Thursday, June 25, 2009

Photos from Warsaw Show

Hey there! Here are some pics from my gig in Warsaw, NY. Such a funny day.... It started off with a radio interview on WRUR in Rochester. If there's a way to get lost, I will always find it. I did make it to the station, but couldn't find the parking lot. Luckily a lady behind the building started explaining how to get around the intersection and do a U-ey and then she said, "Oh this is so hard to describe, I'll just hop in!" So she jumped into my car. I had my CD playing because I was warming up my voice. As we circled the building, she asked what it was and I said, "That's your free Anna Dagmar CD! Thanks for helping me out, I would have been late for the interview!"

I met the DJ, Scott Regan and set up my gear. He played on of my songs from the album on air and then asked me to play something live. So I jumped into "Amazed." But couldn't hear my own keyboard! I didn't want to stop and somehow vaguely I could hear the pitch from somewhere in the room. So, I kept going and started singing as if there were a piano sound. The photographer was searching desperately around the room, and located the headphones, which I hadn't noticed. He gingerly slipped them over my ears, and about halfway through the performance I could hear the keys! Scott was in silent hysterics! After the song was through, Scott informed the whole listening audience of the mayham that had just ensued! It was a real icebreaker. He said he was "Amazed," I had been able to keep going without giving it all away. After that, the questions seemed easy! I'll soon have a link on my homepage www.AnnaDagmar.com where you can click to hear the interview.

The afternoon continued with another interview on WCJW in the tiny, rural town of Warsaw. I was nearly two hours early (due to my paranoia about getting lost) so I drove over hill and dale until I found a Bistro in a Country Club. A guy at the bar knew my whole bio, thanks to the article about my concert that was in the paper that morning. It was a little creepy! The interview on WCJW was a blast, and I'll be getting a recording of that soon too.

After that, I still about 3 hours to kill in Warsaw. I went "downtown" to the traffic light (one of two in the town) and saw the lone horse hobble by... Scoped out some massage places, but they were all booked up. I guess people get stressed there too! "Ho hum...what to do, what to do..." Eyebrow wax came to mind! Made that last as long as I could. It's something I only have done about once a year!

Finally an idea - something I'd heard about people doing - I went for a drive. Up one hill, past the corn fields, down another hill, farmhouse after barn after hay bail, I pulled over into a clearing and took some pictures. Then I sat in my car with the door open to get some air and worked on writing some lyrics. Not long after that, I saw a man emerging in the distance through the corn field. He was carrying a tripod, so I thought, "oh a photographer, nice." As he got closer I wasn't sure it was a tripod. But thought maybe part of an easel or something. I didn't have my glasses on. I kept writing. Glanced back up, and suddenly I realized, it was a gun! A rifle over his shoulder! Reflex made me slam my door shut and put the key in the ignition. He shouted, "Hey, are you okay?" Then he realized I was scared stiff, and I guess he remember he was carrying a gun. He set it down deep in the corn field and walked forward about ten feet. He said, "I was just making sure you are okay, are you stuck?" I picked my bottom jaw back up, and said, "Yeah, I got scared when I realized you were carrying a rifle!" His excuse was that they were having a "woodchuck problem." We spoke briefly about the town, and then I decided it was time to drive back to semi-civilization, yes, back to the #2 traffic light.

You see, all of this before the concert even happened! Well, I guess I'll be a good little blogger. This is my first entry. The show went really well, brilliant sound guy (yay Rob!) and the theater was really cool - it used to be a vaudeville type theater, then it was a cinema, and it was bought a year and a half ago by a sweet couple who have turned it into a music venue. A funky band led by Gavin Petrie played after my set. I'm publishing some pictures from the show and my crazy day in Warsaw.



  1. Wow, great tour stories, Anna! I was driving up to VT last Friday when you were on WCJW but I couldn't pull you in. I'll be happy to listen to the aircheck when you put it up here.

    Great blog, great stories, great music! Your friends here in NY are rooting you on!!


  2. PS: Knock 'em dead in Missoula!! (Hope you're not driving there!)

    Marc (Farre)

  3. So glad I can hear these stories from SA. Thanks for writing.