AndyRoo Goes to Washington!
What an incredible weekend in DC! It was a dream come true, and I can’t wait to do it again.
After performing for five plus years, I have learned that things happen when they should. You get into the dream venues, you get invited to open for big name acts, and you get good reviews in the press when you are ready. When I first started out, I was frustrated that these things didn’t happen right away, but that kind of mindset is wrapped up in the excitement and ego boost of getting an album done, especially when it’s your first album. You expect the world to stop and listen to it, and every music writer to review it, and when that doesn’t happen it can be really discouraging. But I think the real reason behind these things not happening is that you are not ready for them to happen in that moment.
When the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invited me to perform an AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse show there, I knew I was ready for that to happen. And when I finally got booked at Jammin’ Java, a highly competitive venue I have tried to get into for a couple years, I was finally ready. I knew how to make flyers for the show, I had a network to help me promote it, and I had two years of performances in front of kids that taught me a good deal about what works and what doesn’t.
This was my whirlwind weekend in DC! Grace Rodriguez took lots of pictures with her Google Glass and filmed the shows (a HUGE thanks to Jay Berckley for lending me his video camera). Show videos coming soon!
Friday June 21: Flew from Houston to DC and performed the Smithsonian NMNH show. What an honor and thrill. After the show we dropped by Smithsonian Folkways to meet the people behind the Smithsonian Institution’s non-profit record label and arguably the most important record label in the country. Listen to Folkways Radio daily to hear music you would never otherwise hear before. They were gearing up for the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Saturday June 22: Morning show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna,VA, a couple hours of sightseeing in DC, and a 4:30 PM flight back to Houston! Jammin’ Java was one of the most professionally operated venues I’ve ever played.