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September 7th, 2007

Grand Funk Railroad Hampton Bay Days, Hampton, VA

 

No ticket or pamphlet

 

We went to Hampton Bay Days and saw Grand Funk Railroad and War.  Grand Funk I was a little worried about. I'd never seen them in concert and the first couple songs weren't known and there was a little screechy/feedback and I noticed the acoustics weren't the best.  But as the concert went on, they got better and better!  I only remembered a couple songs in the beginning but by the time they were finished, I realized the repertoire was more than I thought, with a half dozen well known songs.  And what I liked it the differences in their songs; they didn't all sound exactly the same. There were other bands: War, Cameo, Sammy Kershaw were the most known bands but local bands like Rich Whiskey Audition, Fine Swiss Cheese, The Fuzz Band, Janet Martin Band, Gator Almond & The Spice of Life, Legacy, Robbin Thompson, Latin Jazz Conspiracy, 10 Spot, Slapwater, Heather Edwards Band, Virginia Coalition, Come in Tokyo, Emerald Storm, Tunji Band, Matt Thomas, Vaughn & Suzy, Don Butcher, Warren Seaburg, Don Gill, Snuff. Heather Edwards Band, Lisa Marie & Sweet Daddy, Majestics, Island Boy, Black Pearl, Tuesday Night Choir, Crimson Velvet, Johnny Bland, Joe Maniscalco, Brad Street and Julie Clark.  We walked the streets; saw the vendors like food including seafood, cheese steaks, funnel cakes, candy apples, cotton candy, roasted peanuts, pizza, hot doges, hamburgers, sausage, and other typical fare.  The other vendors were mostly selling jewelry, sea art, soap, candles, tattoos, and T-shirts.  The street shops are open and they put stuff outside.  The shops are small; little antique/shabby chic or booksellers, little bars, and other offices.  Some tents were set up for the military, people trying to sell you insurance or phone/cable service.  There was a small carnival with some rides and some places to win stuffed animals.  Several concert stages and lots of people watching.  We forgot to leave early to go to the free Hampton History Museum.  I didn't see where that was anyway.  It's close to the Hampton Carousel, the Virginia Air and Space Center and St. John's historical church.  There are a lot of little churches around there too.  Parking is free or up to 5.00 depending if you go into someone's independent lot; but mostly you can park on the street.  It's a walk though so bring god walking shoes.  Bring lots of cash, sunscreen/sunglasses, water and chairs for the concerts. Oh, after the concert, I got a chance to meet Tim Cashion, who was very nice and signed for me as well as Don Brewer, the drummer/original member who also signed.  The others didn't want to come over (see autographs below).

 

   

 Left to Right: 1) Crowd 2) Drummer Don Brewer 3) Lead Singer Max Carl 4) Bass Player Mel Schacher 5) The band

 

  

Left to Right: 1) Guitarist Bruce Kulick 2) The Whole Band 3) Keyboardist Tim Cahsion 4) Mel Schacher, Max Carl, and Bruce Kulick 5) Bruce Hornsby who happened to be part of the crowd! 

 

Above: Geico Gecko  paper fan signed by Tim Cashion and Don Brewer (I didn't have anything for them to sign so had that and used it)

 

Links that might be interesting:

Hampton Bay Days

My Hampton Bay Days page

War The Band

My War the Band page

Bruce Hornsby

Cameo

Sammy Kershaw

Don Brewer

Bruce Kulick

Tim Cashion

Rich Whiskey Audition

Fine Swiss Cheese

The Fuzz Band

Janet Martin Band

Legacy

 Robbin Thompson

10 Spot

Slapwater

Heather Edwards Band

Virginia Coalition

Tunji Band

Matt Thomas

Suzy Ray Vaughn

Don Butcher

Warren Seaburg

Don Gill

Heather Edwards Band

Lisa Marie & Sweet Daddy

Island Boy

Joe Maniscalco

Brad Street Band

Julie Clark

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