April 17, 2014

"I'm with the band."

Last week the Panhandle Polecats performed at the KPBX Kids Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA.  I've enjoyed the Polecat's Bluegrass music and concerts for many years, but this time was different and special.  This time, I was their good-looking dobro player's girlfriend. *smile*

And it was perfect.

The theater itself is every photographer's dream come true.

I believe it's called "extreme stage fright" when you're afraid to go on stage even when there's no audience and they're just doing a sound check. *wink*  Later, Hank told me I should have just come out and sung a song without the microphone before anyone was there, the acoustics were that awesome.

Bonnie (one of Hank's sisters) on the guitar , Hank on the dobro, and Christopher on the banjo.
Christopher was standing in for Hank's brother Austin at this performance.  Austin moved to Wisconsin this year, but the rest of his siblings decided to keep the family band going.  Christopher was the banjo player in my brother's Bluegrass band and currently plays with Kevin Pace and the Early Editions.  The banjo player in the band gets picked on a lot (no pun intended) because they have to tune their instrument so often, but in all seriousness, Christopher is an incredible musician and I enjoy his banjo playing so much.

Just look at this beautiful theater, folks!
Exploring the awesomely creepy basement of the Bing was, well, awesome.
You know it's gonna be good when you see signs like this... 

We had watched Doctor Who the night before, and as soon as we walked down to the basement where the green room was Hank told me to watch out for rampaging mannequins. *wink*

Uh oh...is that...could it be a mannequin watching me??

Shhh...quiet please!

Proof that I was there. ;)

Christopher and Hank

I had a great view from the front row in the balcony with Kellie, her family, Michelle and her mom, and Christopher's mom.  And I may have even yelled, "Woohoo!!" when Hank was introduced during the band introductions.  I wasn't planning to, but it just came out. *grin*

Siblings Bonnie, Hank, Molly, and Jenny, with Christopher.
After a fantastic performance and talking with friends and fans, we headed back to my house.  And ended the day by watching Arsenic and Old Lace.  Which, while not the scariest movie I've ever seen, always creeps me out.  Good times and happy days!

Do you play a musical instrument?
Do you enjoy Bluegrass music?
If not, what is your favorite music to listen to or play?
I want to know!


  1. I can hardly believe this post is real - but I love it to pieces:) It's realer than real and AWESOME. Whaat. :D
    Also, great pictures, dear<3

  2. Beautiful pictures! :)
    I play the piano and not that well :) I am not a huge fan of bluegrass but I can listen to it for a while. I love classical, operatic and much more. I am not really into pop or the music of today and because of that I am considered weird. But that's fine by me! :)

  3. I love dobro music! How awesome Hank plays that instrument! I bet the concert was wonderful and yes I absolutely LOVE bluegrass music! Wish I had been there to enjoy it along with everyone else.

  4. Beautiful pictures, Tasha! I really enjoyed this post.

  5. I am so excited for you to be "with the band" . I know it must have been so very special knowing that you are the dobro player's girlfriend. : ) Haha, I can just see you in all your adorable-ness cheering wooho. Too cute!

    These pictures are awesome! I am somewhat envious of the photographing opportunity you had.: ) Haha, no, not envious, but definitely would like an opportunity to get some pictures like this sometime.

  6. Looks like a lot of fun!

    I play the piano a little bit (like only 1 song and parts of a few others) and I've started learning the violin. I enjoy playing them, even if I'm not that good. :)

  7. What an awesome experience! The theater reminds me of a local one near us that I dream of my sisters and I performing at one day... one day.

    My sisters and I enjoy bluegrass, and sing a bit of it ourselves, as well as some old country, and mostly Andrews Sisters songs: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy; Sing, Sing, Sing; etc.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  8. Cool! It looks like a lot of fun. I love being behind the stage :)
    I'm not really a bluegrass person though, my favorite is Celtic. :D

  9. Ahhh, I like this post such much. XD

    I'd love music, and it's cool that Hank plays such a neat instrument. :)

    I haven't heard enough bluegrass to make a judgement.

  10. Congratulations on your courtship!!! So excited for you! :D

  11. Kellie - Whaat. I'm finally starting to believe that this is really real. :)
    And thank you, dear!

    Lydia - Thank you! I'm not really into pop music of today, either...with a few exceptions. :)

    Winnie - I wish you had been there, too!!

    Miss Melody Muffin - Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Maria - Very special, indeed! Hehe! ;D
    lol. I hope you get the opportunity someday!

    Tiana - It was definitely fun!
    Just keep practicing...now if only I would listen to my own advice. ;)

    Brigid - I love the Andrews Sisters! Do you girls have any CDs?

    Adah - Celtic is one of my favorites, too. :)

    Treskie - :D I'm glad you like it! :D

    Whimsey Keith - Thank you!! :D

  12. oh wow! what a wonderful post! i just ADORE this! that theatre is an absolute DREAM and you're captured it beautifully. i really love bluegrass (in fact, i'm listening to it right now, but i do love other music)i play mostly banjo but also dobro in a band so this is right up my alley. beautiful pictures! thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Abigail - I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!! How fun that you play banjo and dobro!


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