January 28, 2000
Green Bay, Wisconsin!  What can I say?  They really know how to rock in Green Bay.  It's quite amazing. 

Our return this year to the Riverside Ballroom was eventful to say the least.  First off after arriving we learned our sound crew's truck had broke down somewhere outside of St. Paul MN, which is a good 4 1/2 hours away!  Our show was to start in less than that.  Kudos to Dominic and George for calling every possible local sound company and finally finding one that wasn't booked on a Friday night.  On top of all this, a professional film crew planned to shoot our show and needed room for their lights, cameras, cranes, etc.  It was scary and hectic to say the least, but everyone pulled it off.  It's a good thing as the room was overbooked with over 1300 fans.  In addition, this was the first of four nights that Carl Bunch joined us on the tour. 

Carl, for those who don't know, was the original drummer on the Winter Dance Party tour.  In 1959, Carl ended up with frostbite on his big toe and had to be dropped off at a hospital.  We made sure he kept warm this year! 

Carl is the nicest guy you'll ever meet and had so many great stories and tidbits of info about playing with Buddy that my mind is still turning!  He's also played drums with Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr.  Carl went over great with the crowd and even sang a little with me but best of all was the mayor's office proclaiming January 28th, 2000 as Carl "Goose" Bunch Day!  It was a nice honor for a great guy.  Thanks once again to the city of Green Bay, Mark Steuer (pronounced "stoy-er"!!), and WOGB.

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