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Your July 2019 recap

posted Aug 1, 2019, 6:43 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Aug 1, 2019, 6:55 PM ]

As I’ve been flipping the pages of my wall calendars, it came to my attention that I haven’t had anything to say since the last day of June. So it is now my mission to fill in the 31-day gap and explain what’s kept me so otherwise engaged throughout July.

On Independence Day, my parents and my wife shared a meal celebrating our wedding anniversaries: my parents’ 55th and Jessica’s and my fifth. On our anniversary, we celebrated in Oklahoma with Jessica’s side of the family while witnessing her nephew’s wedding. The day before the wedding, a few of us went to see the "Yesterday" movie in the theater, and that was amazing.

Nine gigs had me playing out live. I got to play a bit of my tune “Oh Phe” at one soundcheck with The Flamin’ Caucasians and the children’s tune “Baby Shark” at another. I got to meet three members of the Trammps at Citizens Bank Park. Part of AM Radio Tribute Band’s performance before the Phillies game was aired on the TV broadcast, and our pre-game set was also audible all throughout the stands.

Midway through the month, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening came to Lancaster, and I dropped off a CD with installments of Carol Miller’s “Get the Led Out” as a birthday gift for Jason. I've been gaga over seeing his latest guitarist, Mr. Jimmy Sakurai of Japan.

The next day, I found out that Gretchen Menn, a monster player from the tribute band Zepparella, is returning to Lancaster later this year. I'd missed her East Coast debut in Lancaster earlier this year because my playing schedule conflicted. When I found out about her show, I realized that I know members of the opening band. So I asked if I’d be able to sit in when that happens, and it turns out they were already going to ask me. That gig is coming up in October. Can't wait!