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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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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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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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Bailiff Tour Day Four

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.

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Bailiff Tour Day One

I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited on tour with some friends of mine who play in a band called, Bailiff. For the next 10 days we’ll be on the road and I’m gonna try and document the journey via iPhone. These posts likely won’t include too many words! Let’s kick this thing off with load in and set up in St.louis at ‘Off Broadway’ each day I’ll update these posts with photos as they come!

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