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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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The Way Life Should Be


The summer swing continues! We’ve been pin-balling around the northeast these past few weeks, and finally made it up to the sweetest summer state of all – Maine. They’re not kidding about that whole “the way life should be” thing. We played at the newly renovated and reopened Portland Empire right downtown. They’re located right above a great Chinese dimsum restaurant, so you know we were well sated and ready to rock come showtime (the lamb bao were divine). We also stopped by the local NBC affiliate to play a few songs for their “Local 207” segment that will be airing shortly (stay tuned!). Of course, we had to take the obligatory clowning-around-the-news-desk photos (“Stay classy Portland!).

 

Then we headed up to the more rural environs of North Orland to play a benefit concert for the Bald Mountain Community Center. They’re a pretty new organization set up in a old Grange Hal they’re restoring, and they rolled out some of the sweetest hospitality we’ve ever had. It was so great to be part of a real community event made up of old friends and families, and as much as we love playing the festivals and clubs, it was so refreshing to do something a little more homespun with folks who really pick up what we put down. Much love to Shawn, Brian, Jay, and the whole crew for a splendid time.

 

We also had the privilege of playing a really lovely concert series at the Southbury Training School in Southbury, CT. They’re an institution that works with adults with intellectual disabilities, and their concerts bring together their students, teachers, patrons, and the town as a whole in a really special way. It was yet another reminder of how powerful music can be in building a community, and it was humbling to see our songs play such a central part in that.

 

Then back to the Empire State for the Riverlink Concert Series in Amsterdam, NY. It’s a beautiful band shell right on the Mohawk River. Awesome crowd, awesome venue and an awesome way to cap off what’s been an exhilarating but exhausting few weeks. We’ve got a little time off the road for now, but we’re busy planning and scouting locations for our new music video that we can’t wait to share with you shortly.


 

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