There is no time and place like Spring in New York. February faux Spring is pretty nice too. We loaded into our big white van and made the trek to Bar Matchless one of our favorite little venues in Brooklyn. It’s an old mechanic shop and the live music room is built into what was the garage bay.
A Valley Son opened up the show. They are Virginia transplants based out of New York. They have a nice southern rock vibe with killer vocal harmonies and slide guitar. Their cover of Bob Dylan’s I shall be Released was a highlight.
Von Geyer hit next. Frontman Charlie Geyer is a Falmouth native who played with Ben and John all through high school in a band called Eighty-Six so it was a bit of a reunion. Charlie has started playing guitar in the band which is a sweet addition beefing up the sound. It was great a raw rock set.
Our set was really fun. The room was filled with old friends from the Cape, NY and MV. It’s cool seeing new faces that keep coming to our NY shows and bringing their friends. We tried out some new tunes from our upcoming album. It was great seeing people react to them.
Charlie and his lovely wife Kate hosted us and we were treated to eggs and coffee in the morning which is way nicer than motel continental breakfast.
Before we got back on the road we checked out Only NY a clothing store owned by a guy named Micah who grew up summering in Woods Hole. The have really cool designs and it’s inspiring to see how far they have come. I got a sweet new hat for my collection. The weather felt like summer which was both nice and disconcerting.
We headed up to Boston to play the House of Blues Foundation Room. It was the Run The Jewels after party and we were stoked about the possibility of catching their show.
After load in we had a nice sidewalk meal from the famous Lansdowne street sausage cart. It was so good I almost went for a second but the idea of singing and jumping up and down after ingesting two sweet sausages with peppers and onions stopped me dead in my tracks.
Unfortunately we couldn’t catch the RTJ set because we started right at the same time but I caught opening act Cuz Lightyear perform a cool song called Pots & Pans and southern rapper Gangsta Boo run through some of her Three-Six Mafia classics. I forgot how much I liked those songs. They sounded great pumping through the massive sound system as well.
We played two sets and the energy in the packed room was great. More people from the Vineyard that night as well (sensing a trend.) Stephen C. Akinson took the attached picture. After the show John met Gangsta Boo at the bar they had a brief conversation and he said she was really nice.
Saturday night we set up at Grumpy’s Pub our homebase in Falmouth. It’s one of the world’s greatest dive bars. We brought Boston band Six Fox Whiskey down to open the show and they absolutely killed it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their whole set and look forward to playing with them again May 18th at Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA.
We hit and the room was electric. There is something so free about playing on that stage. Having our light guy Erick back in action made it feel like all the better. Also there were more people from the Vineyard! Joni who has been running the merch lately crushed it, selling out of multiple items. At the end of the night after last call and the doors were closed we shot the breeze with the staff for a few and then headed to our respective homes ready for some sleep.
March is going to be a busy month. We play Pour Judgement in Newport, RI the 4th, the Crooked Coast store opens the 11th (more on that soon), back at Grumpy’s on the 17th for a St. Patrick’s Day show with Tigerman WOAH, the 25th at New World Tavern in Plymouth, MA with Sarah Blacker and the 31st at Red Square in Burlington, VT. All the while recording the new album. Yup that feels pretty good…

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