When you think of Utah, you think rural, Mormons, and Park City… but I sure hadn’t envisioned the awesome microbrew filled hand tossed pizza pub of Slackwater found creek side in the little college town of Ogden. They host live music regularly on the weekends and boast a nice sized windowed in wrap around patio area, which provided a backdrop and abundance of natural light for our performance in which we were centrally located amongst enthusiastic listeners. This is either a diamond in the rough, or we have a lot to learn about Utah.
It was a great Sunday crowd with folks coming up to us between sets and after the show to pick up a CD or two. There must be something in the water in these parts, as folks seemed to really know how to have a good time in Ogden. We hope to make the trip back again soon!
I had never really SEEN red rocks before we went to Moab! Surrounded by a fortress of red mountains Moab is a sight to see, unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go check out the Arches National Park on this visit as we arrived just a bit before our show, but we’ll be back in a month, so no worries there. And being that this is one of Cie’s mom’s favorite places to photograph, I cannot wait to come back!
Our venue for the evening, The Blu Pig had the perfect sized stage for the two of us. The lounge was intimate yet large enough for folks to have a little side bar conversation without hindering the music. And it came complete with a PA, something we always appreciate in a venue. We met folks visiting town from Cali to Alaska and everyone was excited to hear our stories and listen to our songs. I enjoyed some delicious Blackened Cajun fish and Cie devoured his pulled pork sandy after the show. I would be remiss to not mention the yummy sweet corn muffins with cinnamon butter. Tasty eating. We our definitely looking forward to our return show there next month!
Assssssspen! Hey Colorado, we are back! We love Colorado and absolutely love Aspen, so we were excited to come play a return performance at Aspen Brewing Co. The mix of the Blonde and the Red Ales they make (The Strawberry Blonde) is always a nice treat. And the Aspenites always appreciate live music. We made new friends with locals and enjoyed chatting between shows, and enjoyed reuniting with the bartender, Mclean. Mclean even shared a little locals’ secret involving a free hot springs down the road near Carbondale, that we ended up visiting a couple of days later. Did I mention we love Colorado?
Paonia is one of those secrets that Coloradans keep until they have decided you’ve made the cut into their secret list of awesome places and things to do. We were not only excited to play back in Paonia (Colorado’s favorite hippy abode) at one of our favorite little breweries (Revolution Brewing), but we were also excited to share our music with the local public radio station, KVNF. We enjoyed a fun interview and live performance with Amber McDaniel, and then headed back to the brewery to share our music again.
The people of Paonia love their brews, music, and just their overall local ambience. It’s hard to explain. It just exudes community. We meet new people every time we play there and see familiar faces along side them. Revolution Brewing is the spot in town. And we were happy to enjoy it to its full extent this time with the double doors behind the stage opening up into their back terrace/patio area. Spring has sprung!
Mancos, Colorado and Mancos Valley Distillery may not be on everyone’s map per say, but it should be. The distillery itself is well worth the trip. The various varieties of rum are delicioso! And they have a nice sized stage within. The owners will also give you the mini tour if you so choose. And they host live music regularly on the weekends.
This particular weekend happened to be a special event weekend for Mancos, with a 1920’s theme, so we were sure to come dressed in full garb (or at least the best we could do with our limited on the road resources). We enjoyed a nice dancing crowd for the first half of the show, followed up by a group of avid listeners. Great people, great rum, and great view (Mesa Verde is just down the road)!
The Zinc Cellar Bar located in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque has a cool vibe. Low lighting and candlelit tables provide a very laid back ambience. Sound scaffolding behind the corner ‘stage’ area allow for pretty decent acoustics. Folks descending into the cellar are there to enjoy an array of well-chosen wines, microbrews, and cocktails as well as a loaded list of small plates. They also host live music most nights, so it’s always a fun place to stop into. We enjoyed the company of some of our favorite ABQ fans, and had the pleasure of making new ones over the course of the evening.
