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My “secret” show(s) in Long Beach

photo by Timothy Luke

I had my first full show with the incredibly talented Free Moral Agents as my backing band on 4/23/10!

Free Moral Agents

It took  place at a book store called Open Books in Long Beach, CA. I didn’t announce the venue until the day of the show. Without my knowledge, tickets went on sale the day before and  it completely sold out. I’d like to thank the people who managed to get inside! It was really nice seeing a lot of old friends in one place. Poetry friends, music friends, industry folk. The Ice Cream Man serving free ice cream outside!

We mainly performed all the new songs from my LI(F)E album but we sneaked in a couple old “hits” as well. There are some kinks we still need to work out but overall I’m very happy with how everything sounded. It’s great playing with a live band again and I can’t wait to put this music on a big stage. Not that I don’t like feeling the blasts of air on my leg from the kick drum or having Ikey’s keyboard amp blasting my face off, but it’ll be nice for us all to have a bit of breathing room. Once our set was over the crowd urged us to do an encore which we were not expecting or prepared for. We managed to eke out a performance of Crack Pipes and The Cure and I’m really glad we did that because it was one of my favorite moments of the night.

When the show was over I stuck around and signed posters, handed out stickers, blew kisses to the pictures on the wall and disappeared in puff of smoke.

The next day we did a short gig at the Prospector. Upon entering the club I went directly to the bathroom. When I opened the door there was someone standing at a urinal (which is quite common in men’s bathrooms.) The bathroom was smaller than I expected it to be so I closed the door and waited for the guy to get out. When he exited the bathroom he got in my face and, in a drunken slur, asked me if I was gay. Apparently he was very upset that I saw him standing at a urinal. So I replied, “yes.” It is important for this man to know that gay people often intrude on others while they are peeing. It’s an evil culture of dirty piss predators I tells ya!


If you haven’t purchased your tickets ahead of time for the other shows then do so now. Click here to see the pre-sale ticket links for every city!

5 Responses to “My “secret” show(s) in Long Beach”

  1. Whyte Rhyno says:

    Can’t wait!

  2. I suppose I’m just not cool enough to have known about this show. That OPEN/4rth st scene is it’s own little world. Perhaps if i left my apt. I would know about things like this. I could have walked to your performance from my place last night. Now I have to wait till june and drive for 45 mins to an hour (in traffic) to a shit hole city i hate known as LA… thanks sage. i remember when i paid 5 bux and was literally in your face when you performed @ pop life in the MIA, what seems like so many years ago. now (for two) it’s 60 bones, with a possibility of selling out (why i bought them so early) and i prolly wont even be able to see you, let alone give you props after the show. congrats. you’re living proof that if you work for it, anything is possible.

    Magen Melancholy

  3. chris says:

    if only you were coming near me.

    your music has completely changed the way i live life.

    thank you.

    be safe.

  4. Felicia says:

    I LOVED LAST NIGHT. thank you for that and the hugs I kept asking for. you fucking rule!

  5. Shane says:

    You all did a great job last night (in Burlington). It was nothing I expected but at the same time better than anything I expected. Good luck in the future, as I am sure you will be doing better things now that this Epitaph junk is out of the way. Keep it up…literally.