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  • Day22

    Day 18 - Home

    October 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today was super long. I slept a lot in the car since we headed out at 5am. Not much happened otherwise. We discussed band and music things, and also discussed me playing harmonica somehow while drumming. We got some bbq from a kind of gross place in Alabama called Smok’n BBQ I think. At least the sweet potato casserole was good.

    All in all a good time for Europe!
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    Day 17 - New Albany Festival.

    October 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    For some reason this never posted. It. Was a fun gig although we started super late which was annoying. The bands before us and some weird dance crew went late.

    The best part of the day was meeting and hanging out with Marty Dodson. We discussed the floater, random drum stuff, and he even gave me a pair of the sticks he uses ( Danny Carey from Tool!). We even got ice cream with the Nikki Hill Band. We got Blue Moon which was described as the flavor of milk from Fruity Pebbles. Pretty true honestly.

    At the end of the night I talked to Liz in the hotel lobby and I saw literally everyone who played come through Nick Moss even grabbed the phone and talked to her (pretty sure he thought it was my mom). All in all great day. Until I had to wake up at 5am to get home.
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    Day 16 - Broadway Oyster Bar

    September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Today was cool. We got into St. Louis and visited Doug’s uncle briefly in the hospital. He just had heart surgery. We then met up with Frank and Jenn. Rocky was very excited to see me.

    We went to get dinner at a place called Lonas. They do Vietnamese fusion foods. Wraps and such. I got the chicken plate which was chicken over noodles and this amazing sauce. I got spicy cucumbers as a side. They were great except for the cilantro.

    We got to the gig and found out we play 10-2 even though Doug’s contract says 9-1. Not only that they had a soundman there even though he requested not to have one. The whole night we were dealing with the bass drum because they ran it through a subwoofer. Hitting softly made no noise, anymore it was a huge techno bass.

    During our second set we had Frank sit in and he played the whole set. He sounded awesome. It’s obvious he knows the music well. The only real disappointing part of the night was the crowd. For the most part they were too quiet. We made good money though, but we could have made more except the Cardinals lost to the Cubs. All the people wanting to celebrate probably went home for the most part.

    After the gig we got candy and went back to Franks. We had to get up to leave by 8 to make it to the festival because of the change into Eastern time zone.
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  • Day18

    Day 15 - Keglers

    September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    So today’s gig was super last minute. We had to drive all the way back from Minnesota to Joliet which is about 7 hours. When we played Minneapolis the night before we landed up driving about halfway, staying at a Americinn or something somewhere in Wisconsin I believe.

    We landed up staying at the same hotel in Joliet as we did way back during the first tour. Same room even. It was a big suite with two bedrooms. Steve Fozzio took us out for the third round of Italian food and everyone remembered us.

    The gig was in a bar attached to a bowling alley. The gig was super fun. Nick Moss came out and sat in, plus we had Mondo and Steve play with us. Some drummer sat in also so I could play harmonica.

    When we finished some dude offered us 100 dollars to play four more songs. So we did of course. Afterwards we headed back to the hotel.
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    Day 17 - New Albany Fesival

    September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today was fun but tiring. We had o wake up early to leave by 8 or so. We drove out to New Albany and realized they were pretty behind schedule. We started maybe thirty minutes late. It was super hot and sunny which detected some people. Nick Moss and his band showed up to watch us and even stood behind the drums for awhile watching me.

    After the set I got to meet Marty Dodson and the Nikki Hill Band. All super nice. He played his set (and used my throne) then we hanged out for a few hours. He showed me tons of earplugs, how he does his floater, and even gave me a pair of sticks he says is the best for it. Danny Carey from Tool signature sticks!

    We stayed and watched Nemeth’s band for a bit. The guitarist is 18 and the drummer Danny is around my age. We then trailed off and I hung out with his band in the green room. We got some food and then eventually we all got ice cream. Marty and I were very interested in the Blue Moon flavor which was described to us as the flavor of the milk after eating Fruity Pebbles. Us being cereal lovers, we got some and it was awesome.

    We then talked some more about drumming then he headed back with the band and I stayed to watch Nick. When we got back to the hotel I was on the phone with Liz for a bit in the lobby and bumped into everyone from Danny to Dennis to Rodrigo and Nick. Even Patrick. It’s become the thing now for everyone to yell out Biiig Zack now when they see me as that’d apparently my harmonica name. Dennis did this a few times.

    Before hanging up with Liz Nick grabbed my phone thinking it was my Mom and told her was a good young man she had. He also told me he thought I sounded really great and to make sure to keep at it.

