Friday, June 15, 2007

I've been kinda busy 4

Last weekend, our neighborhood wanted to do a block party. I organized my old college band to perform for it. We called the event: The Annual Block Rock. Hopefully we will actually do it annually, it was pretty fun.

When I was in college, I had band called Jogan Janes. We performed fairly actively for about 4 years and recorded two albums. The first incarnation included a female lead singer named Becky. She decided she was ready to move on after a couple of years and we decided we were interested in playing a bit more aggressive music that she didn't quite fit. I think she's gone on to be in a number of acoustic, electronic, and experimental bands.

It was fun playing with her, but we really hit our stride after she left. We had a good time performing in lots of clubs and bars around the Salt Lake area. Evetually, everyone got married, had kids, started careers, moved away etc. and we basically broke up. I decided to concentrate on piano and really got into jazz music for a couple of years and decided it was time to start performing again. I formed a new jazz band with my old college drummer Corey and new bass player Van, who ended up marrying my sister in law. We are called the Killjoy Trio and perform pretty regularly for weddings, art shows, and upscale gigs around the valley. It's been a lot of fun getting into jazz and learning new things and having the simplicity of a trio, but it's also fun to rock every once in a while. Jogan Janes is all back in Utah now, so we get together to jam a couple of times a year for fun, and when this gig came up, we thought it would be a good chance for a rock reunion. We invited Van to play with us as well and all had a great time- even our old buddy Drew came to mix the sound! We played about half Jogan Janes originals and half covers. Here's the lineup: John Barnard-Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard, Corey Hyer-Drums, Bryan Beach-Vocals/Guitar/Piano, Van Hoover-Guitar/Bass, Ryan Buttars-Bass/Guitar. Here's some photos of the event, some of us are a little fatter and a little balder, oh wait, that's just me.


Elle said...

I don't know about you being any fatter.

Nathan Lindsay said...

who is that crazy looking guy playing the guitar and gargling?

Adrian Ropp said...

Wish I could have come... Looks like you had a blast! Oh, well.... Guess I'll have to wait for the Toon Club party.

B Beach said...

It's true, I should really leave the gargling for the bathroom. What's worse is, later on in the evening I flossed my teeth with a guitar string. I'll post a picture of that next time.