In January when we started planning the 2009 season, we were vacillating between having the first show the weekend of the 18th and the 25th. We definitely chose the right weekend. What a beautiful day we had!
And what an awesome yard! It was hard to believe we were in Midtown, but we were. Thanks so much to the Cowles for opening up their backyard to nearly 500 Rock-n-Rompers! Erin & Bernard went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect for the show. Best of all, they never stopped smiling! So the next time you see these two be sure and tell them how much they rock.
I also want to thank Holly for making us this beautiful table cloth!
And Caleb Sweazy for making us this "Junkyard Amadinda" to replace our battered Banging Wall.
The "Sit-n-Spin Farm" didn't quite turn out like I had planned. Our Rock-n-Romper who owns six of them came down with pneumonia and couldn't attend. We only had four and as you can see, the kids had other uses for them! Maybe we can get it going at the next show. (Bring yours in June! Or let me know if you have one to donate and I'll pick it up!)
Alright, now for the music. First up, we had David Brookings. He provided a lovely start to the show with his smooth vocals. (I took a video of him singing a song about his daughter, but am having technical difficulties!)
By the time David was done playing we had quite a showing!
King Louie and Loose Diamonds played next. We were a little short on shade Saturday, so we really appreciated these guys braving the rays for us!
The last band was Unstoppable Juggernaut. It took them a little while to get set up and we ran out of beer, so I'm afraid about half of our crowd missed out on what was one of the best parts of the day.
Apparently kids love math rock. It was really fun to watch them spontaneously start shaking their booties and flailing their arms about once the music got going. It was unlike anything they'd ever heard before!
The highlight of the day for me was when these three little girls took the mic and sang a song they wrote about Rock-n-Romp. My stupid camera was out of memory space so I couldn't get a video, which breaks my heart, because this was an incredible moment. These girls made all of the hard work and long hours that go into Rock-n-Romp totally worth it. Thanks, girls!
(I hope they're signed up for the Delta Girls Rock-n-Roll Camp!)
Stay tuned for details on our next show, which is going to be June 6th! (I apologize to all of the people who joined the list right before the show and got very short emails with the address--you'll get a real invite next time, I promise!)
If you took photos, please add them to our Flickr pool!