Day 30: Hartford, Ct

After the explosive NYC show there was no choice but to carry that energy with us to Hartford. Up or On the Rocks has been our Connecticut stop for the last year and a half, and every time it has been an amazing experience. Last night was no different.
The day didn’t start off as glorious as it ended though. When Nate and I were parking the bus after the NYC show the power steering line on the bus burst. So, first thing in the morning Mochello and I had to drive an hour out on to Long Island to our diesel mechanic for repairs. By the time everything was fixed it was 2:30 in the afternoon and rush mode was on. We headed back to Queens to pick Nate up before heading to Roots to get him and Stevie G. The ride to Hartford was uneventful, and we rolled up just in time to load in and set up for sound check. The vibe from New York was definitely still present, and was a great foundation for bringing it even harder that night.
Two of my childhood friends that hadn’t seen in almost 15 years came out to the show. Both of them had a great time and enjoyed all the bands, but the thing that really stood out to me was how glamorous it seemed to them what we’re doing. I know I’ve probably said it before, but sometimes we take for granted the life we’re living. It really isn’t glamorous, it’s a lot of hard work, and at this stage of the game it’s most definitely not about the money. But we’re traveling the country, meeting all kinds of people, seeing amazing sights. Every night we’re surrounded by great music. Best of all, we’re not trapped in some cubicle, slaving endless hours lining the mans pockets while we contemplate ending our miserable existences in ways that would make the most seasoned therapist blush.
There’s a passion to succeed that is driving each one of us that makes this investment worth it. As this tour is winding down this is all to evident. There was no booking agents. No label. No publicists. We booked this tour. We promoted it. We found an amazing sponsor, Motor Energy Drink, to believe in us enough to support us on our journey. We found two other amazing acts to join us as we made our sojourn across the country. We planned this, and we succeeded.