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Playing in the Rain: La Pompe Jazz's First Gig

Playing in the Rain: La Pompe Jazz's First Gig
Karl Christian Krumpholz
Kevin Laxar: “The gig was a school-run event at my college. The three of us showed up with our gear to a beautiful banquet tent with heaters and an awesome-looking sound system, but we quickly learned it was for the University’s a cappella group. With dark clouds building in the sky, our trio was directed around the corner to the jazz ‘tent’: a 4x4 tarp draped over some poles. It wasn’t long into our set before the rain began to fall.

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Karl Christian Krumpholz
“We quickly realized there wasn’t enough room for both gear and musicians under the shoddy tent, so in a heroic attempt to keep my upright bass dry, I stood outside in the downpour while playing the tarp-covered bass at arm’s length. The power kept going out thanks to the electric heaters in the a cappella tent, and I got a nice, deep soak. But we finished the gig. It was a real teeth-cutting experience I’ve always been grateful for. I now know that anytime something goes wrong at a gig, I can definitively say, ‘It could be worse.’”

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Karl Christian Krumpholz
La Pompe Jazz plays Vine Street Pub on October 19 to celebrate the release of a special collaboration beer with the pub: La Pompe Saison.


Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.
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