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October 29-30, 2010 SINGAPORE Singapore
 
  Singapore is a Fine City
  Steve and Gary roll into Singapore in their typical search for musical traditions and discover that the city is a tough cookie to crack. They decide to test the city's limits.
 
 
  Reconnaissance and Planning
  Steve recruits band mates to participate in his cockamamy scheme of breaking the law in the name of music and fun. A successful venture would mean avoiding any fines.
 
 
Rollin' Down the River
  The On The Beat and Path band rush a boat of unsuspecting tourists who had simply planned to be respectably silly on this Halloween.
 
 
Quay Muppet Session  
Steve, Gary and special guest David Ross, offer commentary on their 'pore shenanigans while viewing the episode.  
Recorded in Singapore, October 31, 2010

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Singapore: Acting Casual is the Quay  
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We decided that we would approach the Singapore shoot a little differently. We were still going to search for local musicians and spent some time with local artists (whom often the local appreciators tend to sadly ignore in favour of Singapore's constant need to import their culture). But we were also going to do something a little silly. I brought with me a crew of musicians: Gary, as always, along with his trusty bass, Erik Richardson on percussion sitting atop a Cajon and Dave Ross on lead guitar. Our mission was to "bum rush" (as Travis Temple would describe) a tour boat with our gear and play an impromptu concert for some unsuspecting tourists and locals.
But first, we needed to do some research. Singapore is no different than most countries in that they have laws against littering, smoking, jaywalking, etc. What makes Singapore a little more ridiculous is that they are relentless in their fining for these offenses. Cops are abound: plainclothes and otherwise ready at the helm to offer citations for offenses with most fines starting in the S$500 range (US$388). Cops are even known to have those little credit card machines (otherwise known as doo-dads) so payment can be made on the spot. Say what? We cruised the city noting how many signs dictated things that we could not do. When you look for them, it is amazing how they are everywhere.

Before we planned our show, we journeyed to local watering hole, The Prince of Wales Pub. Run by an Aussie who prides himself on providing the pure Aussie experience: great vibe, good food, live music and Aussie beer. Located in the heart of Little India, the POW provides opportunities for local acts (Singaporean or otherwise) to hone their musical chops for an appreciative audience. Sean Harrison is one such musician. He joined us for a chat and to perform some unique takes on covers and his own originals.

So over the span of the next two days, we stalked out Clarke Quay. There are a variety of riverboats available: the traditional wooden bumboats, water taxis and of course the Duck & Hippo water cruisers. These appeared to be the best option as they had in their fleet vessels that were without seats, meaning we could crash the boat, set up our gear and folks could dance (if they so desired).

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So when the time came to rock the boat, the rain came. Horrible buzz as we were planning on storming the bow of the boat and playing under the sunshine as we awaiting the sun to set over the ocean. But we don't control the weather and we had to make do.

The boat's customers were a festive bunch as we decided to visit Singapore during Halloween. As such, many on the boat were dressed for the evening! We had Wolverine, the cast of Peter Pan, a few gypsies, and even Magnum PI. Fantastic!
 
Bonus Scenes
 
  Brewerkz Tour
  Steve and Gary meet up with Brewmasters Scott & Kim at Singapore's favourite watering hole, BREWERKZ, for a tour and a generous sampling of their fine beer.
 
 
  Sean Harrison
  Steve and Gary meet up with Singaporean singer-songwriter, Sean Harrison at popular music venue, Prince of Wales Pub, in Little India, Singapore.
 
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The boat's customers were a festive bunch as we decided to visit Singapore during Halloween. As such, many on the boat were dressed for the evening! We had Wolverine, the cast of Peter Pan, a few gypsies, and even Magnum PI. Fantastic!

Duck and Hippo's bouncer gave us some grief as we approached the boat with our gear but was easily duped using the subtle art of distraction. With the musicians and gear on board, with little resistance on open water, we proceeded to rock. Brewerkz were even on board to offer their fine micro brew free of charge. An amazing experience and even with the rain sprinkling down, it didn't distract from a rock and roll boat tour that brought us to the famous Merlion and throughout the Quays providing an entertaining experience for those on the boat or on shore.


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