Daily Archives: October 2, 2013

The Bare Necessities

Day 15: The Rudyard Kipling
Louisville, KY

I honestly had no idea what to expect from a club named after a literary icon.
The Rudyard Kipling has in interesting vibe. Jungle style decorations are sprinkled throughout the club, framed print outs of famous (and some not so famous) Kipling works hung in seemingly sporadic spots around the venue.
The place had a very homelike style to it, and it almost felt as if we were playing a collage house party. (UofL is right down the street, so maybe that’s not too inaccurate of a description)
Last time we were in Louisville the club that we played at kicked out everyone under 21 at 10pm sharp, including two local fans, Jessica and Sarah. They stayed though, watching the set from outside the venue, making friends with the security guards. This time though, we were able to get this club to allow all ages, so they finally were able to see the show from somewhere other than the nosebleeds.
The Rud, as it’s locally called, has two stages, a smaller one in the bar area, and a larger stage in a separate upper room. We set up in the upper room, as we had 4 bands on the bill. One of the other acts playing was Beyond Doubt, a local Louisville band that we had played with the last time we had stopped through. It is always fascinating to watch the evolution of a band. The last time we were in Louisville, Beyond Doubt was a fairly new band, with a large number of their songs being cover songs. This time around though, 95% of their set was original material, and it was clear that as a band they were finding their own. Hopefully we get to see them again soon… I’m interested to see how their progress continues!

Returning to Webster Hall in NYC on Friday!!!!

Rollin on the river…

Day 14: Day Off
Clarksville, IN

It’s hard to actually think of a ‘day off’ while on tour as a true ‘day off’. Granted, we at least once a tour we try to have a band vacation day where we hit one must see tourist destination in a random spot across America. (So far we’ve hit N.A.S.A, Graceland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Grand Canyon… Epcot would be a fun diversion this time….)
This day off, however, was an office day.
After waking up in the parking lot of a sketchy gas station somewhere in Missouri, we headed to Clarksville, IN. We set up a mobile office in the first Starbucks we found (which happened to inside of a Target), and everyone dove in on the myriad of tasks that we have on the docket. We worked until about 9pm (not really a day off, huh?) then headed to check out the casino for a bit, thinking that we could chill out and get some free drinks for Stevie G’s actual birthday (Another travelers note: Indiana state law prohibits casinos from giving free drinks. Indiana residents, please harass your senators about changing this law. It would mean the world to me!)
Nate taught me the basics of Craps, then we hung out at the Blackjack tables for a bit. The cool thing about that particular casino is when we took a string of twisting and turning hallways and crossed a boarding ramp, suddenly we were on a riverboat! We hung out there for a bit, got teased with the promise of free rooms, (which never came through) then fell asleep in our own rolling 5 star accommodations in their parking lot.