Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fiesta Gig at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital

Well, it's Fiesta time here in San Antonio. It's time to wear bright colors, be in good spirits, and to rub Easter egg shells into the scalp of friends and strangers alike -- hey, it's a South Texas thing. And so, when we got a call from Warm Springs' Laura Gudbrandsen asking us if The Tim and Bob Show could play for their Fiesta luncheon on Wednesday, April 23, we jumped at the chance. After all, Warm Springs is where Don was a patient after his double knee-replacement surgery in February 2007. We have been so grateful for the care and recovery regimen that Don received there, that we've played there twice before to entertain staff and patients. But we never got as large a crowd as we did this time.

The venue was the 3rd floor exercise deck -- a large outdoor rooftop area suitable for shooting hoops, popping water balloons, throwing pies in the faces of volunteer therapists, eating fiesta food, and listening to the music. We set up in a covered area and played a 19-song set that took nearly 90 minutes. Because we've been performing without Kathy, and we're soon to lose Mary Lou for a few gigs, we celebrated the rare sight of all four band members present by featuring six 3-parters and seven 4-parters. We had fun, and so did the patients and their families, the doctors, the administrators, and the therapists. Among the first group was our good friend Keith, who was there for a couple of tunes before he had to leave for a therapy session. Among the last group were a lot of familiar faces to Don. He had a rare opportunity to thank those folks who worked so hard to get him fit.

We managed all of this under gloomy skies and high humidity, but it stayed dry for everyone who participated. And, unlike other famous rooftop concerts -- The Beatles, U2 -- nobody called the police to make us stop. Instead, we all just broke down our equipment, had a snack, loaded up our cars, and headed back to work. On her way back -- a good 45 minutes after we hit our last note -- Kathy got rained on. Good timing, eh?

And speaking of work, while once again thanking Laura and the good folks at Warm Springs for everything they do, The Tim and Bob Show would like to thank Conceptual MindWorks, Pearson, and Data Recognition Corporation for approving community service time off so that the band could do our bit to help bring Fiesta to those who won't be able to attend any other event.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ordering Up a Fun Night

Spring here in South Texas has brought us a gorgeous weekend. The weather has been glorious, and the clear skies have been an invitation to get out of the house and have some fun. For those who dropped in to Order Up at the Colonnade, The Tim and Bob Show helped get the weekend off to a good start.

Once again performing without Kathy, the three of us did our best to rock the place -- and I think we did. The flip side of this beautiful weather -- the congestion and rough throat that comes with Spring allergies hit both Don and Mary Lou, but everyone managed to sound very good.

It was a good night for Tim and Bob Nationals as well, as Sandra dropped by, along with Karen and Sam. Zara, Matt, and Russell were there -- and boy were we glad we were playing Love in 3/4 Time. We had, after all, played that at Zara and Matt's wedding. And, finally, Katie completed two very full tables of good friends.

We made some new friends as well, and we hope to see them again soon. We have a rare weekend off coming up, but we'll be back making music for friends old and new before you know it.

Until then ... TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Busy, Busy Weekend for a Short-handed Band

This was another two-gig weekend for The Tim and Bob Show. If we get any more popular, we might have to hire look-alikes! And, both of our gigs came off without Kathy -- who is busily singing elsewhere. Luckily, we picked the best possible weekend to play two outdoor gigs. It was warm and dry and comfortable for everyone.

Friday was our 2008 return to Beto's Cantina Latina. We set up in blinding sunshine that turned into a cool Spring South Texas evening. Steve debuted two beautiful Bread songs -- Aubrey and If. With Kathy gone, we weren't able to do any of our patented four-parters, but we still provided plenty of variety to Tim and Bob Nationals Mary and Jim as well as a huge party for Stephan, back from the "horrors" of Paris to the cultural highpoint that is San Antonio. By the end of the evening, we made several new friends, including Talley, Beto's manager, who signed us up for several more gigs. Check out our upcoming gigs section to see the other dates we've booked for this great San Antonio restaurant throughout 2008.

After a short day off, the three of us got back together at the "scene of the original crime" Fralo's -- where we played our first paying gig back in August 2006. Once again, the weather was cooperative. As a matter of fact, it was almost cool by the time we finished. The Sunday night crowd was small, but appreciative. And it was swelled significantly by Tim and Bob Nationals Beth, Ben, Marcelo, Nicole, Matt, Elizabeth, Hank, Karen, and Sam. We love it when friends and family come out to hear us, and we hope we gave them everything they came for.

Kathy? Well, she opened Crisis: The Midlife Musical down at the Cameo Theatre in San Antonio's historic Sunset Station area. She'll be in the show until early May, and we'll miss her, but we hope that some of the folks who've enjoyed her work with The Tim and Bob Show will treat themselves to a fun night out. Who knows? You might see the rest of the band there as well.

Well, another weekend is approaching, and that means more music. Hey! It's still Springtime, San Antonio! Come out and have some fun!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Funtabulous at Water Street!

Well, Saturday night we were billed by Water Street Oyster Bar as The Funtabulous Tim and Bob Show, so we did our best to live up to that seriously cool modifier. The evening began slowly -- perhaps the fine weather or the Final Four games downtown kept folks away -- but by midway through our performance, we had a nice crowd upstairs.

We also discovered that we were audible and appreciated downstairs when a very nice gentleman took the trouble to come all the way upstairs to compliment our work during one of our breaks. He said he was helping his mother-in-law -- Evelyn -- celebrate her 84th(!) birthday, so we immediately ended our break and sang the Beatles' Birthday.

Showing some impeccable timing, Bethany showed up just as we were playing her song -- Pretty Woman naturally. She brought Ben and Leigh-Anne with her. Tim and Bob Nationals Kacey, Chrissy, and Kacey's friend Joe also graced us with their presence.

Mary Lou debuted her version of the Eagles' Desperado, and we were lucky enough to have Kathy with us -- straight from rehearsal for her stage work, and free of the downtown traffic. Luckily, she got there in time for all of her songs and all the four-parters.

It was a very good night!