These were taken just before Drew and Diana left for The Wire. He didn't want me to take pictures, but I insisted. And Diana coaxed him a bit too.
As parents, we get to experience many joys. Watching our kids grow up, helping them along the way, picking them up when they fall, and supporting them through their interests and activities. And some of those "proud" parent moments, are ours and ours alone to savor and enjoy. We have three kids, and they have all made us proud. Last night was one of those "WOW" moments for Greg and I. Our son Drew is a talented and self taught musician. He has written many of his own songs, and has played in public a few times. He has played at our church, and he had a weekend gig at a local coffee house a couple summers ago. His music was heard on his MYSPACE page by the owner of a club in Upland. He was invited to play a 30 minute set, and he was thrilled! He has been working on his playlist for weeks, and was anxiously waiting for last night, December 27th, to play onstage......... live at The Wire. He was very nervous yesterday. He was here with his girlfriend Diana, practicing and going through his set to prepare. They left early for sound check, and we weren't far behind. I didn't know what to expect. But it was truly something magical for us. The venue was in downtown Upland, where fifty year old shops were nestled side by side, along a beautifully decorated street for the holidays. Being Sunday night, the shops were closed, except for the restaurants, but the lights were all on, and the scene was like something out of a holiday movie. Being anxious parents, we were there too early, and we walked the charming tree lined street for 20 minutes or so before Drew came out to greet us. Then we were able to go inside the club and take a look around. I got to take photos before anyone else arrived. This was on the front of the big red door that greeted us.
Can you tell his Mom and sister were just a little bit thrilled?
We spent some time walking up and down the street waiting to go inside. The one above of Greg and Gennifer was dark, but the street lamps were so pretty I was hoping to show some of that. I took the photo below from across the street. The Wire is the one with the red door. You can sort of get a feel for how pretty and quaint this street is.
At the intersection of the street, there was a beautiful gazebo, all lit up and decorated for Christmas. The above photos are of us milling around outside before the show. Shots of Drew's and Diana's friends, and Diana's sister Alicia. The place was small in stature, but big on character! It had an urban feel, with high exposed ceilings, that revealed the piping and cable wires. It had polished hardwood flooring as you entered into the long hallway leading to the music room. With exposed brick walls, and painted in all black, red and grey. The stage was elevated and small, The area where we stood to watch had polished concrete floors. There were bright circular lights in bold neon colors above the stage, There were no seats, as is common in smaller venues, but it had a warm and inviting feel to it. Standing didn't seem uncomfortable at all. Walking in, this is what I saw.
The sound room, also neat and tidy, as were the restrooms, being some of the cleanest public restrooms I have ever seen!
And now it's SHOWTIME!
I walked to the back of the room to take a couple pictures from another perspective.
And then after the show, he got to come talk to his family and friends and thank them for coming out. Chad......it meant so much to him that you came!!!!!!!!!!!! Diana's folks came, and some of their family friends drove out all the way from Temecula. And several of Drew's buddies and Diana's sister, too. Erika couldn't make it this time, but hopefully the next show will be at a better time. Two days after Christmas and lots of people were away that would have been there.And I saved the best one for last. I just LOVE this picture. I love the way Drew is in the background, and the poster is in the foreground. Love it!!!!
This was an evening I will never forget. We were bursting with pride for Drew!!! I don't think he will ever forget it either. He performed so well. The response was all great. I can't wait for the next show!!! Congratulations son!