Slackers in Aberdeen, SD is the perfect place to slack off for a bit. ;-) They have a great selection of brews (as well as ciders), and definitely source local brews whenever possible. The owner and operator is completely hands on in everything from bar backing, to band booking, to running the sound for the small bar-front stage. The place has a laidback lounge feel with a variety of different seating options. It’s definitely a locals’ bar, and attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. One of the regulars even bought me a slacker t-shirt! Definitely a fun little spot!
For more info on Slackers visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slackers/249777298428178
It’s always fun to be in Spearfish during the Sturgis Bike Rally. And, we were even more stoked to be back playing at Lucky’s 13 for the second year in a row. It’s a great place to grab a beer, pull up a seat at the bar, and enjoy their regular slew of live music. With ornately painted motorcycles lined up for display outside, patrons were definitely enjoying the festivities.
It was even more fun with a group of our old friends from the Buffalo Chip in attendance. We keep pinching ourselves with how lucky we are to be doing what we love with the one that we love. Lucky us!
For more info about Lucky’s 13 check out: www.luckys13spearfish.com
After a few days of R&R in Bozeman, one of our favorite little college towns, with good friends, we spent a couple of days checking out Yellowstone. Holy cow! Sooo cool. It’s like the amusement park of national parks. We saw everything from buffalo to elk to a mommy and baby black bear to geysers to waterfalls. Definitely worth the stop! Aaand we picked up our National Parks Pass. National Parks, here we come!
The Mint Bar & Grill in Livingston is definitely a historic locals’ bar. Complete with a neon cowgirl light, it oozes old school charm. Folks in Livingston enjoy kicking up their heels, so we had quite a few two steppers on the dance floor. With changing meter in many of our songs, and just the nature of our music, it’s always interesting when people get out on the dance floor when we play. But boy do the locals know how to dance!
For more info about The Mint Bar & Grill visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheMintBarAndTheater
Bitterroot Brewing in Hamilton, Montana is definitely one of our favorite little breweries in the U.S., so we were ecstatic to be back there. They have a great stage and an awesome array of brews. They also make a mean fish taco. Folks in the Bitterroot Valley are the salt of the Earth, and we always enjoy playing there. Definitely a must stop if you are traveling through Montana!
For more info on Bitterroot Brewing checkout: http://bitterrootbrewing.com
While we may have been on the road now for over two years, we are still discovering more amazing nooks and crannies all over the U.S. Bigfork, Montana is definitely one of those unbelievable discoveries. Holy beautiful! Our venue, The Raven was literally right on the lake. In fact, boats can dock at the restaurant and grab a beverage and dinner and hang out in their boats to enjoy the live music. With a two-tiered outdoor porch and patio, we had a great crowd outside overlooking the lake and surrounding mountain ranges. They also make a mean Moscow Mule with their local liquor. Great spot, and we hope to be back again next year!
For more info regarding The Raven visit: http://sleepeatdrink.com/the-raven-restaurant/
There is always a great culture and embracement of the arts at a local farmers’ market. The Bogert Farmers’ Market in Bozeman is no exception. They have quite the eclectic range of local produce, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, and artwork to check out. And they always have live music. We had a unique opener with a performance by the local summer music camp kids prior to our gig. It made me a bit nostalgic of my teaching years, and it was a lot of fun seeing the kiddos so into the music and performance. We had a nice crowd and made some new friends. We love our trips to the Bozone!
For more info: http://bogertfarmersmarket.org
So, I have to say that roadhouses are not typically our venue of choice. We are simply not a country band. Grub Stake in Helena, Montana is your good ol’ boys type of venue with a good sized dance floor for boot scooting and a bar full of the usual suspects: Jack and Bud were definitely in attendance. It was a pretty low-key Thursday evening. We made a few new fans and had a couple of two steppers join in the fun. Yee-haw!
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grub-Stake/467900039902799
How many musicians can say that they have played in a bubble? Well, we can; twice, in fact. The Norris Hot Springs stage is one of a kind. Something of a greenhouse meets yurt meets igloo, this stage provides quite the unique musical experience for performers and listeners alike. Patrons soak along side the stage in the rustic soaking pool and enjoy evening entertainment by a rotating list of acoustic talent. We always enjoy having a chance to play there and soak it all in! ;-)
For more info: http://norrishotsprings.com
Well, Yellowstone Cellars & Winery may not be located within the confines of Yellowstone National Park, but they have their fair share of attractions, namely a great wine selection. They also host live music on weekends, and regulars and wine connoisseurs alike flock to the winery for their delicious beverages and entertainment offerings. It was our first trip to Billings, and a short overnighter at that, but we definitely hope to spend a bit more time in this MT college town soon!
For more info: http://www.yellowstonecellars.com
Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena, Montana is our kind of brewery. A two-story brewery with a nice upper deck outdoor patio, this place has a scene and setting for any night of the week. Folks were packed into the upstairs area on this Tunesday summer evening and we had a great time sharing our tunes with them! What a great town, and the beer is delicious. I especially enjoyed the kolsch. We absolutely plan to make this a reoccurring stop on future MT tours, and you should too!
