Archive | August, 2006

8/31/06. The Moontime, Couer D’ Alene, ID

31 Aug

It’s been a few years since I have played here, it was nice to come back. It was a good night. When we were unloading our gear into our room after the gig we somehow spaced out a speaker and left it by the car at 1 am or whatever it was. We were super lucky that some good people saw us unloading and knew which room we were in and knocked on the door at 2 am or whatever to let us know about the speaker sitting there in the parking lot. Yeah, I definitely belive most of humanity is good. If you never watched the news or read the paper, what a wonderful world it would appear to be, well, way better, anyway.

08/26/06. Private Party, Near Columbia Falls, MT

26 Aug

A 60th surprise birthday party in a beautiful spot. No electricity so I brought a solar panel and battery bank for power. It was a good party, good people good food good time.

08/25/06. WLGC Restaurant, Whitefish, MT

25 Aug

Played out on the deck one last time before summer ends. The days are getting short. It was a good night, nothing too eventful happened.

08/18/06. Art Fair, Jackson Hole, WY

18 Aug

A nice 10 hour drive down here, it was nice to see the desert again. We ate at a Sonic -southwestern fast food chai- so Linda was psyched as her past is full of Sonic goodness. We spent the night in a campground -Jackson motels are damn expensive and all booked up- and didn’t sleep at all, the highway was nearby and someone was snoring pretty darn loud. We are so used to the quiet of the Montana forest that loud audio keeps us awake. The art fair was fun, although it wasn’t set up as well as the Kalispell one. In Jackson, the music stage is on the outskirts of all the booths, so you get way less people coming by to listen than you should. In Kalispell, the stage is in the center, so everyone at all the booths can hear. We have some video of our smoking brakes as we descended into the Hole. We had to stop and let them cool before continuing, a super steep road. Yes, we were slightly concerned about dying a brakeless death, but we made it okay. We decided to leave right after the gig and drive home ( we got home at 4:30 am) cause we weren’t sure how many good brakings we might have left and it’s way easier to drive at night with less traffic. I think I used the brakes like 5 times on the way back, in 600 miles – of course most of that was interstate. I would downshift and take squealing turns rather than touch the brakes… Linda was laughing at me. We missed a turn off for a state hwy. a few times so I just rolled until we slowed down long enough to pull a uturn, hilarious…

08/11/06. Eickhardt’s, Sandpoint, ID

11 Aug

Always great to be back at this fine european feeling pub in a pretty sweet western town. The evening started out super mellow as many people were at the music festival, David Gray was playing, I believe. The evening picked up and it turned into a great night and I got to rock out. Saw an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a few years, I love when that happens. We had to wait on the highway for an hour cause there was an accident and they had to get the dead people and wreckage off the road. We passed 3 bad wrecks on the way here today, all with fatalities.

The next day we stayed all day in a motel in Bonner’s Ferry and just watched tv and relaxed all day… and made microwave food for lunch. It’s been like over a decade since I have made food in a microwave. It was like a surreal vacation for us. Then we went back to Eichardt’s the next night and I played saxophone with Shapeshifter 3, a fun time.

08/05/06. Jeff and Adele’s wedding, Glacier Park, MT

5 Aug

Super fine weather for a wedding in the park. The bride and groom arrived on different boats from the lake. A little bit of confusion on my part as to when to start Here Comes the Bride, but oh well, these things happen. It was fun playing with a band at the reception, later, especially with a great jazz guitarist who sat in with the band. He made a little travel guitar sound kickass, played Jimi H’s Little Wing note for note…