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ON THE ROAD, AGAIN
05.19.2023 B-ball, Goats, and Mixtapes
Verboden Festival was a blast this weekend. We felt so much love and energy from the room, it’s always exciting to perform for a hometown crowd. Next week ACTORS venture back to Europe for dates in Spain and Portugal. I will have my camera in hand to capture our adventures along the way, and share with you here. I’m looking forward to the shows immensely but also… the Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) waiting for us in the green rooms! Tasty tasty. Many thanks for all your sweet birthday wishes yesterday. I’ve had a lovely birthday week seeing friends, family, and playing music. We also went to the arcade and I slayed some hoops for the first time in a long time. So fun!
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Ok, storytime! Early in our touring days with ACTORS, we played a show in Boise, Idaho. It was the same weekend as Treefort Festival, except we weren’t invited to Treefort, and it was barely a functioning live venue, more like a biker bar on the fringes of town. I remember the evening light was pale violet as we exited the highway, but the atmosphere felt a bit, I don’t know, wrong? The venue was surrounded by one-star motels, all the blinds thrown shut. The streets were vacant with literal tumbleweeds rolling by. First impressions are deceiving though, and it could actually be the coolest show of the tour, so we load-in reserving judgement and see what’s in store. I looked inside the bar and it all seems pretty standard; regulars chatting and drinking draft beer at the counter, a Pabst Blue Ribbon neon sign, a goat in flannel pyjamas perched on a bar stool. Wait, what?! A toothless man welcomed us to the establishment, and dropped the goat into my arms. Idaho, what a place. After some time with my new goat buddy, I set the goat down, and it head-butted a dog, also in the bar, and then galloped away. All of Boise’s music lovers were enjoying Treefort sponsored events that night, so we played to about 8-10 people (including the bar staff), and one pygmy goat. Not the coolest show of the tour, but definitely a memorable one.
I’ve put together the next Daydream Mix of songs I’ve been spinning lately. You can listen below, or on Spotify. The next few days will be filled with packing, and tour to-dos, so you’ll most likely hear from me next when we arrive in Bilbao. Have an amazing weekend. More soon XO