QUICK VERSION: Not quite a jam, not really karaoke, but rather a Zeppelin-themed night for singers, musicians, and audiences to rock out to the greatest of greatest rock bands. Vancouver band "The Naturals" and their Goulet-inspired host will launch a series of Tuesday night shows in September based around Zeppelin's blues-infused 2nd album. This will involve opening up spots for singers and players to join in on Zep II's legendary 9-songs (and outtakes), then the band will continue with the usual "live karaoke" show until close. We're hoping to better gauge demand for this show and presell it via Patreon, hopefully to be able to drop the door charge entirely.–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Well hellooooooo! It's me, your musical game show host Robert Goulet... yeeeeaaaahhhhhh! So I've been working with a band up here in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia... Canada, that is, my home and native land. And anyway, they're a bunch of youngsters that call themselves "The Naturals" and do a "live karaoke" thing every week at FanClub on Granville Street. It's Vancouver's number one joint for live blues and rock n' roll, if you're not yet in the know. They brought me in as host because, well... GOULET!
Hey, it's the cat's pajamas, not to mention a whole lotta fun! It really is!
I mean, where else can you choose from a growing list of over three hundred (300!) songs to get up on stage and sing with a real live band? These aren't a bunch of dubious ruffians without the chops... no way José. These guys are the LEGIT DEAL! But you know what? It's also a lot of fun when other musicians we know join in on stage, not just a professionally trained voice man like me, as I've been known to do from time to time (heh heh, little insider there, i know).
Anyway, I'm talking guitar players, drummers, even that 4-string bass kicking out all those fat bluesy grooves... the whole bunch! That's why I got thinking about how to do everyone a frickin' service and open the night up a little bit, know what I'm sayin'? As host, I wanna see these guys reach out to local and travelling musicians who happen to be in town and want to join in for some fun. An informal-yet-formal part of the show, if you will, before getting back into the "live karaoke" night. You get the idea!
But there'd have to be some structure to this design, and some way to fit into the blues theme of the FanClub. Then it would need to be repeated, mastered, and turned into a format... something that could bring together the audience, the band, guest players and singers, and of course, your host for the evening... Robert Goulet!
All this reminded me of when I was doing a run of shows at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas back in the day, where I'd met this young group of English upstarts by the name of Led Zeppelin. Or was it that other band with the Elvis impersonator doing reggae-infused Zeppelin songs? What were they called? Anyway, whichever band it was, we sure ran up a few bills on that hotel tab let me tell ya. Afterwards, they gave me a copy of their 2nd album, which I think was called "Led Zeppelin II" or something silly like that. I gave it a good listen, and even for an ol' crooner like me, it was pretty damn good stuff on there.
So this is what I'm thinking, and I know you'll love it...
We take over Tuesday nights at FanClub for the month of September and feature a one-hour set of blues-inspired Zeppelin songs for musicians and singers to sign up and join in on. We call it "Zeptember", of course, and focus on the Zep II album's nine songs starting at 9pm, i.e. Zeppelin Twosdays! Yeeeaaahhhhh....
Now THAT's a helluva mini-set of rip roaring rock n' roll tunes folks! And since the blues are still required, they no doubt fit the bill at FanClub. We could even add a couple others in there, like the b-side "Travelling Riverside Blues" or the previously unreleased "La La", or maybe an encore from one of the other Zeppelin albums. We'll figure it out as the date approaches, that is, the first Tuesday of Zeptember... September 2!
The boys already have a few of these songs ready to go, and if you've been to their live karaoke show, then you already know! But in the meantime, I'll get'em prepped on the rest of the songs while we reach out to all our musician pals in the local music community who'd be interested in playing some Jimmy Page or Bonzo solos, or maybe some Robert Plant screechwailing or harmonica, or who'd even have the temerity to step up to a JPJ walking bass line or Hammond C3 fill... Stuff like that!
But to do this right is going to take support... in advance. Come time of the show, we want people to hear these riffs and walk right in off the street, NO COVER CHARGE, though tips are welcome. Instead, I've suggested the boys try out this Patreon system to raise the needed funds for Zeptember to happen. An event like this is going to need promo, the band needs to be paid, of course, and we'd like to have some giveaways and prizes for those who take part... and that's just the start! Knock this out of the park folks and it'll be on to the Bigger Picture!