So I am happy to say I have finally put up my Charlie Brown Christmas tree, hung 4 tiny stockings and the Christmas channel is my Go-To on Pandora. 8 days until the big day? Bring it.
52 days until the Festival bringing you the most amazing range of musicians, BAM... now that feels like it's right around the corner. We'll be ready with bells on, that's for sure. So as my week started yesterday, the owner of the festival, Rich Ruoff asked me, "Hey do you like movies?" Of course I like movies, who doesn't? So he dropped off a copy of the Chameleon Club documentary released in 2012. Now having grown up in Manheim Central which happens to be a super small farming town outside of Lancaster City, I have known of the Chameleon Club. For all you big city folk out there, it's the main music venue closest to my town without having to travel to Philly or Harrisburg. In my early twenties, we used to go on club nights and even had a huge send off for the first musician I managed there. But I never knew the back story of how the Chameleon club came to be. Rich has brought up the fact that he was the first owner of the club in conversation before, but I suppose it never really sunk in as to what that really meant.
So after my day I went home and unwrapped the cellophane wrapper from the DVD and thought of how silly it was that I hadn't once used the DVD player on my laptop since I had acquired it. Everything these days you find through the miraculous world wide web. So the DVD geared up and I hit play. For the next hour I gained a new respect for my boss and his love of music. He truly was a pioneer in the 80's for bringing music to Lancaster and creating a home where musicians honed their craft and realized their dream. If you have a chance, you should check it out, and you can always borrow my copy :) You can find it on iTunes HERE. But honestly, I'm not trying to plug away shamelessly, watching the documentary really opened up my eyes to the fact that while I was away playing Peter Pan in LA, my hometown was really just beginning to accept the creative, artistic and musically inclined. Right on Lanc Lanc, Right on.
So with my new found appreciation of one of the top music venues in Lancaster, of course we have a great lineup for you over the weekend of the Festival at the one and only Chameleon Club: DC Company, Jay Farrar, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, the Kelly Bell Band, Popa Chubby, Dana Fuchs, Jeff Thomas' All Volunteer Army, Nikki Hill and Scott Pemberton. Check out their links and get geared up!
That's all my rambles for today! Stay warm, cheery and classy,