Journal Entry 7/27/13: Welcome to Asheville

AshevilleSignAsheville, Nc is one of those places that if you visit once you never forget. It’s a small city of about 100,000 so the community is really close and really liberal. A lot of people call it a hippie Town. The people have beautiful spirits and would give you the shirt off of their back if it came down to it. It has the feel and closeness of a neighborhood. The last time I was here was about 10 years ago with E&A and I played with Blueprint and the original Greenhouse Effect a few years before that. We played this spot called the Music Zone back then. It was the spot a perfect venue. The perfect size for the Perfect people. This time we played a spot called Timo’s House ( and I think this is the new spot in Asheville, for us at least. Its a nice size bar with a small stage. Very intimate. It was thick in there and people in Asheville love to dance. Blueprint and I killed and Dj Rare groove closed out the night with a dance party like only he can do. It was a great night.

This weekend they were having the Bele Chere Arts and Music Festival ( which is a large festival that they have had in this town for over 35 years. For Columbus heads it’s like if Comfest span our whole downtown. It was full of awesome venders, art and fun music. We got to hang out for a while and it was a really good time. I was told that during this festival the population of the city grows from 100,000 to 300,000 people so it was great time for us to play. During my time exploring the festival I wrote a little poem that describes the diversity of the festival and the city itself…

Strollers pushed by teenage mothers and or nuclear family members
Mimes painted silver frozen for change
Violins loop as a tilt a whirl whirling notes of a tomorrow remembered
Sun dresses kids in khaki shorts and tanks
Topless matriarchs bear their hearts cage screaming freedom
Intellectuals discuss philosophy on street corners no matter how misguided or off kilter they seem
Off key karaoke religious zealots only sharing the anger of God and forfeiting his love loosing souls with fear camouflaging their message.
Only on a beautiful day in Asheville.

More to come. You can still catch the “Bend but Don’t break Tour when it hits your city…

Sat. July 27th – Johnson City,TN @ Mecca Lounge |

Sun. July 28th – Nashville, TN @ The East Room |

Weds. July 31st – Dallas, TX @ Crown and Garp |

Thurs Aug 1st – Austin, TX @ ND Austin |

Friday Aug 2nd – San Marcos, TX @ The Triple Crown |

Sat. Aug 3rd – San Antonio, TX @ The Limelight | 

Sun. Aug 4th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls w/ Souls of Mischief |

Mon. Aug 5th – Santa Fe, NM @ The Lodge at Santa Fe Cabaret |

Tue. Aug  6th – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS |

Weds Aug 7th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar |

Thur. Aug 8th – Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room |

Fri. Aug 9th-  Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner |

Sat. Aug 10th – Oakland,CA @ The Legionnaire Saloon |

Mon. Aug 12th – Boise, ID @ The Shredder | 

Tue. Aug 13th – Spokane,WA @ Carr’s Corner |

Wed. Aug 14th – Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 |

Thur. Aug 15th – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Project |

Fri. Aug 16th Ketchum,ID @ Whiskey Jacques |

Sat. Aug 17th – Bozeman,MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge |

Sun. Aug 18th – Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row |

Tues. Aug 20th – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium |

Wed. Aug 21st – Sioux Falls, SD @ Billy Frogs |

Thur. Aug 22nd – Duluth,MN @ Red Star |

Fri. Aug 23rd – Green Bay,WI @ JD’s Bar |

Sat. Aug 24th – Minneapolis,MN @ Pour House |

Mon Aug 26th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme |

Weds. Aug 28th – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

Friday Aug 30th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe

Sat. Aug 31st – Buffalo,NY @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar |

Sun Sept 1st – Erie, PA @ Crooked I


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