In Austin, Texas I had the opportunity to play a Moose Lodge and was given the history of the Moose community and so forth. The Moose Community has two places where a majority of their funds are sent to: Moose Heart and Moose Haven. Moose Haven is a place in Florida where Moose members may go for their retirement. Moose Heart is rural town in Illinois about 45 minutes away from the city that is completely devoted to raising orphan children and giving them broader opportunities that they might not have ever had. I have been shooting a documentary about this town since I have returned from tour and am looking to screening this at the end of my semester. This is a picture of the Documentary Crew and Kurt Wehrmeister (Public Affairs) on our last day of shooting last week. Kurt was a god send and a huge help for this documentary.
The Winter break was all in all a great time, and will probably one of the last month long tours I plan on scheduling. On our last date in San Francisco, We started a 12 hour scheduling system between the people in the van which was quite treacherous but was sufficient with the amount of time it took for us to get back home. 2 dudes manning the front (9-8) during the day as the others slept and vice verse around with Patrick from Boar and I's night shift around 9pm to 8am. You never know how nostalgic you're going to get when its 5 am and the sun begins to rise over the Arizona mountains - and all thats left to listen to is Patricks Headbangers Ball CD as we begun to quiz each other in naming what nu-metal band was next. WE returned safely, broke, tired, and hardened from the road.
Delirious, hungry, broke, and calling all of my friends who have yet pick up my 7" in exchange for gas money; I drove into my hometown (Bloomington-Normal) hauling an empty 18-passenger van with me at 9am. I had an amazing brunch and conversation with my father and brother and was lucky enough to hop on to a show later that night in "uptown" Normal at the Acme Music Hall. Karl from BloNoShows was a great help in adding me to the bill in such short notice, which included: Citizen Stab and Lexicon. I used to play bass in Citizen Stab which was originally an dark-jazzy-improvisational group which would sometimes consists of 8-10 members or 4-5 members at a time. Now, Citizen Stab resides the name in a more minimal configuration between Nathan Parks i.e Natronicus - who is an absolutely gifted piano player and all around amazing artist/friend in the Blo/No area and his new drummer, Ryan Tauscher. This show made it more than possible for me to arrive back to Chicago with a fresh tank of gas, oil change, and a peaceful state of mind.
Everyone from Acme Music Hall and who came out that night - deserves a huge thank you for helping me when I literally had no funds to get back home by making a bittersweet ending to my long month on the road. Being able to have some kind of "Homecoming" show is always a great way to end a tour of any size.
Along with additional wasted time last week there are a few more places to find me:
Amidst all of these daily distractions I will be updating my Soundcloud account the most with different demos or clips from my new album this summer. I just wanted a place where I could upload rough and newer songs that I record throughout my weeks and post the demo versions up along for feedback.