After an early lunch of Mr. Wu’s Royal Panda Lo Mein, it was time to load up the car covered wagon style and head westward to the Orpheum and prepare for our joint concert with Take 6.
Somewhat to our surprise, we have discovered that vittles are a vital part of producing a concert.
When I hear that we are bringing in a group like Take 6 or Naturally 7, I don’t think about how many Grammy nods they have received, I start adding up about how many hungry guys we will need to feed. After all, there are already twelve of us!
So today it was off to Schnuck’s to collect apples and oranges and crunchy snacks, tea and water, water, and more water just to have on hand for munching in the dressing rooms. Sadly there were no ripe bananas, and that was surely a disappointment to my fellas who dearly love a bunch of bananas. I try not to ever show up at a gig without bananas and granola bars and hot tea.
Revo, the Orpheum’s Emperor of All Things Backstage, chose a spacious dressing room to set up the tables and chairs, and by the time I swathed the tables and the dressing room counters facing the mirrors with table cloths in shades of blue, it was ready for the order.
Jill, at the Hampton, recommended the Majestic Grille and it was a good call. We were all blown away by how delicious everything was!
They have a very well thought-out, creative –and also mouthwatering menu. It’ s nice to see imaginative offerings that are rationally priced. The Majestic menu offers something for everyone–which was crucial, since some of my hungry mouths were connected to vegetarian mindsets.
Because Take 6 had been traveling and would not go on until after our performance, after their sound check (and while we were doing ours) they were able to indulge in a full meal. (Well, it was not quite full–the one thing that we could not order from the Majestic were desserts–they serve dessert shooters in the restaurant that do not travel well.) In addition to the entrees, the men enjoyed a number of the vegetable side dishes and salads.
As for me and our group of (12) merry men, we had a variety of their yummilicious flat bread pizzas, including the grilled artichoke; duck comfit; smoked salmon; and smoked chicken. There was also a good fresh tomato one, but I don’t recall its menu name. And also, we had some of their fine salads–they were splendid. We especially liked the “Old Post Office Waldorf” salad, but they were all good.
In addition to the food, which was great, the people at the Majestic Grille could not have been nicer. Olivia, who took the order got it all right, and was so sweet and helpful, as was the manager, Lauren. They both went the extra mile– literally!
We have come to understand why musicians who travel really do appreciate a nice, hot meal. It helps keep their body clocks set, and it is satisfying to see these hungry troubadours happy and well fed before a performance.
All of them miss their home and loved ones, more than you can imagine, and they are always in touch with their families. One of the Take 6 members is a new dad, and there was a lovely conversation in which everyone shared their own wisdom and experience regarding how to get babies to sleep through the night.
Although there had been no desserts available for take out from the Majestic, because of the good men and their good hearts, there was still plenty of sweetness at the table.
So, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen of Take 6, and also my fine fellas of DeltaCappella.
You are all true gentlemen— kind, gracious, and good humored. May you soon rest with your families on Christmas Day.