Tour Diary – Iowa City, Evanston and Ann Arbor (Nov 1 – 3, 2013)

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Iowa City (Nov 1): We had a day off in Iowa City…Halloween in a college town. Most of us stayed safely inside our rooms and watch the debauchery unfold on the streets below. As the night wore on the howling became more intense, the clothing a little bit scantier and the footing a lot less sure…woo-hoo, paaaaaarty. Pete and Jeff decided to dress up for the occasion. Pete dressed up as his favourite hockey player and Jeff dressed up as Belzebub or maybe it was the donkey from a Midsummer's Night Dream….I'm not sure.

It was another church tonight. Not a bad sounding church, but a church nonetheless. The main issue was the size of the stage which was so shallow that we basically had to line up in a row against the altar wall. It made for a tough time hearing each other on stage. But it was a fantastic audience, small but mighty, and they helped us through.

Evanston (Nov 2): We always enjoy playing The Space in Evanston. It is not yet a great sounding room, but they keep tweaking and slowly improving it. It's a definite listening space which is what makes it a fun room to play, the audience is tuned in from the first note. They also have a great dressing room space in the back, which is clean and comfortable and inviting…and it has a turntable and an eclectic vinyl collection, say no more. We had a great day and two excellent shows…both of them sold out, with two excited and appreciative crowds. Tonight was the first night on this tour where it felt like we really took off…sometimes it just takes some time.

Ann Arbor (Nov 3): When we were pulling up to the venue this morning we were trying to figure out how many times we have played Ann Arbor. Al figured that it was around 350 times, it's probably closer to 20, but we settled on “a lot”. It's always been a good town for us and it's an easy place to visit. The Ark has been our home in Ann Arbour for the past few years. It's a small venue but a great listening space, the audiences are always tuned in and the room and stage sounds great (the only negative is that the dressing rooms are crap). The Ark is a non-profit room and tonight's show was part of their annual fund-raising. It was another good audience tonight, but I thought our performance was a little uneven, not terrible but it never took off….a little disappointing from our side of the stage but the audience seemed to enjoy themselves which in the end is what its all about.

Next up are The Kennedy Suite concerts on Nov 22 and 23 at the Winter Garden Theater in Toronto. We and alot of people behind the scenes have been working like demons putting the show together. It involves over 30 musicians and a few other whiz-bang production thingies ….it is going to be an exciting night of music, something completely original and something that we probably won't repeat, so if you are looking for a road trip…I think it will be worth your while. We hope to see you there.


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4 Responses to “Tour Diary – Iowa City, Evanston and Ann Arbor (Nov 1 – 3, 2013)”

  1. Lynda Says:

    November 4th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I was at the Ann Arbor show and brought friends and family. We all agreed it was wonderful! I have seen CJ around 15 times and each time is very special. It was great to see you again – like seeing old friends. Thank you

  2. Rachel Says:

    November 4th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    We really enjoyed seeing Cowboy Junkies at The Ark. Listening to “‘Neith Your Covers part 2′” Thanks for coming to Ann Arbor

  3. Jeremy Says:

    November 4th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My wife and I went to the Iowa City show, and it sounded phenomenal to us.  The last time you came to IC, I had a date with my then-girlfriend, and couldn't make it, so I'm grateful we both got to see you this time around.  :)

  4. Gabriella Says:

    November 4th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I was at the Ark show yesterday. And I agree, last time was better :) I brought my husband this time, convincing him that your sound isn’t as depressive live as it is on record. But Yesterday I was wrong ;) But you guys are still awesome!