Ladies and Gentlemen,
The touring lifestyle is a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, which requires patience and grit to get through the trials between the good times. Sometimes you’re flat broke; sometimes you have to sleep on tile/concrete/wooden floors; sometimes you spend mind-numbing, endless hours in the van to play a new city, and sometimes the whiskey is gone… The payoffs, though, can sometimes be so rewarding that your decision to do this whole, crazy godddamned thing is validated a hundred times over!
Yesterday was one of those days, my friends. We left Cambridge early to play our little hearts out at the sold out Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA, and had the time of our lives! We were honored to share the bill with greats like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Norah Jones, the James Hunter Six, and our personal heroes, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band!
We played our set to a great audience, second line paraded a bunch of cardboard fish-bearing children and parents around the grounds, and sat in with the Dirty Dozen! We had such a good time that we decided to share some pics from the festivities with you. The tour is kicking off right, and we’ve still got almost 2 more months of shows to do, so keep your eyes out! We’re coming for ya.
Ah, what a day. We aren’t done with the northeast just yet, though!
Tonight we’ll be debuting at Rochester, NY’s Lovin’ Cup with the talented Amanda Ashley! The doors open at 6, and Amanda Ashley kicks things off at 7. Come make our last night in the northeast for this chunk of tour a party!
Y’all were totally, totally awesome, on stage and on parade at the Green River Festival. The energy and the showmanship were terrific, and the music was both innovative and true to its origins at the same time. I’ve been listening to New Orleans music for a long time. (Still got my Jazz and Heritage Festival t-shirt from 1975.) I’ve danced to the marching bands at Mardi Gras and I’ve heard James Booker, Professor Longhair, Alan Toussaint, and Clifton Chenier. The Dirty Bourbon River Show can rightfully stand beside them in my estimation. (And if anyone doesn’t believe me, ask my brother, ’cause he says the same thing.) Thanks for coming up north. Hope to see you here again.
Thank you very much for the kind words!