Outtakes 

I’m sure all bands do this but when The Dregs get into the studio and record, we make a lot of mistakes.  I mean a lot of mistakes.  To outsiders, it would be surprising to discover we actually know the songs we are trying to record. Chad saves these mistakes forever because he’s kind of a douche.  If anyone gets too uppity, he can just pull out one of our really extreme screw ups to remind us that, basically, we all suck. It might surprise you to learn that when we screw up, we frequently utter words that are not […]

St. Paddy’s Day is Over – What’s Next? 

Actually it is the day after St. Patrick’s day.  We had a great holiday with a fantastic show on Saturday night with new and old fans and a performance at the Irish Festival of Music and Dance in downtown St. Paul on Monday.  I always feel like we should do more on St. Patrick’s day but we feel a little bit out of place in a bar.  We’ve never felt like our band works particularly well when we are mostly background music. I guess we like the attention. Our next performance is going to be at the Fearless Comedy Fundraiser, […]

TAP DANCING VIOLIN SOLO! 

So everyone is coming to see our St. Paddy’s day show at the Bryant Lake Bowl, right?  I bring this up because we have a brand new Dregs feature to share with everyone! Now everyone knows that The Dregs will perform any song you request for $5, even if we don’t know it.  That’s a given.  The $5 rule will, of course, be in full effect at our show on Saturday night.  The $25 Virgin Sturgeon verse is also in full effect.  As is the $10 Lesbians in Socks. But we are an Irish band and for St. Patrick’s Day, […]

What Are You Doing for St. Patrick’s Day? 

I’m sorry, the title of this post is misleading.  I really should have asked what you are doing on Saturday, March 15th (at 10:00 PM). I know what The Dregs are doing.  We’re going to be playing our annual St. Patrick’s day concert at the Bryant Lake Bowl. As always, we’ll be playing a lot of traditional tunes like “Old Dun Cow” and “Johnny Jump-up” and yes, there is always the opportunity to request a song that isn’t on our set list.  The rules of Dregs requests are as fixed as gravity. But we always try to trot out a […]

See What Happens When I’m Not Around? 

I wasn’t able to be at The Dregs rehearsal this week because I had a ping pong ball in the Minnesota Fringe lottery.  I’m sure that they worked on some great music. Well that’s what I hope happened.  But I asked them to send me a recording from rehearsal if anything came up that was worth posting on our web site.  So they did. What they came up with is one of those songs that is uniquely The Dregs.  Is it a song we’ll ever perform again?  Hell, I don’t know.  What I do know is a song like this […]

It’s a Miracle we Get Anything Done 

We rehearse most every Monday night and given the amount of time we spend goofing off, I sometimes wonder how we ever learn any music at all. One of our new goals for the year is to get into the studio once a month to put together some good quality songs for anyone who wants them.  We can get through one or two songs a night but because you are recording one vocal or instrumental track at a time, it can get be pretty tedious when you aren’t in the recording.  You need a way to pass the time. We […]

All Things Must Come to an End 

Before I get to the main thrust of my article, I’m going to suggest that you read a comedy piece I wrote on my main blog page if only because you should take every conceivable opportunity to quote your favorite lines to Molly.  She’ll love it! One of our favorite shows of the year has been our performance at CONvergence.  We’ve performed there every year since 2001, the third year of the convention. The first few years, we had about ten people come and watch us.  The room was not much bigger than my living room. I bring that up […]

Rehearsal With The Dregs 

Molly has been completely hogging the Dregs Blog and it has to stop.  That’s why I’m here and I’ll be back every Tuesday.  I’m going to do things a little differently.  I’m going to tell you about what the band is doing. You want to know where we’ll be performing?  I’ll tell you before we even post the event! You want to know what music we’re working on?  I’m going to be posting rehearsal recordings! You want to know what crazy stuff has happened in the rehearsal?  Yeah.  I’ll dish that out too. Last night we got together and started […]