Forrest Vincent singing with a SARS mask.

I had a fun night at Attimo in Denver last Thursday. Except that, apparently, the City of Denver now requires musicians to perform in a mask and stay 25 feet away from the audience!

So I sang for 2 1/2 hours in a mask. This turned out be be very challenging. Breathing is important to singing. Both the quantity and timing of inhalation are crucial. If the quantity is reduced, the timing suffers. I found myself gasping for breath a few times throughout the night. Not to mention that my voice sounded like I was singing through a giant Chuck-E-Cheese head.

So just another coronavirus related oddity. Looking forward to not having to ever sing in a mask again. But in any case thanks to Attimo for still having live music, despite these strange times.

Forrest and Forrest playing at Lincoln Station

Six weeks ago my father, Forrest, passed away. Those of you who know me will already know that we were very close. This last month and a half has been devastating.

Among other things, my dad was a very experienced drummer, having made a living playing music six-nights-per-week for many years starting in the early 1960s. When I was growing up I got to sing with his bands from time to time. I first performed at a bar when I was about 8. A few days later I took some pictures of this event to school–very proud of this accomplishment–and my parents promptly received a call from the principal; some of the teachers were concerned that my parents had me “working” in taverns. Ha! Little did they know I’d still be working in taverns three decades later….

I am so grateful that, as an adult, I got the opportunity to play in a band with my dad. We performed a few times a year as “The Two Forrest Trio.” Here is a picture of us from, I think, 2018 or so at Lincoln Station in Lone Tree, CO. I am also grateful that we got to play together with our bassist friend Tim just a week before my dad died.

We had a great run. I love you dad.

Anyhow, for those of you who hadn’t already heard, that is why I have not been playing out for awhile. I am starting to make some calls again and get some things set up for the next couple of months. Music has the ability to heal, and playing music certainly helps me with that.

I am looking forward to playing again. Hope to see some of you soon.

Forrest Vincent playing and singing on outdoor patio.

Thanks to The Berg Haus in Castle Pines, CO for hosting a great patio set last night. It was a gorgeous evening with a great crowd. I was scheduled to play two hours but ended up playing closer to four. This was great because I put in a dozen or so songs that I haven’t played in awhile, such as The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood and Springsteen’s The River. I will be playing at The Berg Haus again soon, and will update the website with dates. Fantastic seeing everyone!

After a long three months of no restaurants, bars, or public gatherings, it is great to start seeing places open up again. One of those places is The Berg Haus, a locally-owned bar and grill in Castle Pines. I will be playing an acoustic set on their patio this Saturday, 6/13/20, from 4:30 to 6:30. It should be a beautiful afternoon with good food, good drinks, good friends, and good cheer. Hope to see you there!

My friend Patrick D. owns Lincoln Station in Lone Tree, Colorado. Usually Lincoln Station hosts live music at least twice per week: a Friday open mic and a Saturday night set. Of course, due to the coronavirus, Lincoln Station has not been able to host live music since March.

But Lincoln Station is still doing takeout, and Patrick had this great idea: host live music on Facebook Live, and play that over the in house sound system while folks are picking up their takeout! And, of course, anyone can tune in from home as well.

So I will be playing a 30 minute Facebook Live set, courtesy of Lincoln Station, this Thursday (4/23/20) from 7:00 to 7:30. All you need to do is go to a little before 7:00 on Thursday and look for the “live broadcast post.”

Even better, stop by Lincoln Station for takeout and help support a local business that itself supports a vibrant local music scene.

Hope to see you there!