Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Plays The Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Event

Bonne Nuit played a live concert in the park during the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Walk.

Bonne Nuit At Cystic Fibrosis 5K Great Strides Walk
Bonne Nuit Plays Live At Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Walk

   My live band Bonne Nuit played the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K walk in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday May 15, 2010. Bonne Nuit is my latest rock band that I’ve put together with myself, Matt Rushton and my three oldest sons Erik, Austin and Skyler Rushton. We’ve been landing a lot of gigs lately and I”m telling you that having a family band is a great marketing ploy. I do have to say that my sons can really play and we’re getting a lot of compliments on how good we sound.      Continue reading “Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Plays The Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Event”

Gig Report – Bonne Nuit at H20 For Mexico Benefit Concert

The live band Bonne Nuit played an excellent show at the H2O For Mexico Benefit Concert in Provo, Utah.

Erik, Skyler, Matt and Austin Rushton are Bonne Nuit
Erik, Skyler, Matt and Austin Rushton are Bonne Nuit

   The live band I have with my three oldest sons, Bonne Nuit, played a charity gig this past weekend. I’ve written in a previous post about how playing a gig at a charity function is an excellent way to get free exposure for your live band. Not only are you supporting a great cause but your band will get to play for people that normally wouldn’t come to your shows.

   So Bonne Nuit played at the H2O For Mexico Benefit Concert on Saturday May 8th, 2010. We were one of nine bands slated to play and we got a time slot right in the middle of the festival lineup. We would be playing outside so we kept a close eye on the weather forecast all week. Fortunately the weather turned out to be beautiful and we were really excited to get to play outside.    Continue reading “Gig Report – Bonne Nuit at H20 For Mexico Benefit Concert”

Gig Report – Bonne Nuit At Cybergate Cafe April 17, 2010

Review of the Cybergate Cafe concert performed by the live band Bonne Nuit comprised of Matt, Erik, Austin and Skyler Rushton.

Bonne Nuit Plays A Live Show
Bonne Nuit Playing Live At The Cybergate Cafe

   I played a gig with my sons in our live band Bonne Nuit this past Saturday night at the Cybergate Cafe in Provo, Utah. Even though we’ve played some live online concerts, it was our first live show in front of a live audience. We rehearsed a lot to get ready for the show by doing standard practices with a couple good dress rehearsals in our practice space. The pressure of putting on a live show really helps to focus band practices and we really improved a lot getting ready to do this show.

   We know we’re having a real rehearsal when the neighbors across the street call the Police to come give us a listen. They’re the only neighbors that do this and I believe it’s because they want the Police to have an easy call coming to listen to our band and talk to us about it. Luckily, the Police always seem to like our band and simply tell us to carry on playing. While we were practicing for the Cybergate Cafe gig, our nice neighbors called the Police to come have a listen when we were practicing at 5:30 PM. The Police apologized profusely for bothering us and told us to carry on, that we sounded great and to shut it down at 10:00 PM. So we knew we had a hit show prepared!    Continue reading “Gig Report – Bonne Nuit At Cybergate Cafe April 17, 2010”

Gig Report – Highway 6 Plays UEA Event

Local Utah band Highway 6 played the UEA Political Action Committee Capitol Club Event on April 10, 2010.

Highway 6

   I had an interesting gig with my good friend Tom Nedreberg in the live band Highway 6 on Saturday April 10, 2010. We played for the UEA (Utah Education Association) Political Action Committee Capitol Club Event. It was the first time I’ve ever played a show that had a political purpose. It was also the first time I’ve ever followed a speech by the Governor of Utah.

   Highway 6 was the entertainment for the evening and we were asked to play 6 songs on acoustic guitars. The members of Highway 6 that played were myself and Tom Nedreberg on acoustic guitars and Disa Nedreberg making her debut singing lead vocals. We practiced and were ready for the gig with a tight set of songs.   Continue reading “Gig Report – Highway 6 Plays UEA Event”

Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Live Online Concert March 6, 2010

Bonne Nuit played another successful live online concert on March 6, 2010.

Matt and Erik Rushton
Matt and Erik Rushton Play Guitar In Bonne Nuit

   I played a gig in the live band I’ve started with my 3 oldest sons this past weekend. The name of the band is Bonne Nuit and we play a lot of current hit music. The band is a four-piece comprised of two guitars, bass guitar and drums. We are playing some seriously synthesizer based songs using only guitars. We cover the Black Eyed Peas, Metric and Gary Numan and we play these songs on our guitars.

   We are able to take the main synthesizer parts and using my prowess as a patch programmer on my guitar effects units we are able to capture the overall feel of the songs with guitars. I use my trusty Fender Cyber-Twin SE amplifier and Erik uses my Digitech 2120 guitar effect rack. Between these two excellent guitar units we can create enough synthesizer type sounds to really flesh out the songs and make them work using guitars.    Continue reading “Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Live Online Concert March 6, 2010”

Gig Report – Highway 6 At Vertical Diner February 27, 2010

Review of the live Highway 6 show played at the Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Highway 6 At Vertical Diner
Highway 6 - Matt Rushton, Heidi Nedreberg, Tom Nedreberg

   I got the opportunity to play in Highway 6 this weekend at the Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City, Utah. Highway 6 is an all-original band that is fronted by the Father/Daughter duo of Tom and Heidi Nedreberg. They have just released a new CD called “Love Songs To The Desert” on which I had the opportunity to play a lot of the guitar. So when they got a gig at the Vertical Diner they asked me to join them. 

