Donnie’s Homespun Pizza, a Decatur favorite, recently opened the doors on their new Springfield location at the Vinegar Hill Mall in September. With this much larger venue and a great line-up of upcoming concerts, we were honored to be asked to display some of our artwork at the new location.
On display at the new Donnie’s are “I’m No Good” and “Felix the Cash” by Shani Goss, and “Mississippi John Hurt” and “Voodoo Child” by Tronnie Goss. (All for sale!)
Proving that Karma is alive and well, we were invited to be VIP’s for Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg concert on October 4th. As children of the eighties, the Ramones have always been a favorite of mine and Shani too. Since Shani’s birthday was near – we figured we’d make that her birthday night out. We thought that VIP meant just getting in early and maybe getting a chance to listen to the sound-check. Boy, were we in for a surprise!
Before the band even took the stage, I was approached by Donnie’s owner Neil, he asked if I would be willing to give Marky Ramone a ride to Decatur immediately after the show. My first thought was “he must be kidding”, but he was serious! Of course, my answer was “Yes!” Somehow they had booked the band at a hotel in Decatur instead of Springfield, so they needed a responsible adult to give him a lift 😉
Needless to say, the rest of the show was spent beer-less and frantically text-bragging to some friends, while listening to the closest thing to a live Ramones show that is out there. They rocked and we enjoyed the hell out of the show, but at the end of it all, I knew I had a job to do. I was given the heads-up to wait next to the stage for their final song, as Shani went out and pulled our car up to the front steps of the venue. Once the encore was over, I got to be part of the entourage and follow Marky and his manager down the hallway towards the exit, while crowds of people were shaking his hand and asking for autographs. Just that was a pretty cool experience.
Once we hopped in the car and headed out, Shani and I were a little bit starstruck and weren’t sure what to say. Marky could not have been a nicer guy, we had a great conversation about music, art, our son Alec, and how Marky is trying to keep the Ramones’ music alive. The normal 35-40 minute drive went by in a flash. It wasn’t until we dropped him off at his hotel and we were pulling away, that we realized we didn’t ask to take any pictures with him! We were both in a “I can’t believe this is happening” mode. He was very gracious in signing a poster we brought though, as well as some albums for a long time friend who had brought them to the concert.
Thank you, Marky Ramone (and of course Neil)! This was definitely a highlight of our year!
I honestly keep being amazed at the opportunities that our artwork has lead to. A couple of years ago, we got to work with Ron English, and now we have chauffeured Marky Ramone. What is next? Stay tuned!
You owe it to yourself to check out Donnie’s Homespun in Springfield, they have the best pizza around, and it is a great place to see live music!
Donnie’s Homespun Springfield
107 W. Cook
Springfield, IL 62704