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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
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.
As the tour goes on, I’m finding it hard to remember which day is which. Time seems to be going faster and faster as the tour progresses. As a result, my current feeling is that I could get used to this lifestyle for longer stretches of time. I’m curious if these feelings will change over the next few days!
We arrived in Omaha, NE and really enjoyed our time there. The Slowdown was an amazing venue and had an incredibly hospitable staff and greenroom, equipped with showers, laundry room, plush couches and vintage record players. No question, if the opportunity arises to play there again, it would be a go for sure! Omaha, was one of the two stops on this tour, we didn’t have sleeping accommodations lined up! Despite the odds, Josh (Bailiff’s lead singer) persuaded some gracious folks (The Decaturs) who performed a set just before Bailiff, to offer up their cozy couches to us. The rest of the tour we are good to go on crash spots so it should be smooth sailing from here on out. Tonight, we are in Des Moines, Iowa at the Vaudeville Mews… Lets do this.
Last nights show at Off Broadway went really well, great energy and solid turn out. It didn’t hurt to have Cole Miller & Jon Arnold come out to the show and support the band! Special thanks to their wives for letting em loose last night! Day 2 is off to a relaxing start as I sit here sipping coffee and typing this in the first night’s crash spot…