By Michael Krieg
The Daily Advertiser
LAFAYETTE, La. – Bobby Brown and Ben Storey aren’t ready to quit their full-time jobs yet, but a few more nights like last Wednesday may tempt them.
The Louisiana IceGators’ teammates made their musical debuts last week at Artmosphere in downtown Lafayette in front of nearly 100 fans and teammates.
The duo picked their guitars and sang a mixture of folk, country, classic rock and mixed in some Canadian bands for nearly three hours, including a 30 minute intermission.
Brown, the team captain, said the duo would be open to performing future gigs.
“I think we were well received, but it definitely helps the crowd turnout when you have 30 people that are involved in the hockey organization show up,” Brown said. “If no one from the team would’ve been there it would’ve been a very light crowd.”
The duo opened the performance with ì”Cat’s in the Cradle” and later in the night got some help from defenseman Milt Mastad with David Allen Coe’s classic “You Never Even Call Me By My Name.”
Brown and Storey also performed “The Gambler” (Kenny Rogers), “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (Jimmy Buffett), “Sweet Caroline” (Neil Diamond) and “Luckenbach, Texas” (Waylon Jennings).
“It was a lot of fun,” Storey said. “I was a little nervous at the start, but I loosened up at the end. Bobby was his usual flamboyant self. We had a lot of fun and I think that the people had a lot of fun. It was just a good experience.”
The two also paid tribute to the late Johnny Cash, performing “Ring of Fire” and his re-make of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.”
The duo also sang “Lafayette-aville,” a parody of Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” that Brown penned on a bus trip to Columbus earlier in the year. It was a tribute to life in Lafayette and playing in the ECHL.
“It’s just one of those things where funny things happen throughout the season and I’m a big Jimmy Buffett fan,” Brown said of the song. “That was the easiest song for me to parody. I just tried to make light of the fact that we’re playing in the ECHL and sometimes it’s a struggle and funny things happen.”
Brown used the song to pick on a couple of teammates.
“It was friendly stuff,” Storey said. “It’s a pretty funny tune. It’s always fun when you have a song everybody knows and you change the words up a little bit. Everybody can relate to it. It was pretty creative.”
Brown said the two hope itís the first of more musical acts together.
“It was a good time,” he said. “I think it would’ve been a lot better had we come out on the weekend and gotten four points, instead of two. I appreciate everybody that came out and supported myself and Ben and the rest of the hockey players. Maybe some other time weíll do it again.”
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