Blog - March 2018
Mar 30 & 31 - AJ's in Dorr
One of the rare times when the Friday crowd outdoes the Saturday crowd. Not by much. Both nights were less than a packed house, but we had dancers dancing all night long. That's the main thing that keeps the band energized. In fact, Friday's dance action was hard to keep up with onstage. Both Fri & Sat showed outstanding dancefloor reaction to our new tunes from the winter "break" in Steve's basement; people were dancing to Shania Twain "Man, I Feel Like a Woman", ZZ Top "Tubesnake Boogie", Skynyrd "What's Your Name", and Dire Straits "Money For Nothing". All those new tunes were selected for their danceability, so it warms our heart to see some booty-shaking going on. Great motivation for band energy. I'd love to launch into a Rick sermon about "Making everyone happy all the time", but I'll spare you.
We love being here in the heart of Tricks Country, our hometown of Dorr - where the memories go way back to Rick & Steve's teen years and their first high-school rock bands. We always have people coming up to say, "remember when you played at my party out in the field behind my house?" or "remember when you played for our wedding party in our garage"? We have deep roots here in Dorr. We appreciate everyone coming out in the unseasonably cold weather, when they temptation is to stay home on the warm couch.
Mar 9 & 10 - Wayland Hotel, Coming-Out Weekend for 2018
Well, we managed to destroy another camera. No pics for Friday. Anyway,...
Saturday was the big event - our good friend Craig Bykirk's 60th Birthday party. Craig (aka "Spank", aka "Capn Craig") has been one of our best Tricks fans since around his 40th birthday party, which Tricks also played at. Craig and his wife Jane, along with Liz & Sam and Deb & Bill, form the core of what we call the "Tricks Hudsonville Fan Club". It's a group of people loosely associated with the Hudsonville School Bus Garage, where Jan Bykirk is head honcho. Krystal's cousin Liz & hubby Sam moved to Hudsonville in the 90s. Liz got a job driving bus for Hudsonville Schools, where she became friends with Jane. They all have brought many other couples to see Tricks at various Tricks events. Capn Craig has hosted several Tricks parties at his big garage/barn, just east of Hudsonville. You can browse through the Tricks History pages and see lots of these "Hudsonville Fan Club" folks. We are forever grateful for their support and friendship.
Another great surprise on Saturday was an appearance by Rick's son Dan and his music-loving buddies. As the Capn Craig b-day party was slowly breaking up around midnigh, Dan and his pals came in to cheer us on for 4th set. That's always a fun thing. It's interesting to see these 30 and 40-something guys who are into classic rock tunes that were popular way before they were born. Hardcore! Thanks for coming in, guys. And thanks to Patty Bykirk for organizing the b-day party for her dad. Thanks to everyone who came out for Craig's party. Thanks to Josh the owner and the Hotel staff - we always appreciate your work keeping the party rolling smoothly. Thanks for supporting local live music.
Remember, Tricks loves you!