I don’t remember ever playing such an awesome stretch of shows in a new state. My first venture into the sunshine state as a musician was a real treat; Jacksonville, Gainesville and Orlando were not only good to us, but also chock full of nice people and great music.
In Jacksonville I found my new favorite bar: The Burro Bar. The staff was friendly, the atmosphere was comfortably divey, and we were fortunate enough to have been booked on Critter and AC Deathstrike’s tour kickoff show, which was overflowing with love and jams. Food from the Burrito Gallery down the street really turned the evening in to a grand slam! I also executed one of my favorite trades: A custom-made guitar strap and three drink tickets for a copy of Rumors & Legends.
Gainesville brought us to the Civic Media Center where we played with a few great local acts and The Blackhands, who were on tour from California. The Blackhands in particular rocked our faces off. The balmy 60 degree weather didn’t hurt, either!
In Orlando I had the pleasure of meeting up with friends who I’d met in the music circuit in Indiana through the years, Austin Miller and Moor Hound. John and I played a great show with them at the Peacock Room, and it was awesome to hear them perform and have such a receptive audience.
We had a day off after our Orlando show, during which occurred the most intense game of SORRY! I have ever played. I ended up winning the game, and a long awkward silence ensued. Thankfully everyone got over it in time to enjoy Cindy’s homemade chili, a bonfire, a bottle of George Dickel, and the company of the best people this side of the Mississippi. It was a night that I’ll hold in my heart for a long time.
Up next: Auburn, Alabama.