2013 SHOW COUNT: 77!
Last night was one that I wish could be the standard for outdoor shows. Mid-70’s, no clouds, fun audience, ice cold beer, and a promoter (thank you again, Isaac!) that cared about show and did all he could to get the word out. Yes, I love Mike ‘N Molly’s.
The three other acts performing last night were Tomorrow Is Already Here (Garret), This Frontier Needs Heroes (pictured above; Jessica, Sadie, Brad), and Morgan Orion. Garret treated me to a late-night breakfast after the show, I had some good conversation with Jessica, Brad, and Sadie about touring and Indiana venues, and Morgan joined me for a stroll through town much later in the evening… while still in the jorts and cowboy boots he sported during his set. All absolutely lovely people!
I’m heading back to Aurora, Illinois now to catch Old 97’s (for only $5!) before playing two house show in the Chicago area this weekend. My “2013 When Will This Tour End? Tour” goes on!
2013 SHOW COUNT: 76!
It happened again. I fell in love with Milwaukee.
My second show of 2013 was at Tonic Tavern in Milwaukee back in early January. Even though I was sick that night, I still had a great time. This time around- five months and 74 shows later- I was operating in full health. The doors and windows at Tonic Tavern stayed open the whole night thanks to the beautiful weather, the bar TURNED OFF their televisions as soon as the fantastic opening band, Murder Gifts, started playing, and I had so more time to enjoy this beautiful city. Just like my last time through, the staff was incredibly kind, the room was the perfect size for a solo set, and the audience was polite and attentive. This was my seventh show in five days throughout the state of Wisconsin, and it was perfect. Can’t wait to make it back again, hopefully with a new album in hand and a band behind me!
Over the next few days, I’ll be spending some much-needed quality time with my good friend Jeremy Keen and his family who will be back in the Chicago area via Florida. We’ll be catching Old 97’s live this Friday night in Aurora at The Two Brothers Summer Festival if you want to come out and join us (Facebook Event Page). The following day, Jeremy’s band, The New Automatics, play at 1:00pm on the same stage (Facebook Event Page). If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello!
2013 SHOW COUNT: 75!
Traveling the country in an attempt to share my music with as many people as possible, I occasionally end up playing bars. As an acoustic musician, these shows can be tough if a spot is used to having full bands. However, sometimes a bar surprises you and breaks the mold. Such was the case last night at Revolutions Bar & Grill (photo).
The show was set-up through Kevin at Music Without Boundaries, a group that brings local and regional musicians and bands to the Lake Michigan coastal towns of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin (thanks for the photo above, Kevin!). The bar owner, Deb, was incredibly kind, there were LPs hanging throughout the entire building (and they were actually good records), and the audience was attentive and interactive through my entire set. As long as the kind folks of Manitowoc keep treating touring musicians this way, I’ll definitely want to make my way back up here regularly!
If you’re in Milwaukee or know anyone in the area, my seventh Wisconsin show in five days is tonight at Tonic Tavern. It’s been five months since I played my first show in Milwaukee, and I am really looking forward to returning to Tonic Tavern for this one (here’s my tour blog from my first time through). See you tonight!
2013 SHOW COUNT: 74!
Over the last few days, I’ve been up in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at the Steel Bridge SongFest. It’s been such a great experience! My host, Jim, has been so welcoming and accommodating, John Davey joined me on the ride from Madison, and I made a new friend in touring musician Brett Newski (who also captured the great photo above; click on it to see more from his Instagram page).
More than the shows that I’ve played up here at the festival, the people have been the best part. The locals living in the bay area, the staff at all of the venues, and all of the festival organizers and volunteers… some of the best people I’ve met on my travels this year. If anyone out there is thinking about starting up a music festival, get up to Sturgeon Bay today, tomorrow, or next June and take notes. I really hope to be back next year!
