What a month!
As it comes to a close, I feel a great weight lifted off my shoulders. The whole month really started for me on June 28th when Nevele played Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Great show, really fun, got to open for Moon Taxi (super tight).
The next week, right after the 4th of July, was Aaron’s birthday (July 5th) so we played a show at Stanley’s Pub opening up for Tropidelic and partied into the early morning hours. Less than a week later, we packed our bags and left for Paradise Music & Arts Festival in Hustonville, KY (July 10-12).
Are enjoying Thursday and Friday we performed our set early in the afternoon there (which was a huge headache of a time) and then had to immediately pack up all our gear and head back to Cincinnati (no rest for the wicked). Upon arrival, we headed to play our friends Kelly and Kelsey’s birthday party (July 12) and then ran sound for the band after us. We returned the next day to pack up all the extra sound gear we had brought and carted in back home (July 13).
That Monday and Tuesday became a whirlwind of money management as we prepared for Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival in Terra Alta, WV. After much struggle, we had a trailer hitch installed on the old blue van and we were ready. Wednesday (July 15) we gathered our crew: the band + Carolyn, Grace, and Mary all packed like sardines into the 7-passenger minivan, and a trailer laden down with all of our band and camping equipment. Seven hours later, we were at beautiful Sunshine Daydream Park in West Virginia…at 12:30 in the morning.
We enjoyed Thursday and then performed our set at 1:15pm Friday (July 18) on the Main Stage, making it two years in a row that we’ve been the first band to perform on one of Rootwire’s main stages and coincidentally, we were followed up directly by our friends Tropidelic!
The artist hospitality was top notch: beer, food, gasoline, etc. We enjoyed all the music and live art on Saturday and then Sunday morning we packed our soggy camp into the van and trailer and headed back to Cincinnati.
Monday I got to relax, do some laundry, and decompress, but it didn’t last long. Tuesday (July 22) I started working at the Christian Moerlein brewery thanks to my Brother-in-Law that works as one of the brewers there.
I’d never worked an assembly line job before, but it was a good time. There is something almost therapeutic about being a cog in the machine. Not much thought has to go into the work but it is physically taxing at the same time. By the end of the day I was good and sweaty with some sore feet.
This Friday and Saturday I returned to show business as The Heffron Brothers at Henke Winery (July 25) and The Public House (July 26), finally making some real money and not having to spend it instantly on festival related purchases.
Speaking of festivals, Friday marked the one year anniversary of Star Gaze music festival. It’s been a full year already. It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t get Star Gaze together this year but we will be back at it in 2015 for sure!
Tonight and tomorrow I’ll get to relax and then it’s back to work at the brewery until the end of July. What a month it’s been. 2014 is kicking my ass but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…and I’m trying to get buff.
August, here I come.