Hi Cigar Pals: We recently had the opportunity to do a show Live at the Dublin House in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
I had recently been up in South Dakota to attempt to become a full time resident there and was on my way back down to Scotts in Shirley, AR, when I decided to stop and check out a cigar shop/lounge in South Sioux City.
You can read all about it in my post over at Cigar Pals called Adventure.Things To Do In Nebraska – South Sioux City Cigar
While there I had the privilege of meeting Shennen, the owner of Callahans Liquor, where The Dublin House is housed.
The Dublin House is a nice lounge in the back of the liquor store and there is also a very well stocked Cigar humidor in the front of the store.
In the course of my conversation with Shennen, I told him about Guitars and Cigars and he invited me to come up and jam, and I said we would love to, the next time we got up that way.
Let’s Play The Dublin House
I went back down the Shirley and Deb and I packed everything up to head for Idaho. I had some more things to try to take care of in SD, so we returned to a camp ground we had stayed at up in Lenox, just SW of Sioux Falls.
We both enjoy the area and have friends nearby.
I had informed Shennon that we would be back in the area for a few days and asked if he would like me to do a show, he said yes and asked me what day worked for me and I said I was pretty busy until Friday.
He said that would work, but that was one of his slow nights, but we could give it a try. I really didn’t have a lot of time since we needed to get Deb out to Idaho for some medical tests. (the good news there, is, she is in great shape and the tests came back clean)
So it was decided, let’s play the Dublin House! This would be the first official show for Guitars and Cigars.
We Showed Up And So Did Murphy
Well Friday came and I spent a lot of time practicing during the day, making sure everything was good to go (so I thought)!
(Side Note) When we first got to Sioux Falls, I had become disillusioned with my acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a new one.
We went to the Guitar Center in hopes that I could get something for my old one to help offset a new one, but because it had some issues they wouldn’t take it ( by the way, it’s a nice beginner Epiphone, with a problem with the pickup and I will make someone an excellent deal on it, tag me in comments if interested)
Anyhow, I picked up a nice Alvarez AGE910CEAR, that I really like.
Back to the show…. when we arrived, there were only two other people in the place and even Shennon was out of town and wouldn’t be able to make the show (Fathers Day Weekend).
We thought about not setting up and maybe just bringing a guitar in, but some folks started showing up so we went ahead and brought the equipment in and started setting up.
Got all set up and I was looking forward to playing my CBG’s (Cigar Box Guitars) and as soon as I plugged in, there was some annoying feedback.
I have been playing the CBG’s for months and have never heard that before, but I figured I would try the other CBG, guess what, that one did it too.
There were a lot of Neon type lights in the place and we thought they probably had something to do with the problem and I thought it was coming through the power supply, so I put the amp on batteries, but that didn’t solve the problem.
Baffled over what to do, I decided to just pull out the six string and go unplugged. (good thing I picked up that guitar)
I sang several songs, you can hear a few in the video.
Later in the evening, I decided to plug in the Alvarez to see if the problem existed there also, but it did not, so it must be a grounding issue with the CBG’s
Interesting Turn Of Events
I have always loved performing on stage and have been doing it since I was 6 years old, but something strange happened that night at the Dublin House.
As I was up there playing for the crowd, I realized that after being Cigar Pals for the last two years, while in a cigar lounge, I would normally be wandering through the crowd smoking and talking cigars and telling stories, but here I was up on the stage watching everyone else do what I do.
I guess I will have to find a balance between performing and smoking with my cigar pals.
We Live, We Laugh, We Learn
So everything did not go as planned, but then, it rarely ever does. Fortunately the place wasn’t packed with paying customers anticipating a professional show.
We found out there are some issues with my equipment and I am working to get them fixed before the next show.
I believe those who were there, had a good time and my friend Dave from Sturgis even showed up (Thanks Dave for your support)
Also Thanks to Deb, for your continued support and trying to tote equipment in, even though you just had major surgery two weeks earlier!
Thanks to all those who showed up and gave us a warm welcome to the Dublin House!
The Show Must Go On
I told the story that night about a free show I was scheduled to do, some years ago and as I was preparing for the show that morning, my PA system went out.
I knew that I wasn’t getting paid for that show, but I have always adhered to the sentiment “The Show Must Go On”, so I went out and purchased a new PA so that would happen.
Last but not least, with a heavy heart, I will say goodbye to my friend Sheri, who passed a couple days ago. She played such a big role in the early days of my music career. Sheri and her mom Miss Judy are responsible for taking me from being a campfire singer and not very good songwriter, to the big star I am today.
I will truly miss you kid!
Once again, Thanks to Shennen and the folks at the Dublin House for letting us come and perform for y’all.
As always, feel free to make comments, suggestions or ask questions in the section below.
Till next time:
Smooth music and smooth smokin