Monday, July 12, 2010

We Swoon for June (part 1 of 2)

Hiya everybody!

We've had a spectacular bundle of shows over the past month so I figured I'd give a recap for anyone who couldn't make it- you were there in spirit :)- and a big huge THANK YOU to everyone that could.  (We're also still planning a write-up of our tour in May.... remember that?  When that happened?  If you don't, it's not your fault.  But we're gonna tell you about it, I swear!)

We dove into June at Mad City Coffee, a lovely and HUGE coffeeshop in Columbia, MD where we did an acoustic set on a lovely summer night.  They have a big patio and huge windows, which all makes for a terribly pleasant evening.  Late in the set, the floor got a little lonely, so our buddies Chris and Neha got a very intimate show right at their table. We're excited to go back on July 31st, this time with bass, bodhran, and amplification :)

Next came the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, which was extremely hot, but run by some of the nicest people on the planet.  We had a killer time playing and watching the other musicians, which included Olivia Mancini, Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga, Mercury in Summer, and KC & The Sunshine Band!  We also got to ride in a golf-cart, which probably shouldn't be so pleasing but is always a bucket'o'fun!

Then we returned to Common Grounds: A Fair Trade Coffee House in Salisbury, MD.  We played to a full and appreciative room full that we can't wait to go back to, including our buddy Daric that we met the first time we played there, who knows our favorite Kentucky fingerpicker Jerry Belsak!  Small world :)  We also got to play to another musician (always a pleasure), one Joy Miller, who just released her first CD and we're all super excited about it.  We've had a blast hanging out with her and her awesome kids, Luke and Jenna, at both our Salisbury shows :)

We camped at the beautiful Lake Somerset Campground that night with nefarious Neha, one of our best friends and favorite people, hiding sips from a delicious brown bottle and stargazing to our hearts' content.  Then we swam and sunned at Chincoteague for one whole glorious day.

We wrapped up that amazing weekend at The Wonderland Ballroom, our favorite spot in DC.  We got to see The Nice Trys do their very first show with a drumkit, manned by Patrick Frank.  He also plays with World's Fair, another killer local group.  Patrick uses a drum with a tube going into its innards that he can blow into to change the pitch (so cool!!!).  The Nice Trys have always been awesome but they really blew the walls down that night- a crazy-tight set and energy through the roof.  We had a blast.

Ian Walters tore it up on piano for our set, falling right into our weird songs as if he'd been playing them for years.  He can back you up, he can solo, he can play straight, he can play crazy, and he can play aaaallll night long.  The man is a genius, as well as as one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.  And he plays around DC all the time so please catch a show- you'll only be sorry you didn't do it sooner.

We got to meet and hang out with so many awesome people that night- Patrick's friends Ali and Ashley, Dan and Wednesday (coolest music-lovers in town!), Matt Kelley of the Idle Americans, Bill and Alissa of Star FK Radium, the list goes on.  Thanks for coming out, everybody!

And one last note about that night- I almost reset the high score on their Ms. Pac Man machine.  That is a life goal of mine (this is Blythe, not Willie- I wouldn't dare pin such nerdiness on him).  They have my very favorite machine- MS. Pac Man (way better with the bow- regular Pac Man doesn't have different level layouts!), joystick instead of rollerball, pac-booster always on.  *Droool*  Here's my proof.  13,930 points short.  That's less than half a level, folks.

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