the fact that these places DESERVE
>their reputation as prime performance venues!
>Sunday we headed down to Santa Cruz Wharf, which was abuzz
>with an Arts Festival. Only had a few minutes to sing, but
>definitely a lovely place full of happy folks. Wound
>up the afternoon at Monterey Bay Arts and Crafts Faire
>run by Pacific Repertory Theater, which was again
>warm and encouraging. As before we found our way was
>made smooth by having contacted organizers weeks beforehand,
>so that there was time to introduce our group to the
>organizers, send copies of the CD when necessary, and
>figure out performance times and places.
>In all of this, the INTERNET was most valuable. CASA
>contacts, esp. Michael Olivier and his group, provided
>wonderful information on small places that otherwise an
>out-of-state group would never have found. Many venues,
>fairs, events, towns, have good web pages listing what
>is going on and opportunities for performers.
>SO to other groups coming to Bay Area, start with
>ba-acappella and don't be afraid to go wherever it leads you!
>Bruce Bayly / Catacoustic Groove
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