Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Closed this weekend

WITH THE TIN DUSTERS in town this weekend, Second String Music will be closed early Friday and all day Saturday. Tin Dusters is a nice event for the city and we support anything that gets people downtown. But it clogs up the streets and makes it tough for people to get to the store, and the Tin Dusters themselves don't spend money in a music store, so we will enjoy this rare weekend off.

We will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Sheryl has some fun stuff planned for her Saturday off, and HartLyss plays Friday night at Revelry at 9, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Dame & Hurdle (6th and Maine), and 5 p.m. at the Make-A-Wish benefit at the Tap Room.

Have a great weekend, support live music and be good to yourselves!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Best (doggie) event ever

Puppies and Doggos
WE HAD A great time Saturday for Meet The Puppies Day at Second String Music. Michelle and Ripley brought Jess and her seven kids to the store, and we set up a little wading pool and fence to show them off.

Instantly we had people come over from Electric Fountain Brewing to get their puppy fix. Barista and dog-lover Brianne Campbell sat down in the pool and almost started crying when four puppies jumped on her and started licking her face. Everybody got to hold and play with a puppy, the best therapy for anything.

About an hour into the visit all seven puppies crashed and crashed hard for about 15 minutes. Then they woke up and it was back to puppy play time. Every now and then one of them would pass out, and nothing could wake them - not being stepping on or being licked, nor being chewed on by a sibling.

Jadon Smith, the young son of Isaac and Brittany Smith (Isaac owns 505 Studios upstairs), did a great job helping to walk the puppies and getting them to go potty. Travis Hoffman brought his little daughter and she refused to leave. Even Cori and her kids got a charge out of them.

It wasn't just kids. People kept coming over from the coffee shop when they heard all the activity, and I defy you to find another music store with a coffee shop next door hosting a puppy party on a Saturday afternoon. The coffee drinkers thought it was great.

We believe Malcolm, our newest addition, is about the most chill puppy you will ever meet. He's being raised right and will come to live with us at the end of October. At one point Tucker started growling at a puppy and out jumped Jess to protect her young one and give Tucker a piece of her mind. Atta girl, Jess. You are the best mom ever!

All the puppies have homes already - Michelle won't breed them unless she had a waiting list. That way all the puppies are assured of good homes.

Sheryl declared it the best event the store has hosted. And nobody spilled anything or passed out in a chair or smashed a guitar off of a roof. So much winning!

Malcolm will be a music store dog, so you are always welcome to come and say hello. He and Angus will love to greet you.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Steve Kerr's perfect response

I HAVE MIXED feelings about athletes who make social statements. On the one hand, maybe they should just shut up and play for the gazillions they've signed up for. On the other, they are Americans and they have rights to express opinions, too.

I stay away from the political fray most of the time. People who know me know what I think, and that's good enough. Everybody has opinions and beliefs and they have the right to vote for who they want.

But for all the idiotic things the guy in the Oval Office says and does, going after NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich is about the most baffling things ever. Both coaches were recently asked about the NBA's issues with China, and both decided it would be better to not publicly comment, at least not yet. That's something the guy in the Oval Office could never do, not comment.

Steve Kerr's reply to the guy in the Oval Office is classic. It's carefully thought out, gets to the point and it makes his attacker look like a fool. Then again, it's not hard to do that to our Twitter president.

Come after me, guy in the Oval Office! On second thought, I'm not famous and nobody cares what I think, so keep going after the bigger fish. I wish we could all be as eloquent when responding to presidential harassment.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Two great shows Friday night

IT'S NOT OFTEN you get to see two of Quincy's best bands on the same night, back to back, in downtown venues. It's happening Friday and you should check it out!

Fielder is reforming to play at the Party on the Promenade on 6th Street at 6 p.m. It's also the grand opening of the Quincy Brewing Company. The owners have put a ton of sweat and money into the space and from the outside it looks amazing. Guess we'll have to suck it up Friday and try a few of their beers. You know, as downtown Quincy people. It's our duty!

Fielder is the lone band left over from the heyday of Quincy original music, which flourished some 15 to 20 years ago. Fielder only plays every now and then, so it will be nice to see Logan and the boys get back together and jam. They had an impromptu show on Sixth Street a few months ago and it sounded great.

