Thursday, October 20, 2016

Harper and Midwest Kind October Blog 2017

Hey Everyone,

Happy Fall!!!!.  We have some amazing news.  Harper and Midwest Kind have been invited to tour China for two weeks in March, 2017.  This such an amazing opportunity for my band to play our music to such a unique culture, were are all very excited.  We have put together a  Harper and Midwest Kind China Tour Go Fund Me Campaign to raise funds to cover touring costs such as flights/ train tickets/ Chinese tour manager/ accommodation and equipment hire.   In return for your amazing support, we have loads of cool stuff on offer: the new "Show Your Love" CD, the limited edition "No Wukkin Furries" China Tour Tee Shirt/ Ladies Tank, workshops and concerts.  We certainly intend to give back to our supporters.  Please spread the word, every little bit helps!!  Please click on the link & also check out our youtube video about the project:

In September we headlined the Art Eats Beats Festival in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA which was pretty cool.  We played a new and very cool venue called BeMo's Bar in Bay City and finished the weekend at The Wine & Harvest Festival in Paw Paw.  Then we headed to Vegetable Buddies in Indiana, our favorite Pop's Place in Illinois, the amazing Alamo in Springfield and then The Rathskeller in Indianapolis.  Our good friends Justin Brown and Mark Menefee got up and jammed at The Rathskeller.  Then the next stop was Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the Thirsty Hippo.   We had an amazing set at Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival in Louisianna.  It was unbelievably HOT, but so was the music. It was crazy to realize that the festival grounds had been under 5 feet of water only six weeks before.  So many amazing bands at this festival, the standard of musicianship was outstanding. We also got to hang out with Trent Ayers and Cedric Burnside .  The Capitol Oyster Bar was up next in Montgomery, Alabama. And you know we ate a ton of oysters!!!   We finished the month with a three day visit to The Paradise Inn in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  Bass player James got to see his whole family. Our old guitar buddy Tyler Mac stopped by and got up and jammed.  It was a very cool visit.  Then it was The Celic Ray in Punta Gorda, hanging with Mackie and Ann Marie! Then over to the east side of the state to visit Katie, Everett, Scott and Dawn at the "Camp Ground" in Jupiter, Florida.  Cool shows at Guanabanas and Terra Fermata.  Good times were had by all!!!!

We have an amazing Fall/ Winter Tour.   Hope to see you out on the road this Fall and Winter!!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Harper and Midwest Kind September Blog 2016

Happy Fall Everyone,

This long and hot summer has flown by, as it always does.  The hottest summer on record for Michigan and we really felt it!!!  Happy to say that the new CD "Show Your Love" continues to break all previous records hitting # 3 with 23 weeks in the Top Ten of Billboard.  Woohooo! 

We started off the month of August with an amazing weekend in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada for the Kitchener Blues Festival.  The main stage show was off the hook with giant jumbo trons at the back of the stage, a big raucous crowd and a great sound.  Backstage hospitality was excellent as were the Festival staff.  We felt very welcome and soaked in the great blues and roots music coming off the multiple down town stages.  On the Saturday I did a harmonica presentation/ concert at the Boat House in Kitchener, which was packed to the rafters then followed by at late night club show at the Lancaster Smoke House. We plan to have a return visit to the Boat House on Friday February 3, 2017, which is good news!.  

Then it was back to the US for a bunch of concerts in Sioux Falls and Iowa.  The show at Mckennan Park Band Shell, Sioux Falls was nice, then it was a return visit to the Strawbale Winery.  Unfortunately we had some huge problems with the sound system with one of the speakers blowing out, a couple of songs into the set.  We soldiered through and thankfully the crowd was very forgiving.  Our show at the Court House was rained out, but we ended up playing inside in the actual court room, which was very cool.  The Storm Lake, Wood, Wine and Blues Festival was kinda of different, but a lot of fun,  we played music while the woodmen chainsawed their wooden masterpieces.   We ended our tour at the Legendary Byrons in Pomeroy, Iowa.

We have an amazing Fall/ Winter Tour coming up plus a 3 week tour to Australia in March with a possible 2 week tour to China there after!  If any of you want the band to play at a festival in your home town please let the festival folks know and we will do our best to make it happen.   Hope to see you out on the road this Fall!!

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