THE CHEESEBURGERS PLAY a lot of fun and interesting shows. Saturday night we were up near Houghton, Iowa, about 80 miles from Quincy, for a wedding reception/party.
It took place on the family farm inside a large hoop tent, which basically looks like an aircraft hangar. Two flatbeds served as the stage. The floor was made of concrete and we faced west into the setting sun, and it was great weather when the sun went down. There is something about being in the middle of nowhere off a gravel road - the sky is bigger and the colors seems sharper.
We knew it would be good when the wedding party rolled up the dirt road in a hay wagon, and it was on from there. Everybody was in a great mood and they danced from beginning to end, which always makes a band feel good.
The groom played a song on his violin for his new bride before we started, and it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Then the groom joined his grandfather (guitar) and best man (banjo) for a little jam between sets, and their beautiful bluegrass music spilled into the evening air.
Eric invited a 9-year-old girl onto the stage, and she had a blast dancing around and air-guitaring with us. Everybody in the band has daughters and Eric and Burt especially were really cool to the little gal, who hammed it up and brought the house down with her robot dancing and faux strumming.
The family was thrilled and quite a few people stayed all night. We got home about 3 in the morning, and it will take me another day or two to get back on a regular sleep schedule, which is what happens when you spend Sunday napping.
We have two more shows this weekend, Friday night up in Kahoka, Mo., for the Clark County Fair, and Saturday night at a private pool party.
As Cheeseburger roadie Frank Haxel says, "We'll sleep when we're dead." And we'll keep having more fun than should be allowed!