BNTN TOUR JOURNAL 10.3.14 : MINNESOTA MEAN

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I woke up at 5am on October 1st in order the catch a 17 hour bus ride to Minneapolis to meet up with Carnage the Executioner and Pcp to start The Better Now Than Never tour. This tour is a grueling schedule of 25 shows in 25 days that spans the country from California to Indiana. Littered with a few 10 and 12 hour drives not to mention the time and whether changes that we will face. This is probably the most intense tour schedule I ever had, but we doing it because we love the art and we love you, the fans that support us.

The first show was last night (oct 2nd) at The Cabooze. This was my first time playing this venue. (Side note: Minneapolis is music venue heaven for those that have not been there. There are so may dope rooms of multiple shapes and sizes to accommodate any type of audience or act…but I digress…) The Cabooze is a nice size place and we had a descent turn out. Im sure the continuous downpour that blessed us all day yesterday lead some people to stay home even though the skys were clear by doors opening. The people there seemed to be there to see the show. The energy was positive. My friend Krisoff Krane came out so it was great to see him. He has to be one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. Im glad I can call him a friend.
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All of the openers were young up and coming Emcees in the Minneapolis scene. There were a few really dope young women whose future could be bright as writer’s and rappers. It was fresh to see some of what the next generation will do with our art.

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Pcp hit the stage about 10:40 pm and all I can say is “wow!”. This was my first time seeing him live, in fact I was completely unfamiliar until the tour was booked so I had a little homework to do, but hearing him on record does no justice to what he does live. He is an intense ball of energy with heart open, giving you all of him allowing you to share in his trials and triumphs through the music he presents. It was definitely an experience and I am looking forward to building a relationship with him over these weeks that we will share the stage and van space.

Then it was my turn. I did what I do. Poem time and what not. Tried a few new joints to start out the set from the something in the water ep and I the performance of them went well but I think I did them too early in my set…they kind of gave me a slow start in my opinion, but overall the set was good. I got a lot of positive feedback. I will be doing some revamping and sharpening of the set throughout the tour…never doing the same exact show twice so it will be a treat every night.

Next up was Carnage the Executioner to closeout the evening. For those of you that don’t know Carnage has to be in the pantheon of beat boxers. He has to be one of the best in the world hands down. I don’t say that because he my friend of 12 years, I say it because its true. His set is so engaging with all senses I was too busy watching in amazement to get any pictures. This man builds his beats on the spot with the use of different looping and effects pedals and the spits some of the most dense style drenched rhythms sense project blowers first blessed us. It is truly something to watch.

     Overall, the opening night of the tour showed me that this is going to be something to remember. I am able to be in the space of and share the stage with two awesome artists and people for a month, travel the country seeing and meeting all you while making some dough in the process. I am truly blessed. Tonight Duluth, Mn at The Red Star Lounge. It is a free show. Don’t miss it..

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Journal entry 8/21/13: To catch you up.

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So I know haven’t been posting as regularly as I started but when you have 8 and 12 hour drives between cities every day, homework, and you have to eat writing gets pushed to the back a little. So let me give a small recap of the highlights last week or so.

Oakland California Aug 10
This was an awesome show. Great crowd but greater comradery and time with friends. I got to hang with my homie Davu. Some of u may remember him from the Dove Ink days and his album “the sun do move”. I also got to hang with some old friends Adam Drucker and Jeff Logan or how u may know them as “Them” or dose one and Jel. It was great to reconnect with friends and catch up. Also ephram sponge aka Juan Davis made a surprise visit. It was an all around great night of reconnection. The great crowd was the icing on the cake.

Salt Lake city, Utah Aug 15
Here comes the wild night. Ok first off we find out that Ludacris is playing a show in the park right down the street for FIVE DOLLARS!! I wanted to go to that and so did everyone else in Salt Lake. Can you blame them? So we had to push our show back until after the Luda show or we really would have got killed. (Side note: Shout out to Chase and uprock for always taking care of us when we are in the city) So we push the show back. Its all ages so its a pretty good crowd but we were feeling the Luda affect.

So we rock. Sell merch. Take pics. Shake hands. kiss babies you know…what we do. Then there is a commotion. This guy comes in drunk off his rocker asking for Isaac and “his bitches”. We ignore them and go back to talking. Then all of a sudden security has this dude yoked up a bottle flies In my direction and then it was on. Dude starts swinging on security. Pushes one security guard to the ground. And the a gang of people push him out the door.

We go back to talking and some one runs in and says “they are out here fighting! ” We get out there and apparently the guy that was doing all that taking and yelling got in the wrong person face and was met with a one hitter quitter. After that his friends were trying to get him to leave but he wouldn’t. He kept yelling for “his bitches”. “I’m not leaving with out my bitches.” We had no clue who these “bitches” were we just knew he had to go.

