We’re pleased to announce our first ever performance at Los Angeles’ The Mint. An L.A. landmark, The Mint has proven to be the break out venue for many music icons and has featured classic greats like Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Ray Charles. Modern favorites that have rocked the joint include Ben Harper, Macy Gray and the The Wallflowers. Come join us as we take the stage with Cityzen and The Three Trees Saturday, March 12, 2011 for the SXSW sendoff show. (Yes! We’re performing in Austin, TX too!!)
Contact us for tix: $10 from us, $15 at the door
Check out our teaser video featuring our hit single You’ll Never Win along with various clips of the band performing live:
By Jon McCracken
This trip to Reno for the Western Fairs Association has definitely been an experience all in its own. The WFA was a convention designed to let county fairs hire different acts to perform at their fair. I am completely grateful to have done this and I have to thank our manager Michael for giving myself, and the rest of the band, this wonderful opportunity. I, for one, definitely appreciated every moment of this trip. Probably the best part, besides playing, was seeing the other amazing bands perform what was basically the best 15 minutes of their song catalog. The bands ranged from Pop and R&B, to Rock, to Blues. And there had to have been about a dozen country bands. They were good, but I am no country fan. One band that especially stood out was the Blues Brothers tribute band. It was basically like watching Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi on stage like they did back in the day. This band was absolutely incredible. It was great being able to meet and talk to the other bands and acts, especially to study up on how they got to where they were in the music business. As for the show itself, I don’t think we’ve ever played the medley we created so well. There were no mistakes, at least none that I heard, and we managed to play non-stop for a solid 15 minutes. The audience seemed to like us, and apparently we got a potential gig within 30 seconds of getting off stage. That is pretty much proof right there of how good we were that night.
By Scott Siegel
The best thing for me about playing at Carnegie Hall was that, as we were playing on the stage, for the first time I looked back at my band members and really saw how good they are. I always new they were amazing, but watching them play was like magic. The energy and passion that they had in their playing was spectacular. Sometimes as a front man, you need to step back and let the rest of the band shine in the spotlight, and that is what I did. Also, I think what brings out the best in us, is when there are a lot of people. There were 600 people in the audience. During Tomes’ guitar solo, he got a standing ovation. I bet if you asked him how he felt at that very moment, he wouldn’t be able to tell you in a few words. I think as a band, we get better every show. Like our last show in Reno we played for 15 minutes and sounded the best we have ever sounded. But next stop for us is Austin Texas, to play South by Southwest. I am so excited, I was there last year. I dreamed of playing that festival while I was there. I am so honored to be playing this year.
by Wadada Khufu
I feel so blessed to have played Carnegie Hall. On that stage and in that room on that night I could feel the spirits of the greats. When i was a young teenager playing bass guitar I would tell people I wanted to be so good on my bass that I would play Carnegie Hall. Now, for my dreams to have come true is a sign that I was always on the right road. And I want to say I felt blessed being on stage with Scott, Tomes and Jon. That, to me, was the greatest show we have ever played.
Jon counted off the song that night. You could feel it. By the time Tomes and I came in with the guitars, the song was rocking. Then Scott comes in and the night IS on fire. I could feel the people vibing with the song we were playing and the way we were playing it. (It’s called The Night is on Fire). We got a standing ovation and then Tomes comes in and plays his guitar solo with his teeth the people give him a standing ovation. I know now I am with the right rockers. It was cold outside in New york. It was hot inside of Carnegie Hall. The night was on fire.
By Jon McCracken
On Jan. 10, 2011, Arrest My Sister got to play at the venue of the world, Carnegie Hall. The thought of that alone is mind blowing. Let alone actually doing it. I’ve been in the band for a little over eight months now, and I didn’t think we would be playing on the same stage that The Beatles, Gene Krupa, Paul Simon, and countless other music legends have performed on so soon.
As soon as I told my parents that the band I basically had just joined was going to be playing at Carnegie Hall, they thought I was either joking, or I was talking about a different Carnegie Hall. It was very hard to wrap my mind around the concept. To the point where it didn’t hit me until the sound check the day of the show. Honestly, how many bands can say that they played Carnegie Hall? It’s beyond belief that I can now put it on my resume. Who wouldn’t want to hire us now??
The trip to New York was incredible, and to top it all off we played the best venue in the world. It may have only been one song, but really that’s all I would ask for, to play at least one song at Carnegie Hall. The show was all around amazing. Every other performer was incredible. Way past a ton of people on a level of talent. I heard a girl from England who had one of the best jazz voices I’ve ever heard, and a kid who can rap so well, that I actually liked it. And I HATE rap. It was definitely an honor to perform with these musicians during the Genius of Autism Celebration.
The bar is set extremely high now when it comes to gigs. It’s pretty darn hard to top Carnegie Hall. The only thing better would be to headline an entire show there. Who knows, the way things are going, it may happen next year.
By Crazy Tomes
After a GREAT introduction by the actress Laura Linney, who had very nice words to say about us (including that she thinks we have the best band name), we went on stage at about 9:20 p.m. (the show was going on between 8 and 10 p.m.), and we performed our song The Night Is On Fire better than we ever have before!! We had four rehearsals dedicated to this one song (PRACTICE, PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!), and therefore, our vocal harmonies were better than ever and we were instrumentally much tighter too. Carnegie Hall wasn’t completely sold out that night, but it was still still more than 80 percent full, which wasn’t too bad considering the tickets were $150-$500.
We all did our solos, including me on both organ and guitar. I was playing my Bo Diddley model Gretsch guitar, as that was the guitar I used in the studio recording and because I wanted to pay tribute to Bo (more about it in another blog!!). It was one of my best solos I’ve ever played, and I was proud of my rhythm playing that night because I was totally tight with the bass and drums. Jon played the drums so perfect and amazing that I had to start calling him “Ringo” after the performance, and of course Wadada’s playing was as great as bass playing can possibly get!! Scott’s vocal performance was among the very best I’ve ever heard him, and he did a fantastic job being the frontman and entertaining the crowd!!
We got two standing ovations from the crowd (including one during my guitar solo when I was playing with my teeth), it was a wonderful experience seeing everybody applauding us with a big part of the crowd standing up, at such a great historical place.
It’s a huge honor for me, and I can’t really put the feeling into words, other than that it was one of the best nights of my life and I would like to thank everybody all around the world who have supported, helped and inspired me to do what I do, to any degree, throughout my 26 years, as it wouldn’t have ever happened without you!! God bless y’all!!