December and beyond

Since my last band letter we’ve had a major holiday and I have driven across the country and back from Los Angeles to New Orleans one final time in 2012, making the move back to the Crescent City full time. Our experience in Los Angeles was multi-faceted and I’m glad we ping ponged from coast to coast for the past two years. We’ll certainly miss many aspects of life on the west coast including all the fine folks we know out there but the time had come, business wise to make the trip back to Louisiana. Right now things are popping for us here and in order to take advantage of it all we simply have to be in the middle of the action.

BUT the plan is taking shape for a three week western tour this summer to include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and California, from San Diego all the way to San Francisco and perhaps even further north.
Since I still do all the booking myself, the face to face interactions we made with clubs has been invaluable and I plan to put I to good use! We’ve already got Club Eleven in San Diego, Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown and a venue in Salida, our favorite little Colorado town on the hook. Now I just have to link it all together! It’s a labor of love but there’s nothing better than getting the band out on the road and I’m super excited for this year as our touring band is really ace.

I think I’m getting waaaaay ahead of myself so let me reel it in a bit. Dave and I made it back to NOLA and have been setting up our house in the Bywater neighborhood. We don’t have internet yet and were booking on the road so please excuse the mess, er….the lateness of updates to the website, that is. December shaped up nicely and I have lots to tell y’all about.

First of all, we’ll be at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl this Saturday 12/8. It was a last minute fill in for Roddy Romero and so is not listed in publications. But rest assured, it is Gal Holiday ALL NIGHT LONG!

Also this Saturday (as well as 12/15), The New Orleans Nightingales, of which I am a part, will be at the Piety Street Market selling CDs, calendars and gorgeous signed photos. Where else will you be able to get a collectible signed by 14 of New Orleans most fabulous singers including Ingrid Lucia, Debbie Davis, Meschiya Lake, Linzzi Zaorski and moi?! The market will be from 11-4 and is a great alternative place to pick up Christmas gifts so come by and say hello!

And as if I couldn’t help but squeeze more out of Saturday, I’ll be doing a photo shoot for an upcoming fundraising campaign. What for? GASP! Could it be…A NEW GAL HOLIDAY ALBUM? Why, yes. It’s been over two years and is high time we put out another. Don’t y’all agree? We’ve been watching as bands around us have used fan funding with much success and we thought we’d give it a try, too. Many of you are already familiar with how that concept works, and as the month progresses we’ll explain in more detail for those of you who are wondering about it. I think we’ll probably launch the campaign right after the new year, providing the world doesn’t end on the 21st.

So that brings us to our show listing for December. We still have dates available for private holiday parties so contact me if you want us at your house! And PLEASE go out to your favorite venues and support live, local music. It’s a treasure we have here in New Orleans and we shouldn’t take it for granted. And if you don’t live in NOLA, go see live music wherever you are. Those bands and venues need you. Start a revolution! They all start small.

Please join and share the Facebook events to help us spread the word:

Saturday 12/8 @ Rock ‘n’ Bowl (NOLA); 9:30pm-1am Facebook event
Saturday 12/15 @ Mojitos Rum Bar (NOLA); 7:30pm-10:30pm Facebook event
Thursday 12/20 @ Mimi’s in the Marigny (NOLA) Hard Candy Christmas Party; 8:30pm-2am (band plays until 11 ONLY) Facebook event

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Saturday 12/22 @ Rivershack Tavern (Jefferson, LA); 10pm-2am Facebook event
Friday 12/28 @ Three Muses (NOLA) Quartet show; 9pm-12am Facebook event

I’ll be talking to you again before the end of the month but stay safe out there. People get crazy this time of year and we don’t want any injuries. Shop locally and be merry!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

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3 thoughts on “December and beyond

  1. Hi,Vanessa,
    Nice to receive this notice. When will you be in Salida? My wife and I will be visiting Jimmy Rocketman Descant and Penelope later this Spring or early Summer after the snow is gone.
    We have an Annual UFO Festival here in Exeter NH that is really cool with famous UFO investigators,abductees,and more. Perhaps your Father would like to visit or speak during the event.
    How cool would that be! Best wishes with your Music and life. Maurice Wynne(Tito Mambo).

    • Hi, Maurice!

      We’ll be back in Salida in June, the week after FibArk. I’ll bet my dad has been to the conference in Exeter before. He goes wherever someone wants to pay him…kinda like me! Happy New Year!

    • Hey Maurice! I never responded to this! So sorry. We cancelled our trip to Salida for this year but we sure did miss it! Soon, we will return. You should ask my dad if you ever want him to speak. He loves that stuff…

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