We spent the whole day before the party running backup parts with Karla (Dawn's sister), Salem (our 26-year-old daughter), Casey (our 28-year-old son), and Danya (a family friend with an extensive musical career of her own). Dave's voice was almost completely gone, so we taught Casey and Karla all of his vocal parts.
We had an audience of about 50 (the top end of what we were hoping for). We had bass, drums, sax, violin, and cello helping throughout the evening.
Karla and Salem sang harmony with Dawn on several songs, and there's something about voices that are genetically related singing harmony that's really cool.
It was an interesting concert in that almost no one in the audience had ever heard us do music, so they were there mainly because they were our friends. I felt like we had stacked the audience, but it really took the pressure off as they were supportive of anything and everything we did.
Salem did one of her songs with Kiley (our 13-year old daughter) singing harmony. Simon (our 11-year-old son) took pictures during the concert and Casey ran sound. The energy was very intimate -- several people commented on how much family was woven in throughout the concert.
So, basically, it went as well as we could have hoped. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. And now we have 50 people in Boulder that have heard us do music. So now we need to decide where we go from here.
Oh, and for those keeping score at home, we're not sure how many CD's were sold at the concert (the entrance fee and CD money was all mixed together), so let's just say that there were three CDs sold, because that makes a better story.