I have been playing personal assistant and unofficial manager to a couple of bands for a few years now. I never had that official title until Jeremy and Suavo formed Suavo J. ft Mr. 88 and the Bones. I know…i know…it’s a long name…but it’s fitting…it’s unique…and you can always just call them the Bones if you can’t remember it all. LOL.
In November, the guys started playing their first gigs at Havana Mix Cigar Lounge. It is a small, cozy atmosphere with a nice crowd. I have been trying to get them booked at other places, and the Gorilla Battle of the Bands at the New Daisy was available for the guys to compete in. In the semifinals, the band played their hearts out. The only fans who were there were myself, a fellow musician, and our 3 year old nephew, Buddy. They went about half way through the rest of the bands, and ended up passing through in 2nd place. They won the entire crowd over, from the young crowd to the parents. Everyone seemed impressed with them. It made me proud.
The finals came around December 29, 2012. Once again, unfortunately, not many of our fans were able to make it to the show. The New Daisy was packed, however, Jeremy’s mom and aunt made it to see his first performance ever. They were so proud, The guys got a huge applause after their performance, even though they didn’t win. The goal of this, though, was to make some connections and get some exposure for these guys. I also wanted to show them that they could appeal to all ages and cultures with their instrumental music. This is an instrumental band with no main vocalist. The trombone and keys are the main vocalists of this group, and that is what makes them special.
Their effort and dedication is what makes me so proud to be able to have the title of their manager. They have entrusted me with helping them to get to where they want to be in their music careers together as a band. They trust me to get their name out there and get them out of here.
I truly think this group of young musicians should be getting paid the big bucks for the type of talent they have. Imagine Booker T. and the M.G.s of this day, with a trombone instead of a bass. That is what I think when I hear them play.
I said all that to say this: I AM PROUD OF ALL MY GUYS! YOU HAVE PUT A LOT OF HARD WORK AND EFFORT INTO THIS BAND, and I THINK THAT YOU GUYS WILL GO FAR IF YOU KEEP IT UP!