Band Element of Surprise, Ventura County CA

Do you <3 classic rock? Strange pairings of music, such as Richie Valens & the Ramones meet Deep Purple? You may appreciate us. We're the band Element of Surprise! We may get thru the song-or it may go horribly AWRY. You pays yer money & you takes yer chance! We play a very eclectic mix of classic & alt rock...if you live in the SoCal area & listen to either KLOS or KRTH-101, you've heard most of our songs. We're a 6-piece consisting of Pat on vocals & percussion, James on lead guitar, Hector on bass, Rob on drums, newest member Danny on acoustic and electric guitars, and your humble scribe Rita on rhythm guitar/keyboard/harmonica and vocals. We've been together for 5 years (longer than some marriages!) and have had some memorable gigs. I started this blog to keep a list of them--and to chronicle our RISE-TO POWER! Well, not really--all of us have a day job, and we're all over 45 (except for Danny, who is young and impressionable!) so this is more of a hobby. But we all have an abiding love for music, and we have healthy self-images, and some of us are major hams, so here we are. Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks. From everyone we meet. Hey hey--no, stop, that's plagiarism. Anyways, I don't expect anyone (other than MY FRIENDS & FAMILY) to ever read this, but if you do and you have an interest in an elderly garage band on the first level of getting started gigging, welcome and well-met. If YOU have an interest in starting a band and are curious about equipment, etc-let us know. Maybe we can help you avoid a TON of trouble.
Well, cheers, and see you "on the cover of the 'Rolling Stone,'"
Rita aka MrsMMars :-)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Almost game time!

OK, I'm starting to get nervous now. I've spent 9 hours practicing keyboard and 3 hrs practicing guitar this week, you'd think I'd KNOW these damn songs! Especially considering I've only been playing them for the last 4 years! LOL! The Colonel's suggestion to new bands just starting out? "GET POWERED SPEAKERS *FIRST.*" The passive speakers are a MAJOR pain in the butt (and a drain on your wallet) not to mention require a swift crash course in electronics! What's a parallel switch? What are OHMS? What are powered amplifiers (they weigh a frickin' TON, that's all I know about them.) We set up the lovely new Behringer POWERED speakers (that we got at our favorite store, Guitar Center, last month) in the living room tonight, along with the 16-channel Yamaha mixer--badabing, badaboom, they work like a CHARM. All we have to do now is get the seats out of the Element tomorrow morning and load up the car. And not suck. Wish us luck! The good kind, please! ;-)

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