A1A at The Rock N’ Rails Music Festival
September 2, 2017
Another Labor Day Holiday Weekend is over, and I want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out and saw the band perform. We had three highly successful shows that were all extremely well attended. It was a fitting way to take out the season, although I am feeling a bit beat up today. The band played fantastic every night, and everyone had a great time. I have to say that after 26 years I am amazed at the huge number of people who continue to come to our shows and completely enjoy what we do. After so much time sometimes I forget just how much joy and happiness our performances give to so many people. I had a vast number of concert attendees talk to me this weekend. All of them expressing how long they have loved the band and how much our performances mean to them. It was quite humbling.
I am very thankful and appreciative of everyone who has been part of A1A for so many years, both past, and present. I cannot stress to you how blessed I am to be able to play with the extraordinarily talented and world class musicians that I do. They give so much and push me to rise above my limitations which always make for a better show and sometimes a lot of laughs as well. I probably never thank them enough, but I want every one of them to know that what they have brought to A1A this year means more to me than I can say and that I would not have the incredible band I do without them.
My 2017 A1A Heroes – every one a #1 in my life.
Audio Visual Production and Stage Management – Chad Stewart, Vance Kelly, Ansley Segraves and Mark Josephs
Charts and Musical Director – Eric Baumgartner
Steel Pan, Percussion, Madness, and Mayhem – Nico G.
Bass – Rick Meeder
Saxophone – Vance Kelly
Trumpet – Todd Motter
Trombone – Erik Kofoed
Kathy Mullen – Band management, booking, merchandise management, plate Juggling, road manager, wardrobe, catering, transportation, stage decor and keeper of the flame.
Ashton Pike – Social media, journalistic input, band blog, stage decor and merchandise management
I would also like to extend a massive thank you to Vance and Kelly Kelly for always opening their home up to the band for rehearsals, recording, fellowship and more.
It has been a long and topsy turvy year for me, both personally and professionally; a lot of big ups and downs, not to mention all of the insanity that is enveloping our society and world today. We never know what is going to happen tomorrow or even if we will have it. The best we can do is to make the best of every moment and live as honest and authentic as we can. The rest, as they say, will take care of itself. With that said I continue to feel very blessed in knowing that A1A is still an active force and historic milestone in the Trop Rock Community. Knowing that we bring happiness and smiles to thousands of faces, even if only for a day is a wonderful feeling. I look forward to what the 2018 season brings. Thanks again to everyone who has touched my life and listened to me sing.
September 5, 2017