I get bored super easy! So when I saw that Before The Brave was finally going on tour I told them, “I want in!”
I’m not going to Lie … I may have begged a bit. It’s possible I may have been telling Jason Perry Stevens for months, “the second you go on tour … I want in!” I told him I would be his back up dancer, pr pro, merch babe, pack mule, anything the band needed.
When they announced they were going on tour, I may have called Jason a few (billion) times. I may have promised a few (billion) things I would never be able to fulfill?! However a quick phone call and a few band meetings later, Jason called me and said “you’re in.”
I packed my bag and was ready. We did 3 shows in 3 states in only 4 days. It was amazing! As some of you may recall, I toured once before with I The Mighty, just last year! That trip we did 7 states in 2 weeks. As you may suspect, I’m starting to get addicted to this touring lifestyle. You get very little sleep, sleep on floors when you do get sleep, eat poorly, take very few showers, and it’s amazing! I think if I could go on tour once every other month that would be perfect! Let’s see who I go on tour with next?!
Also, don’t worry I’ve been taking notes! I’m collecting up advice to help bands tour correctly. I’m not sure now when that will come out … but it will!
Tonight at Trinity Gold Media Studios, Brandon Zahursky, performed songs from his debut CD “Sink or Swim” which was released today. He is an amazing talent. He is embarking on his first West Coast tour tomorrow. Please check him out!
In 14 days we visited 7.5 states and played 11 shows. Which as you can imagine means we spent a lot of time in the van.
Our tour started in San Francisco at Bottom of The Hill, the next day we were in Portland at Branx followed by shows in Seattle, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming & Nebraska. We didn’t have any shows in Iowa, but when we were in Omaha, Nebraska we were so close that we decided we had to cross the border. (You know… so we could say we’d been there!)
In life… sleep is mandatory… while on tour… sleeping is a luxury!!! (So are showers, clean toilets, home cooked meals!) So needless to say… we spent a lot of time in the van!!! Thus sleeping became a very creative endeavor. Very quickly one learns to sleep sitting up, curled up, on a bench on the floor and in some random persons house!
The none glamorous side of touring is all the time spend not on stage! Ask a musician about his tour and he’ll say he’s craving sleep, a shower and a full night sleep not in the van! Ask them if they’re having fun… and they’ll surely say “HELL YEAH!”
So what do you think? I’d love your feedback!
As I wake up on the floor of a random house in Spokane…
I started thinking to myself how
“rock & roll” this is!!!
Last night we played a show at The Kave in Spokane. We had not scheduled a place to sleep after the Spokane show and before our 8 hour drive to the Seattle show. In truth, we never really knew where we were going to sleep after shows! Most of us simply accepted that we would be sleeping in the frigid car again. However after this show we were graciously invited to stay with the sound guy in his apartment… which was approximately 10 minutes from the venue. To my surprise and pleasure, he not only invited our band (I The Mighty), but A Lot Like Birds as well! This meant the sound guy invited 2 bands on tour, w/ 12 band members to sleep in the living room of his house, which already housed 4 roommates, a girlfriend and a dog! AWESOME!
That night we at frozen pizzas, made huge sandwiches, and I ate the girlfriends left overs. For entertainment… and laughs… the sound guy put Rambo 5 in his DVD player. It was then that I realized this was not the first… nor the last time I was going to have an interesting sleeping experience while on tour with I The Mighty.
So what do you think? I’d love your feedback!
Does packing for trips stress you out? It stresses me out! I’m always worried I’m going to forget something.
I’m packing my bag for my tour with I The Mighty. I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I brought, and I’ll update you if I forgot anything I really needed! Based on advice from other bands and basic knowledge from previous trip, these are the must have items when going on a 7 state, 14 day road trip:
PACKING LIST: Toiletries (Sunscreen, Chapstick, Deoderant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Gum, Ear Cleaner, Shaving Needs, Hair Product, Flat Iron, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Glue Stick… for mustache!) Ties (In order to look classy!) Warm Clothes (Winter Tour… the van is cold!) Work Out Gear (Sitting in a van 12 hours is rough!) Books (You’ll need alone time.) Cooler (You’ll want food other than granola.) Power Cords (You should have a car converter too!) Gift (Stayed with my parents) Promotional Material (You gotta network!) Business Cards (You better have these!!!) Big Bag, Small Bag (You don’t wanna take your big bag in ever venue!) Fresh Food (Fast Food Sucks!) Granola, Nuts, Fruit, Cereal
ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Towel
Pillow Sleeping Bag Baby Wipes Ear Plugs Vitamins Hand Sanitizer Plastic Bags Water
On Thursday January 12th I am going on a 7 state, 14 day tour with SF band “I The Mighty.”
Being that I have never gone on tour with a band… I’m a touch Worried that I might forget something. In order to avoid that happening… I’ve made a list of must have items! I would love your feedback in case I’ve forgotten something!
I intend to blog about my entire trip, return here regularly for updates!