RD ❤ CO
We’re still feeling that Mile High love and dreaming of the mountains even as we’ve settled in back east. Our second tour to Colorado blew away even our high expectations and cemented the state in our minds as one of the true music capitals in the country. We kicked off the tour with a couple of great sets at Jack Quinnn’s in Colorado Springs and Waterloo in Louisville. Then we performed as part of a co-bill with some awesome Denver bands at Lost Lake Lounge, including sitting in with Joe Johnson and his swampy Mississip-by-way-of-Denver blues. Big thanks to Jen and Steve from Trout Steak Revival for the hospitality and insider’s view of Denver.
Next we headed towards the wild western part of the state for a show at the magical Crested Butte Center for the Arts, one of the finest concert series we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Our man Joel B. made us feel at home in this truly magical mountain town. Then on to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway where we were joined by the enchanting Free the Honey. What a wonderful crowd that joined us in this funky historic venue, and what a blast playing John Hartford tunes to close out the night with one of our favorite group of gals.
Then we had a day off to cool our jets – we headed to Buena Vista to soak our bones at Cottonwood Hot Springs where Andrew penned an ode to Colorado…
We capped off our time out west with a hike up The Incline in Manitou Springs, an invigorating 2000+ elevation gain over less than one mile…
The shows in CO were tough to top, but the incredible vibes kept rolling as we performed in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was the inaugural concert for their Levitt AMP series, an incredible program that builds communities through music and gives new life to underused public spaces. Thanks to Mountain Tech Media for capturing sights and sounds.
Then we topped it all off with an intimate show at the beautiful Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA and it was a July to remember. In the midst of all the down time in the car thinking about the divisive political landscape, we also did our best to spread some #reststoplove along the way – keep an eye out for us when you’re on the highways and pass it on.
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The Moose is Loose
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.
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!
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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’.”
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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