If you know me, you know I tend to roll solo. I like going where I want, when I want, without any obligations to anybody (thus being single for a very, very long time), but I asked my friend Max if he wanted to be my "plus one" to a CityBeat party and he kindly agreed to join me.
The party was at the House of Blues (in the Delta Room) which was a little awkward inside my own head because of how I kinda trashed it in a blog post earlier this week, but what can I say? I just think they have all the resources they need and they're not really taking advantage of what they've got. No hard feelings, right?
We got there around 7:30 and found ourselves some appetizers and drinks and a couple chairs to kick back in while we ate. Max was worried he wouldn't know anybody, but this party was for all the winners of the "Best Of San Diego" issue that came out this week, so there were plenty of people we both knew with whom to chat, mingle and get in on the schmoozefest.
The party ended at 10 and we were on our way. Max lives near the Whistle Stop, so that's where we ended up. We talked to with Drew for a bit then headed in and caught Emery Byrd's set. Though normally a 5 piece, they had Mary join in with violin and another player who added some instrumentation as well. It had been too long since I'd seen the band and they sounded great as ever, and I'm not just saying that because I want a CD :)
After their set it was a full on dance party but we ended up on the patio hanging out with friends and chilling out. It was a really fun night and made me reconsider the whole "rolling solo" thing. Max made me realize it was pretty darn fun to have a partner in crime, so thanks, Max.