Chris Monti and his band were playing at West Side Arts tonight and Chris asked me if I wanted to sit in on 'St. James Infirmary' on the accordion, so that's where I went tonight.
It turned out that I wasn't the only person sitting in that evening; percussionist Ed DeMille, who I had previously played with in the dance band (aka Third Story Congress) and the hiphop band (behind Mr. Bodega), was also there, which was a treat. They did a few original songs ('Country Boy in the City', 'Top of the Hill', and 'Long in the Tooth' by Chris, plus a song by Nick the bass player), then it was time for me to go on. It was quite fun!
It also woke me up, which was good, because the next song they did was 'King Solomon and Zen Master Nam Cheon', which is a good song to be able to pay attention to, especially when Ed's playing; there's a lot of neat rhythmic stuff going on in that song.
The last time I played accordion at West Side Arts was in January, about three weeks after I had acquired the thing; so afterwards I got a lot of a compliments of the 'you've really improved your accordion playing since the last time you were here!' variety, which I would certainly hope was the case.