Happy Holidays Everyone,
Well its nice and cold here in Michigan and we were fortunate enough to have a white Christmas.
November saw the band and I head down to Florida for a warm week of shows. We had some great crowds at Englewoods on Dearborn and the Little Bar in Goodland. We had the Grand Opening of Mermaid Blues on Marco Island which was a sell out. Another new venue for us was the Rhythm House in Fort Myers and we finished the tour at the amazing Terra Fermata - a stunning out door venue in Stuart, Florida. December saw us hold our first China Tour Fundraiser at The Green Door in Lansing, Michigan. Twyla Birdsong and her band put on a great show for us and Twyla even got up and sang a few tunes with my band. She has a great voice and her band consists of some of Lansing's finest musicians. It was such a pleasure and honor to have them play. The snow pelted down but we were all warm and snug inside the Green Door. We continue to Fund raise for our upcoming China Tour through https://www.gofundme.com/2t98u6r8 We have lots of goodies on offer in return for your support.
We had a very cool show at TCs Garage in Napoleon, Michigan. Good to see TC putting on shows again. We had a nice turn out at this intimate music room. We also had an acoustic concert at one of my favorite rooms - Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Michigan. We finished the year at Bemo's Bar in Bay City. Another great sounding room with a really cool crowd. We had a kinda of a bizarre and dramatic end to the night. On the very last song, a man head planted the floor right in front of the stage. It looked like he had died on the spot. The whole room seemed to collectively gasp in shock! We were very relieved to see his lips moving while he lay on the floor. He had only feinted after all.
2016 was a busy year, lots of tours, festivals and the release of the "Show Your Love" CD which got to # 3 on Billboard and stayed in the Top Ten for six months. It also hit # 1 in Europe and # 3 in Australia. Such a wonderful result for this new CD, I am so very thankful. 2016 was also a rough year, so much war, mass shootings, devastation and the loss of so many wonderful musicians. Icons such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Prince, Leon Russell are no longer with us. The world seems a little sadder! The cool thing is that their music lives on. They stay with us through their songs. With a new year brings a new beginning and a new hope for a better world. For Harper and Midwest Kind we will be embarking on a tour of Australia and China in March which is very exciting!!!
Thank you so much for supporting my band and my music and sharing our journey. Happy Holidays, may 2017 be a year of peace, prosperity and joy for us all. See you out on the road!!!
Thanks and Peace,
Peter D. Harper,
Harper and Midwest Kind
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