We had fun last night playing with Eef Barzelay at The Pike Room in Pontiac, MI. I’m a big fan of Eef’s songs, both with and without Clem Snide. His new band is really good and they’re all nice guys. The Pike Room is inside Crofoot, which is a great new venue about 20 minutes north of Detroit proper. We opened for the Avett Brothers in the big room there a few months ago and will be back again next month opening for The Hard Lessons. The Pike Room, which is a bit smaller, sounded great. I’ve got a cold so my voice wasn’t so hot but sometimes there’s something more emotional about singing when it’s a bit of a struggle. The band played great.
Still getting over the typhoon that struck during our set at The Detroit Festival of the Arts. Our set got shut town about half way through. We were playing outside under a tent when the rain started to fall. There were folks dancing outside the tent, which was fun, and I thought it was gonna be even better when it started raining and the folks came under the tent to dance. That’s when the rain started blowing sideways and I caught sight of the soundman gesturing at his throat and yelling “cut it!” We managed to finish “Marionette” but then the soundguy took the mic, announced that we were in the middle of a tornado warning and urged everyone to make their way to a nearby museum for shelter. Friends told us later that the museum was locked (nice move!) but the storm died down pretty quickly and everyone seems to have come out ok. We stayed behind to keep an eye on our gear and chat with the brave souls who stayed behind. Kind of exciting. We’d love to play again next year and finish the set.
Tonight we do an in-studio on IMPACT radio in Lansing, MI. The show runs from 8-10pm and should be fun. Listen live here.