Happy Fall. Sending positive healing vibes to all those who were caught up in the devastating path of Hurricane Urma and the terrible earth quakes in Mexico. Happy to report that all our friends and touring venues are OK! But so many more didn't fare so well.
Labor Day weekend saw some crazy driving. We were very lucky not to be rained out at the fabulous Sioux Falls Block Party. But due to an early load in at the Peoria Heritage Blues Festival in Illinois we had to drive through the night. We made it to town at about 7.30am, caught a few hours of snooze, then we were off to the festival. And what an amazing festival it was. Great staging and sound, beyond incredible hospitality. I got to hang out with new friend and guitarist Mathew Curry. Really nice guy! Then I caught up with good buddies Walter Trout, Sammy Avila and Michael Leasure. So good to see Walter looking so healthy. The band put on a fabulous show. We saw fellow Aussie John Butler Trio perform. It was so cool to hear so many Aussie accents back stage at an American Festival. We finished the weekend at one of our favorite clubs - Pop's Place - where its always a lot of fun!!! Thank you Tom Miller for the amazing Brisket! Just this weekend we had some great shows and glorious warm Fall weather at Niagara Falls Blues Festival, New York and Camp Jam in the Pines in New Jersey. On the way to New Jersey, a car pulled out on us suddenly on the Highway, didn't use his turn signal and seemed completely oblivious to the fact we were in the left hand lane. If I hadn't steered the Chevy hard onto the left shoulder, we would have been wiped out. That defensive driving course I took many years ago in Australia has served us well so many times! Camp Jam in Pines proved to be very hard to find with two different GPS's taking us to some weird little church in the woods. But we made it and what a superb time we had. Stunning weather, cool hippy crowd, nice big stage on a lake, surrounded by woods, bon fires and lazer lights!!!
We have a very special House Concert - Fri Sept 29th - CaD 'Zan House Concerts - Cambridge, Illinois - RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Limited to 30 seats if indoors! So Please contact John for your ticket. This will be an intimate house concert - one of the best ways to enjoy music and for me personally - the best type of concert to perform at!!!
We hope to see you out on the road this Fall in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Virgina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia and Florida with more to follow in the Winter !!!
Thanks and Peace,
Peter D. Harper,
Harper and Midwest Kind
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