Archive for May, 2007

Epilogue: Philadelphia, Pa.

I began booking my band's U.S. tour in December 2006. This 46-show tour was six weeks long, traversed 24 states and 2 Canadian provinces, and put approximately 15,000 miles on my Toyota Matrix. The first show was in Richmond, Va., on March 14, 2007. The 46th was in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 26, 2007.
At the [...]

Show #46: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Walt Whitman often took up his pen to fawn over Brooklyn's charms. Consider the bearded bard's observations in "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry":
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you are to me!
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose;
And you [...]

Show #45: Amherst, Mass.

"Sir, I beg you..." I asked the promoter of my show in Amherst, Mass. "Might I run sound?" Sound guys, who doff Zildjian caps and wear shorts in inclement weather, are easily identifiable. None were present.
"The job is yours," said the promoter. For the next half-hour, I ran around the venue, connecting XLR cables, [...]