KaRTunes Blog - August 2018
• Aug 11 - KaR Tunes, AHS Class of 1968 Reunion, Lynx, Otsego
Great turn-out for Allegan Class of 1968 /50 Year Reunion. A beautiful evening for this event. We actually set up two sound systems, one indoors and one outdoors. Our plan was to play dinner music indoors for the first set or two, then take it all outdoors on the patio. We never used the outdoor system. It would have been a great plan except the crowd didn't really cooperate. They were having a mighty fine time chit-chatting like long-lost friends. It was heart-warming, to say the least. Staying indoors made this only our 2nd indoor show of the summer. We got a lot of kudos and compliments from the crowd, but only a few songs got the dancers out there. We sometimes have to admit that it isn't all about us. This one was all about the reuniting of old friends. There were lots and lots of stories to tell, and we can't blame people for not having time to dance. It was a very nice party, that's for sure. Thanks to Vicki Brower and the committee for your planning work, and for having us as part of your milestone event. It was an honor to be part of this happy occasion.
• Aug 7 - Tricks Acoustic Trio, Kollen Park, Holland
We've done many of Holland's "National Night Out" events in Kollen Park. Ozzy & Doogie planned on doing this one as the Dynamic Duo, but Krystal came back early from her hiking trip. So, we made it a Tricks Trio. Krystal says she didn't want to miss this fun day. It's all about a park full of kids having fun - lots of free activities and games and food. The highlight events are the Marshal Arts demonstration, and the Pie Eating Contest. The funnest part is that there are usually a couple pies left over, and they give those blueberry pies to the band. But seriously, folks, those karate kids and pie-eating kids are a blast to watch. They barely need us for entertainment. The pie contest - you have to be there. People are all gathered around, cheering on their favorite kids. After the kids, they put some cops and firemen up there to get pie in their faces.
KaRTunes Blog - July 2018
• July 28 - Ozzy & Doogie's "Band X" show, Iron Bridge, Allegan
When we set up our summer schedule with Rich & Melissa the owners, we told the that Krystal would not be available for this Saturday show. But, we assured them that Doogie & Ozzy would bring the rock n roll to B's Beer Garden, no problem with or without our Krystal. And, it was as fun as we thought it would be. Like our last Doogie & Ozzy show, we had less than twenty people hanging with us, but that doesn't stop us from having fun. It was less hot and humid this time, and that was a nice break. One thing cool is, without Krystal there to call the shots, Ozzy takes command a lot more than usual. He was calling out the tunes, and not holding back. We ending up doing a lot of our more difficult tunes with the drum machine mercilessly pounding the beat.
• July 4 - KaR Tunes, Dave & Anita Wedding, Glenn
Just a few weeks ago, Rick got a phone message, "my wife and I have heard you sing several times, and we wondered if you could sing for our wedding". Calling back, the first question was, "what's the date of your wedding"? Dave said, "July 4". Rick said, "July 4, ... this year"? "Yes". "Hmmm! Krystal and I are playing in Dorr until about 2pm. What time is the wedding and where"? Dave anwered, "Not anywhere near Dorr, ... it's in Glenn". Rick started coming up with suggestions for other live music, but Dave wouldn't take no for an answer. He said, "well, we might not need you for the wedding ceremony, because I have a homemade song that I'm going to sing. Can you still play for the reception, later on in the afternoon"? "Sure, I guess, let's get together and see what we can plan".
As it turned out, we quickly got out of Dorr around 1pm, after doing a one-hour set for the July 4 Ox Roast lunch-time crowd. We hurried home and changed into nice clothes, and made it over to Glenn Community Center in time for the wedding. And what a great, touching, romantic wedding it was! Dave and Anita each have a special-needs daughter. That's how they met; both Dave and Anita work for Special Olympics and other charity events. Anyway, the entire family, along with the family dog, were up front for the wedding vows. They have a special ring ceremony after the "normal" wedding rings. Each of the four family members got a "family ring" to celebrate the union of Dave, Anita, and the two girls. (The poor dog didn't get a ring, but he seemed very happy about the proceedings.) I have to admit, I never got teary-eyes so many times during a wedding ceremony, and we've played at about two hundred weddings. Dave's song during the bridal march, "I Got My Wish", was too much to hold back tears. Then the ring ceremony was so touching, I don't think there were many dry eyes in the place. We sang "Angel Eyes" for the bridal dance, and Dave & Anita invited the two girls to join in the dance. Again, tears were a-flowing.
Thanks so much to Dave & Anita and all your family & friends for letting us be part of this milestone of love in your life. We love love.
KaRTunes Blog - June 2018
• June 30 - Tricks RKO Trio, Anna Hestera Grad Party
Did I mention that this is the peak of the summer's sticky weather? OMG! We thought our Friday night at the Lynx was hot and sticky. This grad party for Anna Hestera came on a day that was downright oppressive. This was a party full of Krystal's friends from work, because the party was put on by Krystal's longtime co-worker Dina and husband Jon. But, even though our friends wanted to dance to add energy to the live music show, it was asking a lot. You can see in the pictures; everyone is nice and shiny from sweating. This type of show gives meaning to our motto, "Work Hard / Play Hard". You gotta force yourself to have fun.
• June 29 - KaR Tunes, Lynx Patio Party
This was the peak of sticky weather. Even at 7pm, it was still about 93º and very humid. The event was a "9 and Dine" golfers' dinner. Rick called Jim the owner a couple days before, and we taked about the hot sticky weather. Rick said, "maybe we should plan on doing an indoor patio party". Jim said, "golfers are tough folks, I think they'll want to hang around outside and watch the sunset". Well, as it turns out, of the ninety-some golfers there, only about ten were hanging out with us on the deck. We also had our friends Tom & Fran, with Krystal's dad Don. And we were pleasantly surprised by Rick's son Jeremy and family showing up. Other than that small bunch, we had very little action on the patio. The inside was full of people eating and drinking, but they were tired from being out on the golfcourse in that sticky heat. Golfers are tough, but they need a break from the heat when they're done golfing. Sometimes people need to chill - literally! We have a couple more Lynx events coming up this summer, and we'll see how those events turn out. It's always fun at the Lynx, and they have good food and a very pleasant atmosphere, with a beautiful sunset view from the patio. Sometimes people want to stay in the air-conditioning.
• June 23 - KaR Tunes, Sandy Pines annual Classic Car show, with Steve's Brat Cookout
Sticky weather again. Pretty good turn-out for this annual car show at Sandy Pines. Steve thought he would give the Brat Cookout a try at this event. Krys & Rick added their music for the people who were there to check out the cars and get a good brat & chips dinner. Thanks to Steve for hiring us. The Dick's Market Brat Cookouts are always fun. I know it's a lot of work for Steve's crew. The classic cars were an added touch that made it even more fun. Being Sandy Pines, we were in golfcart heaven again. Lots of people were hanging around in their golfcarts; sitting there eating their brats and watch us do our live music show.