We beat out three other bands tonight to advance to the final round, where we'll take on the winners of two other preliminary rounds. The big winner gets an expenses-paid trip to the blues festival in Memphis this summer, 8 hours of recording time in a studio, some $$$, etc...
After a brief bout of "What was I thinking?" nerves before any of the evening festivities began, I recovered and managed to make it through the entire set, remembering every key change, keyboard-voice change, B-3 Leslie switch, volume adjustment, etc. The 45 minutes went by in an absolute blur! What a great time, and what a packed house of great people came out to hear an evening of hot blues music. This was no dive-bar populated by half the town drunks; no, this place was full of some very cool people.
Now I get to try to settle down and get a couple of hours of sleep.
Good luck with that. I'm stoked.