Monday, September 5, 2016

Greenville 43rd Annual Fly-In Features Hal Meyers - AKA Dameon Magic - at the Stress Free Moose

Okay … kinda of giving you an early heads up so you can get yourself strapped in, strapped down and ready to take off down the runway of life and head out to the …
43rd Annual International Seaplane Fly-in, oh yeah, the mother of all Fly-In's (not really sure if that's true but it sounds good).
That's right - the2guys - Hal Meyers (yours truly - the Maine Banjo Guy) and Richard Silver (truly a terrific Mando-guy), along with our trusty Sound Engineer - Mark Shane (truly great audio guy) - are appearing, not once but twice, yeah, two days in a row … and I mean days …
SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Sept 10th & 11th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the one and only STRESS FREE MOOSE Pub and Cafe, located at 65 Moosehead Lake Road in Greenville, ME … 207-695-3100
Hal Meyers - aka Dameon Magic - Playing Music and Perfoming Sleight-of-hand
at the Stress Free Moose in Greenville during the 43rd Annual International Fly-in
I'll be playing my Stelling Banjo with the amazing Kavanjo Banjo Head - oh yeah.
This is going to be one heck of a GREAT weekend of non-stop fly-ins, great food and drink, super folks and lots of music, singing, laughing, drinking of the beer, more laughing, sing-a-longing … and if there is time … even some pure sleight-of-hand magic-ing.
So, mark it on your calendar, come out to Greenville for a tremendous time during the Fly-in at the fantabulous Stress Free Moose.
… be there, or be there … it's the place to be ………… there!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hal Meyers Opens for Mainely Country and The Mallett Brothers at the Matrix in Lee, ME

So … what a fantastic time at the Matrix in Lee, Maine … this past Friday. Beautiful weather … the weather folk were "WRONG AGAIN" from earlier indications - oh yeah!
A huge thank you to Kevin And Dwayne Bartlett … for putting this show together - it was a pleasure to work with you.
Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

And a loud (but not overly so) thank you to Ocean Sound and Lighting. Great job throughout the evening.
Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers
OCEAN SOUND and LIGHTING

And of course a tremendously large (we're talking really big thank you) to my personal sound engineer Mark Shane - for not only making me sound so much better than I am and for assisting Ocean Sound with the set-up, but also helping to work the audio for The Mainely Country Band.
Mark Shane - Sound Guru
And speaking of the Mainely Country Band … holy wow, what a terrific group of guys, amazing musicians who shocked me when I was playing the opening set by joining me onstage … I'd say Holy Shit they were incredible, but I don't want to use that sort of language. 
Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Hal Meyers - Performed and MC'd at The Matrix in Lee, Maine
with The Mainely Country Band - and - The Mallett Brothers

Oh, the hell with it: Jeff Simon on lead guitar, Sony Bickford on Pedal Steel, Doug Baker on Bass … and of course my old band mate - Dick Knipping - DDD - on Drum & and all of them on vocals … were kick ass great. Thank you sooooooo much.
And then after they backed me … they played a full hour and a half super set. And - they invited me back to join them on Rocky Top - oh yeah, that was cool - in the Key of "D" - good thing I practiced. If you hear or see the name Mainely Country Band playing anywhere - run to the show.
The Mainely Country Band at the Matrix in Lee Maine

The Mainely Country Band at the Matrix in Lee Maine

The Mainely Country Band at the Matrix in Lee Maine

The Mainely Country Band at the Matrix in Lee Maine

And … I have to tell you, if you've never seen the Mallett Brothers - you have to check them out - a super nice bunch of guys who play terrific music and had the crowd dancing to their beats. Really good musicians, nice vocals - tons of original tunes … oh yeah - don't miss them. Catch em' when you can while they're on tour.
The Mallett Brothers Band at the Matrix in Lee Maine

Again, a terrific concert at THE MATRIX in Lee Maine - and I was very proud to perform for and MC the show. 
Photos from the Mainely Country folk and Dwayne Bartlett of the Matrix

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hal Meyers in Concert with Mainely Country and the Mallett Brothers - Lee Maine Friday Aug 26th

