Many Thanks and Blessings
What a way to ring in the season of thanks. We had a run of truly fantastic shows these past few weeks with such incredible fans that remind us of why we do what we do. Our show at Cafe Nine in Eben’s hometown of New Haven was an absolute gas, and our uber-talented videographer pal Travis Carbonella captured some fantastic and really vibey footage that we’ll be sharing very shortly.
We also hit up two of New England’s finest and most historic music series – The Sounding Board in West Hartford, CT and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, MA. So much talent has graced those intimate rooms over the past decades and it’s an honor to be a part of that continuing tradition.
Hanging backstage at the Sounding Board with Marty, Abe, and some other pals.
A captive audience at the Rose Garden
We also made the rounds at a few funky clubs that are quickly becoming our regular stomping grounds – the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington, VT and the ever idiosyncratic Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. Big love to our good pals Joey and Jacqueline from the Binghamton band Milkweed, who we met last time we were there and who always show us the utmost hospitality. Gotta love musicians helping musicians, and we do our best to pay it forward ourselves.
May your Thanksgiving be as filled with love and blessings as these last weeks have been for us!
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Summer Bucket List
We’ve been lucky to be spending time in some cooler climes during these dog days of summer. A few days in the beauty of Vermont was just what the doctor ordered, and the Green Mountain State lived up to it’s hype as one of the best music scenes out there.
We returned to the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington for another Thursday night bacchanal, and then made our way to the ski mecca of Stowe to play the Rusty Nail. It’s a beautiful room with a killer sound system, but unfortunately we got the news when we walked in that the sound man was sick, and they couldn’t find a replacement! No worries, as our drummer/sound engineer extraordinaire Tony stepped up and navigated his way through a maze of cables and vague signal chains until they found someone to come in and run the board just before the downbeat. You never quite know what life on the road will throw at you, and we do our very best to hang in there and keep putting on the best damn show we can. With the brief downtime we had, we ran down the Vermont-summertime-bucket-list: lake swimming, back road driving, driveway b-ball, maple creemees, grilling, and tasty craft brews.
Next we took a roll through our old stomping grounds of Ohio with a show at the Music Box in Cleveland, not far from where Eben and Andrew first met at Oberlin College. It’s an awesome new venue right on the river, and we look forward to getting back there again before too long.
A roll towards Columbus brought us in-studio at the awesome independent radio station and NPR affiliate WCBE, in advance of our show at Natalie’s, which was a great room, great sound, great people, and GREAT pizza. This is coming from some jaded NY and New Haven residents who take their pies very seriously, but let me tell you, this place is the real deal and a wonderful supporter of the Americana music scene. Next up was the capital of the Keystone State and a stop at a fantastic new venue called the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. They’re working real hard to coalesce the arts scene there and are doing all sorts of very cool programming beyond just music (including a live Halloween production of Rocky Horror!) so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area. We also had a chance to drop in for a live TV appearance at the local ABC affiliate (check out the footage here) for a performance and the requisite clowning around on set.
Then was a homecoming in the Hudson Valley, as we played for the third straight year at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. It was a magical few days with perfect weather and our main stage set was just a blast with the sun shining down on music lovers spread out all over the hill . And big thanks as always to our family at the Blue Camp (Davey, Josh, Mindy et al.) who are behind the scenes helping to run the show and always making sure that we’re well hydrated and properly relaxed.
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