    Then I went to bed. 5am start. Sucks.
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    Day 14 - Mall of America/331 Club

    September 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Today was super fun. We spent several hours at the Mall of America just hanging out and going floor to floor. I believe there was four floors. Plus there was a giant rollercoaster and water flume thing not to mention full size restaurants. We stopped and got Korean fried chicken and milkshakes. I got a flannel for Europe at H&M.

    After we were on a radio show and played some tunes. The guy who ran it is also the one who hosts this monthly blues gig at the venue. The venue itself was really long and had a small stage. It reminded me of Blue in Portland.

    I felt my first set was off but the second was way better. A drummer named Vick sat in and I played harmonica. Then a dude named Jeremy played guitar and e was awesome. The other drummer stepped down and they invited our host to play harmonica.

    After the gig we went to get some food at Wendy’s. Andrew was a little “overly happy” and couldn’t be calm for awhile. Now we’re driving to the hotel which is halfway to our gig tomorrow.
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  • Day13

    Day 13 -Off to Minneapolis

    September 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today we left at ten thirty to go to the popcorn place but it was still closed at eleven. We found out they opened at noon so we killed time and got an oil change. We went over again and still closed. Andrew messages them on Facebook and they said they were running late. We get in and the dude literally gave us a sample of every flavor. A customer even walked out because she was annoyed we were taking so long. I got regular, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and caramel pecan.

    After we started our drive to Minneapolis. Not real exciting, just a long day in the car (seven hours I think). There was some stormy weather but not much.

    Back at it again tomorrow. We also added a gig for Thursday so we have to make another super long drive happen to get to the Joliet, Illinois vicinity. At least tomorrow’s gig is short.
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    Day 12 - The Alamo

    September 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Unfortunately we did not play in the basement. Regardless, this gig was cool. When we first got there we found out we were super early because they decided to push the gig to 7:30. Plus there was some kind of memorial happening. We decided to go get a sandwich but when we got back everyone wanted to talk to us so we didn’t get to eat. There were people from St. Louis and elsewhere who came out that I recognized.

    The set was good, although we played tons of tunes super fast. The big problem was sound. The guy they had put like twenty monitors plus subwoofers and kept upping the volume during guitar solos and such. Ridiculous.

    After the gig we went and got some stuff at the gas station then went back to our rooms. Good night overall. By the way, I had half of my sandwich during break.

    Yeah, that’s Abe Lincoln. This mural was staring at me all night.
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  • Day11

    Day 11 - Summerset Winery

    September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    This may have been my favorite show because of the room. It was on the top floor of a winery. We had to use a big dumb waiter to get everything up the stairs. There was a nice wood cherry looking floor and tons of tables. We were supposed to play outside but I liked this more. The sound was super reverby which was nice, and the drums sounded incredible full, especially the snare.

    We played a good first set and invited tons of people up including Matt Woods (it was his anniversary), the drummer Dwight, and a singer who looked like Jodat from the Florida billboards. I even played harmonica on a few songs.

    During a break Dwight told us about pork tenderloin sandwiches which are apparently a big Midwest thing. We convinced Jen and Scott to help us find a place. We landed up going to the Angry Goldfish (their specialty is the tenderloin and Sriracha goldfish). All but one of us got their sandwich and Parmesan fries, plus we got really good fried pickles. The sandwich was supposedly brined in sriracha but I couldn’t tell other than the color.

    At the end of our meal a couple from the winery walked in and remembered us. They bought us drinks and pie. Super nice of them. Overall it was a great time in Iowa. Springfield, Illinois tomorrow!
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    Day 10 - Art on the Lake Festival

    September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we were in Pleasant Hills, Iowa. The trip over was super rainy. On the way we stopped at the worlds largest truck stop which apparently has 900 spaces for trucks. Inside it’s like a giant gift shop with food court attached.

    The festival itself wasn’t doing so hot when we got there. The rain was super minimal but enough to keep people out. The stage was covered but had a small opening near the back. During our set the water kept falling on me and everything else. The crew got up to move cables and in the middle of “I’m Ready” a huge pop sounded out and everything died. Gig is off.

    After we went to Ames Iowa to a placed called Cornbred bbq to see Matt Woods. He sounded super awesome and his drummer Dwight was great. While there I got bbq turkey and pork and beans. I was supposed to get some cornbread pudding but they messed up and brought cucumber salad. The beans were awesome and their pickles and pickles onions were great. I also got a draft root beer. Picture is Andrews miniature Miller High Life.
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