:::Santa Fe, NM:::
Whenever I think of Santa Fe I think of the movie, “The Newsies.” There is a scene in the movie where the lead character goes into a heartfelt monologue and ballad about how life will surely be better when he gets to Santa Fe. And surely it does, as we enjoyed sauntering around the historic plaza, taking in a few of the art galleries, shops, and boutiques, and sharing our music at The Cowgirl.
The Cowgirl is not country western specific as one might expect. However, many of the personnel do dawn western attire and bucket cowboy hats. They host a variety of music, including our own blend of folk-rock. I enjoyed debuting my skills on the high-hat that evening. And we were delighted to find that we’d been joined by a couple of old friends from Iowa, now living in the area. There was a good-sized eclectic crowd of tourists, locals, and gypsy musicians that had come out to enjoy a drink, dinner, and live music. And the local paper had suggested and promoted our show. What more could we ask? Thanks Santa Fe! We’ll be back!
Silver City, NM:::
Drives to new areas of the country can sometimes be underwhelming and uneventful…the drive from Socorro to Silver City was not definitely not that. After a short interstate stretch the GPS took us to a highway headed for the hills. We were a bit befuddled to see that we only had something like 70 or so miles to our destination, however it said the drive was going to take several more hours. And then came the mountains. Back and forth, back and forth. Switchback after switchback. Slowly climbing higher and higher, until we even got to the point where there were trees! Like real trees…not exactly something the New Mexico desert landscape is known for. Jack took it all in stride and eventually we meandered our way to Silver City.
Upon entering Silver City we were greet by the visitors center and a large sign with the words “Live: You Knew Me When” scrolling across it…a first for us so we were tickled pink. We then checked into our digs for the evening, the Palace Hotel in the center of downtown and directly across from our venue for the evening, the Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery. The hotel had a lot of old time charm and character…apparently one of the rooms is even haunted.
After a nap and a little walk around the town we loaded into Little Toad and had a truly memorable evening. Not only were the libations top notch, but the clientele were incredibly enthusiastic and into our music…literally dancing to every song we played…quite the accomplishment for some of our uniquely metered tunes. Hats off Silver City: to your town, your brewery/distiller, and your people. See you down the road!
Embudo is a small town, small town. With that said, it’s a small town with a big heart. We love playing at the local microbrewery, Blue Heron. With this being our third performance at the brewery, we had a good feel for what to expect: a fun local crowd, happy root beer drinking kiddos frolicking in and out of the doors from the back patio area, and an overall great experience. Oh, and of course there’s the excellent brews! They are opening up a bigger location in a nearby town, and we hope to be gracing that stage soon!
It is always fun to meet people randomly (at the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs for example), invite them to a show, and have them actually show up. I’m going to get ahead of myself and also say that they showed up for a gig a week later in Colorado, making them repeat listeners and overall awesome people. That said, as we began setting up to play in Taos at the Historic Taos Inn/Adobe Bar, we were pleased to find familiar faces already in the crowd.
We had just spent the last couple of days catching a bit of R&R at the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, which are absolutely amazeballs. They have 4 different types of hot springs that focus on treating various parts of the body and the mind, including a mud bath. No big deal… ;-) But I digress, we had a great time there, and made some new friends.
The Adobe Bar exudes New Mexican character, and serves up an excellent margarita. The bar was filled with guests, tourists, locals, and our new friends from the hot springs. We enjoyed a laid back early evening set and definitely hope to make the Adobe Bar a permanent fixture on the tour schedule!
We’ve said it more than once, and I’ll say it again: beer and music are one of the best imaginable pairings. Our venue, The Old Mill Brewery & Grill in Littleton brews their own unique beverages including a coconut porter to die for. They also host live music with some regularity. We enjoyed a nice little local crowd, good beer, and sharing our music. Folks definitely appreciated what they heard, and we definitely appreciated being there.