After a lovely hiatus, the Lemons are back to tackle the second half of the summer. And we came back with a bang, rocking the gorgeous gazebo in Victory Park in the lovely little hamlet of Rumson, NJ. I don’t know the full story of how this gig was booked (I rarely do) but apparently there are several Hoboken ex-pats in Rumson, and someone slipped our name to the town Concert Committee*. Thank you, whoever you are!
Rumson is lovely, and apparently a fairly wealthy area. We passed several driveways that disappeared through manicured lawns without ever catching a glimpse of the houses at the end. I think I could just buy a driveway and make people think I had a fancy house at the other end.
Victory Park overlooks a scenic little harbor, and a light sea breeze washed over us all evening. Every gig should be in such a gorgeous setting! We got ourselves situated pretty quickly, with Dave E. in his familiar spot at the sound board. We were encouraged by the local coordinator (I didn’t get his name, shame on me, he was nice) to play our pre-show music nice and loud, as it would draw a crowd. I think it worked, because before long the park was a sea of blankets and beach chairs!
As is often the case, the band had mixed feelings about the set itself. We always have some technical issue or other, on top of our usual self-criticism about mistakes we make while playing. But looking back now as I write this, I have a really good image of the night in my head. Kids running and playing, grown-ups clapping along to the music, some unexpected familiar faces in the crowd, and really enthusiastic greetings from fans afterwards. That’s the true measure of success, when people come up and tell us how much they and their kids enjoyed the music.
Sure, we get some things wrong. But we’re doing something right!
* You can tell that there are Hobokenites on the committee because our neighbor Polka Dot is next on the Victory park schedule.