4/12/14 Meltdown Tour Blog 4
As we forked over $22 to a tollbooth operator, we realized we were entering New York City. Springtime in NYC is a magical thing. The world feels full of possibility.
John got us to Bar Nine in great time and as a good omen for the night, found a parking spot right around the corner. The place was all dark wood, and bistro lights. They have ski ball in the back, which is pretty amazing. We loaded in and then wandered Hell’s Kitchen for and hour or so.
Our friend Mike Machaby booked us there and set us up. We know him from the Cape. It’s good to see him thriving in the city. His band Mary Mac plays the city regularly and he is the sound guy at Bar Nine.
The opening act was Blake Flattley, who played a nice acoustic set.
Our sets were great. We played for two hours. Typically when we play the city, we will do one, 30-45 minute set. It felt good to really dig into it. By eleven the place was going crazy. Unfortunately due to noise complaints, they had to stop live music at eleven o’clock every night. We thought noise complaints were just a Cape Cod thing. The people running Bar Nine made us feel right at home and we will definitely be coming back.
A bunch of Cape Cod transplants made it to the show, including and old friend none of us had seen in years, who lived in an apartment directly above the bar! It was a big city, small world kind of night.
We stayed with our friends Charlie and Kate, in Brooklyn. Charlie is a great musician originally from Cape Cod. He played in a band with Ben and John all through high school. We felt far from home, and right at home.
Ben decided to stay and kick it in the city for a couple days. He’s going to a Knicks game tonight. Next stop Grumpy’s Pub, Friday the 18th. We are having a camouflage theme party with our homies Eight Feet Tall. The following night we will be in Boston with Eight Feet Tall and the The Alchemystics. Holler at us if you need tickets. Yup, that feels pretty good!