For more info regarding Blackfoot River Brewing visit: http://blackfootriverbrewing.com
We cannot say enough about Bozeman. Great college town, art scene, friends, and a fantastic brewery/distillery to boot! The last time we played at 406 Brewing, their distillery was still a wistful dream in the brewers glistening eyes. But not so this time, with Wildrye Distilling open on the backside of the brewery we played a breezy show out on the new outdoor patio area connecting the two spaces, albeit with a rope lining the middle isle (Montana laws can be a bit silly).
Holly smokes do they mix a mean cocktail! You seriously can’t go wrong! We had a great group of listeners and friends streaming in and out throughout the evening. Definitely a fun spot that just keeps getting cooler!
For more info about 406 Brewing & Wildrye Distilling: http://www.406brewingcompany.com & www.wildryedistilling.com
Wildwood Brewing in Stevensville, Montana has an itty-bitty tasting room, but their brews have big time flavor. Organic and delectable, every one of the beers seemed to melt in your mouth. I loved their dark wheat, and beer isn’t even a part of my first language, but yum-o! It was a sweet evening with regulars enjoying their favorite brews and a little stripped down set by two troubadours on a lifelong adventure!
For more info regarding Wildwood Brewing and its fabulous brews checkout: http://wildwoodbrewing.com
::Coeur d’Alene, ID:::
Idaho, it’s basically the state that when you tell people you are from Iowa, everyone pictures…but it’s definitely not the same state. They have mountains, and lots of them! Coeur d’Alene is gorgeous with a big beautiful lake surrounded by mountain ranges. Local brewery, Slate Creek Brewing Co. is brewing their way to greatness. They already have a flourishing mug club with each mug uniquely handcrafted for it’s individual drinker. And their regular patrons are seriously busting out the seams of their little tasting room. We had such a fun night rocking with these guys and hope to drop by again soon!
For more info on Slate Creek Brewing visit: http://slatecreekbrewing.com
Well hello Bavaria…I mean, Leavenworth, Washington. Washington and Bavaria may not seem to correlate in your brain, but trust me when I say that you are literally walking into a Bavarian fortress when you step foot into Leavenworth, Washington. Complete with folks in lederhosen and Billy goats grazing on the bluff, Leavenworth sets the scene as if from a Bavarian storybook. And the mountain views are literally breathtaking. We had a great night playing in the biergarten at Icicle Brewing. This is definitely the spot in town to grab a pint and spend a beautiful summer evening!
For more info regarding Icicle Brewing polka your way over to: http://iciclebrewing.com
The Grant House in Vancouver, Washington is located on the grounds of the oldest continuously operating airport in the country. And you definitely experience the vibe of a throwback military community when you venture onto the estate. We had a bit of a pickin’ party out on the old wrap around porch on a warm summer afternoon with new and old friends in attendance. The owners, former Nashvillians themselves, put out a beautiful menu and are ardent supporters of live music.
For more info on The Grant House visit: http://thegranthouse.us
It is always so much fun playing a show when old friends come out of the woodwork to see you, and it definitely made for a fun evening at Toscano’s in Puyallup, Washington. Toscano’s has a nice-sized outdoor patio with table seating and a central fireplace with surrounding bar-style seating. It’s a nice laid-back setting for a romantic evening out. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of red wine while we serenaded folks in Puyallup’s very own Italian piazza oasis.
For more info visit: http://www.toscanospuyallup.com
::White Salmon, WA:::
It does seem like everybody’s brewing these days, but it’s not everybody that can put out an awesome brew like Everybody’s Brewing does in White Salmon, Washington. Located adjacent to Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon is a quiet little gorge town putting out some big-time beers.
The brewery keeps expanding, and it’s evident that it’s the hotspot in town. They also make some mean sweet-potato fries, a YKMW favorite. This eency-weency town seriously lucked out when the brewing geniuses at Everybody’s Brewing opened their doors. It’s a town that enjoys live music and a great brew, always the perfect pairing. And the little stage is the perfect size for this twosome!
For more info on Everybody’s Brewing visit: http://www.everybodysbrewing.com
Camas is a very industrial town with a paper-mill providing most of the outlying atmosphere, but they have an adorable little downtown area. It reminded me a bit of Franklin, TN in its little shops and restaurants. It was a nice surprise when we turned onto the main street. Caps N’ Taps in Camas is local brew central with beers and ciders from all over the Pacific North-West. They also host live music on the weekends. The patrons were some serious music listeners, which made for and intimate affair. What a sweet, sweet evening.
For more info on Caps N’ Taps visit: http://www.capsntapscamas.com
When you tell a person from the Pacific Northwest that you are playing a McMennamins gig they instantly know what to expect: a historic setting with a lot of character and a good sounding room. Their venues are legendary across the region, and we’ve had the opportunity to grace the stage at the White Eagle in Portland on our last two visits to the city. Located on the lower level of a historic hotel, the White Eagle exudes interest with flaming wall sconces, a cozy little stage in the back corner pocket, and nice sized carved wooden bar, and eclectic décor to feast your eyes on (as if your senses are not already completely captivated).
McMennamins also brews their own beers and ciders. We always enjoy sampling their seasonal offerings. We had a great evening with local openers Willow Grove taking the stage first (a folk-country husband and wife duo), and setting the tone for an evening of tight harmony and story telling. Followed by a token YKMW set. We had a great time with our Portland friends, and hope to visit this weird little city again soon!
For more info on the White Eagle visit: http://www.mcmenamins.com/WhiteEagle