The union is complete

If you are reading this, then Gigglez and I are married!

There will be more details to follow.


For those that are in the Vancouver/Portland area, you are all welcome to come up to the Back Alley Bar & Grill for the post-reception party, starting at 8pm.

You will find all of the details on our website,

As pictures become available, I will share them on that site, and maybe some here as well.

Last night at the Back Alley

Tyger and I headed down to the Back Alley, figuring it was going to be a fairly quiet night for karaoke.

It was far from an ordinary night.

We discovered that it was a who’s who in the Vancouver cover band scene.

We had members of Appetite for Deception, Motorbreath, Maiden NW… Several of the guys have/had many bands under their belt so it was just a fantastic night.

Since we were not pushing karaoke out for the night, it was two songs by the collage of bands dubbed “Just a Bunch of Guys and Brandon” then four karaoke singers.

This made it the largest crowd that I have ever performed in front of. It was also an interesting dynamic to sing in front of musicians that I enjoy and respect.


There were a ton of pics taken, I hope to get a few of them later on today.

Karaoke Etiquette

Since we have been talking about karaoke this morning…

There are things that we have to keep in mind:

Be kind to the singer, tip the KJ, and have some fun.

These singers come in a broad spectrum of abilities, at the Back Alley, we see people who can’t carry a tune even if you put it on a CD in a carry case for them. We also have an American Idol contestant, one who actually had camera time, and everything in between.

We are there to have fun, if we are not having fun, then there are better ways to spend your money and time.

The KJ… The KJ set the tempo for the night and it takes a lot of energy. If your KJ is just playing music, and calling you up to sing, but is lackluster, then perhaps a buck for the evening is what they are worth.

If you have a good KJ, the room is always ready for the next singer and is charged. At the Back Alley, we have a very energetic and knowledgeable man by the name Mohawk Sean Bowden. He is frequently singing (very well, I might add (one of my fav’s)) to keep the tempo and energy of the room up. If you need help finding a song, then he will do everything he can (with a smile even) to help you.

My personal tip policy with an energetic and interactive KJ is a dollar per song that I sing. That is still not much when you think of the entertainment value you are getting. It is VERY disappointing when I go up to sing in the last hour of the night and I cannot break a five dollar bill from the tip jar. C’mon people! I look around the room and I know that there are ten or more regulars that have done three songs. There is no reason that my two or three bucks should be half of the KJ’s tips for the night.

Don’t burn your KJ out, or you will lose them and get the plain boring KJ’s, and NOBODY wants that.


tonight at the back alley…

Tonight at the Back Alley we are having a metal night. not just a metal night, but a mother “fucking metal night”. we are actually running two bouncers. There will be four to five bands all of them metal.  Our KJ’s band (Simon Says Die) will be kicking off their CD release.

it has been a LONG time since we had two bouncers. (before my time as a patron)

I am on the door, and the other bouncer has the pit.

I wanted the pit for the action,  but the owners  had other ideas.


Crazy Train Returns

This Friday night (yes, while I am working) Crazy Train is coming back to the Back Alley  at 8pm.

If you missed the last show, here is your chance.

We are not sure why they like the bar so much, but I am glad that they do.

The cover charge is five dollars and yours truly will gladly meet you at the door. (for those of you who wish to remain anonymous, that is fine.

I do not have have to know who you are, if you do not want me to know.

Also, if you like Metallica and power metal then you should love the Saturday night show. Gigglez and I will be going to the Motorbreath show again at 8pm.

Crazy Train

If you like Ozzy Osbourne, there will be a tribute band playing at the Back Alley Bar and Grill on Friday night.

Bands and comedians do not happen often that the Back Alley so this is a bit of a special occasion. I hear this band is quite good and has captured Ozzy’s on stage presence and mannerisms well.

There is a $5.00 cover charge (something else that rarely happens at the back alley, unless you are a UFC fan.

I have been tasked to be there by 7:30. The band’s website says that they are starting at 8:00pm.

We have a capacity of something around 179, so be there early to get a good seat… or any seat. 🙂

My Friday Nights

Well in case I have not mentioned it, it is official.

I will be spending my Friday nights at the Back Alley working the door on a regular basis.

Woot!  So if you want to cruise over and say hi, feel free. I will be there from nine until close.