Although I’d really love to catch Jackson Browne’s set here at Steel Bridge, I need to get down to Manitowoc, Wisconsin tonight for my show at Revolutions Bar & Grill and Milwaukee by Sunday for my show at Tonic Tavern. My “O Yeah, Don’tcha Know Wisconsin Tour” continues!
Last night, I returned to Madison, Wisconsin for my 70th show of 2013 at The Frequency. Many thanks to John Davey for the photo above! Just five months ago, my very first show of 2013 was also at this venue. It was great being able to return! Great staff behind the bar, wonderful promoters, Spotted Cow on tap, and a top-notch sound engineer. Hoping to make this a regular stop on all future Midwest tours.
I also had the privilege of opening for Blue-Eyed Son last evening. The man behind the beard was Drew- one of the nicest guys I’ve met while touring in recent weeks. He was incredibly friendly, he let me borrow his guitar after I broke a string on my second song, he re-strung my guitar during my set, and he even offered me a free surfing lesson the next time I’m out in LA! For those of you not in the “music biz,” that last one doesn’t happen too often. Really looking forward to meeting up with Drew again on the west coast!
Join me for the rest of this Mini Wisconsin Tour over the next four days! I still have shows to play in Sturgeon Bay (Steel Bridge SongFest, Thursday and Friday), Manitowoc (Music Without Boundaries, Saturday), and Milwaukee (Tonic Tavern, Sunday). See you on the road, friends!
Last night, I made my Des Moines debut at Gas Lamp (thanks again to Dena for the photo above). Here are a few other photos from the show: packed house for Dick Prall’s set, photo from stage right
What a fantastic night! Not only was everyone at the venue extremely friendly and helpful, but Dick Prall and his crew were so gracious and easy to work with (many thanks again to Mike for the conversation, kind words, and PBR). Moreover, both parties took the event seriously and promoted the show in every possible way! If I ever have the chance to open for Dick again, I’m taking it! I drove eight hours to make it to this show. I would’ve gladly drove another eight. Worth every mile and every penny spent! If you’re not already, get familiar with Dick Prall’s music.
Off to my show in Iowa City tonight. Can’t wait to make it back to Des Moines and Gas Lamp again soon!
Hey everyone! Many thanks to Peyton for the photo from my show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York and to everyone who either came out to a show in May or helped spread the word online. What a great month of touring and reconnecting with friends! After playing 17 shows in May, it feels like the 12 shows this month will be a piece of cake. Okay, not really. But I’m still excited to get back on the road- especially since I’ll be making my way back to Los Angeles, The Pool in South Bend, The Frequency in Madison, Tonic Tavern in Milwaukee, and Mike ‘N Molly’s in Champaign. I’m also really excited to open for these amazing musicians over the next seven days: Andrew Combs, Dick Prall, Paper Thick Walls, Blue-Eyed Son, and The Brothers Burn Mountains.
Here are all of my upcoming dates, cities, and venues (click here for more details):
June 6 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Do317 Lounge w/ Andrew Combs
June 7 – Des Moines, Iowa – Gas Lamp w/ Dick Prall
June 8 – Iowa City, Iowa – Uptown Bill’s w/ Miles Lilljequist
June 9 – South Bend, Indiana – The Pool w/ Paper Thick Walls
June 12 – Madison, Wisconsin – The Frequency w/ Blue-Eyed Son
June 14 – Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin – Steel Bridge SongFest w/ John Davey
June 15 – Manitowoc, Wisconsin – Revolutions Bar w/ Brothers Burn Mountain
June 16 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Tonic Tavern
June 20 – Champaign, Illinois – Mike ‘N Molly’s w/ Morgan Orion
June 28 – Los Angeles, California – Republic of Pie
My show tonight at the Do317 Lounge might be my last one in Indianapolis this year. Dave Evans will be joining me on drums, Andrew Combs is fantastic, and it’s a wonderful room for acoustic music. Come on out! If not tonight, see you in the weeks ahead.
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