Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Harper and Midwest Kind October Blog part 2

Hey Everyone,

Fall is upon us and we are having some amazing "Indian Summer" weather here in Michigan this week. We had a fairly easy month in September after all the major touring of the Spring and Summer. It was nice just to chill out a little bit. Ive been working on the new live CD which we hope to release in early Spring, 2012 (March/April) for my Southern Hemisphere friends. Our shows at Scooters in Michigan, Fitzgeralds in Chicago were a lot of fun. The new Bring It Festival in Flint, Michigan was amazing. The organizers had an entire wall of original graffiti styled artwork being created while the festival was running. It was incredible to see. There were arts and crafts booths full of interesting items such as jewelery, Flint Comic books, clothing and art. Very cool! Our show at The Livery in Benton Harbor, Michigan was also alot of fun. At The Player's Pub in Bloomington, Indiana we got to jam with our good friend Justin Brown who just about stole the show.

On the way to the Rootenanny Festival in Ellsworth, Michigan as we were driving up highway 131, I started to feel quite ill. Bobbi offered me a banana so I ate it thinking that it might calm my stomach. What happened next was like something out of a horror movie. With my two hands on the driving wheel, my stomach launched a huge projectile of creamy banana colored vomit all over the dashboard and the entire front section of the van. This all happened while I was driving. I managed to pull the van safely over to the side of the highway. I guess it was that jalapeno burger that I scoffed down at Wendy's about an hour earlier. That's road food for you. Oh My God, what a drama!!. Thankfully our guitarist Matt Besey had a roll of toilet paper to mop up the mess! We made our way to the fabulous Rootenanny with an incredible road story to tell.

On a sad note, our amazing drummer Marc Dixon, after five years of touring with my band "Midwest Kind", will be going off the road. His last show will be on Sunday October 9 @ Scooters in Flint, Michigan. We wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for his fine contribution to my music. We welcome Scott Key our former drummer, who Marc originally replaced in 2007. Its very cool to have Scott back in the band. In October we will be heading to Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. Included is our regular visit to our special needs kids at the Buckingham Exceptional Student Center in Fort Myers Florida for a Halloween show. Can't wait!!

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

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