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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Wisconsin Realtors Annual State Convention (private event)
Kalahari Resort &
Convention Center

1305 Kalahari Dr
Wisconsin Dells, WI
[View all Kalahari Convention Center shows]
Sound: MobilTrax
Operated by Matt Wobst
Lights: MKE Productions
Operated by Johann Koniar
Stage Tech: Kevin DeWitt
SET 1:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Armageddon It - Def Leppard
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Fallen Angel - Poison
Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Hold the Line - Toto
Renegade - Styx
Gypsy Road - Cinderella *
More Than a Feeling - Boston *
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Take It on the Run - REO Speedwagon
Shakin' - Eddie Money
Lady - Styx
Jane - Jefferson Starship
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Dance the Night Away - Van Halen *
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

SET 2:
Foreplay/Long Time - Boston
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Separate Ways - Journey
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N'Roses
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Lovin' Every Minute of It - Loverboy
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
Come Sail Away - Styx
Any Way You Want It - Journey
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

A Word from Josh:
This was different. Not bad, just different. We were hired to cap of the first day of a two-day real estate convention with a Sunday night party dubbed "Rock the House." Get it?... cuz they're rockin'... and they sell houses... yeah! Our show took place in the large room in the conference center at the Kalahari resort. Dave took advantage of the scenario by coming up a day early with his family to enjoy the indoor water park. Convention activities took place in various parts of the building throughout the day, including a big presentation by some important-looking guy on the stage we were to play on. That session wrapped up a little after 6:00 pm. The room was cleared and we began bringing our equipment in, including the full PA and lighting system for a show which was to begin with a one-man opening act at 8:30. This was a much tighter window for set-up than we are accustomed to. So we busted ass and moved everything into place as quickly as we could in a true team effort. We surprised ourselves with our own efficiency and, with no notable technical issues to slow us down, we were sound-checked and ready to rock in plenty of time. Attendees began making their way back into the room as the opening act started his 30-minute set. He was an impressive singer/guitarist from Minnesota named Jeff Loven who played lively versions of 80s Rock tunes accompanied by backing tracks. Our first set was greeted with polite appreciation from a crowd that slowly grew over a long period of time. We hadn't played a show in more than two weeks. We put that "down time" to good use by rehearsing new material (well, new to us) and a few songs we hadn't played in quite a while. It's always pretty exciting to change things up like that. Anyway, during the break we really had no idea of what to expect when we returned to the stage for our second set. I figured the audience would either turn in early to be bright-eyed for tomorrow's conference activities OR they could let loose with a torrent of reckless hedonism heretofore repressed by their real estate demeanors. Well, let's not forget that The Pie was in the house, so guess which path most of them chose. Yeah, our second set was a typical Cherry Pie hootenanny with fun for everybody including ourselves. At one point a bookish-looking gentleman in a button-down office shirt and khaki pants posed in front of the stage near Dave with a large inflatable toy guitar and rocked out with vein-popping enthusiasm normally reserved for Superbowl-winning touchdown celebrations. To me, it served as a reminder that a lot of people in this world fantasize about being able to do what we do. That's something good to keep in perspective.     --Josh

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