Very glad to be saying Happy Spring here in the USA!!!! Just finished a run to New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Coming up next isAlabama, Georgia, Florida and New Jersey! We have an amazing summer festival season coming up with nearly 30 festivals booked in the USA, Canada and Australia. Very exciting indeedy!! Last Friday night I was up for Five Detroit Music Awards. I am happy to announce that I won a 2014 Detroit Music Award for Most Outstanding Vocalist. A huge thank you to all who voted. Totally blown away. Unfortunately I was in Boston the night of the awards but my good friends Dianne Shute and Steve Lambert picked up the award on my behalf.
In late March we visited two amazing elementary schools in Ohio- Port Washington Elementary and Midvale Elementary. Bobbi and I presented "Australian Didge-uction" to nearly 1000 children. Great kids - lots of fun!!! Then we had a great double bill with the Mark May band at Canal House. Followed by a visit to our Kankankee Friends of the Blues at the Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmans Club in Illinois. We had a packed house, dueling didgeridoos and good blues were had by all. In St Louis, Missouri, I managed to get two parking tickets in one day, but our show at BBs was still fun!! We visited a new club- Calvin Rockett in Marshalltown where we had a fabulous turnout. We stayed at the Hampton Inn that evening and were awoken at 7.30am the next morning by a supposed phone call from the front desk manager, asking for our credit card information. Thankfully we didn't give it out- Apparently this is a national scam- so never give out your personal information over the phone unless you called them! We ended the week with yet another fabulous show at the legendary Bryons Bar in Pomeroy, Iowa!! My band Midwest Kind and I headed back to Illinois for another Australian Didge-ucation Presentation at St Patricks School followed by a visit to North Hill Elementary in Burlington, Iowa. It really is cool to see how amazing American teachers are! We had another fantastic double bill with The Bluz Benderz at The Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs, Missouri. Hope to see these guys again. Then it was back the The Firehouse BBQ and Blues in Indiana for another great double bill with The Funkyard Dogs. We had a packed house and great music was enjoyed by all. We ended our tour at the Players Pub in Bloomington, Indiana. Where it was my pleasure to present a musicianship award to Justin Brown!
Bobbi and I presented three more Australian Didge-ucation Presentations in Michigan at the Kalamazoo Public Library, Alice & jack Wirt Public Library in Bay City and the Bay City Academy! The kids had a ball, got to paint didgeridoos and learn to play them as well. We all had a blast.
Hope to see you out on the road this Spring and Summer!!
Thanks and Peace,
Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)