We're heading up to the I-90 to Detroit, where rock n roll never forgets. This is the early goings of the Overlake fall Fall tour! Follow that hashtag for pictures of bands you most likely don't know at clubs you've most likely never been to!
This time around, we're bringing some helpers to generally keep us sane, but also do some driving and merchandising. On this initial leg is my ol' buddy, Jake Luckey. Having him along has already provided a more interesting trip. We spent some time in the bucolic environs of Ashland, Ohio, following our show at the Stone Tavern in Kent, staying at his uncle's spread amid rows of corn, patches of peas, loose gravel roads, and 2 super cute kittens. Then, we went a few minutes away to his mom's farm, visiting some chickens, turkeys, pigs, and 2 dogs. A much-needed fresh-air respite from the rock club circuit.
I've gotten ahead of myself. Our first gig was in Lancaster, Pa., which, unbeknownst to me, is more than just horses and buggies and Amish folks. Pretty cool downtown area and a great venue called the Lizard Lounge, beneath a larger venue, Chameleon Club. Great sound, played with some super cool bands, including some fellow NJ travelers who we were apparently tailing the whole way to Pennsylvania. We crashed slightly west of there in a old time-capsule of a motel called Kenmar Motel, which had pink tile in the bathrooms and Eames-style chairs in the lobby. Highly recommended for you travelers looking for a place to call home for a night.
After that first gig, we realized pretty quickly that Lysa's amp head bubblewrap-and-packing-tape "case" wasn't going to cut it on the road. We needed to find a real protective case, and quick. After searching high and low and making about 50 phone calls to local and national-brand music stores, we finally found it via Craigslist: a perfect-fitting level 4 flight case. The guy selling it to us was a road-weary traveler himself and understood our predicament, so he kindly met us at the far end of a supermarket parking lot, just off an exit ramp outside Pittsburgh. Sometimes, things align pretty neatly.
Last night, we played Cleveland and had pretty good attendance considering it was Game 3 of the ALDS in the heart of Believeland. CODA is a fantastic place to play, and we played with a phenomenal band, Punch Drunk Tagalongs. At once dreampop and post-rock, they kept revealing new layers to their sound with each song. Seriously, a great band to check out.
After the gig, we drove our silver steed through the darkness of Sunday night to crash with Jake's family in Cleveland. His aunt surprised us this morning with an amazing vegan coffee cake (for which Lysa got the recipe) and then took us out for breakfast. Thank you, Jake's aunt!
Ahead of our gig tonight at Old Miami in Detroit, we'll be on the internet radio station AM1700, bringing our tunes to your wi-fi connection. Check it out!