Thank you all for coming. Great house tonight.
Below, back in the dressing room prior to the show, a bit of vocal rehearsing. That in itself is so worth witnessing. To hear these cats sing, just in the raw, is a thrilling and humbling experience.
More shots from the evening...
First, Tyriq. He had to do a 2nd "Legends" show tonight, and didn't get to the gig 'til late. Smoked it once he got onstage though.
More random pics...
Rochon took a last-tune ("System of Survival") bass ride that was way over the top. Wow. The cat is unreal, man...
Jerry Merra (above) and Nathan (a few shots down) both came out front for solos on "Wishing Well." Love the snazzy shirt and flip-flops, Jerry.
Below, Jamie did his awesome original "This Time."
Below, Michito Sanchez in the house!!!
Below, I focused on Jerry a lot tonight. Maybe it was the opportunity provided by the light shirt, LOL (helps with autofocus, big-time).
A great evening. Again, thanks to all of you who showed up!
TRINA JOHNSON-FINN UPDATE
The offshore news headlines are calling her "The Phony Toni" (you can Google it and do a YouTube search of the phrase and find numerous items about the case). The judge in Suriname has refused to release her, and she is now to remain in custody pending a "fraud" trial, absent some effective diplomatic action that gets her out. If convicted, she could get 3 years.
R-J columnist John L. Smith has an article in today's paper about the situation, in which he adds to the sarcastic, inflammatory language:
"Somewhere in the Republic of Suriname, a joker is masquerading as a judge.
In what passes for a police department in Paramaribo, the Dutch-speaking capital of the tiny South American nation, someone is playing detective while Las Vegan Trina Johnson-Finn squats in a jail cell...
...The confused Johnson-Finn, who makes her living as a singing impersonator but had never gone on stage as a faux Braxton, was taken into custody and locked behind bars.
Not that it's impressed the judge or caused the local coppers to break a sweat, Finn says, but the concert's promoter has gone on the lam with concert proceeds estimated at $300,000..."
Maybe Mr. Smith should stick to bloviating, and on topics that aren't gonna throw more fuel on these flames. His chops as a Keyboard Commando Gumshoe Investigative Reporter appear to be pretty weak. It takes about 2 seconds of math to realize that 1,500 paying fans divided into "$300,000" comes to an average of $200 a ticket -- in a country whose per capita GDP is about 19% of ours. Right. It then takes about 10 seconds more on Google to learn that the ticket prices for this show were $20 and $25 USD, with "VIP Package" tickets at $55 USD. So, this Angel Ventura "promoter" creep probably made off with more like $40-$50k or so. Not chump change, but not 300 grand either.
Sad story, this is. I hope they can get her out.