Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Rockin' in the U.S.A.
Pictured above: The Mojo Daddies, singing and playing. L to R: Rob Twardock (bass/keyboards), Jim Campbell (drums--hard to see in this photo!--talking with the stage manager), Mike Dikelsky (rhythm guitar) and Craig James (lead guitar).
This past weekend, I had the rare opportunity to tag along as a rock-n-roll groupie at a concert by a fabulous local band, The Mojo Daddies, as they opened for Los Lobos. What a blast!! Their show was called "Centerpalooza," and it was held on Saturday at Governors State University in Illinois. I've had the pleasure of seeing The Mojo Daddies (TMD) perform live many times, and I have their awesome CD of original songs, "Back to Champaign" (you can listen to tracks from it, as well as to several of their cover tunes, on their website), so I was already a big fan. And since two of my very good friends are married to band members (!!), I knew it was going to be an all-day/night party months before we ordered our tickets. But getting to watch and be a part of all the cool behind-the-stage stuff was really exciting, and the new people I met were so welcoming and such fun to be around. Below are some of the highlights:
(left) The Los Lobos with TMD sign.
(right) Joyce, Carol and Sarah, married to band members Rob, Mike and Craig, respectively, showing off their new TMD t-shirts.
(left) Joyce, Sarah, Carol and I (they gave me a shirt, too!) posing in the party room near the stage--where there were many treats, including pizza, beer/wine and some delicious cupcakes *made for adults* with Irish cream in the frosting and Guinness in the batter...
(right) The view from backstage, looking out into the theater.
(left) TMD doing their sound check before the show with a better glimpse of Jim on drums this time!
(right) The band practicing and getting instructions from the stage manager.
(left) Some *very* cute shoes worn by two friends, although not the kind of footwear one should have on for 12 straight hours, isn't that right, ladies?! ;-)
Finally, Los Lobos performing live onstage after their special guests The Mojo Daddies and Backyard Tire Fire. What a great show!!