   The Vertical Diner is a small vegetarian restaurant in Salt Lake City with a small stage tucked into a very prominent corner. The Diner can seat around 100 people and it’s a medium sized room. The standard entertainment is all acoustic instruments but I just couldn’t duplicate my parts properly on an acoustic guitar. I am an electric guitarist so I brought my trusty Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster and my Fender Cyber-Twin SE amplifier to the gig. These are the same two pieces of equipment I used on the the CD.    Continue reading “Gig Report – Highway 6 At Vertical Diner February 27, 2010”

Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Live Online Concert

Review of the live online broadcast of the band Bonne Nuit playing their first live concert.

Bonne Nuit
Bonne Nuit Is A Band Featuring Live Musician Central Author - Matt Rushton and his sons Erik, Austin and Skyler

   This past weekend my latest live band, Bonne Nuit, performed a live online concert. First of all let me tell you a little bit about Bonne Nuit. It’s a band that features myself, Matt Rushton, on lead guitar and vocals. I’m also playing with my 3 oldest sons, Erik on guitar and vocals, Austin on Bass Guitar and Skyler on drums. Their ages are 18, 15 and 14 respectively. So as you can see, we don’t play in any bars.

   Bonne Nuit plays primarily current rock hits such as Kings Of Leon -Sex On Fire. We also do a couple classic rock numbers and a couple of originals. We’ve been learning songs and rehearsing for about 3 months now and we finally have enough material to do about a 1.5 hour show. So we decided we’d follow my own advice given earlier on Live Musician Central and broadcast a live online concert.    Continue reading “Gig Report – Bonne Nuit Live Online Concert”

Weekend Gig Report – Highway 6 at 9th and 9th Festival Sept. 19, 2009

Report on the first live gig by Highway 6 at the 9th and 9th Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 19, 2009.

Highway 6
Highway 6 - L. to R. Erik Rushton, Heidi Nedreberg, Tom Nedreberg, Ted Townsend, Matt Rushton, Kyle Johnson

This last weekend I played in the excellent live band Highway 6 which is fronted by my good friends Heidi and Tom Nedreberg. I’ve been playing with Tom in various bands since the late 80’s and I’ve known Heidi since she was about 4 years old. So it’s been a fascinating project to be able to play with them in Highway 6.

   Highway 6 is an original music band with Heidi and Tom sharing the songwriting duties. It’s been fun for me to play sideman in this band since I’m one of the primary songwriters in my all original band, Shufflin’ Noah. It’s kind of a luxury for me to be able to sit back and play my guitar parts while someone else does all the songwriting. Tom and Heidi do give me creative license on all the guitar parts I play so I really feel like I contribute to the overall sound of Highway 6.

   So with all the songs written and the CD recorded and ready for release, it was time to play a live show. Playing live is what I’m all about so I was excited as usual to hit the stage with a brand new project. We rehearsed the songs pretty heavily for about a month before the gig. It was really interesting trying to remember what I had played in the studio. It was also a challenge to recreate the studio sound in a live show. We had to cut out some instrument parts that are found on the recording and fill up the songs with our live stage instrumentation.          Continue reading “Weekend Gig Report – Highway 6 at 9th and 9th Festival Sept. 19, 2009”

Weekend Gig Report – In Stereo at Canyon Inn August 21-22, 2009

Recap of the In Stereo gig at the Canyon Inn in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 21-22, 2009.

In Stereo - Live At The Canyon Inn
In Stereo - Live At The Canyon Inn

 My live band “In Stereo” played at the Canyon Inn in Salt Lake City, Utah this past weekend. The Canyon Inn is becoming our home club since we play there so often. In Stereo seems to have pretty good success every time we play there. The regulars tell us we’re one of the better bands that play there and it’s nice to hear those kind of comments. I personally believe we’re the best band that plays there buy hey, I’m biased.

   This gig was sort of a surprise as we didn’t have it down on the band calender. But our agent called us up to “remind” us that we were booked to play at the Canyon Inn. It was news to us that we were booked at all but being the professionals that we are, we honored the commitment our agent made for us. We went into this gig without any practices but we have been playing together for about 14 years so we weren’t too worried.     Continue reading “Weekend Gig Report – In Stereo at Canyon Inn August 21-22, 2009”

Weekend Gig Report – Distant Thunder At The Summit County Fair

Matt Rushton performed with Kent Rushton, Frank Lee and Erik Rushton in the band Distant Thunder at the Summit County Fair in Coalville, Utah.

Distant Thunder Rocks The Summit County Fair (L.-R. Matt Rushton, Frank Lee, Erik Rushton, Kent Rushton)
Distant Thunder Rocks The Summit County Fair (L.-R. Matt Rushton, Frank Lee, Erik Rushton, Kent Rushton)

   This weekend I had a chance to play with my cousin Kent’s live band, Distant Thunder. We played at the Summit County Fair in Coalville, Utah as the last act on the main stage before the big rodeo! We had some challenges in getting set up and playing which made it a very interesting gig.

   I don’t mind playing at county fairs because there’s usually a pretty good crowd there. Another thing that I’ve found to be true about county fairs is that if your band is the headline act, they pay pretty darn well. We make a lot more playing at fairs than we do playing in bars. The Summit County Fair was no exception.     Continue reading “Weekend Gig Report – Distant Thunder At The Summit County Fair”