Posted: Dec 29, 2010 10:34 pm
Welcome Home Walker came and played the State Hospital today. They opened with Ritchie Valens, mixed in their tunes with some classics and ended the set with some Sam the Sham!!!
In a nutshell:
A long legged fellow with an even longer beard took off his shoes and hit the dance floor immediately. A stone faced Ethiopian lady joined him, and they danced hip to hip, as the band played "Time is on my side." A particularly paranoid, Kennedy-obsessed gentleman who dons a leopard beret admitted that the band "sounds alright" with a grin (that is HUGe comming from him). There were a few teenage screams (coming from grown folk) with the opening chords of Wooly Bully....all in all, the music penetrated the antipsychotic haze and we all had a damned good time. Some folks had not seen a live show since Rod Stewart 77', and some hadn't seen live music at all...so the experience sure was special.
Thanks for the interest! I hope to get some concerts going for patients out in larger group homes in the community sometime. Will post again when I get a chance to plan some more. bye!