First Gig in Granada at Imagine Restaurant and Bar

First Gig in Granada at Imagine Restaurant and Bar

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Rockin' out on stage.

I finally played my first gig here in Granada at a great little restaurant and bar called Imagine, after the classic John Lennon song. Several months ago I emailed the owner, Kevin, out of the blue asking if he had any slots open. I figured he was probably booked solid and would tell me he could fit me in sometime in the next few months, during which time I could practice for the show. I was wrong. He responded asking if I could play that very Friday night from night from 8pm – 11pm! I was in no way prepared for something that soon since I had done no serious practice since arriving here in August. I explained this and declined, promising that I would be in touch again in a few weeks, after I’d had time to practice.

About a week later he emailed me asking if I was ready and could play that coming Friday. I wasn’t ready, but I didn’t want to decline the chance again, potentially coming off as an un-reliable flake and ruining any chance of playing there at all. I crammed on Wednesday and Thursday evening, hammering my material over and over again until it was etched back into my brain as deep as possile. Eventually I got to a point where I figured I could do three 40 minute sets with two twenty minute breaks from 8pm – 11pm.



I had a great time and the place was packed most of the time. Kevin’s a super nice guy, and a great guitarist to boot, so he ended up improving some lead with me during the last set. I dare say a good time was had by all.

A guy I’d never met before named Eric showed up and asked if he could borrow my guitar to play a few tunes. I was more than happy to oblige since my setts were so short. He played several times throughout the night and was really good. He had a very Jack Johnson-like sound to his stuff, which may very well have been Jack Johnson covers. I’m not too familiar with that guy’s entire catalog.

Below are a few pictures and a short clip of me doing the song “Beer is Food” from my band HyperSloth.

Live Music at Imagine Bar Granada, Nicaragua
Rockin’ out on stage.
Live Music at Imagine Bar Granada, Nicaragua
Eric blowing up the house.
Live Music at Imagine Bar Granada, Nicaragua
Kevin sits in to tear up some lead.

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I lived in Granada, Nicaragua for a while with my wife and kid. Now I don't. But we like to get back there whenever we can, unless we go somewhere else.

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