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.

Click HERE to see the pics.


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