We figured out that the girls that they came with were embarrassed and hiding in side the place.
Then the guy comes back and is still running his mouth. He says “all of u guys are punk bitches. None of your lives will be anything.” (This is a show of ours he paid to get into mind u). Then he says “You”, to the guy who laid him out earlier, “you got a good punch” and proceeds to dap him up. “The rest of ya’ll are punk bitches.” No matter what he was going to feel that punch when he sobered up.

We finally get them to leave and then we meet the girl and her friends. “The bitches” that he was referring to. Apparently one girl was on a date with him trying to get laid and in turn was highly embarrassed. Then she and her friends left with some other guys to get a hotel room. Of course they were all young and stupid.

The next day we wake up to find that the city of Ketchum Idaho, site of our next show, is being evacuated due to Forest fires. So we stayed in Salt lake another day and rocked a surprise show at Chases shop Uprock. Needless to say. Salt lake was indeed the most memorable stop of the tour so far.
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The other shows Bozeman Montana, Great falls Montana were fun and great times.

Minot North, Dakota Aug 19th
Then we come to Minot North Dakota. Great show great crowd. After the show we meet a young girl, 20 who is scared for her life. Trying to avoid a “friend” that she came to the show with. From the information we got from her she was kicked out of her parents house for worshiping the devil, which she denied, doing porn, which she also denied, and refusing to go to rehab for using and selling weed. She calls this guy and she stays with him thinking he’s cool. Then she gets driven to an empty field and is threatened. At the show she feels her life is in danger so our friend Kipp G saves her giving the option to stay at his friend house cause she is stranded and has no where to go. Then the next day still with no where to go she hops in the car with kipp and rolls to Fargo which is 5 hours away to stay with an aunt only to find that the aunt is on vacation in San Francisco. So slightly annoyed with her kipp feeds her and drops her off at the mall and wishes her well.

The moral of this post is that its okay to be young and have fun but know when your in over your head. You have to know when life is giving you signs that you are not as grown as you think you are. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and ask for help. I know this was long but there was a lot to catch you guys up on. Sioux falls South Dakota tonight. Only a little under two weeks left.  Say word!

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 (http://timoshouse.com/) 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 (http://www.belecherefestival.com/) 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 | http://on.fb.me/1aOWspP

Sun. July 28th – Nashville, TN @ The East Room | http://on.fb.me/15BOQ5L

Weds. July 31st – Dallas, TX @ Crown and Garp | https://www.facebook.com/events/295176187295037

Thurs Aug 1st – Austin, TX @ ND Austin | http://on.fb.me/14yggsA

Friday Aug 2nd – San Marcos, TX @ The Triple Crown | http://on.fb.me/17nVON1

Sat. Aug 3rd – San Antonio, TX @ The Limelight | http://on.fb.me/10WINv0 

Sun. Aug 4th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls w/ Souls of Mischief | http://on.fb.me/14YvgCr

Mon. Aug 5th – Santa Fe, NM @ The Lodge at Santa Fe Cabaret | http://on.fb.me/15HguwJ

Tue. Aug  6th – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS | http://on.fb.me/11Ou9RH

Weds Aug 7th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar | https://www.facebook.com/events/240274046097961/

Thur. Aug 8th – Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room | http://on.fb.me/15HgD3k

Fri. Aug 9th-  Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner | http://on.fb.me/16AsWkb

Sat. Aug 10th – Oakland,CA @ The Legionnaire Saloon | http://on.fb.me/1cobaC4

Mon. Aug 12th – Boise, ID @ The Shredder | http://on.fb.me/1aOWSwm 

Tue. Aug 13th – Spokane,WA @ Carr’s Corner | http://on.fb.me/10WJcgY

Wed. Aug 14th – Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 | http://on.fb.me/15HgSeE

Thur. Aug 15th – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Project | http://on.fb.me/10m6sSW

Fri. Aug 16th Ketchum,ID @ Whiskey Jacques | http://on.fb.me/14uzjDO

Sat. Aug 17th – Bozeman,MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge | http://on.fb.me/11OupQz

Sun. Aug 18th – Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row | http://on.fb.me/1aOX9zj

Tues. Aug 20th – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium |  http://on.fb.me/12DT0Xb

Wed. Aug 21st – Sioux Falls, SD @ Billy Frogs | http://on.fb.me/121rZNl

Thur. Aug 22nd – Duluth,MN @ Red Star | http://on.fb.me/10m6CK5

Fri. Aug 23rd – Green Bay,WI @ JD’s Bar | http://on.fb.me/19vs4T1

Sat. Aug 24th – Minneapolis,MN @ Pour House | http://on.fb.me/10WJCUo

Mon Aug 26th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme | http://on.fb.me/1aOXhyV

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 | http://on.fb.me/10m6L03

Sun Sept 1st – Erie, PA @ Crooked I