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Playing in the middle of nowhere

We have played at a tiki bar in Solomon's Island, far away from everything.

By Jeff Kuehn | October 19, 2010; 06:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who needs sleep, anyway?

I have time for everything except closing my eyes.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 29, 2010; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

No more drama

I met a waitress who is pretty hot. It's an awkward situation, though, because her friend has had a crush on me for several months.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 22, 2010; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not another weekly gig

For our fans, we've been playing at a place that sells half-price drinks on Mondays to restaurant workers and another that lets you smoke cigars and bring your own booze.

By Jeff Kuehn | September 21, 2010; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Opening act

The production company heard some of our music and liked it so much that they played our stuff for Trevor Hall, a national act we might open for in Baltimore.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 26, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not the best or the worst of times

We played this club in Annapolis that has a reputation for attracting a lot of cougars and I don't mean the ones that prowl on four paws.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 24, 2010; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Always a fun time

We played at T-Bonz for the first time in a long time recently. It wasn't as crowded as it has been in the past, but it was fun. It had been so long since we had played there,

By Jeff Kuehn | August 13, 2010; 06:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

A well needed rest

Though the place was packed, it wasn't our best show. Everyone was tired and tempers were about to flare.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 11, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Opportunities galore

We met the owner of The Whiskey in Annapolis. He is putting on the Annapolooza and wants to open for a bigger act. We hope to win some of their fans by playing for them.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 9, 2010; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leaving them wanting more

We played two hours straight. Everyone had a great time and again, we had a request for an encore. If this keeps up, we might have to start planning for an encore.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 6, 2010; 05:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hot shows and hotter dates

We played to a packed house most of the night and even got a standing ovation. Fortunately, before we were done, I got the attention of a girl at the bar.

By Jeff Kuehn | August 4, 2010; 06:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surviving a hard weekend

I had a busy weekend--from short notice shows in Annapolis to shows with no air conditioning. It was pretty hectic.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 22, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A great show that nobody heard

The place was awesome. It had great locally brewed beer, a great sound system, a great sound guy and we were paid well. The only problem was, there was nobody there. The sound guy was great, so we didn't have to worry.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 12, 2010; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another gig story

One woman was getting up and dancing, despite the fact that she didn't know how.

By Jeff Kuehn | July 1, 2010; 06:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mastering the art of promotion

We just need a couple of gorgeous women to sell our products to the guys and a couple of hot guys to sell our stuff to the women. Need a job?

By Jeff Kuehn | June 28, 2010; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gigging at Union Jack's

We will be playing twice at Union Jack's in Columbia next month. It turns out that we will be the first band to perform inside. That's cool.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 23, 2010; 05:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Music dreams

Everyone was digging our stuff. People left and right were coming up to us after the set and were saying how much they loved our music.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 17, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A fun birthday celebration

I am going to keep this blog brief as I am very tired. I had to close down T-Bonz, not because I was busy drinking, but because D.J. was busy drinking. It was his birthday.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 16, 2010; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another hot gig

People were really digging our music for the first couple of sets. Then, a special guest joined us.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 15, 2010; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another benefit show

We are getting ready for another benefit concert on Saturday. There will be some important people there who could decide if we play a major concert later this month.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 14, 2010; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Monday night fun

It was our normal crowd and then some, probably 30 people--good for T-Bonz on a Monday. All 30 drank like fish and had a good time.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 10, 2010; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

An attempt to play for charity

Organizers had stuck us at the main gate where registration was taking place. Placing a band with drums, guitar and bass next to the registration table wasn't a good idea.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 8, 2010; 05:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Doing our part for CF

We're playing at a reception for a walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you're in Annapolis Saturday morning, come by the Navy Marine Corp Stadium and help.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 4, 2010; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Invitation-only beer pong

You've never experienced fun until you see a 40-year-old soccer mom doing a keg stand!

By Jeff Kuehn | June 2, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

No reservations at the Reserve

Our Memorial Day weekend started with a show in Federal Hill. It went well, for us, because of all the beautiful women who showed up.