I know it's a bit early … and this may sound crazy, but I'm gearing up for this up coming show: FRIDAY – AUG 26TH .... at the MATRIX located at the Mt. Jefferson Ski Resort in Lee Maine {about and hour and 15 minutes outside of Bangor} ....
Concert at the Matrix - I'm Opening for Mainely Country and The Mallett Brothers
Guess who's going to be makin' some crazy music, letting the good times roll, singing, laughing, getting you to tap your toes, sing along and kick up some dust with a little Country Styled fun …
Hal Meyers - Opening for Mainely Country and The Mallett Brothers
- seen here with his Stelling Sunflower with the Kavanjo Banjo Head
Yeah … ME – Hal Meyers - (www.halmeyers.com) … holy cow … playing BEFORE and IN BETWEEN -

………… ready for this:

The Mainely Country band (http://www.themainelycountryband.com) and The Mallett Brothers (http://www.mallettbrothersband.com) … seriously, I'm not kidding … I already pinched myself twice!
The Mallett Brothers - appearing at the Matrix in Lee Maine
(Hal Meyers the Maine Banjo Guy gets to Open the show)
Mainely Country appearing in concert at the Matrix in Lee Maine
(Hal Meyers the Maine Banjo Guy gets to Open the show)


The Music and good times start at 4PM TICKETS 20$ DAILY 30$ WITH CAMPING KIDS 14 UNDER FREE
I'll be bringing my sound engineer Mark Shane - oh yeah!
Now the only question is … what to wear besides the the cowboy hat and boots - pants of course … just gotta figure out whether I go with a jacket or not - hmmmmmm - tough decisions.
And who knows Dameon (you know, the altered Ego) might just break out a deck of cards back stage and freak a few folks out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hal Meyers Opens for Mainely Country and the Mallett Brothers at the Matrix - Friday August 26th

I was going to wait until AFTER this Friday's gig at the PUB in THE PORT … but and however … I couldn't hold it in …
Hal Meyers  - aka Dameon - performs Music and Sleight of hand Magic at the Pub in the Port - This Friday
He'll be playing his Stelling Banjo with Amazing Kavanjo Banjo Head

Okay, it's been set .... FRIDAY – AUG 26TH .... at the MATRIX located at the Mt. Jefferson Ski Resort in Lee Maine .... 
Guess who's going to be makin' some crazy music, letting the good times roll, singing, laughing, getting you to tap your toes, sing along and kick up some dust with a little Country Styled fun … 

Yeah … ME … holy cow … playing BEFORE and IN BETWEEN - 


Hal Meyers - Opening at the Matrix - Pictured with his Stelling Banjo and Kavanjo Banjo Head


………… ready for this:

The Mainely Country band and The Mallett Brothers (seriously, I'm not kidding … I already pinched myself twice)

The Mallett Brothers at the Matrix

Mainely Country Band at the Matrix

The Music and good times start at 4PM TICKETS 20$ DAILY 30$ WITH CAMPING KIDS 14 UNDER FREE
Okay, that's all for now … I've got to rehearse … Pub in The Port friday and the Matrix next Friday. Oh yeah … now where did I put my boots and cowboy hat??

Hal Meyers aka Dameon at the Pub in the Port Friday

… this Friday I'll be soloing - music, singing, laughing, sing-a-longing and magic-ing …
… at the Pub in the Port - in Winterport Maine - from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Located at: 145 Maine St. - Winterport, ME - 207-619-3782
Hal Meyers - AKA Dameon brings liveMusic and Magic to the Pub in the Port 
- playing his Stelling Banjo with Kavanjo Banjo head
… of course the sultan of sound Mark Shane will be making my voice come across far better than I should - so this will be a blast!

Hey, if any of my friends would like to come on by and join me on the "stage" for a tune or two that would be amazing!
Oh yeah … 
See you Friday …

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hal Meyers (aka Dameon) at Hollywood Casino Bangor Maine

Last night … was an amazing evening at Hollywood Casino in Bangor Maine.

Hal Meyers (aka Dameon) Makin music at the Hollywood Casino
This was an evening of pure music, okay … a few laughs … but mostly music. That's right three hours of singing and playing, and it all kicks off with "the check in"

Here's a quick run down:

I arrive … park at the rear of the building, check in with security, get a badge then head over to "the door" where security opens the door allowing me to load in.

