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Post-Dragon*Con Blues

It's over for one more year. *sigh* Ah well, I had an absolutely spectacular time. There was so much that went on, I'm not sure where to begin. It was just fantastic.

First, it was great to see all of our friends online. Some, we met for the first time. Others, we met a year ago and barely remembered, but solidified them in my mind at last. We finally put names to faces.

We arrived on Thursday and started the weekend right, hanging out with Emerald Rose. The guys from Emerald Rose were as incredible as always, so helpful in making us feel at home and jumping through the hoops. Sometime after dinner, we joined up with Emerald Rose who were helping conventioneers pass the time in the long registration lines by jamming with them. Then I spent a nice relaxing evening catching up with other friends before hitting the hay.

Friday the fun began at 9am as I hauled stuff downstairs and setup shop, waiting for our sales crew to arrive. They did, and off Andrew and I went to play for the Dealers. Once again, we drew a lot of attention from people waiting outside and had a blast composing instrumental music as we wandered the lanes. Even made it down to the crowded aisle of stars, but there were throngs of people waiting for folks like James Marsters, aka Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So we didn't stay too long sadly.

At four o'clock, we performed in the art room then headed back to our table to watch the hordes of people. "Evening at Bree" was the next big event that included a costume party and music by Emerald Rose. Enticed by dancing women, I joined in the fun. Hopefully, I didn't flash too many people dancing around there. No doubt some blackmail pictures of me will arise. But maybe I can pay them off with AVI videos I have of Andrew dancing at a wedding a few months back. ;)

Saturday was the big day. We had several shows scheduled. Yeah, we got up a wee bit late after partying late on Friday. Once again, we headed for the Dealers room first thing. Andrew was looking for a place to sell his Magic cards, and stopped to talk. We attempted to make our way to the Guest area, but it was just too packed, so turned around and hit our 2:30pm show on the Concourse.

That show was a blast. I wish I knew how many people were there, but let's just say a LOT. We put on a wild show, but I hadn't been drinking enough water, I was left with heat exhaustion. So went upstairs, ate and slept till early evening. That evening was our BIG show on the Regency Ballroom stage. There must've been a good hundred and fifty people in the audience, not too shabby considering Spike's band was playing at the same time. Seems we even pulled in a few Buffy fans. We played through our popular filk songs and had people telling us for the next two days that they haven't laughed so hard in a looonnng while. It was a tremendous success that left me wired. If it hadn't been for the heat exhaustion earlier, I would've continued to party the rest of the night. Caught a couple of songs from our next door neighbors on the Concourse, Opland and Freeman, an incredible Anglo-Alaskan Acoustic music duo based out of Washington State and Ireland.

Sunday we were pulled aside by Marc Singer, the actor from The Beastmaster and V series. He was really excited about our music, so we gave him a copy of Memories of Middle Earth in appreciation of his appreciation. He was very thankful.

We played the Art Show again in a much more informal setting which was nice. Some artists were drawing costumed folks in front of us. Then we wandered around and played for the artists selling their wares. I wish I grabbed more business cards so I could remember who was there, but I was excited to meet Jessica Galbreth, an incredible fantasy artist I heard about a few months ago.

The rest of the day, we enjoyed the music of Voltaire, Lost Boys and later that night, the hilarious 50-60s style Medieval parodies of Boogie Knights.

The weekend flew by, and there was still so much I didn't get to do and people I didn't get to see. I'm sure I'm missing a dozen cool things, but Andrew'll probably fill in the rest.

Oh, but I do want to mention one really cool thing that happened regarding Andrew's Magic cards. Andrew brought them with the intent of selling them. Well, after chatting with Magic gamer about where to sell them, he went back and gave him the whole set. I just thought that was too cool not to mention. (Just don't tell him I said so).

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 02, 2003

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