We had our first rehearsal of 2007, with some brand-new tunes including Shiawase Ondo, Gekitei Ondo, and some new-ish songs like Hana, Shinobi Ai, and Auld Lang Syne. All the singers sound great and I’m looking forward to our performance on Wednesday, February 7 at Forbidden City. We’re hoping to make this bar our home-sweet-home, so I’m crossing my fingers for a good crowd. The only thing is the weather: it’s freaking freezing.
In other news, I’m trying to book a gig or two for Kenny Endo’s spring tour. Unfortunately I couldn’t juggle the schedule with KIOKU, so I’ll probably try to get another artist for the double-bill. Plus, I’m hoping to bring KIOKU out to California in late-July and early-August, so I cold-emailed a ton of venues in San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Let me just say that booking is not my favorite thing to do. Not at all.