KaRTunes Blog - February 2017
• Feb 14 - KaR Tunes, Valentine's Day Dinner at Hilliards Corner Lounge
This was our first music show for the "new" owners, the Stein family. Actually, Steins are the old owners; the land-contract reverted to them when the old owner Eric decided to give up the business. We love doing the love songs and the family events. This was a lovey-dovey events for couples, and it matched our expectations perfectly. The food was great, give Steins a big credit for the excellent food at Hilliards Corner Lounge. The weather was pretty good. A nice almost-warm sunny day, with just the slightest snowfall in the cold evening. The crowd was great - thanks so much to all our friends for showing up to eat, drink, and dance to our Krys & Rick tunes. We started right at 6, and everyone was hanging out with us until we finished around 9. We had friends and neighbors from far and wide. Thanks to those who drove a distance to join us on this day celebrating love. We had friends from G.R., Fennville, Allegan, Hudsonville, Grandville, Middleville, and Wayland. We've only had a couple acoustic gigs in the past 4 months, so we were happy that our song memory banks were clicking. We added a few Krystal & Rick song rarities; Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do", Supertramp's "Even In The Quietest Moments", Adelle's "One And Only", Stones' "Sway", Linda Ronstadt "Heatwave", and Indigo Girls' "Closer to Fine". We surprised ourselves by doing a pretty good job on all those rarities, as well as our regular everyday crowd pleasers.
Thanks to the Steins for having us. Thanks to friends for coming out on a weekday night. Thank you dancers!
KaRTunes Blog - January 2017
• Jan 28 - KaR Tunes, Lynx 4th Annual Beach Party
We love this place. The Lynx is close by for us, not too hoity-toity, not too shabby, great food, beautiful golf course with lots of woods, and a staff that is friendly and professional. They know how to do events. They do lots of golf outing benefits, weddings, comedy nights, "art and wine" nights, and lots of other events. This one is a special annual event to celebrate mid-winter. We're halfway through the cold weather, and golf weather is right around the corner. It's a Beach Party. Everyone is encouraged to wear beach attire. What a colorful event. The decorations were over-the-top. There was a great selection of door prizes, indluding t-shirts, hates, sunglasses, drink glasses, umbrellas, ... a bunch of beach-related items. At the night's end, Rick got a pair of Jack Daniels "Tennessee Honey" wrist sweatbands.
Someone told me that they went to the Lynx on Friday to get reservations, and there were only 20-some names on the list. Jim the owner told me during 2pm set-up that there were about 38 names reserved, with a couple regular groups not able to attend. We were prepared for a half-full room, but that's not how it ended up. We had at least 70 party people filling the room. There were several couples there from Sharon's Dance Studio in Kalamazoo, from the bigger group that came last year. We had lots of dancing action for nearly every song. We dusted off the summer / beach songs we learned for last year's party. We are even talking about adding one or two of those songs to the Tricks repertoire. The main candidate for a Tricks addition is Linda Rondstadt "Heatwave".
There were great munchies, including a taco bar and desert table. Lots of Margaritas and Piña Coladas. There was also a photo booth set up, and we had a Limbo contest. I can't think of anything that would have made this night more fun. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great party night. Thanks to Jim & Pam and the Lynx staff for your hard work.