Note to self – always book a February tour through the warm California sun to break up the northeast winter blues. Our third trip to the Golden State as a band was even better than we could believe, and the weather wasn’t half bad either.
Much of the tour was spent in the magical Bay Area, during which time there was supposedly a big football game taking place down the road in Santa Clara. We kicked it off at The Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose, and then performed in San Francisco as part of the “Hillbilly Robot” Urban Americana Music Festival with the excellent Earles of Newtown. We’d return to the Bay later in the week to perform at the historically funky Ashkenaz in Berkeley along with our good pals The Backbones. See their frontman Sam below looking especially dapper in a well fitting purple Roosevelt Dime shirt (order your very own here).
The South is known for its hospitality, but it seems California venue owners can give them a run for their money. The Barn in Gilroy was one of the coolest intimate concerts we’ve ever done, and Eric and Cheryl were the best hosts that a road weary band could ask for. The audience was incredible, and were topped only by the blueberry pancakes the next morning. Meanwhile, the crew at Standing Sun Winery rolled out the red carpet for us in Buellton. It’s a top notch listening room with a great atmosphere, and the seeming bottomless glasses of wine sure seemed to have everyone in good spirits.
No trip to California would be complete without a jaunt down to LA. We rolled into a Hollywood for an energetic set at the legendary Hotel Cafe presented by the good folks at The Bluegrass Situation. Even as a band of seen-it-all jaded New Yorkers, we can say that there is definitely an electricity and special thrill to play in the City of Angels.
The cherry on top of the whole tour was playing two shows at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz with local legends The California Honeydrops. We share Oberlin College roots with these guys, and it was a reunion that was a long time coming. They simply bring the party harder than any other touring band right now, and it was a gas to share the night and the stage with them.
This was how we got to wrap up our Cali tour-opening for and sitting in with The California Honeydrops. Thank you Bill and everyone at Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz for a memorable two nights!!NEXT WEEK for the DimeFeb 25 North Andover, Massachusetts Merrimack CollegeFeb 26 Rangeley, Maine Moose Alley http://bit.ly/Feb26MAFeb 27 Rangeley, Maine Moose Alley http://bit.ly/Feb27MA
Posted by Roosevelt Dime on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
We traversed 2500+ miles throughout the state, but did sneak in some time to soak up the sights and sounds. We spent a day off in Napa with our old pal Jared and did some exploring along the Carmel coast.
And while we’ve been pounding the pavement trying to get our name out there, it seems that we were in the midst of an internet sensation all along. You may have seen our bassist Craig and his signature coffin-like Lemur travel box that he uses to transport his upright bass (it’s a real conversation starter). Well, we posted a few videos of it being loaded on the plane and strapped to the roof of our tour bus (i.e. a Chrysler Town & Country mini-van), and they’ve reached 400,000+ people! The masses have spoken, so expect to see more of the box in upcoming videos. And any good meme needs a name so holler if you’ve got any ideas.
We’d be remiss not to give a big thanks to some key players who helped pull this whole thing together – Dennis for coordinating our ground team, Cousin Chooch for lending some gear, and Dana at Bentley’s Drum Shop for providing the sticks and skins. And finally, our infinite love goes out to the Chairman (and woman) of the West Coast Dime Fan Club – Gerald and Garnet, who came out to not one, not two, but ALL EIGHT SHOWS! Couldn’t have done it without you all.