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Band Parade

As we grow older there is no doubt we’re eternally learning more and more about ourselves. The confidence of our youth either gets empowered, broken down, or we discover that our strength rests somewhere else or maybe we haven’t quite found them yet. There is no doubt at this point in my life I feel more perceptive and in tune with what I care about, how I feel, and who I want to become, but there are always things that creep in or surprise me as days go by. Over the last few years, I’ve learned that dreaming, creating, aspiring, and reaching for the things beyond my own reach take up a large portion of my mind, time, and energy. I’m always wanting to do more, pushing for growth, and working to develop ideas into something tangible.

In late 2013 I had this idea, with no name, no imagery, and no idea how to pull it off and I knew there was no way I would be able to do it alone. What I did have though were friends, people with vision, people who dream like me, those who see the potential in an idea, have passion for things beyond themselves, and want to build, grow, and push beyond their current GPS coordinates. I know all this sounds, romantic, poetic, or just plan ridiculous, but whatever the case, its true. I knew there were people in my life who are as crazy as I am, who believed in this idea, and who now are helping me pull off something I’m extremely proud of, something I hope can really help bands and artists showcase their talent, passion, and what they’ve put hours of thought, practice, and sweat equity into.

I can’t believe it was almost a year a half ago that the idea for Band Parade somehow found its way inside my mind, scratched at me till I couldn’t stand it, and eventually drove me through all the unknowns and finally to the point where I built out the idea. I can’t thank Dan Middleton, Mitch & Destany Colagrossi, Chris Viel and Curtis Wood of Syndeo Studios, Jon Kopecky, and so many other people. They all sat, listened, troubleshooted, tested out ideas, got frustrated, encouraged me, and most importantly helped bring my idea to life.

Currently, we’ve filmed 7 sessions, 5 of which have a home on the site, 1 thats unusable, and 1 we’ve yet to released but are super excited about.

I sat down in front of the computer with the intent to post a few pictures I took during the last session we did, and instead felt myself feeling nostalgic and grateful. Thanks again you guys, for taking this risk and wild ride with me! Here’s to whatever this whole thing leads to! Cheers!

Oh yeah and here are some pictures of Bailiff

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The Lift in Dubuque Iowa

I don’t think the tour with Bailiff could have ended in a more intimate and interesting setting. The Lift or The Busted Lift, not sure which is the most proper to call it, felt underground, literally. With exposed rock walls, and two full service bars and a unique stage and backdrop. The setting and energy in the bar that night was one I think most people there won’t forget. Shortly after arriving we discovered the locals in the bar that night lost a very dear friend who was just at the bar the night before, that said we knew this show would be one for the books. Overall, we had a great time, experience, and from the people dancing, guys hanging off the ceiling, and the crowds response, Bailiff put on a great show. The room sounded great and I personally look forward to the next time I’ll be able to stop in and have another couple drinks in such a fun speakeasy like setting. Here are the last two shots I took from the tour!

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Redstone Room in Davenport, IA

The 2nd to last show on this tour took us to Davenport, Iowa home of the… yeah who knows! Bailiff’s show, audience, and event were fantastic. In the midst of a long banquet style room, the guys found themselves playing a fundraising event for a local man who was in desperate need of some upgrades to his handicap accessible van. It was a fantastic turnout and a successful event as they raised several thousands of dollars to help the young man. Several fans from previous shows made the trip out and we enjoyed the hospitality and support of the locals as we were winding down the tour. Our next and last stop on the tour takes us to Dubuque, Iowa.

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Kryptonite in Rockford, IL

Rockford, IL holds a very special place in the hearts of Bailiff. They’ve played this town several times and every time they come back, their die hard fans show up and are always there to support them.

As we rolled up to the Kryptonite bar in Rockford, IL. the guys wanted to load-in take their time, get things situated, and try to grab some food. Things all seemed to be going as they typically do on the road; load-in, sound check, grab a beer, maybe some food then do some pre-show game face routines. All the locals had crowded into the bar playing drinking games, and enjoying their thirsty Thursday night.

Little did we know that things were about to drastically change. The guys filed onto the stage, began their set and all seemed well. As the guys played through their set, out of no-where all power cut out without warning. Not knowing what was going on, the guys did what anyone in their situation would do, and attempted to entertain the crowd and continue on through their set. After some adjustments, the bar owner and sound tech, crossed their fingers and Bailiff restarted jumped back into their set. To make this story bearable, this same scenario, power cutting out and stopping Bailiff’s set, repeated itself a total of 5 times, No one could seem to figure out what was causing it. But after some frustration, testing of patience, and a couple brief breaks to snag a slice of pizza or two mid set, the issue somehow got resolved and the guys were able to get through their songs in their typical Bailiff fashion.

