Pensacola, FL: Tonight we played the Saenger Theatre. We’re remote in a green room which is lame but there’s really no where else for us to go. At least we’re not in a hallway.
Daytona, FL: We played the Peabody Auditorium Tonight. This is the shallowest pit we’ve played. I had to adjust my set up to not block the view in the first row. We were sold out. I kept running past the first row to get on stage.
Panama City, FL: Tonight we’re playing the Marina Civic Center. It’s beautiful out here in Panama City. The theatre is right along the water. We had a reception after the show with the producer.
The Villages, FL: Tonight we played the Sharon Morse PAC! This audience was incredible. So much fun to play for them. Lots of golf carts (learned about the luffas) Still very sick though.
Niceville, FL: We played the Mattie Kelly Center! Persistent coughing all show long.
Lakeland, FL: We played the Youkey Theatre at the Lakeland Center. We were back in the pit for this show but had some sound issues. The front fills were bleeding into the mics on the rig so the tech team draped a makeshift curtain on the right side of the rig to help block the sound.
Savannah, GA: We still had the car so we got in a day before the rest of the company. We went around exploring all the town squares and haunted houses. Forrest Gump was filmed here! Wish we were here longer. Savannah is a cool place.
Augusta, GA: We played the Bell Auditorium. I lost my “G” on the low end of the glockenspiel but it was recovered quickly in the bottom of the hamper by act 2. We leave for Savannah after the show tonight.
Augusta, GA: We flew here before the rest of the company. I left my iPad on the bus though. :( No show until tomorrow.
Greenvale, NY: We played the Tilles Center and Matthew proposed to Emily tonight...and she said yes!
Portland, ME: We were scheduled to play the Merrill Auditorium but we were snowed out by a freak “Bomb Cyclone” that dumped a ton of snow on the entire east coast. Instead we ate lobster, put on a cabaret, and enjoyed our two days in Portland.
Bangor, ME: We all got back from Christmas layoff and flew up to Maine. We started again at the Cross Insurance Center Arena!
Oxford, AL: We played the Oxford Performing Arts Center. The pit was a hollow, cavernous, echo chamber which made life wonderful for Pat and Mike on horns but miserable for me with the drums. We found little tricycles in the back room and raced them around the PT room. We finished this show and said goodbye for 4 weeks as everyone was going home for the holidays. First leg of the tour is done.
Columbus, GA: We played the River Center. There’s a nice coffee shop near by called Fountain City. Check it out if you get a chance. We drove into two shows, very tired afterwards.
Athens, GA: We played the Classic Center in Athens. This was a fun night. Cathrine went to school in Athens and I think her mom came out to the performance. The Classic Center was nice. It was near the campus of the University of Georgia. There were legions of students drinking in Santa Costumes. We went bar hopping that night. It was a great night!
Bowling Green, KY: We played the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.
Peoria, IL: We played the Peoria Civic Center and I went to an awesome coffee shop called 30/30 Coffee. We stayed at a boutique hotel called the Mark Twain. Great City!
Columbia, MO: We played the Jesse Auditorium at the University of Missouri. It was our first day back after our Thanksgiving Layoff and I finally completed my rig with some of my own additions (Castanets, Marktree, etc...)
Norfolk, VA: We played the Chrysler Center tonight. The entire install team was back. We said goodbye to our music director Alan. Last stop before our Thanksgiving layoff.
Roanoke, VA: We played the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre. We spent two days here and I had my first Zaxby’s Chicken.
Morganton, NC: We played the Morganton Municipal Auditorium.
Opelika, AL: We played Opelika High School which had a beautiful theatre. We were once again in a very shallow pit. We had to get on and off the stage for out on stage appearances through the house so that was a little bit weird.
Statesboro, GA: We played the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center.
Fayetteville, NC: We played the Crown Center Complex. It was a beautiful theatre. I think we were stuck in a dressing room back behind the stage. Weird place for sound. There was an awful car accident on the road on the way to the theatre. The Candlewood Suites was hands down the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Free Laundry and Jared made us Chicken Adobo!
