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The Moose is Loose


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From the sunny California coast to the snowy mountains of Maine and Ontario… After our west coast tour, we headed back to the northeast to chase the last days of winter. We were allegedly in some of the moose capitols of North America, but alas, we had no wild encounters.

First up was a real fun show at Merrimack University (thanks to the NACA Conference for breaking us in to the college scene). Then we made room in the van for some ski and snowboard gear and headed up towards the frozen tundra of Rangeley, ME for two nights at Moose Alley. It’s a very cool venue run by a fellow Oberlin alum, Nancy. We capped off our first night there in classic Maine-by-way-of-Ohio fashion by rolling a few frames and having some brews while our music was blasting through the sound system.

First time we've ever bowled to our own music. Here's Andrew showing off his skills. Thanks for a great couple of nights Moose Alley in Rangeley, Maine.

Posted by Roosevelt Dime on Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Eben and Craig made the most of the day in the wilds of Maine by hitting the slopes, while Andrew and Tony wandered out to the middle of frozen Rangeley Lake.

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We kept rolling north for three shows in Ontario, which has firmly cemented it’s status as our Canadian province of choice. We kicked it off at The Cameron House in Toronto with the fantastic Boxcar Boys. It was a great crowd, including one very enthusiastic and complimentary Scotsman who we thought looked familiar. A little light Googling afterwards revealed it was none other than Rory McCann, who plays The Hound on Game of Thrones. Hell of a missed photo opp, but we hope he’ll keep in touch.


Next we returned to Peterborough, Ontario, a city we’ve felt preternaturally comfortable in since we found out that’s where The Band first cut their teeth with Ronnie Hawkins back in the day. We performed one night at The Tankhouse with our old pals from The Pinebox String Band, and wrapped it up the next day at an intimate concert at The Gilmour Street Music Hall. We were graciously offered political asylum by several members of the audience should our upcoming presidential election go for a certain comb over sporting hate mongering goon. So do your research, search your soul, cross your fingers, and punch a ballot America!


RD Gilmour Street Music Hall

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Peeping & Picklebacks



Mulled ciders, October baseball, and ironic pumpkin carvings… it must be October! We kicked off the month with Harmony Presents at the second annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown after having played their excellent Silk Mill concert series twice before. It was an excellent triple bill featuring ourselves, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the hometown Coal Town Rounders in the beautiful old Ritz Theater. A real gem with some sweet leaf peeping in the Poconos.

Post-show with promoter extraordinairre Jill Carletti

 

Next up we had a fantastic hometown throwdown at our old haunt, Rockwood Music Hall. It’s been a whirlwind since we last played in NYC, so we arranged a little pre-party with some our nearest and dearest to help us get back in the New York state of mind (thanks to the excellent bar Hill & Dale for the round of picklebacks). After a great time catching up with our people, we were geared up to play to an unbelievably warm and enthusiastic crowd. The night was topped off when our brother Bruce Harris emerged from the crowd to join us on “I Want Mo’.”
 

Pre-party Picklebacks


Our man Bruce on the horn


Then on down to our southern home away from home in Charlottesville, VA for the Levitt AMP series at the IX Arts Park. It was an incredibly cool space with all sorts of funky murals, giant bubble machines, a bullmastiff named Mozart, and was all put on by our good pals at WTJU, one of the finest radio stations in the land. It was a fluky winter day in October with chilly winds a temperatures below freezing, so we had to really amp ourselves up to play outdoors. The fans who stuck it out with us gave us more warmth and good vibes than the stage lights, and once our fingers loosened up, we had a big ol’ time. We were even joined by one of our old Oberlin buddies and former Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds alum Ryan Snow on trombone for a few tunes.

Color/Contrast at IX Arts Park


 

Meanwhile we’re still hard at work on our new recording, expect to hear some big things coming soon….

Playback in the Map Room


 

And finally – LET’S GO METS!!! (this message is approved by Andrew, not so much by Craig)

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West Virginia Moonshine, Celebrations as Dime Family Grows One Larger!



If you ask a lot of touring bands around the East Coast about their favorite venues, you’ll hear plenty of mentions of The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. And for good reason. It’s in the coolest artists mecca mountain town this side of the Rockies, and music lovers flock from far and wide through winding switchback roads to hear some of the best Americana bands on the scene, and enjoy local craft brews and homemade iced cream. We had the pleasure of playing there for the third time to a packed house, including our new favorite fans Tom and Tami, who exceeded all expectations by bringing us some of Elkin’s finest white lightning. And if you do take our advice and make it to this awesome mountain sanctuary, be sure to check out The White Room art gallery and the brilliant illustrations by Seth.
 

Afterwards we shacked up for a few days in Virginia to continue the new recordings we’ve been working on. So much love and thanks to our good pal Ellis Paul for lending us his gear. He’s made some wonderful music with those very same microphones, and we were feeling some of that magic seep into our own songs.
 

We rounded out our last run of the summer with some really fun shows in Philly and Gettysburg, as well as a return to the always hopping Stomping Ground Cafe, and an event at a summer camp in the Poconos that was like a real life Wet Hot American Summer. But alas, it’s time to take a few weeks off from the road so that the Dime family can get a little bigger. That’s right – our own Eben Pariser and his lovely wife Molly are expecting their first child any day now! The wonderful fans and dancers in the Poconos hoisted Eben into the air and sang the Hora in celebration of the impending birth (see picture at top). Please be sending these soon-to-be new parents lots of love and good vibes, and we can’t wait to introduce you to our future road manager/tambourine player.
 

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