We played last night at "White Trash Fast Food," and the venue was great; there was a piano at the venue, so Joe was able to play that (and the accordion), Johnny on clarinet and slide, Tony holdin down the kit, Dawn rockin that Bass, Erin holdin down the fort and makin us all look good... and it was awesome. So they fed us dinner, gave us EACH five drink tickets, bought us all an extra round of drinks then gave us ten MORE drink tickets after the show, and paid us well as well. People really liked it, a great audience response, and a great vibe too. They fed us most Excellent burgers, and we, as Californians, know quality meat. Superaffentittengeil. And there was a sparkly and chipper crazy irish girl that glomed onto us and things got a little crazy, but no one got injured and we all had a swell time. The thing is, the venues treat musicians SO well here; you can tell that they really respect musicians and take care of them. And then to top it all off, on the walk home, we played and sang 'Creep' as we walked by the outdoor cafes, stoops, and apartment blocks: we got alot of happy cheering, singing along, and enthusiastic applause from drunken revelers on the street. Awesome good times.
So we're in east berlin now, and it's pretty groovy... very much like Amsterdam or SF, but German. Five things we love about Berlin: 1) The architecture is amazing. It's a blend of a) old Germany, b) the communist block (some of which is crumbling -beautiful- and some of which is refurbished), and c) bright and shiny glass and steel... and we're digging it. One finds these three elements in various combinations, and sometimes all in the same building. Beautiful. 2) The Beer. Mein Gott, the German Beer. So Otherworldly Good. 3) The Food. Döner, Sausage, Kraut, Kebab, Schnitzel, Tarts... Wow. 4) The appreciation of the arts. Music matters here. And the street art and graffiti is everywhere, and they don't wash it off or paint over it. Perhaps it's the lingering effect of the Berlin Wall and the tradition of painting on the Wall as political protest, but nobody cares about graffiti. It's everywhere, and it's beautiful. 5) The people are beautiful. Not only on the outside (which they are, northern europeans and all) but also on the inside. Berlin is different. It's tolerant, accepting of alternative lifestyles, it embraces the creative impulse in all it's forms, and it loves and supports the arts. So yeah. We love Berlin.
Anyway, today is Tuesday and we're exploring around a little bit, being tourists, seeing some sights, maybe doing a little busking tonight if we feel like it. Our apartment is very nice; clean and modern, not cluttered, very open and airy. We're all really happy to be here, and we're looking forward to the next few days and our upcoming gigs. sweet.
Having a great time, miss you all, and can't wait for our next gig tomorrow at KaffeeBurger. Fun times, indeed. Hooray Brazillionaires!