By Jeff Kuehn | June 1, 2010; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

A long night in Baltimore

We played a gig last night in Baltimore. The crowd was good. Our friend Katie came out. She is our first official groupie.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 28, 2010; 05:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

A dull Friday night gig in Naptown

By the third set, we weren't feeling it. Brian was drunk. D.J. and I were tired. With our off timing, technical difficulties and low energy, we did not have good third or fourth sets.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 25, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vegas, hookers and first time gigs

Brian, our drummer, went to Vegas for a bachelor party. I wish people didn't take "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" saying so seriously. I want to know what happened!

By Jeff Kuehn | May 18, 2010; 05:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hoping for a full house

We have invited over 1,000 people to this gig. Even if a fraction of the people show up, the place will be packed. I don't think it can handle more than a couple hundred people.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 16, 2010; 02:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another disappointing gig

We played there for Cinco De Mayo. Just like when we played there two weeks ago, it was dead. There were few people there except the people that we brought with us.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 10, 2010; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

In search of a crowded house

There weren't a lot of people for most of the show. The owner was upset. The point of having a band play is to bring in people and money, so I understand.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 7, 2010; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

A goal to charge at the door

After we were done playing, a guy paid us the best compliment we had ever received when he said he would have been willing to pay $80 to hear us perform.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 6, 2010; 06:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

We have had some shows where not a lot of people have come out lately, but I'm figuring that Cinco de Mayo will bring more people out tonight.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 5, 2010; 09:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

What would Neil Diamond think?

Only a handful of people sang along to "Sweet Caroline." I guess alcohol does play a major factor in the singing of that song. The only people who sang were at the bar.

By Jeff Kuehn | May 3, 2010; 06:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking, barfly style

The bass player for the duo had left by the time I got to talk to the band, but the singer told me that he plays with Victor Wooten when ever Victor comes in to town. Now whether or not this was true, I don't know, but it would be pretty cool if it was.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 30, 2010; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gigging on the edge

We played on the most rickety stage I have ever seen. It was made of 2 by 4's and table legs propped up on cement blocks. If we moved the wrong way, it would have toppled.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 29, 2010; 05:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Music, booze and softball

Our shows are drawing bigger crowds. I like to think it's our music that brings them in, not the fact that everyone who works in the restaurant business gets half off their drinks.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 28, 2010; 05:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Basement party rehearsal

Our drummer's roommate booked us to play a house party at their place. There were about 20 or so people standing in the basement watching us and playing beer pong.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 27, 2010; 05:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

A busy week ahead

I only hope that I'm not too tired from the T-bonz gig. Wednesday through Friday we have off to practice, but on Saturday; we are playing at High Topps Grille in Timonium. From what I hear that should be a really packed show barring the weather.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 26, 2010; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cougars in hibernation

We played a gig down in LaPlata. It was really slow. It did get a little more crowded later, but nothing like the last time we played there. This time, there wasn't a cougar in sight.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 23, 2010; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

A night of shot-skis

A shot-ski is a ski that has four holders to put shot glasses filled with an alcoholic beverage in. Four people have to take the shot at once.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 16, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Putting moves on a dancing queen

I asked my new friend April to choreograph a dance for us on our video. It would be nice if she could provide the dancers, as well. That's not asking for too much, is it?

By Jeff Kuehn | April 14, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fingers crossed for Friday

Stan and Joe's in Annapolis is one of those bars that is always packed. I hope we get to play there.

By Jeff Kuehn | April 7, 2010; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

One good, drunken time

The practice we were supposed to have turned into more of a drunken jam. We played for awhile, but we were all too hammered to remember everything in our songs.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 30, 2010; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

One rude dude

She performed one of her ballads, a really good song, but slow for a bar. When she was done, the bartender immediately flipped on the music, the proverbial hook.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 29, 2010; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beer, babes and Berklee

Accompanying Tom was a pretty blonde named Courtlyn Carr who also really liked the set. She told me that she is also a musician, a country singer who is all over the radio.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 25, 2010; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feeding the dinner crowd

Though small, the crowd was very interactive and tipped well.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 24, 2010; 05:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Taking a cue from John Mayer

