This is cool, they had decided to come jam with the local musicians, even though they had just done a show, and were doing another the next day, during the day.
They played their respective instruments for a few tunes. Then they switched, Chris to the bass, and Matt to the drums, while Justin kept playing guitar. Whoa, did not see that coming! Then the ‘musical chairs’ started, literally. AJ and Gabriel and Matt and Chris kept switching in and out, so the band played with no major breaks in the music until around 2:50 in the morning. Almost 4 full hours of live jamming.
All of the musicians did get a break or two themselves, except Justin. But he looked like he was having such a good time, I do not think he even noticed the time. But he missed a lot of shooters, until the end of the night, when he joined in.
At one point I wanted to go outside to ‘get some air’, but the show in front of me was just too much fun to leave. I never left until the end, with everybody else.
The icing on the cake, so to speak, happened near the end, at around 2:30, when Matt picked up a guitar, and the band had two guitarists suddenly, and did an amazing version of Papa Was a Rolling Stone, that had everybody in the place smiling right along with them.
The expressions of joy that I saw on the faces of these musicians while they jammed is why I love live music so much. That is my raison d‘être for going to shows, to see that joy, and hear it expressed through their talents. When it is done like it was at this bar show, even though it only happens occasionally like this, it makes it all worthwhile. It also makes it very hard to beat for the Event Of the Year, at least in my book.