(photo by Matthew Stolarz)
Vu Ultra Bar (or 'the Vu' as the locals call it) is in Newhall, CA.
I was invited to play by Stephen Shepard, who was once in a band called Little White Lie, who played shows with me when I was in a band called I Decline, that later became The Briggs. In other words, we go back a ways.
Steve is an artist, and has a collection of artist friends who are part of a community up there. This was mainly an art show, and we were some of the entertainment. Many people stayed outside on the smoking patio while we played, but those that watched us were very supportive: they shouted, danced, etc. We enjoyed it thoroughly.
The night concluded with an 'art battle,' two artists sketching on a giant canvas based on a theme of the audience's choosing. This battle was 'pandas and the apocalypse' if I'm not mistaken.