We begin with a Southern California run opening for our good friends Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, and then we head off for the East Coast. The Big Red Van That Could makes her first coast to coast journey! See you out there.
We had a glorious weekend with you people! Grand Targhee, you blew our minds with your Tetons and your late-night rowdy-times, and your beautiful festival! Thanks to Boise and SLC for coming out and partying with us on the way there – hope to see you all again soon on that mean stretch of 80!
Beloved folk and music lovers and friends and family and brethren of the road – thanks for another glorious weekend. Our secret SF show was perfect – a living room party in our hometown. Arcata, you people dance and clap and party like no other, and thanks Annie for the hospitality! Ukiah – allow me to show our gratitude by way of a Haiku: We didn’t know your town / But then you blew our minds with / Your righteous partying.
See those of you we missed this weekend in Petaluma on Saturday!
We had ourselves some very warm and lovely times over the weekend. Made new friends and doled out sage wisdom at Grass Valley’s beautiful World Fest (as pictured below) and then hustled ourselves to our little home in the hills – Mountain Sage in Groveland with Robb and Regina and Noah. So wonderful. All our friends were there, we played with the Easy Leaves, ate, drank and made merry. See everyone this weekend at the NWSS and at the Vancouver Folk Fest!
Dear, dear readers.
I know, I know. I haven’t updated on the tours recently – I haven’t updated much of anything recently. I blame a very adorable 2 and half year old.
I wanted to let you know a bit about the flier that we’ll be plastering about for our upcoming New Parish show on August 22. I pitched my idea to the band via email, and they let me do it. Let me be clear: I sent the tablet-in-photoshop drawing to everyone, and – as it appears below – they all signed off on it. Possibly they were all at a party without me and very drunk? Who can fathom how bad decisions really get past management. At any rate, here is what they approved:
A 5-headed giant splashes his way from the city and towards Oakland for a show across the bay! Honor is done to giants! To comics! With the band green light, it was time to get a bit more… accurate? Detailed? Less blobby and silly? Yes yes and yes.
I looked up some Bay Bridge photos, put on Iron Maiden albums (in chronological order, starting with Killers) and started on the pencil work. And voila! The real deal:
Phase 1: complete. The pencils – the outlines were in place. Our 5-headed Bay-Thrashing Giant was alive!!! Aliiiiiiiive!!!! But… lacking in color, wouldn’t you say? Yes. No one would look twice at a flier like this! Naked! Bare! A mere skeleton! Unleash the inky-inks!! More Iron Maiden! Where Eagles Dare! Powerslave! Hallowed Be Thy Name! Several albums later, with some serious tinkering with scanners and tablets and more layers in photoshop… Phase 2 was complete. The flier was complete. Fully armed and operational.
I’ll post an image of the final, final, final version on the main page once all the salient details are in place in a suitable font. Hope you enjoyed the evolution. I had a lovely time listening to Iron Maiden… I mean, making the flier. See you on July 22 at New Parish.
Thursday and Friday, we’ll see you in Grass Valley. We’ll all caravan out to Groveland on Saturday. Just look for the big, red, mustachioed van and follow it.
PHOTO: The Voltron-like combined forces of Poor Man’s Whiskey and The Brothers Comatose: Whiskey Brothers; Poor Man’s Comatose.
Kate Wolf was a gauntlet of amazing music, friends, family, and hot, hot, sweaty, hot goodness. Thanks to everyone who we met at the festival, everyone who worked the festival that took such good care of us, and to all the folk we got to share some music with. So happy to have such a killer festival in our backyard. See you festy-folk out at the shows!
We are absolutely stoked to be back at the Kate Wolf Festival. Not only because I (Gio) grew up on Kate Wolf’s music – not only because last year we had such a glorious and wonderful time – not only because the lineup this year is epic and legendary… We are also stoked to be back because we get the play every damn day of the Festy this year. Friday night – late night. Saturday, main stage, and Sunday morning, we jam with Poor Man’s Whiskey. It will be a weekend for the history books… when they start writing history books about having really wonderful and unbelievably fun times with your friends and family in rivers and fields while listening to amazing music.
Thank you so much to all the friends and family that partied with us last night at Lagunitas. We had a ball, I tells ya. The photo above is pulled from Mallory Mia’s photos of the night – great shots Mallory! Thanks! And, of course, Happy Birthday to our own sweet and dear Ryan Avellone!