Needless to say, this show in Rockford, IL will go down in the history books as one of the best/worst sets of their life. There is no way I’ll ever forget it, and their fans deserve a big round of applause for sticking it out and not loosing their minds as the sound/power cut out each of the 5 times throughout Bailiff’s set. After an event filled night like that, a few of us felt it necessary to party it up a bit with some of their fans who so graciously let us crash in their home!

At the end of the day, Rockford, IL we still love you! Thanks for such a memorable evening!

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Gabes in Iowa City

Day six of the tour with Bailiff was technically an off day, so day six is really day seven. Regardless of which day it actually was, the sixth show on Bailiff’s early 2015 tour was at Gabes in Iowa City, Iowa. A cozy an intimate venue with a lot of character which pleasantly surprised me by bringing out a great crowd on a early week night. We met so many new friends, and even had some folks from the local college radio station promote and attend the event. Despite Ren, breaking his snare this was one of my favorite shows from the tour. As you can see, some of us (Owen) needed some serious sleep at this point in the tour…

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Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA

Day five of the Bailiff tour took us to Des Moines, IA as I’m sure you already figured out. They guys played a venue called, Vaudeville Mews and I apologize for not taking very many pictures…

At this point in our trip, I came to the realization that I should probably shoot some video as well. As I set out for this trip with a camera in tow, if we are being honest with each other, I didn’t really have a game plan or a strategy for what I wanted to shoot. This whole tour with Baliff was really just a chance for me to get away for a bit, get to know the guys better, and help out any way I could. Beyond, taking a camera along, I really had zero game plan for what I wanted to shoot. Here are a couple of the shots from that show.

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Slowdown in Omaha, NE

At this point in the tour, things felt like they were beginning to smooth out and the guys and I were getting a little more comfortable with each other. Maybe even too comfortable? This is the 1st time Bailiff has had the extra room for a drifter like me to tag along on a tour and after a great night in Lincoln, NE we made our way to Omaha, NE. The land of 311.

The guys are by no means fans of 311 and they made sure to repeatedly remind me of that as we stepped out of the van and made our way to a local coffee shop to kill time. I had no idea how important these moments of downtime would be for me as we continued on the tour, but these were the moments when I got to really talk and connect with the guys! Like you can imagine, a sense of comradery begins to develop when you’re out on the road and in close quarters with other for extended amounts of time. Not to get all sappy, but the guys in Bailiff are some of the most sarcastic, genuine, insanely talented, and laid back guys I’ve met in a long time.

The Slowdown was easily the nicest and luxuriously accommodating venue on tour, we were given a green room with access to showers, laundry room, vintage record player, and several cozy, nicely broken in couches. This was one of two nights where we didn’t have a place to crash planned out, so Josh tried to convince the venue to let us sleep in the greenroom. Surprisingly, it didn’t work and we we’re extremely grateful to one of the opening bands, The Decatuers for letting us crash with them.

Omaha, I’ll miss everything about you, except for your unbelievably awful pizza!

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Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE

Day three of the Bailiff tour brought us to Lincoln, NE. The 2nd state on the tour in which I’d never visited before, the first being, Kansas. One thing about Lincoln I can say for sure, is that the folks there are working really hard to build, create, and encourage an art and music scene. In the short time we were there, I got to see several up in coming bars, venues, and meet some of the folks pour their time into that city. I also learned to never pull a conversion van into a tight alley and attempt a 90 point turn around simply to make loading in and out of the venue more convenient. Oh, the things you learn on the road. Here are some shots from the historic Zoo Bar

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Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS

Day two of the tour didn’t start of perfectly, but after a great brunch, some thrift shopping, and retrieving the band’s merch from St. Louis. We hit the road, stopped at a Guitar Center and made it to Lawrence Kansas in plenty of time for load in. The Replay Lounge, reminded me a bit of my hometown bar The Brass Rail. Great drink specials, cool atmosphere (TVs with Saved by The Bell playing), and young eager music nuts packing out the venue. Located on a main strip of stores, shops, restaurants, The Replay Lounge was a great place to play and we had so much fun… Just don’t get caught Jaywalking!

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Off Broadway in St. Louis

Does anyone else feel like the New Year came and January decided it didn’t need to exist? Those who know me well, know I’m generally the person who over commits, rolls with the punches, but finds ways to stay mostly sane throughout all the chaos. I’ve set some very lofty goals for myself in regards to this next year and my most recent trip, on tour with Bailiff, kicked off 2015 with some pretty unforgettable memories.

The first of ten stops on tour was a venue called, Off Broadway in St. Louis. It proved to be a great place to kick things into motion. The venue was fantastic, a large group of diehard fans came and surprised the fellas by singing their lyrics back at them, and I got to see one of my great friends Cole Miller. The first night on the road went extremely well, after some pizza, drinking with friends, the purchase of some vintage shoes, a deliciously filling brunch the next morning, we hit the road and headed onward toward Lawrence, KS. About 35 minutes into the drive we quickly realize we’d forgotten the band’s merchandise. After an hour and a half set back, we were headed to our second stop…

More posts and pics to come…

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