photos by Ron Henry
I woke up BBQ morn totally excited about the day, I was so wound up I had to go run 10 miles. I got down to the BBQ and decided before eating anything it would be a good idea to start drinking backstage. So now I’m exhausted, drunk and the sun is coming down on me...and we’re still about an hour out from the start of the BBQ. The Blakes killed, Cave Singers did the same and then it was time for Pela. I had been telling anyone who would listen just how great this band was and now it was time for them to play. If you were there, you know it was the perfect vibe. Everyone had their drink on, it was midway through the BBQ and Pela’s energy was so sweet. I was freaking out standing next to Darek Mazzone and my wife Tiffany. Darek had just been reminding me to stop being so shy at events and that’s when it hit me:
B. No one in Seattle has crowd surfed in 6 or 7 years
C. I’m pretty wasted
Then it was ON. I handed by beer to Darek and my sunglasses to my wife and told them, “I’m jumping off the stage” to which both replied with a smile, “no you’re not”. Now it was REALLY ON. I told them to hold my sunglasses and beer and I headed out not really sure what I was going to do. Well, once I found myself on stage in front of 2000 people while Pela was rocking out I had to do SOMETHING. The crowd was packed but there was a little TOO much space to just jump so I just directed people to help me on to their hands...at first I dropped about 4 feet but then like a miracle everyone pushed me to the sky! There I was riding on the hands of other KEXP listeners and looking right back at the band under the sky in downtown Seattle. THAT is heaven.
I got back on stage (thank god they pushed me back that direction) exchanged the biggest smiles with the band and ran back, put on my sunglasses and finished my beer while everyone backstage cheered. That was heaven part II.
I love the KEXP BBQ, Pela and our listeners...and beer....oh and Darek...oh and of course my wife.
photos by Chona Kasinger
photos by Deb Greer
photo by Dan Muller