Tour Recap Part III: Cleveland

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011

Hello Cleveland! For the third city on tour, we headed back to my college town.  I graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2006.  Classes were difficult there, and I spent most of my time studying, but I still managed to make some really great friends.  It was my first time back to Cleveland in a while, and a lot of my friends were still there, and they came out to the show.  I needed Cleveland at this point in the tour, I was getting tired of dragging the gear around and needed some rest.  Justus picked us up after the 17-hour bus excursion from Boston, and I spent a good part of the next day asleep, then borrowed Justus’ car to visit my Uncle Tom and his family, then came back and had band practice for the first full band show on the tour, and our first time playing together: Justus Brake on bass, Danny O’Brien on Banjo/Mandolin, and Laura Simna on violin.  Near the end of practice we started goofing around with the first song on my album, I Didn’t Mind, and Justus said, “Let’s record something.”  I fired up the computer, we gathered around a microphone, and here’s what happened: I Didn’t Mind – Andrew Karnavas – Bluegrass version!! by Andrew Karnavas I’ve never done any bluegrass style songs, but I hope to record with them again at some point, it was too much fun. Friday night, with a practice under our belts and an audience full of old friends, we were...

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Tour Recap Part II: Boston

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011

I recently went on a solo tour Sept 8 – 19th, performing in NYC, Boston, Cleveland and Chicago, and I can’t wait to get out there and do it again. Part 2 – Boston Sept 12th And so began the Megabus leg of the tour. For $10 total, Grace and I were able to take the Megabus ROUND TRIP from NYC to Boston.  Our departure was delayed about an hour, but for solo acoustic touring, the price is hard to beat.  Megabus runs along the Eastern seaboard all the way to Milwaukee, so it’s worth checking out if you’re a singer-songwriter planning to tour on a budget. The hard part is packing- you’re allowed one carry-on and one personal item, so you have to pack light.  Since there were two of us, we had a bigger bag for clothes and merchandise, but in retrospect it would have been better to ship merchandise to venues rather than drag it all over the cities, up and down subway stairs and buses.  The burden provided plenty of incentive to move some units though, that’s for damn sure. While looking for a place to eat, we came across the coolest music store ever – Mr. Music.  This place has great deals on guitars, all kinds of miscellaneous percussion, a huge case of new and used effects pedals, and a nice variety of amps including boutique models that I haven’t seen very often. That evening, we went to an open mic night at The Lizard Lounge to promote my show at Tommy Doyle’s the following night.  They have a beautiful sound system and the open mic host Tom Bianchi is really funny and a great host.  There I ran into a Kerrville Folk Festival regular Raybo! Sept 13th – The Action Sequence! I spent the better part of the day passing out flyers for my show around Harvard Square.  There were solo acoustic musicians busking on every corner, which was great to see, and it also made me laugh because I was out promoting a solo acoustic show.  Because Harvard Square is the area around Harvard’s campus and very close to MIT, there were plenty of college kids with loose plans who are used to getting flyers, so the show was fairly easy to promote.  I hit the stage at Tommy Doyle’s, a loud Irish Pub, at 10:15, and the place was packed.  Runaway...

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Tour Recap Part 1: NYC

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011

I recently went on a solo tour Sept 8 – 19th, performing in NYC, Boston, Cleveland and Chicago, and I can’t wait to get out there and do it again. Part 1-NYC: Sept 8th – Grace and I flew into Laguardia for the first run of shows in NYC, The Big Apple!  Our changeover flight in Chicago was delayed a few hours, so we arrived at the hotel at 11:45PM, dropped our bags, and left immediately for a midnight radio appearance on WBAI.  The station is located at 120 Wall St, near Ground Zero, and security was tight to get into the building, being 9/11 weekend and all.  The show was Radio Unnameable, on the air from midnight to 3:00AM since the Sixties, hosted by free-form radio pioneer Bob Fass and his assistant Bill Prop.  This was the most interesting radio show I’ve done, because anything can (and does) happen.  I performed most of the Film Noir album in between calls from late night New Yorkers who discussed everything from 9/11 to weapons of mass destruction to hydro-fracking to Texas barbecue and wildfires to the questionable origin of the song “You Are My Sunshine,” capped off with a mystery caller who played the song on harmonica and hung up.  Bob knows many of the callers by name, some of them have been calling in for years. While playing on the radio, I was imagining the cab drivers who were listening and the people at home in their tiny New York apartments folding clothes or having a late night snack and taking a moment to tune in to WBAI.  There’s a mystery to performing on the radio in that you have no idea who your audience is, but they are likely alone, so it’s like giving potentially thousands of one-on-one performances simultaneously with a live audience that might also be imagining what I look like.  It’s really satisfying. Sept 9th – Slept in to make up for the day before, then Grace and I headed around Manhattan to drop off demos of the new Runaway Sun album at some indie record labels I thought might be interested in our sound and at some venues to lay the groundwork for future touring.  10pm show at Googie’s Lounge, the upstairs part of The Living Room on the Lower East Side.  I didn’t realize how close The Living Room is to Arlene’s Grocery,...

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