Friday, July 10, 2009

Contracts in Las Vegas

If you had told me ten years ago that Tim would work in Las Vegas, I would have laughed in your face. If you had further told me that he would be contracted to work in one of the edgier theaters, alongside a gay bar and a headlining magician who performs in drag, I would have thought you were off your rocker.

He went down to sign the contract today.

He starts tomorrow, doing Live Looping as part of "Carnival"--a late-night variety show (I've heard it also called a "freak show"--so I guess I'm married to a circus freak now!) once a month.
And I'm totally excited about it!

He's also in negotiations with a few other shows in town--a mentalist, a comedy club......

How did this come about?

Tim started doing open mic nights all over town. One in particular has been fruitful, not just for gigs, but also for networking, education (he's learning tons about structuring shows, banter with the audience, what works and what doesn't, business cards, etc). It's an open mic night for performers in town--runs from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am (normal hours for us, but not for normal people) so the performers can come after their regular shows--and is well-utilized by contortionists, magicians testing new tricks, comedy acts, and novelty and variety acts of all kinds.

And Tim.

Who has made QUITE a splash among the other performers because he can not only sing all the parts of songs, he can also sing all the instrumental parts convincingly, do vocal percussion WHILE he's singing bass, and make it sound rich and full. And he does original songs. And he does comedy. And he does it all live, crafting songs--all the parts--right before your eyes. He can sing Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", including the band parts and the harmonies, all by himself with no pre-recorded backing tracks. No wonder the magicians love him! It's like a magic trick--with music.

Every week so far, he's gotten more talks in progress for shows, gigs, collaborations.

I'm hoping some of them come through.

And we were just ready to throw in the towel and move back to Utah while we looked for more traditional work!

1 comment:

Brooke said...

I know you're apprehensive, but I think Tim's new gig sounds really cool. It's so exciting to find people who appreciate live looping for the incredible thing it is!