October 2018 was all about what I love to do…performing LIVE music! It started with two shows for Orange County School of the Arts Commercial Music Conservatory’s production, “Halloween Takeover!” The highlight for me was opening those shows on drum set with a song I am very familiar with, “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo!
This was a comment posted to my Instagram following the OCSA shows:
“Hey OCSA! Just enjoyed you guys and gals knocking it out of the park on a song I know too well, Dead Man’s Party!! The band, the horns and great front man owned it! Thanks Thomas Lowrey for representing all things Boingo, proud to know you man! – Johnny Vatos!”
Those two OCSA shows really warmed me up! The very next night I joined Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party for the Halloween 2018 Tour, with a gig at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. The Canyon Club is always packed with loyal Boingo fans!
After the show I was excited to see Don Lombardi, Host of Drum Channel, and Founder of dw drums backstage. When Don saw me, he said, “Thomas, you are quite the performer!” That made my night!
My fourth show of the month, was the next Oingo Boingo Dance Party gig at the Saban Theater, in Beverly Hills. The Saban is an old-school, art-decco designed, beautiful looking, and even better sounding theater! The band all loved the sound in this theater, and we hope to play there again.
This show was extra special for me because my sister, Kylie was able to take the day off from work to attend. Seeing Kylie standing side stage during the show made me smile! She is so supportive of my journey with music!
For my fifth show of the month, Oingo Boingo Dance Party traveled south to beautiful San Diego. We played at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, which is located right in the marina there. I mean, the side of the stage is maybe 20 feet from the ocean! It is one of the most scenic places I have ever played. There was a full crowd of about 1,400 people – and everyone was singing along and having a great time!
My sixth and final show of the month came on Halloween, for another sold out Oingo Boingo Dance Party show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The show was great, and the music came full circle for me, as I had started the month playing “Dead Man’s Party” with OCSA, and I ended the month playing the same song, only this time with Boingo! It was awesome!
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Thanks to Fred Zermeno Photography for the show images!