Washington DC

9:30 club is cool.

IMG_0638Frank Beard left us a treat from the ZZ Top show the night before.  It’s neat that they could import these from 1987.

IMG_0639Every club should have hot pizza for load-in.

IMG_0637It really is the hardest part.

IMG_0641Thank you C&C Drums.

IMG_0620Jason is allowed to touch the guitars again.


DC is a sort of hometown show for me which is always fun, exciting and nerve racking.  It’s extra special that we get to play the 9:30 which sounds even better with the new PA.  Throw my birthday into the mix and apparently I become more grumpy than usual.  At least that’s what Scott and Jason told me today.  They’ve yet to come up with one example but I don’t doubt them.  But enough about me, after the show we celebrated my birthday at the cool/bizarre O Street Mansion.



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10 responses to “Washington DC

  1. wmitch125

    Great show guys. Just amazing. See you at The Vic.

  2. gmidd

    Dave, I wanted to ask you about your kit (hopefully this doesn’t bore anyone to the point of rejecting this fine blog), but why do you set your cymbals so low? It looks like your ride is practically on top of the bass tom; in fact, there’s kind of a crash/ride co-mingling on that one side and they are all very low. You can hit them without smacking into each other? It’s an interesting set-up… almost like a jazz-like Buddy Rich set-up. And while I’m on the subject, what drummers did you emulate when you started? I’m sure, having followed this blog as long as I have, that you’ll say Buddy Rich now… but, really….

    • francisca

      I think Dave likes the greasy funk.

    • David Bryson

      I’ll gladly talk drums with you. Playing in a guitar based band rarely affords me the opportunity to do so. The problem is, I’m not a big drum nerd. I don’t know why certain types of wood are better for different types of playing, the name of the drummer from Dream Theater, or why traditional grip is better than matched. But, as for your question, I think you might be making your observation based on that photograph from the 9:30 club. In which case I would say that the perspective might be skewed. The cymbals are not that low, actually. The ride is about a foot off the kick drum and the crash/ride you refer to is a ride cymbal with rivets in it so I set it up about the same height as the ride. The crash in between the two is about 8″ higher. I suppose it’s a jazz set-up but I’m no jazzer. Although I’m no jazzer, I did come in contact with jazz growing up and studying drums. I studied from the Buddy Rich Drum Book. But, I also studied from the Carmine Appice Book as well. I can appreciate good drummers but I don’t really listen to any kind of music for the drums. I probably spent most of my musical formative years, 12-18, listening to punk-rock and I can’t name many drummers from that scene off the top of my head. I always liked Led Zeppelin but not for the drums alone. I never liked Rush and I can’t stand The Police. My sister did buy me tickets for Genesis when I was in 7th grade however.

  3. debschmitt

    Happy birthday Dave. Sorry I’m a couple days late but hope it was lots of fun.

  4. gmidd

    Dave, thanks for the reply. I’m not a drum nerd, either — my boy plays them, so I’ve had to figure out how to be his drum tech. I played Fender Bass and had a beautiful Les Paul Custom when I was a kid and then lost my left arm at 18… kind of put a crimp in my plans to be a musician! I never liked drum super stars like Neil Peart, or Stewart Copeland… I understand they are considered great, but I’ve always liked good old time keeping; although, watching video of Buddy Rich bang ’em around is fun! I do like your style, I once referred to it on this blog as understated elegance and I said that — not to be a suck up — but because that really is way I hear your playing — it works effortlessly into the music without calling attention to itself like say Keith Moon’s drumming did — Great stuff, but way out front. One thing I did want to ask — and I probably should listen more carefully at your shows — when you dip into the old catalog, do your follow Mike Heidorn’s chops, or do you bring your own interpretations to the songs? – Glen

  5. gmidd

    I did want to add that it always seems like those drummers who play in 3-piece bands always seem to be more aggressive in their styles… I guess there’s just a little more space to fill with the rhythm guitar out of the picture.

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