Posts Tagged ‘Madison’
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Madison, WI (April 21 and 22)
Yesterday was a day off and we watched hockey. It was a beautiful early-spring day: chilly but lots of sunshine and lots of people in the streets enjoying the day. We sat in the bus and watched hockey, except for the couple of hours we went to dinner at the local pub…. and watched hockey. We watched the Penguins extend their life and the Bruins begin to totter. And then there were the late games from the West…but those games are pretty much a blur.
We started today with more hockey. We watched Pittsburgh go down with barely a whimper…a very pathetic showing for a team with so much talent. In the afternoon, Margo, Jeff and I did a short radio performance at Triple M 105.5 , which was fun and a much appreciated opportunity. After radio was more hockey, as Jared’s Bruins forced Game 7. The gig tonight was at The Majestic which is a well run venue, but the sound is a bit tricky, especially on stage, which made for a difficult night. The audience did a great job at pulling us through. After the show we watched as Al’s Canucks were eliminated by the Kings in 5 games, pathetic.
Cincinnati, OH (April 23 and 24)
Another day off. Another beautiful spring day. Another couple of hockey games. In preparation for the days viewing, Jared, Pete, Jeff, Al and I went to see Cabin In The Woods….if you are a fan of horror movies and the genre, I would definitely recommend it…it’s a very clever and funny movie. At night we watched the Rangers push the Senators to a Game 7 and the Coyotes eliminate the Blackhawks…..man, this has been an action packed few days.
Cincinnati is looking pretty good these days. Ten years ago its downtown core was a pretty bleak place to spend a day off. It has a bit of a sparkle these days, it’s not exactly bustling but at least there is some life. Perhaps all those new downtown stadiums have done the job. The gig tonight was a little out of town at the 20th Century Theater. It’s a nice venue but it has a terrible sounding stage which they could easily remedy by adding about six feet in width to it and by treating the rear brick wall. Despite our woes on stage, the audience was incredible and made what could have been a terrible show into a very fun night. We did another radio session today at WNKU and it looks like Jeff has been struck down by the bus plague. Karin Berquist our friend and collaborator from Over The Rhine stopped by to say hello….and there was more hockey…..
Nashville, TN (April 25)
A nice size audience tonight, but they seemed a little reserved…maybe we have been spoiled by the last few nights. Jeff is fully in the grip of his disease. I can’t even remember what hockey we watched; it’s all becoming a blur. We spent the day wandering around the community that surrounds the Belcourt Theater: a very active little area that services Vanderbilt University. Our old friend Dave Henry joined us for dinner. Nice weather, an excellent coffee shop, a very good book shop….an enjoyable day.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
We’re headed out to the midwest for Round Two in April and we’ll be in MI, IL, MN, IA, MO, NE, KS, WI and TN. More specifically, we’ll be in Ann Arbor, Evanston, Minneapolis, Davenport, St Louis, Omaha, Salina, Madison, Cincinnati, Nashville, Chicago and Kent. Check here for all the details.
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
(Jason Lent has forsaken the island paradise of Hawaii to follow us around for a few months. I have happily placed the tour diary in his capable hands. It should bring a new perspective to our ramblings.)
An easy day started with a hike to the highest point in Mukwonago, WI to clear the head and fill the lungs with the crisp air. Madison greeted me with bright blue skies and a warm sun. The venue sat a few blocks from the opulent state capitol building that anchors the center of town. The college lies nearby and the streets were alive with students going to and from class. The main drag had a cool record store, plenty of interesting shops, and several microbreweries. It was a great place to spend an afternoon.
The show tonight was at the Majestic, a typical rock club in a college town. The balcony was built crooked giving the entire room a slanted appearance. The bar sat a little too close to the stage and the P.A. speakers had probably seen their share of glam rock bands over the decades. It has been a few years since I caught Junkies in such a club and I forgot how much fun these places can be. The show was sold out and the line stretched down the block before the doors opened. There was a great energy in the crowd for another sold-out show on this romp through the midwest.
The band came to play and there was a ton of punch in the mix. Being free to roam, I caught a few songs from the balcony and Margo’s voice was soaring into the highest reaches of the club. The chatter from the bar was easily bested by the P.A. and “Bread & Wine” sliced open the evening. We emerged from the show and walked right into a wild Madison night full of drunken co-eds. It was time to heads toward Cleveland…