Grunberg and Laurie have fun bit of banter as the introduction to one of their songs (“Shake Your Tail Feathers” ala The Blues Brothers) with Grunberg telling Laurie that there “must be something wrong with your piano.” To which Laurie counters “there’s nothing wrong with this here ‘pianeee.’” Grunberg always says, “Prove it!” and Laurie obliges with a great improve intro to the piece. It’s their regular routine to introduce the number, but there was a bit of an unexpected twist at The Vic.
Laurie had been having technical difficulties with his digital piano intermittently throughout the evening (he played a grand at the Taste and a different digital at Harry Caray’s). So when Grunberg said “prove it,” Laurie began to play, except nothing came out. Three times, until they gave up on the hapless Kurzweil and Laurie switched to a second piano (used by Scott Grimes). What could have been frustrating to Laurie and the band (and the audience) became a great inside joke for all.
On a personal note, it was a real treat during the weekend of concerts to meet up with so many regular readers of my “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process” House, M.D. feature at Blogcritics, some of whom I’d gotten to know on Twitter, but many of whom I’d never met before either in person or virtually. It was a pleasure to get to enjoy the music and stargazing along with you during a gloriously sunny (surprisingly so, since it was supposed to rain) warm Chicago weekend.
Additional photos from the weekend are available on Flickr.