Life in Gigland: Playing Guitar in a Bug Jar… & who is Greg Sterlace?

So last Sunday, Haunted Gypsy performed at the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY. Across the street, we found a Chinese/Thai restaurant and prepared our tummies for the performance to follow. Tummy time! Then we entered that big jar of bugs… er… the Bug Jar.

Giant bugs hanging from the lamp on the ceiling spun around and around… Don’t worry, they weren’t real bugs–else I’d be especially dizzy. Or were they? Naw, they couldn’t have been real ‘cause Meria’s allergic to insects greater than one foot in diameter…


Nice stage up there at the Bug Jar, and we had a sound person, Michael, who made sure the audience could hear our various ups and downs. The venue has a nice set up too. It looks much smaller from the outside. But once you enter you see a perfect hangout spot with seats and booths in front of the bar and little booths for peeps to just hang in. In the adjoining room is the stage with lots of space for dancing, though none for sitting. Ah, but those without the energy to stand and dance could sit in the adjoining room by the bar and still hear the music pretty well.


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Life in Gig Land: Our 1st Infringement Gig–Babeville & the Daily Planet

gmask1s-croppedSo… our first performance was on a Friday night (July29th) in a coffee shop—the Daily Planet. (No, we didn’t see Clark Kent, though he was on our minds throughout the evening.) Superman, where are you?

I’d worked that day, a longer shift than usual and had had just enough time to whisk home briefly and then upward and onward toward Gig Land! (The gig took place only an hour after I got out of work and it takes 30-45 minutes for me to get home from work, depending on traffic, just to give you an idea of why superman was on my mind that day.)

photo by Jennings Campbell

But I was superwoman that day. I packed up my equipment in the car before I left for work that day. I changed, applied makeup, and got ready for the gig before I left work, and I ordered dinner at work so that I could eat dinner at my desk and be well-fed long before call time.

Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!

Miraculously, I arrived to the gig early and with enough time to set up. Yay! Curtis Orange, drummer, had already set up his own equipment. Yay, Curtis Orange! The Daily Planet has a nice stage with a PA and a sound person to set it up for us. Gosh, that makes life so much easier!

Our next gig was three hours later, so we had time to eat the wondrous food served there and to relax. (Really liked the iced mocha coffee thingy the barista made up for me.) We also checked out Jaymo, the Immaculate perform some haunting, psychedelic singer-songwriter tunes. Don’t know why he calls himself “immaculate” and didn’t have time to ask that question, but he did have some good songs—originals and covers both. I made a video of his performance that will be viewable on this nifty youtube site:

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