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Tour Diary – Buffalo, Saugatuck, Chicago (Oct 24 – 26, 2013)

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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We shuffled off to Buffalo, stumbled down the QEW… a morning departure, an intense but simple border crossing…and we were there. We've never really found a home in Buffalo. We've played various venues and sometimes miss the city entirely on any given tour, despite it being an easy two hour drive down the highway. Tonight we were in the smaller room at Buffalo's main concert hall. It seemed to fit well with the locals, as we had a full house…..it also helped that this was the one and only Trinity Session show on this leg. We fought the room during soundcheck, a large empty space with a lot of hard surfaces designed for acoustic instruments, not for electric guitars and a drum kit. But once the hall was full and we settled in and figure out the acoustics, the show slowly came together: in large part because the audience was excellent…enthusiastic and responsive. It was a perfect way to kick off this little road trip.

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One long overnight drive and the road fog descends. Day 2 and it feels like we've been on the road for a couple of weeks. A ten hour drive around Lake Erie, where the lake effect weather keeps the roads in a constant state of disrepair, it's like trying to sleep in a giant Yahtzee can. Saugatuck is a pretty little town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, but it's quaint downtown strip has been overrun by kitchy tourist stores selling t-shirts and fudge. From the perfect repair and size of the houses and the boat slips it looks to be a town with an abundance of cash, probably a vacation spot for well-to-do Chicagoans. It was a pleasant spot to spend a day and to try and regather some strength. This is our second time at the Saugatuck Art Center, which is a functional room, not great sounding, not terrible sounding, but it was sold out which always helps to lift the spirits on stage. Last night we started playing Take Heart off of The Kennedy Suite. It's a delicate, tricky little number, which I think we did a good job of tonight. We also plan to add in Disintegrating to the set one of these nights. The audience was a bit tentative tonight, there may have been a few weekenders out for the evening who were a little puzzled as to what they were listening to….all-in-all a pretty good night.

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Chicago is always a favourite stop. It's without a doubt one of the countries great cities. Tonight we were in a new venue for us, The City Winery. We have played The City Winery in NYC a few times over the past few years and its always a relaxed and enjoyable gig, so when we go the invitation to try out their new location we jumped at the opportunity. The venue is in the old meat packing district which is just west of the downtown core. The area is filled with some beautiful century old brick warehouses that are being refurbished and retro-fitted for modern day uses. This is what Chicago and all great cities do best…incorporate their past in to their present, build on their strengths. It was a two show night, which is always tough. The first show was a little rough, the audience a little pre-occupied with their dinner. The second show we relaxed a bit and let the music take us for a bit of a spin. Rahm Emmanuel (current mayor of Chicago, ex-chief of staff for Obama, ex-Clinton advisor, etc..) was in the audience for the first show and he came backstage afterwards to stay hello. Apparently he and his wife have been fans for a long time and they have seen us at various locations over the years. It was a pleasure to meet him, his wife and his friends. It never gets old finding out whose listening to your music, musicians generally work in a vacuum and occasionally one gets a glimpse at how music has the ability to cross so many different types of boundaries. We started playing Disintegrating tonight…its a tricky little number and needs some time to mature.


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October & November Shows

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The tour schedule is now complete for October and November in the midwest U.S. We will be starting in Buffalo on 10/24 and will be stopping in Saugatuck, MI; Chicago, IL; Stoughton, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Iowa City, IA; Evanston, IL; and Ann Arbor, MI. All of the details are here.

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Tour Diary – Saugatuck MI (March 18, 2010)

Friday, March 19th, 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.)

Welcome to the Aloha Diaries. Mike is still polishing the gold medal he borrowed from Jonathan Toews in Vancouver so I’ll be keeping you posted on the happenings of the 2010 Tour. I’ll be following the tour until I have to go back to Hawaii and find a job or the band gets sick of me practicing the ukulele in the parking lot. This could get interesting!

 The tour kicked off in the quiet village of Saugatuck tonight. Started as a lumber town, the village has retained its charm and every summer brings flocks of weekenders from the big cities to play on the Kalamazoo River. Today’s quiet streets and the fresh, crisp air will be replaced in July with the smell of fried dough and humidity. The 1,000 or so residents who remain through the winter were quick to wave and strike up a conversation with me as I wandered the empty streets. I think they appreciate the quiet, too.       

The show was sold out and the crowd gave the band room to knock some rust off the live show. Just as they did in Montreal a few months ago, the band thundered through “Dragging Hooks” to get the blood flowing through the amps. Not wanting to keep anybody in suspense about the new material, three of the new tracks were played early and sounded ready for release.

It’s the texture in the songs that changes ever so slightly from time to time. Tonight, Margo’s delivery of “Floorboard Blues” came straight from a juke joint in the delta while Mike’s lilting guitar on “Witches” carried it to promising places. As far as first nights go, it felt relaxed and everybody had a laugh during the encore when the boys started “A Common Disaster” without realizing Mike was still waiting on a guitar. His cord twirling skills won’t steal attention from Margo’s snake dancing anytime soon. Two shows in Chicago tomorrow and one of the llamas mentioned deep-dish pizza. Let’s get after it!


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New Tour Dates

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

We have added:
• Saugatuck, MI, Minneapolis, MN and Milwaukee, WI, in March.
• Somerville, MA, Bayshore, NY, New York, NY, Falls Church, VA, in April.
• Ridgefield, CT, and Great Barrington, MA, in May.

Details here.

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