Today was a tough day. We woke up in downtown Newark, it was cold and it was necessary to dig our winter coats out from the bottom of our bunks. We're heading back in to Winter and we are all a little hung-over from our three days and nights in Alexandria. I know that they are trying here in Newark (the Performing Arts Centre that we played tonight is evidence of that) and they have come a long way in the last ten years, but man, there is a long way to go. Downtown is still a wee bit post-apocalyptic. On the bright side, we found another St Patrick's Day Parade, only two days early this time, and there were lots of high school bands. There were also a few drum corps and a few flights of bagpipes (at least I think that is what you call a parading set of bagpipers). It was fun to watch the band kids enjoying not-enjoying themselves….anyone who has a teenager at home will understand.
A very nice modern hall tonight…perhaps a little cold and very sterile back stage, but a definitely a nice place to play in. Margo has been fighting a cold and exhaustion for the past few days and tonight it caught up with her. Her voice is hanging on by a thread, I wonder if that thread can support one more show. In the theater next to us tonight was a Classic Albums band (from Toronto) who were performing Led Zepplin I and IV….note for note. In our hall we were performing The Trinity Session, not quite note for note, but we felt a little bit like a cover band tonight, like we didn't have any true connection to the material. I'm sure it was a decent show from an audience perspective, but it was a hard one on the stage. Margo did a great job at working around the limitations placed on her by her cold. We have one more show tomorrow night in a very nice little theater in the cool little village of Tarrytown. It's a sold-out show and it would be nice to go home with one more win under our belts.
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Great show Friday night considering Margo was under the weather. Come back to us real soon! We don't get to see you enough. Yes, Newark can be a bit inhospitable but they are trying hard as you say. Unfortunately, progress is measured in inches and feet instead of miles. One note on the parades, they are always early for St Patricks Day around here since no town wishes to conflict with the grand daddy of them all in NYC which was held yesterday since the actual day fell on Sunday. Any NYC dates in the future? The Concert Hall on Central Park West would be a great venue for you guys. Thanks again and keep those tunes coming!
Saw you in Tarrytown last nite and enjoyed it though clearly at the end of your tour. Am appalled at your comments regarding Newark. Sort of like biting the hand that feeds you isn't it? Newark has indeed come a long way and don't we all, cities and people alike, have a long way to go? Why would NJPAC ever want to invite you here again if you say such negative things? You might want to remember that good manners never go out of style.