At 9 p.m. Blake Gardner & The Farmers start tearing it up at Revelry, two short blocks west of 6th. Blake is one of my favorites, a jammy and trippy guitar player who comes up with great songs and is all about having a good time. Blake played last Summer for Q-Fest and absolutely killed it with his keyboard player. I'm assuming a former Funions bass player will be jamming with the band too .... Go get 'em Zac Bentley!

Top-notch local entertainment, no cover, a new brewery opening, and rockin' at Revelry ... Saturday morning might come a little early!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Meet Malcolm, Fender special

SECOND STRING MUSIC officially goes to the dogs this Saturday when Angus' nieces and nephews visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Angus' sister, Jess, gave birth to three girls and four boys nearly eight weeks ago. Malcolm is coming to live with us soon and the others have all be claimed, so this is NOT an adoption open house. It is a chance to see adorable Cowboy Corgi puppies!

Malcolm is supposed to stay with his momma for 10 weeks before coming to his forever home. However, Angus came to live us a little early and there has been some talk that Malcolm may make it to his new Calftown home sooner than later.

Tucker will also be here because his vet is coming and she wants to give him a checkup for his heart condition. He's been doing okay but with him, you just never know. He's had a great second half to his life and we hope he's around a bit longer.

Jess and Mr. Malcolm
Also, and far less important since it's only our livelihood, we have an October special on brand new Fender Powercaster and Fender Sixty-Six guitars. We will upgrade your bag to a deluxe gig bag worth $100 with every aforementioned guitar we have in stock. Our price ($899) matches the internet dealers, BTW. The bags that come with them are not that great so this is just our way of improving on your storage options.

Sheryl is putting out a bunch of new ukuleles. We've had a huge run on them lately, even the nicer Gretsch, Ibanez, Penguin and Amahi models. These sell like crazy during Christmas so you might want to start your list a little early - we have a bunch in stock now.

See you at Fifth and Maine this Saturday and we'll woof it up to celebrate fall and our new canine friends.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Basement space for rent

WE HAVE SPACE in our historic Second String Music building for rent. This time it's in the basement, inside one of the massive bank safes.

A local genealogical society was in the safe when we moved here in 2012, and the members decided to move the records to our public library. They finished the move last month. The space is very cool, with electricity and access to a second-floor bathroom.

The rent is cheap and includes utilities (haha, only electric though as there is no need for heat or air conditioning down there). It's perfect for storage and keeping things safe - the huge safe door is a Mosler and has some interesting artwork on it. The ceiling is pretty cool too.

Right in front of our counter in the music store there is a plywood cover on a flight of stairs into the basement, from when tellers and bankers headed straight down to the safe with deposits. There is also a safe on the main floor where Electric Fountain Brewing is today.

The safe is certainly a bomb or tornado shelter too. If we ever have a storm, you'd be in the safest place in Quincy. Downtown also has underground electric so the power never has gone out.

Call Sheryl at (217) 221-8008 for more info.
Looking back at the door.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Red Light and fun places to play

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS, Kayla, Eddie and everybody at Red Light Bar & Grill, which celebrates its first-year anniversary this weekend. Hard to believe it's been a year since they transformed the massive old bank building into a boomy room perfect for hosting parties and having live music. HartLyss, Pepper Spray and The Cheeseburgers have all played there the past year and it's an awesome live venue.

The Griffins have had their share of challenges this first year, but I'm not sure there isn't a more determined family around here. They've stuck it out and I really hope they see all their hard work pay off. It can take awhile - we've been in business for eight and a half years and it isn't easy.

The Cheeseburgers are honored to be playing Saturday night to cap the weekend celebration. Our first gig in there last year was off the hook, and we can't wait to get the place jumping again!

We are grateful to the places supporting live music, like Revelry, the Tap Room, State Street Bar, On The Rail and many others. When people show up determined to have a good time and enjoy the music, it makes for a fun evening, and we aim to please.

