I am happy to say that I have indeed spent almost the entire month of August ON THE ROAD! I have had so, so many wild adventures! It would be quite impossible to write about everything that has happened, but I will happily share the highlights with yins!
So on August 1st, I left for Portland ME, a bustling port town I have been hearing about for a while, WITH MY FAMILY! I have a wonderful uncle who lives in a town close by, so I got to spend some much needed time with my uncle and his beautiful family. I played at a lovely, nautical bar called Andy's Old Port, and at the end of this mini journey, my uncle gave me the most wonderful gift: A NEW KEYBOARD. She is a gorgeous yamaha with sweet weighted keys (all 88 of them I might add) and a beautiful, bright tone. I call her THE BEHEMOTH.
My next stop, of course, was the beautiful, buckeye state. I played about 4 shows while I was there. The highlight of course being The Secret Cellar, my favorite underground speakeasy! I also tried a vegan elephant ear, swam in Lake Erie and hiked quite a bit! Josh surprised me with the early birthday gift of a Polaroid land camera! She is gorgeous!
I had the wonderful pleasure to play the Cleveland Blues Society's showcase at the Cuyahoga County Fair this year. The Cleveland Blues Society is an incredible, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the blues and bringing folks together who love music! For more info on them, please click here! They have done so much to support me throughout my musical journey and for that, I am truly grateful.
Our first stop was Newport RI, which is absolutely beautiful this time of year. There was an air of glamour as we looked upon the old mansions and walked along the seaside cliffs. We ate delicious cous cous and drank hibiscus tea before we hopped over to Jimmy's Saloon.
We got to share the bill with two WONDERFUL ACTS. Jenna Lotti, a singer/songwriter from Boston opened up the night, followed by the technically intense jam band, The Stilts. Katie & I ended the night with a great set, playing most songs individually but uniting to support each other on a few others as well! We stayed with our friend David, a promoter and accomplished drummer as well, and got the opportunity to chat and unwind after the show with the other performers. It was a great start to what would be one of the best weeks of my life.
After our set, we headed to Gloucester MA to play a house show. We arrived in the city early to explore and take in all of the New England goodness!
The house show was truly something out of a dream. We played in a garden to a group of very kind and receptive folks, ate delicious home made hummus and felt truly at home away from home.
We played at a great bar called The Burren, which I cannot say enough good things about! An absolutely wonderful young woman named Yona opened up the show with a dose of piano driven, original indie tunes. It was one of her first shows ever! I look forward to hearing what she does next!
Katie & I took the stage next to a room full of familiar faces and dear friends, which is always nice when you are far from home! We played mostly individual sets, but came together for our two concluding songs "Valerie" and the old WSC stand by, "You've Really Got A Hold On Me." It was one of the best sets either of us had played, together and individually, and we both received many kind words afterward.
There was music afterward by Amy Kucharik, a wonderful indie jazz songstress who Katie has known for many years, and who we had actually found busking in the street earlier on! My new friend Thomas taught me how to swing dance during her set and I am not terrible at it! Katie supported Amy with beautiful harmonies. It was a great evening. I also got to see my dearest Boston chum, Stephanie Larsen, one of my incredibly talented photographer friends. Her work is unreal and we have some plans to work together in the near future!
I have a new found love for Boston and intend on heading back before it goes to snowy to leave the house!
Feeling relaxed and well rested, we headed up to Morrisville Vt to play a show at the Bee's Knees. Although the drive was nearly 3.5 hours from Maine, it was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever taken. The mountains were incredible and plenty in number. We found a thrift store attached to an animal shelter and played with kittens/bought lovely junk.
The show was lovely. The venue had a beautiful piano they kept in great condition, which is unfortunately rare nowadays! We had a great meal and were happy to find that Katie's friend Ginny had come to see our show! It was a wonderful evening of friends, food, of course, tea. We headed home the next day.
Last night, Katie and I played our last show together (for now! ) at the Rendezvous in Turner's Falls with our friends Street Change. It was a bittersweet evening of amazing music, great friends and once again, unbelievable food. It was a great way to end an incredible tour. And I cannot say it enough: this truly was the best summer I have ever had, and the best few weeks of my life. (So far!)