Vinyl Gold and Condition White with Dante Zapata at Mississippi Pizza

What a night! I’ve been stalking Condition White for awhile now, because we have rehearsal spaces in the same building. Sometimes I stand outside their door and dance in the hallway while they practice. I couldn’t be happier about meeting them and forming a friendship. Their brand of funky soul demands a dancefloor and we got one last night at the iconic Mississippi Pizza. I didn’t get any photos of Vinyl Gold, but here are some of Condition White!     

Vinyl Gold plays in Seattle at Seamonster Lounge!

Last night we played in Seattle for the first time, at the Seamonster Lounge. The bartender, David, was so friendly and so was everyone else we met! I really hope we can play there again, soon.

Can you believe that several of my friends from high school in the 90’s came to see us tonight? So did my college friends from CWU! By the time we finished our last set the room was packed and I think we all had fun. It was great to catch up with a few friends before we rushed out the door for the long drive home. We safely made it in one piece, by the way.

It was extra special for me to have the opportunity to share this project with people I’ve been doing creative things with and dreaming dreams with for years. I heard “I’m proud of you” from two special people, and that means everything. Let’s do this again soon, please.

IMG_7542-0

IMG_7539-0

Vinyl Gold at Jimmy Mak’s

Well, we did it! We played our debut show at Jimmy Mak’s. Let me tell you, this is one of my bucket list goals checked off. I, Sarah, sang my original songs on the stage at Jimmy Mak’s. This is not something that I *ever* thought would happen! There were a lot of supportive texts and Facebook messages throughout the day, and I appreciate every single one. I thought we sounded good on stage, and our very friendly crowd was warm and seemed to have a good time! Thank you to all the folks that bought us drinks and food, and stuck around to enjoy The Mel Brown Septet.. We truly felt the love. I really hope we can play that room again, soon. Here are some pictures!

IMG_0188

IMG_0193 copy 2

Vinyl Gold at Everybody’s Brewing

White Salmon, WA knows how to throw a party! Vinyl Gold took our show on the road for the first time last night, and headed out into the Columbia Gorge to Everybody’s Brewing. The crowd was ready to drink and dance, and I think we all had a really fun time together.

We met a singer named Amber Nelson, who was brave enough to step out of the audience and onto the stage to sing with Sarah. We met many wonderful folks, and we hope to see you again, soon!

New live Vinyl Gold recordings!

Mark has threatened my life asked me to please remove the old Vinyl Gold recordings that were on our Reverbnation page, and replace them with the new ones from our recent show at Biddy McGraw’s! Consider it done! Let us know what you think! We have some fun shows coming up in January – JIMMY MAK’S on 1/20 – and some other things in the works, so make sure you come back to visit and become our Facebook pal. We hope to see you soon!

Click here to be sent to our Reverbnation page to hear the tunes!

Vinyl Gold at Biddy McGraw’s on 12-6-14

Vinyl Gold had a fun show tonight at Biddy McGraw’s in Portland, OR! We tried out putting the band in a “U” shape, instead of the usual front facing doorsandwindowsthing that we, and most bands, usually use. I stole the idea from Charlie Hunter and Omaha Diner, who sat in the “U” shape for their show. I felt like they had great communication on stage, and they were able to really see each other and the audience. I think it worked the same way for us, and we’ll probably go to this setup for future shows. Cam, Mark and I (Sarah..hi!) all took various kinds of recordings at this show – I think two audio and one video – so hopefully we’ll have something cool to share with you in the next few days. I know we’re all anxious to take a look at how the “U” worked, and also just hear how we’re evolving from an outside perspective.

We had quite a few brand new audience members there tonight, who we had no previous connection to. We love that! They also seemed really into it. I saw people shake hands with our bass player, John Pounds, and give the guys in the band props for their playing prowess. There were also quite a few tips with nods and smiles attached to them. I talked with a couple of guys from the neighborhood following the show, and they were asking lots of questions about how we develop the songs, and “how do people end up in jazz bands, anyway, and not like punk or rock bands?” To each their own, I guess! It’s great to feel like people are enjoying the music and connecting with us.

The guys were so ON tonight! I feel like we’re finding new pathways through the tunes, and tightening up as a group. It’s a great feeling. Thanks to all who have been part of it, and continue along the way with us. We really appreciate you.

image image-2image-3

Vinyl Gold and Space Leech at McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon

Vinyl Gold was pleased to have Jarred Venti sit in with us tonight on bass. Between a couple of early tunes, an audience member yelled out “that bass player is funky as SH*T!” So I guess we all know where Jarred stands with our fans! We really appreciated how quickly he picked up the material, his super friendly and professional attitude, and his funky and fantastic playing. I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again. (That’s him on the right)

IMG_1317

Another crazy surprise was that Sarah’s sister Kim brought her a huge floral crown to wear during the show. Kim just opened her own floral design business called Hardcore Florist, and totally lives up to the name. If you can imagine it made of flowers, Kim can make it. There was talk of maybe doing a whole set design for us in flowers. Summer festival nostalgia, anyone?

IMG_1326

After Vinyl Gold wrapped up, our friends Space Leech took the stage. They are a band that’s new to Portland, and really fun. Two Space Leech members are also in Vinyl Gold – Mark and Cam. We had a great time putting the two bands on one bill, and hopefully we’ll do it again, soon!

SpaceLeech2_11-28-14 SpaceLeech112814

Vinyl Gold shows coming up!

We have a few shows coming up that will close out 2014! If you haven’t seen us yet, it’s a good time to come out and maybe bring those out of town visitors for a night of great music. We have a show this Friday, November 21st at The Thirsty Lion in downtown Portland. Then next week on the Friday night after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, aka November 28th, we’ll be lighting up The White Eagle Saloon with our crazy friends Space Leech! Then one last show of 2014 at Biddy McGraw’s on Saturday, December 6th! You can find all of these shows on our calendar here, or at www.reverbnation.com/vinylgold. Bring some friends and family along! Happy Holidays everyone, and thanks for your support.