We headed back out to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival again this spring.
It was good to see everybody, as usual. It was extremely wet by the second day, but a very good time again.
We played on Fri. right after the huge rain storm began, the power even went out once, somehow it gave the whole thing a more communal feel. stomping and shouting and splashing around.
That was cool for the first few hours, then it just got annoying and wet.
We also played the Kraken Bar, which we had never done before. It was a pretty cool time. They allow dogs and we like dogs. I will say their muzzles were all supiciously wet, alcoholic dogs, maybe?
We headed down to Florida, to hit the same old suspects, plus a couple of new spots. Always good to see the folks at the Ale and the Witch and the Belle Isle Yacht Pub and Will's Pub, of course.
We did Bryan Childs 9 Bullets radio show in Tampa, which he claims will soon be called the Sad Bastard Song Club. Then we drank a lot of craft beers with said Bryan Childs at a place called Southern Brewing Company, I believe. Really good beer and neither one of us likes craft beer.
This caused us to be late for our show at the 8th Avenue Pub in Safety Harbor, but I think we still pulled it off o.k., despite having to play the whole night, which means, covers(not my favorite thing) and more work. Luckily our buddy Animal jammed along with us and we made it through.
Thanks to everybody who helped on this run and everybody who didn't can piss off. Another one's coming soon.
We are getting pretty excited about the next run we're making.
Like listening to Professor Longhair and ReBirth excited.
Louisiana during Carnival season is just something you can't explain.
Talked to our buddy Will Walker the other day and we're booked for
Orlando again in April, so awesome. Will (Will's Pub) and Dave from the Belle Isle Yacht Pub are in a competition to see who can make us feel most at home in the city with big (Mickey) ears.
So, keep your eyes on the usual spots and your ears open. We may be right next to you before you know it, in one way, or another (creepy).
Orlando, night 2.
You know, it just doesn't get any better than this.
Beer, sake bombs and people who really appreciated
what we do.
I don't think there's much better that can be done for
a touring band like us. Just awesome.
Will Walker is an awesome fellow, who loves a good party.
His new place, Lil Indies, is right next door to Wills Pub, where
we played last time in Orlando.
It was the grand opening event, but that didn't stop Will from
taking us from down the street and getting us giant glasses
of whiskey, which I guess pass for shots.
We played 2 sets, one was pretty organized and business like.
The second was an explosion of whatever the hell we wanted
to do. It was really fun. Also, there was a live band karaoke
of Fugazi's 13 Songs at Wills, so cool.
We met a nice metal bass player named Melanie, so I got to
talk about metal some, but, I think I just yammered about
Iron Maiden for a long while.
Anyway, pretty cool night.
We made the relatively short drive, from Bradenton to Orlando.
It turned out to be a pretty cool night, Will made it a free show.
We did two sets.
We had some people who really enjoyed the show and bought some
things, I think we'll be invited back.
Will and other folks kept taking us down the street for shots. Will's is only
a beer bar.
I learned there that Abita Amber is now available in cans.
At the end of the night, thanks to the worst 44oz. fountain drink I've ever
purchased, I was able to put out a fire on the street in front of the bar.
Surely, without me, all of Orlando would have been lost.
Somebody needs to remind the local punks that lighting fires causes you to
pee the bed.
Anyways good time, hope to go back in the fall.