Varsity Strings' singer/songwriter James is going to do an acoustic set to open the festival, first thing in the morning. Here he is doing a sound check -
I don't think our neighbors liked this, we don't usually play Jimi Hendrix at 8:00am on a Saturday - we start practicing with Red House before Declan arrives. Hey, Curly Max can play drums! He didn't tell me!
The Cheer Squad from Madison High shows up!
By now James is out enjoying the festival, no worries for the rest of the day -
And we're ready. With a brief, accurate introduction from the announcer, ("this is Varsity Strings; they're all hams) we kick off a fire breathing set, starting with Johnny B. Goode! I (Dark Max) get to have the honor of playing the first guitar solo of the day!
And - here's our Song List:
Johnny B. Goode
Paint It Black
Sweet Home Alabama
Always On The Run
Red River Blues
Batman Wipes Out
I think we finally painted that door and that line of cars black.
(You're welcome, Mick.)
Wireless amps are fun! A ham I am. With the right tools, you can make any audience member feel awkward and uncomfortable!
Okay, this is just nuts. Watch it.
The dream is realized. Playing Zep's Communication Breakdown for a more than a thousand people. I think we're all having lots of fun right now!
And of course, this is a Kids Fest, so we had to teach the kids about who's who in the world, right?
With a name like "Batman Wipes Out," you know that this is going to have a healthy dosage of devastating Declan drum solos, cool Curly Max basslines, and devilish guitar abuse by Dark Max.
Once again, we're all hams.
Channel 9 News got to Point Loma on the double when they heard about Varsity Strings's performance!
"And if we're lucky, folks, we might catch 'Dangerous Digits' Declan for a rare interview, so keep your fingers crossed!"
There was a pond with millions of plastic ducks at the kids fest. What else is there to say?
Sound check at 9:00am - This is the best sound man in San Diego.
James arrives at the main gate -
And has time for a few photos -
There are those dang ducks again!
Actually, this looks pretty fun! Does 17 years old count as a kid?
Declan and his loyal roadies set up as fast as possible -
"Well, Dark Max, we've made it to the big time."
"Wanna get a burrito afterwards? I'm hungry."
" ... "
AAA! A Drill Sergeant is here to make us do push-ups and... oh, wait, it's just Declan. Phew!
Tune in for the next exciting performance of
Thanks again to Tina Platt at KidsFest!