Wilkesboro, NC: We played the Walker Events Center at the Wilkes Community College. This auditorium had a pit but it was the shallowest pit we played. My head was level with the shins of the front row of the audience. I had to really watch my volume here. I could watch the entire show though. Shelby had to call the show from the pit behind a curtain.
Morgantown, WV: We played the Creative Arts Theatre at the West Virginia University.
Akron, OH: This was a fun stop. Mike, Ethan, Jared and I went to tour the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was Beautiful there. We didn’t play the Akron Civic Theatre like we originally planned. Instead we played the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at the University of Akron. We played in the trap room right behind the pit.
Champaign IL: We played the spaceship looking venue that is the State Farm Center Arena. This place made sound so nice for whatever reason. The mics just sounded better on my rig.
Cedar Falls, IA: We played the Gallagher-Bluedorn PAC, which I believe is part of the University of Northern Iowa. I think this was where they forgot a hotel for me and Jon.
Cedar Rapids, IA: We played the Paramount and had an awesome dinner at The Lost Cuban. Ignore the bitchy, petty yelp reviews. This place is awesome! Great food! I’m pretty sure we played in a hallway for this theatre.
Fort Wayne, IN: We played the Embassy Theatre and stayed in a nice Courtyard Marriott right next store.
Owensboro, KY: This was a nice town. It had one of the greatest coffee shops right by the theatre. We played the RiverPark Center right along the water. The Creme Coffee House is definitely worth checking out!
St. Louis, MO: We didn’t play St. Louis or stay there for very long. We were just passing through on our way to to Kentucky. The guys in the band and I grabbed BBQ. We stayed in the Westin right across from the Ballpark. I walked to the Arch the next morning to take some pictures before we left.
Sioux City, IA: It’s hard to believe that anyone lives in Sioux City. Most places we’re closed for the two nights we were there. The Howard Johnson hotel was a bit gross but the shows went well. We sold out both nights. I guess they bussed them in from out of town. The Orpheum Theatre is gorgeous!
Davenport, IA: I wish we stayed here longer. We played the Adler theatre. I ate a place called Bowls Urban Eats and got coffee from a place called Redband. I highly recommend both of them! The birth place of Bix and I spend the whole night humming the Davenport blues. We stayed at the Radisson hotel which was connected to the theatre via skybridges even though it was blocks away. We were remote for this show in the greenroom.
Rockford, IL: GO PEACHES! We played one of the most beautiful theatres I’ve ever seen. The Coronado Theatre blew my mind. We had a little bit of time after sound check and I wandered around and explored.
Fargo, ND: We played the Fargodome. There was a beautiful sunset that night. It was cold but worth the walk outside for coffee, and honestly, you can’t beat that view!
Bismarck, ND: We played the Civic Center. Right across the street from the hotel but Ray still bussed us there anyway. Alan saw a dead animal on the sidewalk and panicked. Highlight of my night!
Manhattan, KS: We played the McCain Auditorium.
Ames, IA: All I can think about traveling in Iowa is “The Music Man” We were in a “pit” of sorts but it was one of the shallowest pits I’ve ever played. We may as well have been in the audience. We had a ton of people come out to this massive theatre in Ames.
Lawrence, KS: Starting to get colder. Installed new conga head and started researching replacements for others.
Hays, KS: This was our first show in the pit. The band loved it, the cast hated it. Kellerman’s shirts for everyone.
Greeley, CO: Renowned for it’s intoxicating smell. I had a conga head break here and it was the last time the band used the towers on stage. We we’re told they’d come back in Chicago. Massive house at the Union Colony Civic.
Denver/Cherry Creek: We flew out to the mile high city for a few Golden days before Greeley. Toured Red Rocks and Downtown!
Riverside, CA: Some sort of street fair going on that night. One of the best audiences we played for.
Santa Barbara, CA: Beautiful place. Crazy expensive. One of the nicest theatre houses I’ve seen.
Bakersfield, CA: Our first “one night stand”
Folsom Lake College: The tour officially opened here
Alto New Mexico: The 2017-2018 Dirty Dancing National Tour is born. Everything here is made with Green Chilli.