Dream Lovers played a gig at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. It’s a great gig that I do every once in a while. They provide Live music 5 days a week in four different airport bars. We played on the big stage at the bar that is now called, â€œRay Benson’s Roadhouse.â€? I asked Slim, â€œI wonder if they paid him or he paid them to put his name up in the air in huge neon with the enormous Gibson Guitar statue. He said that Nancy Coplin had just told him that they paid Ray. Slim also said something like, â€œHe’s no dummy.â€?
I was reminded of what my friend Brandon DeMaris told me, that Gibson doesn’t advertise. That instead they focus on product placement. Another shining example of the brilliant branding of Gibson.
Nancy got our sound up and running, as usual and during soundcheck, the airport became like the Grand Central Station of Austin music.
First we got to chat with Steven Doster and Bill Carter who had just finished their airport gig at Lefty’s and had come to get their union wages from Nancy. Union wages during the middle of the day on a week day â€“ can’t complain about that.
During the first set, I noticed Jon Notartomas stopped to listen on his way to baggage claim.
Then we saw Turk Pipkin and he was nice enough to tower around for a song.
The commentary in my head while I was singing said, â€œoh yeah…. they are returning from playing Letterman last night. How cool. I wonder how it went.â€?
During Slim’s solos, I was able to look down into baggage claim and see Ian and Mr Pipkin chatting.
Then Samantha and Dylan from a band called That Damn Band stopped by to say hi on their way to NY.
Am I forgetting anyone? Just another day at the airport.
oh! and here is a photo with the airport’s new tie dye piano to match Meaux Jeaux’s hair.
ONLY IN AUSTIN