I hate to keep bringing up this Mexico trip but it truly is all that I can think about. My mom called me Sunday Morning bright and early to ask what the weather would be like…?? Haha, mom, we’re going to the beach. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be HOT. I kept telling her to bring shorts or Capri shorts. Just anything light. Because it’s so hot and humid. I doubt if my mom will be spending a lot of time in the water but as excited as I am, I’m also more nervous than I can ever remember in my life. I just want her to have a good time and I want everything to go perfect. And it’s Mexico so I know it won’t be perfect. But we always chalk that up to, “It’s Mexico.”
And then, there’s Coolio. This is another BIG source of my nervousness. Not Coolio necessarily, the whole “Concert” thing. My bar is TINY! What was I thinking? I can’t have a Coolio show at my bar. Coolio performs in front of thousands of people all over the country. He’s even booked for a month in Japan or China or somewhere for the entire month of June. Sure, we book little small bands of 2-3 people in my bar all the time and they do great…this is Coolio. Didn’t he win a Grammy back in the day? My bar has 25 bar stools downstairs and maybe 25 seats upstairs and 4 bar swings. Right now, it’s 2am and this is what I’m thinking about.
And poor Nate. My new bar manager that has been in Mexico all of 3 weeks is my “point man” that’s in charge of putting it all together. I have to hand it to him, he is trying his ass off! He has been in Playa for 21 days and he’s gotta find a Freaking Sound Technician! He doesn’t even know how to say Sound Technician in Spanish! And it’s freaking Playa del Carmen! If you know anything about me, you know I have been to playa del Carmen about 100 times maybe more. You know how many shows I’ve seen there in the 10 years that I’ve been going? ZERO…why? THERE’S NO SOUND TECHNICIAN! Ok, I’m sure there’s a sound guy somewhere but the point is, these acts do shows at big beach resorts, big gigantic swimming pools at resorts. Not many of them play at bars with 50 bar stools called the Beer Bucket!
How tipsy was I when I put this Master Plan together? “Yes, I want to take my Senior citizen mom and my sister to Playa del Carmen please… oh, and by the way, I’m going to bring COOLIO To do a show at the Beer Bucket” I may be the first person to ever perform a random drug test on himself.
Ok, I need a stage, sound equipment, lighting, 3 cordless mics, turntables, lots of electricity, I need to build a wall about 4 feet deep and 8 feet tall into the street so people can’t see from out there but it has to be constructed the morning of the show and taken down the very next day, Coolio Banners, Special Event Permits, Ground transportation for 8, security, door guys, more busboys, beer tub girls, a couple more waitresses, a 6’ table for the DJ, and let’s get 60 or so t-shirts to sell. Oh and I’ll need all of this to be in order by Friday please!