Tuesday Night Concert Series

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Brent Bowers Americana Acoustic, Brento Live, Brento News, Late Summer, Music | 0 comments

So this is an idea that I’ve entertained for a long time as a method to assemble and band that actually knows how to play my songs. As a singer/song writer I’ve found it difficult in the past to keep a group of musicians engaged. Nobody is getting rich on original music around these parts. Onthe contrary it basically costs you to have any sort of band or any duo or trio assembled. The gigs just aren’t there and essentially all opportuities revoled around playing covers. All save for one very special venue. I’m talking about Little Tokyo Lounge. First Brush on Late Summer Putting In All Together I’ve found the players, so now what do I do? Well, it takes time, that’s the first thing. Everyone I know that plays music has to work an actual job to make a living and just doesn’t have tons of good ole fashion time to do the work. I needed to find a way to make it fun enough for folks to hang in there for 8 – 12 months really, really be able to nail these songs live. Talent is everywhere but talent + commitment to a project is tough to come by.So after reaching out to the owner of Little Tokyo Lounge to ask aboutt he idea of playing on a night they don’t usually have bands and approaching things like a series of concert […I don’t even know what to called Little Tokyo, Restuarant and venue sure, but I just thing it’s so doggone neat and one of a kind all that seems short shrift to say]. The idea being that if we perform there monthly that in a short time the tightness and execution will improve vastly. Each memeber baiscally has to be professional enough to do the real work for practice on there own.Today we got together to see if we could get through the tunes. We did. Although more refinement is required by all of us, the basics are there and we’ll be live in action on the 29th of this month. We’ll have myself on guitar and vocals, Chris on the drums, Daniel on the bass, Paul on keys and Tony on percussion, harmonica and flute. I’m still seeking an acoustic player and 2nd backing vocalist but this is where we’ll start. Come see...

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Live Shows End As New Business Launches

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Brento Live, Brento News, Music | 0 comments

Because working to make rich bankers richer is a soulless, thankless endeavor, As well as for other reasons, I’ve decided to leave the Information technology field for good. Thankfully, I insured myself against this time when IT contract opportunities have become fewer and further between by launching my wife into the Nutrition store business over a decade ago. That business has absolutely flourished in the past 11.5 years. Even with enough income to essentially not HAVE to work a job, I’ve never been good with playing second bread winner and there’s always been the expectation between Nancee and I that I would personally pay most of the monthly bills apart from the store. After the end of my last contract in the summer of 2017, I began to think of leaving the field altogether to find something else to do. I had a small surgery that kept me out of work for a few months and the idea really grew on me. Even though on the whole I feel I was paid plenty for my work while in IT, the lack of job security and especially the political nature and utter lack of any loyalty whatsoever always bugged me. My favors for others and going over and beyond for managers and peers to my boss, never resulted in a single raise or position. I was placed under less skill people constantly based on nothing more than their ambition to manage others. Then before I knew it, I had 15 years of experience and was at my earnings ceiling. When I was beat out for a full time position by an attractive woman with 4 months experience to my 15 years experience, whom I’d witnessed screw up the job terribly. I knew something was amiss. They hired her at 3 pay levels beneath me and then the picture started to crystallize. It was time to leave. In March of 2018, I decided to help out one of our distributors who needed drivers. The money was rotten and the guy just had a horrible attitude toward employees. I did have my own agenda for doing it though and that was to see if I could swing the transition to a physical job. I was glad to see that my body withstood the initial shock just fine. 6 weeks of that was enough to prove to me that purely from a physical level, no job was too tough for me. I’ve still got the heart and drive at 48 to do hard labor when it’s needed Around this time, an acquaintance began to talk to me about getting into a sole proprietorship job doing what he’s been very successful with for the past 11 years. I was generally aware that his business was good, but only recently was made aware of how successful and lucrative it was. His earnings for this past...

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An Amazing First Concert at Trail House

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Brent Bowers Americana Acoustic, Brento Live | 0 comments

Last night Joel and I performed for the first time, at least my first time at Trail House in Indian Trail. I really liked the venue and it was quitely lively for a Thursday night. The room was great for sound and the levels were a breeze to set. I hope to be back there again at some point in the future, either solo or with a full band. The crowd and staff really treated us well. We’ve been pretty serious about the rehearsal and I think was well reflected in the first set particularly. Good crowd feedback and great energy. John The Revelator – Brent & Joel live at Trailhouse, Indian Trail NC from Brent Bowers on Vimeo. Faded from Brent Bowers on...

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An Artistic Line In The Sand

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Brento Live, Music | 0 comments

This gripy post is going to sound like a bit of a joke, but I wrote it down months ago and held it back so as not to embarrass the place that was kind enough to book me a few times. So….this is about nowhere I have played recently nor anywhere you see me regularly. Little Tokyo, Harmancos, River Wild, those places are fantastic as far as I am concerned, but sometimes places that don’t regular feature musiicans really don’t know how to treat them. I recently celebrated my 47th birthday by performing a 2.5 hour music set of mostly original material at a restaurant in a town about half an hour away. I was paid $60 & a free meal and earned around $17 in tips. I’m thrilled to still be making original music and sharing it with with new listeners. On the other hand is that blasted salad bar I was playing behind and the dozens of people who stayed well past their meals to drink and listen and subsequently leave without tipping or even throwing a “Hey, thanks I enjoyed it” my way. Music when done as a business is a thankless job. I let them know my displeasure at said obstructive bar the first time I played over here as politely as I good. I mean it is a giant empty bar on wheels and they have a huge empty event center right next door which they could easily roll it into when they have performers. I’ve decided to not book there any more. An artist has to have his line in the sand. For me, it’s a big bulky cold stainless steel salad bar mucking up my connection with the patrons....

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