Thursday, May 22, 2014

Harper and Midwest Kind May blog, 2014

Hey Everyone,

Wishing you all the very best for Memorial Day Weekend here in the USA!.  Happy to announce that I won a 2014 Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Vocalist".  Woohoo, what an honor!!   I was out on tour in New England when I heard the good news.  My amazing friends : Dianne Shute and Steve Lambert received the award on my behalf.  Steve even gave a speech.  His New Zealand accent might have fooled just about everyone there. LOL!!!!.  Also very excited to announce that Midwest Kind, Bobbi and I will be touring Australia in late October for three weeks.  We have some great festivals booked plus it will give Bobbi and me, a chance to catch up with our family.  Our last trip home was in 2007, so its been a while!

Our tour to New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine was a lot of fun.  The Dinosaur BBQs in New York are always welcome on every tour.  Plus we get to play Dinosaur in Buffalo, New York in July.  New venues:  Johnny Ds and the house concert- The Brick House House were very cool.  Great folks and hospitality!  Also it was great to revisit The Elks Lodge in NH and of course the Legendary Time Out Pub in Rockland, Maine.  We then headed south to a full tilt  College gig at On The Rocks in Florence, Alabama. Followed by the amazing Darwins in Marietta, Georgia.  Then it was a trip to the wild woods of Tallahassee, Florida for The incredible Bradfordville Blues Club.  Some of our band members were new to the BBC- so they got to experience for the first time, the best fish fry in the USA, courtesy of Miss Ernestine plus the warm gathering around the huge bon fire.  We hung out with former band mate and good friend Tyler Mac at The Paradise Inn in Pensacola Beach.  Got to see his very cute little daughter .   Then it was on to Englewoods On Dearborn and The Bayside Grille in Key Largo.  Another new venue for us- The Blue Rooster in Sarasota.  Instant good vibes at The Blue Rooster, as the management put out orange cones to reserve a parking space for us in front of the club. So VERY considerate!  Fabulous food, good sound and nice peeps all round!  We finished our tour with a fabulous show on Mothers Day at The Celtic Ray in Punta Gorda, Florida.

This weekend we head to the brand new Celtic Ray in Lexington, Michigan.  This is the sister club of our much loved Celtic Ray in Punta Gorda.  The Friday show will be held in the Pub. The Saturday show will be held in the Theatre attached to the pub.  Bridget's Cross will be joining us in a double bill throw down!

Hope to see you out on the road this Spring and Summer!!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind (Official Harper Website) CDs    Australian Didge-ucation (for live video clips)

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