Tempe Festival has come and gone and the dust settled. It was a weekend full of shows and great weather, sunny and high in the mid 70s. Looking south all weekend burned my eyes and by Sunday evening, all was hazy. The crowds were there, easy to gather, but they were tight on the cash, which made for some interesting commentary during my hat pitches. I'm basically encouraging people to get back to using cash. Passing the hat for people with little cash requires a big sense of humor and the ability to not judge by appearances. I was surprised when I counted later to find the crowds to be more generous than I thought. Friday was tough, Saturday was better, and Sunday was good. Overall it was a great festival! And fun to share the streets with fellow buskers Dana Smith, Hillbilly Willy, and the Taylor family.
Good to see some friends out having fun... Michele P., Mike F., Les D. and Mike the photographers, Terry, Eileen S., Becky, Dave and Lani D., Jill and George G., Craig E., artists Rick and Sally, Paul Sloan, Sister Pat, Rita, Andy, Ora, and Gabe. Thanks to all for coming by. Big thanks to the festival staff, Philip, Kate, and Karen for another great festival!
One story... on Sunday morning, I got an early call from Marty L. asking what time I would be there? I set up at 10:45 am and Marty and Kris showed up at 11 with a video camera to capture the first show, so the pressure was on... ready or not! What a great way to start the day and thankfully, it turned out to be a pretty good set! Thanks Marty and Kris for being there and supporting the show!
Many thanks to my best friend and fan, my beautiful wife Sweet D who came out on Sunday and lit up the shows with her smiles. She also recorded some video and maybe we can post some of it here? Check back soon!