To my surprise Township is near an el-stop with bustling neighborhood activity, and street parking right outside the venue. It is nicely laid out, with a divided restaurant/bar and venue, plenty of room, and a nice warm paintjob with artwork on the walls. It seems primed to be a great venue, and indeed I’ve been seeing it’s name crop up more and more.
As usual, I tried to be late, but still felt early, and met some of the friendly people working the door and sound. Set up was a breeze, and we sat back to enjoy the vocal and acoustic stylings of Jason Douglas Swearingen. After his heartfelt set, we took the stage and hit our first song with a big stride. We kept it up for a bit, but faltered after some equipment failure. I managed to capture my zen back after a bit, but I could tell that our group mojo wasn’t going to come back fully.
One must remember that the audience wants to be on your side, wants you to lead their good time. So even if things are going badly for you onstage, you can still keep up your cheer and lean on all for support. That aspect is not too different from rehearsal, but it’s hard to keep in mind on-stage, especially because that’s when you want to be on your “A” game.
The headliner, The Frankl Project, were on tour from Cincinatti and rocked their set. Nailed it. They are a good bunch of guys doing great music, and we were glad to share the stage with them, so check them out if you get a chance.