Editor’s Note: Acclaimed Seattle-based children’s rock band The Not-Its! is one of the musical headliners for Buddy Daddy Family Bash, a three-day event billed as India’s first-ever live family-entertainment festival. Guitarist Danny Adamson is sending us reports on bringing their brand of American “kindie” music to this new audience of parents and his experience introducing his family to a new culture. To catch up with the story, read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
By Danny Adamson
Sunday, Nov. 15 — the final day of the Buddy Daddy Family Bash, and then our families hit the road for the much anticipated non-rock ‘n’roll tour portion of our trip to India. Today has the biggest crowd, as word is spreading about this amazing festival. We see some familiar faces, back for more, as well as new attendees.
We played our first show of the day and it was our favorite one of the whole weekend. The biggest crowd, the most energy and really, really fun! Right after we played we grabbed one of our favorite volunteers, a 20-year-old college student named Rohit, to run off with us to take some photos of the band. We went around to some of the monuments within walking distance, our favorite was this man-made lake that had been dry for 50-plus years. It had what you might think to be an Aztec look to it and its original intent was either as a step well, or used for some form of worship (we heard both). It had these cool stone planks one could walk out on, like on a pirate ship.
When we returned from taking photos, we were really starting to feel the burn of playing five shows, with one more to play. Since we could not go back to the hotel to rest between sets, we were stuck with hanging around the festival with no real place to even sit down. Everything is also covered in dirt which doesn’t gel with our black outfits. We all needed a little rest and one by one, made our way back to our stage (covered in awesome pink carpet, not dirt) and took a little nap there!
It was now dark and time for our last show, the act to close out the weekend! They brought a crazy parade of mascots and characters to dance during our first song. I’m not sure if these characters are traditional Indian figures in any way, but they had a part in the weekend, too. They did a parade each day and, this time, the organizers brought them to our show. It was nuts playing with a giant tree-person, a dragon, clowns, horse headed man, princesses and more dancing along. It was a great way to wrap it all up!
Once everything was over, our hosts joined Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo and us back at our hotel for a drink. It was a nice way to say goodbye. Jennie from our band was flying out that night, so she headed to the airport around 10 p.m. Sarah was staying at the hotel for another day before heading home and me, Tom, Michael and our families would depart in the morning for the city of Agra and the Taj Mahal!
The next installment of the Not-Its! tales from India will appear tomorrow on the National At-Home Dads Network.