Then, I run back to the car, park and enter the casino floor … heading to the back area where I pick up my equipment and I make several trips up to the stage carrying instruments, stands, amps and miscellaneous "stuff".

Then I unpack everything, setting the stage … Fender Acoustasonic 150 Amp, Martin-D42 Guitar, Stelling Sunflower Banjo with a very cool Jet Black Kavanjo banjo head … and my Shure Microphone on a very nice Gator Frameworks microphone stand.

Notice the song list on the stage. Fender Amp, Martin Guitar, 
Stelling Sunflower with Kavanjo Banjo head.

Then comes the task of figuring out the "board" … it's a wonderful Allen and Heath board, but I'm not an audio guy … simple enough to plug in my cables, and everything was in perfect order, so I took the line from my amp and from my mic and plugged into channel 1 & 2 … then I took a monitor and put it in front of me and plugged that monitor into the board as well using "their cord".

I surveyed my set-up then grabbed an instrument, plugged in my Line-6 G 30wireless rig to my guitar and walked back to the board - making sure that everything on my end was "turned on" - "powered up" ready to "send a signal to the board" … it was.

Oh yeah …Hal Meyers (aka Dameon) made the schedule
I switched on the board and viola' … NOTHING HAPPENED … then I put my reading glassed on so I could see the board controls. Finally, after turning up the "channels" I used and making sure the gain for each channel was "up" and then … after pressing a couple of buttons I had sound - YAY!!!!!!!! I was live and ready to "rock and roll" … I mean folk, bluegrass and kinda feelin' groovy.

Then I simply tested the instrument level and vocals, one of the patrons at the bar gave me the thumbs up when the sound was at a decent level … it's impossible to tell how the music sounds from the stage in the casino and bar area when you are on the stage. A very strange situation because there is no way for the on-stage musician to tell how to correctly set the sound level, unless you were the "flash"  in disguise… or you brought along your sound person, but even they wouldn't be able to be on-stage and in the audience adjusting controls - with this particular board.

Anyway, with everything set … I waited until the appropriate start time and then began …what a wonderful night, folks came in, sang, along, requested songs … tipped (wow) … and when I was checking out, and I'm not kidding … the security guard at the rear door said that someone went over to security in the Casino and requested that "security" alert management that I was the BEST entertainer they'd seen there - ever. And he said that the word went out to all the security folks, and the guard in the control room immediately switched one of his monitors to the stage to see what the fuss was about … and said it was great. Go figure …

… I had a good time.

Hal Meyers at the Hollywood Casino - making music

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dameon - aka Hal Meyers performing Music and Magic at the Pickled Wrinkle

Okay … to round out, top off, finish up the 4 gig sprint … tonight, yes this evening from 5pm to 8pm at the wonderful PICKLED WRINKLE- 9 E. Schoodic Dr., Birch Harbor - 207-963-7916 …
… the2guys will be performing some tune-age. That's moi (Hal Meyers) - the banjo balladeer and Richard Silver the mandolin maven.
Dameon - aka Hal Meyers - perfomring Music and Close-up Magic at the Pickled Wrinkle
Oh yeah, banjo, mando, guito, singing-o, laughing-o, eating-o (great food & drink-o), sing-a-longing-o, more laughing-o … and a bunch of sleight-of-hand-o magic-o … right at your table, in front of your very eyes, we're talking very close-up.

Hope to see you there … and you know who you are, I shouldn't have to beg more than two or three times …

Tonight … Birch Harbor at the Pickled Wrinkle - yeah!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dameon - aka Hal Meyers - Magical Moments from the Pub in the Port

A few moments from last night at the Pub in the Port …

Hal Meyers - Playing Live Acoustic Music at the Pub in the Port
Played music and then hit the bar for a few momentous magical minutes of mayhem and merriment … and sold a couple beers too. What a blast …

Dameon performing Close-up Magic at the Pub in the Port

Dameon performing Close-up Magic at the Pub in the Port

Dameon performing Close-up Magic at the Pub in the Port

Thank you Pub in the Port …