He feels his heart pounding every time he steps onstage with a guitar.
UNC professor Jon Abramowitz had friends scattered throughout the crowd Sunday at the Carrboro Music Festival. As one of the first acts of the day, he knew his band The Loose Lucies had to kick off the event on the right note.
“I get that fight or flight response,” Abramowitz said. “My heart was like, ‘I better do a good job, I don’t want to let anyone down. I don’t want to let my bandmates down.’ At first, there’s definitely a feeling like, ‘Holy shit.’”
After the first 10 minutes, he said he calmed down, and the music flowed naturally between him and his bandmates. They enjoyed a 45-minute set list before heading offstage.
He said no matter how stressed or anxious he is, performing always soothes him.
“The adrenaline’s really flowing,” he said. “People are really there just to listen to you. It’s not like a pool party, where people are talking to each other while we’re playing – you save your best stuff for it.”
Lead guitarist Abramowitz said his favorite performance experience is always the most recent one. The Grateful Dead-inspired band has been playing together for over three years, so there are plenty of performances to consider.
It all started when bassist Ben Hoffman wore a Grateful Dead t-shirt to his child’s class picnic.
Abramowitz, who was attending the picnic with one of his daughters, saw the shirt and introduced himself. They were fast friends, and it was not soon after that they got a group together for jam sessions.