’tis the season… to rock out with your cocktails out!

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas….. yikes! And what have I done to get into the holiday season?  Well… I spent some time with the family and with my colleagues (not at the same time) at Disney – let’s face it – Disney knows how to decorate for the holidays.  I braved the much colder than normal Florida temps, decorated my little apartment – but skipped the tree, made a roasted pear cranberry galette (a fancy word for tart) watched a few Christmas flicks, and closed a  set with an abbreviated modern take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”…

Which brings me to this past Wednesday night.  Me and the boys played a set at Blank Space located Downtown near Lake Eola.  It was all to benefit DRIP, a Performance Art Company in Orlando that uses mixed visual elements such as paint, sand, and water with music, movement, and dance.  They are getting ready to launch their new rock show, Riff, and the event Wednesday night cleverly titled, “Rock Out with Your Cocktails Out” was created in order to raise some much-needed dough to get Riff off the ground.

I was happy to participate, providing a portion of the entertainment for the evening.  The turn out was fantastic, somewhere between 80 – 100 patrons, which is significant for Blank Space, a relatively small bar/art house.  I have to thank my band again – we were super tight and they definitely brought it.

Some other cool highlights of the night were:  SPEED PAINTING with Tony Corbitt, who claimed there would be no gimmicks but then proceeded to remove his shirt before beginning his masterpiece.  SEXY SPOKEN WORD by the amazing Tod Caviness and a bunch of guys he knows centered around key words like wet, messy, and rock n’ roll that can all be used to describe Riff.  HUMAN BODY PAINT BY NUMBERS… need I explain?  MUSICAL GUESTS Matthew Dodenhoff, yours truly, and the famous Thomas Wynn minus The Believers. AND lastly DUN DUN DUN!!!!!  the DATE AUCTION in which guests were encouraged to bid on a fun date night with a DRIPPIE (a DRIP Performer) or  ME – “the beautiful singer/songwriter, Britt Daley!” – as DRIP’s Artistic Director, Mariko described.  Awwwwe she’s sweet.  And of course much of it, if not all of it was captured by Thomas Thorspecken, Author of Analog Artist/Digital World and Orlando’s very own talented Sketch Artist.

I was indeed “auctioned” off for a date night… all for a good cause of course, and I went for a whopping $200.  Not to shabby, A very generous guy by the name Jim outbid everyone, because as he put it, “I didn’t want you to go out cheap.”  And we have our date set for the first Wednesday of the new year.  We will be going to SAK Comedy Lab, and don’t worry I told him we’d go Dutch – since he’d already spent enough for one night.

Tonight kicks off my 2 week Christmas Vacation (the National Lampoon theme song is ringing in my head) WOOP, WOOP!!!! 🙂  And tomorrow I open for Everyday Ghosts and The Roy Jay Band at Orlando Brewing Co.  It should be a good time.  If you’re looking for something to do come hang out – we should be kicking off around 9:00pm, there’s excellent beer there, and best of all NO COVER = FREE FUN!  yippi.

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