We've been playing to the same crowds, so we thought it would be cool to change things up by starting with Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues," also recorded by John Mayer.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 22, 2010; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

12 hours of drinking

At the time I wrote this blog, it was the day after St. Patrick's Day. I won't lie, I'm pretty sure that I was still drunk come lunch time today.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 19, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

To Eastport-a-Rockin' and beyond

We met a woman named Robin who promotes local bands. She told us about the annual Eastport-a-Rockin festival and said that we need to get our press kits in so we can play it.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 17, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trying out for a chance at success

We went back to Brian's and played for a house party. We met a guy who may book us in an Annapolis pub, which puts us closer to our goal--doing regular gigs in our hometown.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 16, 2010; 05:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

I badly need to sleep

I guess the energy drink and the coffee that I live on have worn off. Or, perhaps, it is the fact that I took a NyQuil. I need to sleep.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 12, 2010; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gigging in Cougar Town

Maybe it was the alcohol, maybe there was something in the air, but people felt the need to dance--especially the beautiful cougars at the booth right across from us..

By Jeff Kuehn | March 9, 2010; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

I'm no Victor Wooten, but I try

They didn't have a bass player, so the guy that started the Sunday jams invited me to play. It should be interesting. I've never actually played bass outside my original acts.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 8, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

My future foretold in a cookie

The other day I went to Panda Express for lunch. I don't know what it is about that place, but I love it. After my meal I cracked open my fortune cookie. It said that I will have many opportunities in the near future.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 5, 2010; 06:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Found: a new drummer

Recently, D.J. met this guy Brian, a drummer. They all got together at this guy's place to jam. Brian was so good that D.J. ended up going back to his place to jam some more. D.J. told Brian about Maybe Not Even and he came out to play with us Monday.

By Jeff Kuehn | March 3, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kevin Brubaker's guitar, in person

Brubaker Guitars are incredible. Imagine my delight, then, when I found out that the maker of those guitars was playing at T-Bonz, the same place that D.J. and I play every week!

By Jeff Kuehn | February 24, 2010; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blogging instead of sleeping

I am tired and ready to go to bed. I have to be up at 7 a.m. to go to my network engineering job. Yet at almost 2 a.m., I am up working on blog posts.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 23, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rocking at the Flying Dog

We hopped on a bus that was filled to the brim with Flying Dog beer in bottles. By the time we arrived at our destination, everyone was feeling loose and having a good time.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 22, 2010; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

In harmony with my music

A harmonizer is essentially a group of back-up vocalists in electronic form, though it doesn't sound electric. Rather than following along with what you are singing, it allows you to plug your guitar into it and it follows the chords.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 19, 2010; 12:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sleepy in Annapolis

I literally had three hours of sleep last night.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 17, 2010; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free food, free beer and fun

Saturday, we are taking a bus up to Fredrick. We are going to the Flying Dog Brewery. We will take a tour, get all the free beer samples we want and the brewery will have a cookout where D.J. and I will perform. It should be a great time. I don't know what I'm more excited about--the free food or the free beer!

By Jeff Kuehn | February 16, 2010; 02:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

We need more shows

We want to see more people coming out to see us and we want the industry to take notice of us.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 4, 2010; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Radio is a costly marketing tool

I know that to get radio airplay you have to be good and have deep pockets, too. I read somewhere that on average, major labels spend about $250,000 to help get radio stations to spin one single off of an artist's album.

By Jeff Kuehn | February 4, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

My bio as my blog

I decided I would show you what our bios say. Today, I will do the most obvious one first, me!

By Jeff Kuehn | January 27, 2010; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Living the dream

I can tell you right now, if my boss wishes me to be functional today, he's got another think coming.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 20, 2010; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sore about my aching throat

Unfortunately for me, my vocal chords are affected by everything I do. If I get a cold, if I have a drink of alcohol, etc. it all affects my voice.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 19, 2010; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Storage units and headaches

After I get off work today, I am planning on visiting a couple of storage facilities. A friend of mine said that his band used to do that for their practice space.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 14, 2010; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Open mic night marketing

We are planning on playing the open mic night at the Whiskey in Annapolis to help get our band's name out there.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 12, 2010; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cover this

We made our covers list which is roughly 64 songs long. We are hoping to get it up to 100 so that people will have a much larger choice of songs that we can hear us play. Any ideas?

