Years ago, when we first started to play North Carolina, I met propane flame effects artist, Beyond Joy. He wanted to set my sousaphone on fire. I was intrigued by the proposition so we began talking about design. It would have to be a simple to operate, mobile, and above all, safe.
The system would have two major parts, a pilot light and a propane poofer. The pilot light stays lit the entire time the system is on, and provides the initial flame for a second, larger blast of propane. Once Beyond had a basic design, all we needed was a few days to build and test.
Earlier this week, the stars aligned and we found some free time to work. The first day, Beyond fabricated the pilot light using copper tubing and brass fittings.
On the second day, Beyond fabricated the poofer.
With both pieces together, it was time for a test.
I say it was a rousing success. I cannot thank Beyond Joy enough. This fire tuba system is as beautiful as it is functional.
Hell yes! We’re back in Greensboro, NC again performing at the Blind Tiger with local friends and brothers in brass and mayhem, Corporate Fandango!! Doors open at 8pm and the show kicks off at 10pm with the Fandangos. We’re excited and you should be too!!
Until then, we’re getting our fill at Foothills Brewery and enjoying a nice tour of the place. Good food and delicious brew! See y’all tonight!
Yes folks we’re back in all too familiar territory – the beautiful state of North Carolina!! Tonight we’re in Winston-Salem performing at the great Ziggy’s!! Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Armed with new songs, new threads, and a fire tuba, prepare yourselves North Carolina, we are back!!!
We’re back in Knoxville at Barley’s! Come on out and battle the cold with pizza, beer, and some New Orleans tunes. Show starts at 10.
After a morning of shoveling and sliding through the slush in Baltimore, we’re hitting the open road headed full steam toward Bristol.
The venue tonight is the ever classy 620 State Street. Show starts at 10pm!
Come early and get some good food.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of tonight’s show at the 8×10 in Baltimore. After enduring the perilous journey to the Northeast last week in the midst of a sudden and savage freeze, we were able to play every single show of the first leg of tour… Alas, just as we thought we were in the clear and headed back south, the bitter winter beast has reared its ugly head with Round 2 in the form of Winter Storm Pax (and not a very peaceful storm, at that, whoever gives storms such ironic names)!
Fear not, though, Friends! After making the best of a legitimate snow day in Baltimore, we return to the road tomorrow to Bristol for our show at 620 State Street. The show must go on! Thankfully, Jimmy and Matt made a fat batch of shrimp etouffee from scratch a la Emeril… and there’s the whiskey. See you soon and stay warm, everyone. Spring’s right around the corner!
Photos 1&3 Courtesy of Joanne Drummond
Today we awoke in the home of one of the friendliest Connecticut residents we had the opportunity to meet. Alas, due to our host’s big-kid work schedule, we had to leave at 9 am and numbly fumble our way into the brisk morning of our first day off since hitting the northeast. There was only one thing to do…
Where they had very warm windows (it was about 19 degrees)!
Sadly, there was a charge and a gatekeeper who could offer no free passage and a group of musicians with light wallets that couldn’t justify spending $5 on sugar.
There were, however, many marvels to behold!
Thanks to the generous and sympathetic gatekeeper, our journey was not in vain. We were not to leave empty handed!
Thus ends a morning of great adventure and wonder (sort of)! An epic end to our frigid journey into the northeast… And now, on to Baltimore and beyond!!!
It’s our first show in the entire state of Connecticut! Come on out to Cafe Nine in New Haven and watch history being made. Tonight we are joined by New Haven’s own alliterative fiery folk fiddlers, Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps! Doors are at 8, the good Doctor starts at 8:30, Dirty Bourbon kicks off at 9:30.
New Hampshire is on the horizon folks! Our first time ever in the Granite State, and Portsmouth is where we’ll be making our mark. Tonight we’ll be performing at The Press Room, doors open at 8 PM and the upbeat strikes at 9 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door ( $7 in advance if you move fast enough)!
After a fun show in Cambridge last night, we are heading up to Burlington, VT to perform at the Red Square. Show time is 7pm so make sure you get there with plenty of time to get some drinks in and warm up for a hell of a night.