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Sunday, July 3, 2005
Coconut Joe's
Beach Club

N50 W35016 E Wisconsin Ave
Okauchee, WI
Ed Lowthian filling in on drums

Sound: Eliminator Audio
Operated by Justin Abuya
Lights: Eliminator Audio
Operated by Glenn Ottenbacher

[View all Coconut Joe's Beach Club shows]
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Down on Me - Jackyl
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Breaking the Chains - Dokken
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Lay It Down - Ratt
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

SET 2:
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
Love Song - Tesla
Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scoprions
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
A Word from Josh:
The major storyline of this show started in the mid-afternoon when Rico had to go to the hospital with a nasty case of bubonic plague,... or something like that,... I'm not really sure. Anyway, doctors told him that he could not play the gig which left us short a drummer. Enter Big Eddie to the rescue! Yes, Ed Lowthian of 76 Juliet was able to fill in for the evening. He actually had a lot to do with us booking this gig in the first place, and he had his drums with him because he played a gig nearby earlier in the day. Yes, the percussion gods were smiling down upon us. Ed did a great job and totally saved the day. He and John conferenced together extensively before showtime to come up with a list of songs that all of us could play together. But, they had not put the songs in any particular order before going on stage, so John was calling out songs as we went along. That was kind of weird, because I usually like to plan ahead with all my different keyboard patches and guitar changes. But it was fun in a "seat of the pants" sort of way. In fact, overall, I felt like the night was quite nostalgic of the old days when we used to play a lot of smaller rooms and our show wasn't quite as refined as it usually is now. Coconut Joe's is the latest bar operated by our old buddy John Lyne, formerly of Club Luau and Bamboo Bob's (notice the beach theme where ever he goes?). Apparently, we were the first well-known band that played at Joe's under the new management and so they treated it like a big grand opening. Although this was and indoor show and the bar isn't very big, there was still a bit of a festival feel to the event because of a fireworks show that took place near the club before our first set. Coconut Joe's has a really nice deck overlooking a lake from where many people watched the patriotic display before coming in to get a piece of the Pie. As is typical of a John Lyne venue, the clientele tilted toward a younger crowd, thanks largely to the types of thumping dance music the DJ likes to play during the band breaks and after the show. Overall, it was a fun night, with a sense of satisfaction for overcoming extreme circumstances. Many thanks to Ed for helping us out and we look forward to our future trips to Okauchee which include the Okauchee Fun Festival on July 23 and more visits to Coconut Joe's in the fall. In addition, I will be playing a solo gig at nearby Winestein's Cafe on July 16. I guess we'll be seeing a lot of this beautiful area.     --Josh

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"Last night was my first time seeing you guys....it was AWESOME! You just got yourself another following fan!! I will be at WAY more shows.... XOXOXOX"

"It was worth the trip from the Madison area. Didn't know what to expect from the hamlet of Okauchee but as soon as I pulled up the die hard CP fans were there and ready to rock. Nothing like fireworks and CP. Rico get well soon. Eddie thanks for keeping the CP machine rockin."

"Hope Rico is doing well. Missed not hearing your drum playing Hot for the teacher!!! Wishing you well."

"This was an awesome place because it was on the lakefront. Once inside there was a great view of the lake. The night started out with an array of fireworks and then the cp guys arrived on stage to give their rendition of popular 80's rock music. With the way they played those songs, it made you feel as though you were back in that era again. John, showing off his rugged form and endless stamina, was able to entice the crowd to get involved and rockn' hard. I had a great time dancing and being with some friends. By the way, John, love those great dance moves!!"

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