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Cramming in the last of my summer fun

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:23 AM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 12:31 AM ]
August has come and gone. As the month began, I was in Massachusetts playing the best annual sets yet with the Building Science Boogie Band. After six nights in Massachusetts, I came home and played back-to-back nights with Lancaster band Memory Laps(e) and AM Radio. Both The Sofa Kings and AM Radio remained very active throughout the month with me on keys whenever our schedules worked out.

August included two open-air show dates that especially stood out for me. The first was Musikfest on Aug. 11 where I played the Festplatz stage with The Sofa Kings -- which even got me on TV (check out this news coverage). That show had to end early due to a thunderstorm hitting Bethlehem, but it was worth it to see a crowd that size dancing to everything.

Secondly, Lakefest on Aug. 27 was a really great day, where I played sets with both AM Radio and The Sofa Kings, while also checking out the musical talent on two other stages. I deepened my appreciation for Danielle & Jennifer and Rhodes Less Traveled, and learned about an up-and-coming performing artist named Jesse Lopez.

After all of these experiences in August, Labor Day really felt like the end of summer for me. I couldn’t have imagined more beautiful weather for a show on the beach where I was playing in Brigantine, New Jersey. Michael Allman fronted the Mile High Club, and we played two sets of Allman Brothers Band songs and whatever else we liked in our common repertoire. It was a private party, so we were quick to play requests and welcome several special guests sitting in.

It was my second Jersey shore date in three days. Labor Day weekend had started with me sitting in with The Sofa Kings at the Princeton in Avalon, NJ. On the day in between I had to make it back to Pennsylvania to play an afternoon church wedding, an evening AM Radio gig at Bridgeport Ribhouse, and three Sunday morning church services. I wound up driving about 600 miles in three days. I spent more time on the road than I did sleeping, but thankfully, I played music way longer than all that driving.

Zeptember is now in full swing. Everybody’s back in school, and some people might be stuffing all their white pants in a remote drawer where they intend to be reunited with them next June. But technically, summer won’t be over for another two weeks. I have three more concert appearances scheduled over this time:

Saturday, Sept. 9 - AM Radio at Puck Live, Doylestown, PA

Sunday, Sept. 10 - Back to Amy, A Tribute to Amy Winehouse at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA

Friday, Sept. 15 - The Sofa Kings at Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar, Malvern, PA