the bar. A guy pulled a gun on me. There were a lot of late nights and stupid situations that I was finding myself in. I handed the bar off to my general manager and started doing daytime restaurants that were salad, wraps, soup, and smoothies. I catered an outdoor music festival. One of the acts didn't show up and I opened my big fat mouth and said, "You guys need a 40 minute acoustic set? I could do that." They agree to let me do it and I realize I have not been on stage and played music in eight years. I don't know that I remember all these songs that I used to know. I did the show and it was incredible. It woke this feeling in me and made me question why I had stopped, so I started playing acoustic gigs again and then I needed to get a band together and in 2018 we officially named ourselves The Sublets. And then COVID hit.
MP: You finally get back into it and then the world shuts down and you can't go play shows. Thta had to be frustrating, but you now have three songs out and are playing shows. What do fans get from one of your performances these days?
GCJ: It is meant to be high energy. You're going to hear some wrong chords and by the end of the show,
my voice is a little horse because I'm yelling and running around. We don't want you coming and expecting dinner theater. We want you coming and jumping and being part of the show. We work really hard to sound good. I don't want to think about where my fingers are. I want that to feel like second nature so that I can be engaged with what the crowd is doing.I want to be able to look out into the audience and make eye contact with people and give them a smile or a thumbs up because I like their shirt or whatever. Stuff like that that makes the audience feel connected to you and you connected to the audience. That's what The Sublets shows are about. It's community. It's about feeling good. It's about high energy and leaving that stage exhausted. I want the crowd to feel exhausted as well and feeling like we just had a moment.
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The debut of Happy Hour Sessions featured Maddie Indre.