So get out and enjoy live and local music, no matter where you live. Be safe and hopefully we will see you Saturday night downtown!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Crash at Fifth and Maine

THERE WAS A horrific three-vehicle crash at Fifth and Maine last night. It's amazing nobody was seriously hurt as all three vehicles - a pickup truck, a small sedan and an SUV - were basically destroyed.

505 Studios owner Isaac Smith, his brother Joe and I were on the second floor of the Second String Music building about 9 p.m. when we heard two distinct BANG sounds. It sounded like gunshots. We scrambled down the stairs and came out to find people stumbling out of vehicles and debris everywhere.

Without getting into too many details, it appears one of the vehicles ran the red  light, got T-boned by a vehicle coming up Maine Street, and bounced back into another vehicle waiting at the intersection. There were maybe eight or nine people total involved, and one person went to the hospital as a precaution. I'm sure there are some really sore folks today, but again, it's amazing nobody wasn't more seriously hurt or even killed.

The only other serious crash we remember from the seven-plus years we've been here was one winter night when a car got smashed and careened toward our building. There was a pile of ice and snow on the corner, and it literally kept the car from going into our building.

An hour or so after last night's crash there was a big storm, so this morning you can't even tell anything happened, save for a few pieces of broken glass.

We are just glad everybody is OK. Let's hope the person who was driving the vehicle at fault has insurance. It's a sobering reminder to be careful out there.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pepper Sprayers in commercials

THE AMAZING VICTORIA and Chris Kelley are at it again, this time with Table 16 Productions commercials featuring three members of Pepper Spray, a handsome son and two fabulous Single Guy babes.

Above in the Harvey's Furniture Commercial featuring Pepper Spray's Adam Yates as the host of Single Guy. Adam is also 1/2 of 1/5 & Maine, and also plays in the trio Prospect Road. Adam Duesterhaus, Pepper Spray drummer, is the contestant who has to choose between the two beautiful girls. One of the girls is local singer and guitar player Aspen Gengenbacher. Sense the musical theme here?

This ad should win a Grammy or Emmy or Tony or whatever they give to the best ads ever made.

The only thing that would have made this commercial better was if they made Adam Duesterhaus sing "Last Kiss." It's the highlight of every Pepper Spray show, especially when it's the last song of the night and everybody has left. There's a reason we don't give him a microphone - he's a better actor than singer.

Then there's the ad below featuring Pepper Spray bass player (and former Cheeseburger bassist) Justin Sievert. The cute little boy is his son. Apple doesn't fall from the tree, does it?

This makes me want to buy a bed and a chair from Harvey Furniture, which of course is the point, which is why Chris and Victoria are brilliant. Kudos on two awesome commercials! Makes me dream of doing another Second String Music commercial with them .... hmmmmmm!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October already?

COUPLE OF THINGS to ponder as we move into October. Wait. It's October? Already?

- Tucker seems to be doing much better. When he was sick about a month ago he actually stopped breathing several times. Somehow he's rallied and back to pretty much his old self, though his heartbeat is still ragged. We'll keep you around, Tucker!

- Hockey starts tomorrow night and I'm ticked off about Fox Sports Midwest not being on Sling. It's all greed and stupidity. Can't really follow the St. Louis Blues when most of their games aren't on the tube.

- At least they aren't playing Gloria again after games. Not that we'd be able to see it unless we are there anyway.

- School band instrument rental season madness has almost ended. It's been a hectic couple of weeks here at Second String Music. A big thank you to all the parents and caregivers for their patience and for their business the past month.

- Cori and I had a blast with HartLyss last Saturday at Tipsy Bricks in Hannibal. Great people, great energy and even though it rained and we had to move inside, it was one of our best gigs ever. Thank you Lisa and the staff and all of our Hannibal crazies!

- The 1/5 and Maine project with Isaac Smith at 505 Studios is almost done. We have one final listening session Thursday night and we should have the master tape soon after. Then we'll decide on the format to release it. Stay tuned!

- And finally, here's to a big day Saturday. HartLyss is playing at State Street Bar in the afternoon, and the Cheeseburgers are thrilled to be playing at Red Light's one-year anniversary party at night. We'll sleep when we are dead! More about the Red Light show later in the week.