Friday, September 9, 2011

Harper and Midwest Kind October Blog

Hey everyone,

Autumn here we come! What an amazing summer we have had. Just back from Nebraska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. Woohoo quite a drive! We performed at the legendary Zoo Bar, (despite a double booking with Levee Town), Southside Johnnies and Lincoln's Roadhouse. The highlight was the amazing Trinidaddio Blues Festival in Trinidad just south of Colorado Springs. We arrived one day early for the pre festival party which was just fabulous. Our dear friends Richard & Michelle Sukup also came along for the ride. We started the night with dinner at local Restaurant "Rino's" where were treated to live blues and opera. An interesting combination, but somehow it worked because of the incredibly talented staff/performers. We then headed down to El Rancho for a Zydeco treat with Rosie Ledet and her band. The atmosphere was electric and we all had way too much fun. The next day was the festival. We had our own limo driver called Ron who ferried us around all weekend. The lineup was stellar with Rosie Ledet, Charlie Musslewhite, Dave Specter and many more. The hospitality of Trinidaddio was about the best there is!

We drove back to Michigan for one whole day and then we were out on the road again to the East Coast where we performed at House Of Buds in Hyannis, MA. We then headed to Rhode Island for the much awaited Rhythm n Roots Festival in Charlestown's beautiful Ninigret Park. We had stunning weather and amazing music with Marcia Ball, Raul Marlo, Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Earle, Mitch Woods plus many many more. It was so nice to hear all these great performers. The sound was pristine and the vibe very friendly. A great weekend was had by all. We finished our East Coast run with shows at the picturesque "Inn on The Blues" in York Beach and our favorite Timeout Pub in Rockland, Maine- we love this place. Its always nice to meet up with old friends.

We have a last minute booking- a double bill with Mr Blotto at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn, Illinois (Sept 17)plus The Bring It Festival in Flint, Michigan (Sept 18). We will be revisiting The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI (Sept 24) followed by Michigan's Rootenanny presented by our talented friends "Rootstand" (September 25) in Ellsworth, Michigan. Great camping, music and good times at the Rocky Top Farm. We will end the month of September with a show at The Player's Pub in Bloomington, Indiana (Sept 30). We were very sad to hear that Owner Greg Hill suddenly passed last month but thankfully the Pub continues his love of music.

October will see us heading back to New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania then south to South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Alabama. Woohoo- Im tired already!! LOL!!!

We hope to see you out on the road this Fall.

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