By Jeff Kuehn | January 11, 2010; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another barn dance

He mentioned that we needed practice space and it turns out that she has a barn on her property in Davidsonville that we might be able to use.

By Jeff Kuehn | January 8, 2010; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snow traffic sucks

Did I ever tell you my "I hate this time of year because of the traffic" story? I hate this time of year because of the traffic!

By Jeff Kuehn | December 22, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Come for cheap drinks and my music

It is D.J.'s and my goal to pack that place next Monday. You can't beat 50 percent off on your drinks. We will be playing music and it should be a great time.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 17, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

No brag, just fact

You know when you are at a competition and you have that gut feeling that unless your opponent paid off or slept with the judge you were going to win? That is how I feel when I watch these open mics.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 16, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Performing at the company bash

We performed for an hour while people ate. I won't lie, it was a little weird performing as my co-workers passed by with their plates filled with chicken and crab cakes.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 15, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Success is about to roll in

I have a feeling that we are about to experience a "snowball effect" and I am as giddy as a school girl!

By Jeff Kuehn | December 10, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rocking Fish Heads in the snow

We opened the show at 7:30 p.m., an hour earlier than we were originally scheduled to play. Some people who came out to see us missed much of our performance.

By Jeff Kuehn | December 7, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paris sounds nice for a break

I have been working like crazy with my band, Maybe Not Even, over what should have been my Thanksgiving vacation, at Best Buy, as a network engineer and especially on my school work

By Jeff Kuehn | December 2, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The epitome of exhaustion

I pounded back five-hour energy drinks and struggled through the day. Standing on your feet for 11 hours straight with less than four hours sleep was awful. If there is something worse out there, I don't want to know about it.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 30, 2009; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thankful for blessings big and small

People tonight were talking about what they were thankful for. Ok, I won't lie. I was at a bar and no one was talking about that. They were getting drunk, but let's pretend they were because it creates a good segue into my next point.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 27, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hard days' nights

On Saturday, D.J. and I got up early and were at Best Buy by 11:00 a.m. We had to make sure we had enough of our CDs in stock because from 1:00-2:00 PM we performed live in the back of the Best Buy. It was a pretty cool turn out.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 24, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Practice should make cents

We could have been strumming on ukuleles and lip syncing to Wham and we still would have gotten cheers from the crowd.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 23, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

On the verge of fame, and a cold

I literally looked like I had just dove into a pool with my clothes on just by running the hundred feet or so from where I parked my car to the front door. It also didn't help that my bottom and top lock were locked.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 20, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rain-drenched dreams

Toward the end of our practice it began to pour. The rain hitting the tin barn roof was so loud, that it literally sounded like an amphitheater full of people clapping for us.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 20, 2009; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Thanksgiving rush

We'll cook, eat and watch football all day and the turkey meat will make me nice and tired. I will have to be at Best Buy at 4:00 a.m. on Black Friday. I have to work until 3:30 p.m., then I'll have one or maybe two hours to nap before I have to perform.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 19, 2009; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Perfect practice makes perfect

This barn used to be used for country shows. The owner's grandfather had a little country music label and for 10 years, they would put on a concert every Sunday. There were food, drinks and music, which they broadcast over the radio all day long.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 17, 2009; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Negotiating to rock the house

The only reason they didn't ask me to play, I learned, is because I'm invited to the party. They didn't think I would want to play.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 16, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pressured to perform

The biggest problem with our upcoming shows is something hanging over our heads when we play Michael's Pub in Columbia on Friday, Nov. 20. If we don't bring in at least 50 people, they have threatened to never let us play there again.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 13, 2009; 07:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sex, rock and roll and firefighters

She had an apron with some political message on it, some lingerie covering her rear and nothing else.

By Jeff Kuehn | November 9, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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