Chicago today!! Great but long day today. First sight after getting out of the bus was the overcast sky (that felt great to see, it was nice and mild all day) and Chicago Symphony Orchestra banners on all the light posts. The venue is very green, very pristine. Took forever to find a place to exercise, eventually grabbed a rug and used the band dressing room- kinda tired myself out with something sorta rough, it was a good start to the day nevertheless. I feel like HALF the staff at these venues assumes I’m a band member and belongs in that room (which technically I am, the room just isn’t set up for me hehe). The backstage area was kinda confusing- lots of long narrow hallways. But the crew room downstairs under the stage was pretty nice- found it to go warm up in. Shower, sitting area, bit of a maze but you can easily find a secluded spot back there to practice. I kept the computer work kinda minimal today- all I really did was organize my Notes app on my iPhone (from three year’s worth of random crap) and edit the vlogs that I’ll upload tomorrow. Soundcheck was delayed a little bit (and for the future, I should show anyway on time and be ready to go regardless of if the band isn’t there yet- it helps the sound guys go faster, more efficiently and have fewer surprises).
Catering here wasn’t toooo great, it did the job but I didn’t really love it (lunch for vegetarians was these “vegetable sliders” with nasty mini hamburger buns and three tiny grilled vegetables on them). It’s weird without cooking for myself everyday- I wonder if it’ll be hard to get back in it when I’m done in July….
Listened to a lot of music today… finding some 80s R&B finally that I can really dig, just a couple songs out of the Apple Music Playlist, but I’m tryna slowly do my research. ALSO a lot of Blood, Sweat, and Tears listening lately (Lucretia MacEvil is my favorite song).
=My nickname with Nate is now daddy…. Yikessss haha. Nathan told him the story of what happened in the bathroom at the Wolf Trap to me.==
Being the closer of the night is always kinda tough, means a longer work day- but our show is so much more powerful than ZZ Top so it works.
There’s a jazz fellowship going on here called the Ravinia-Steans Music Institute with Billy Childs, Tim Hagans, and Rufus Reid (really great musicians), and a friend from USC, Luca Mendoza, was doing it. He hit us up and we walked around the outside of the venue and chatted with him for a while. A dozen or so musicians from around the country were there too in the fellowship.
I rehearsed my move in New Orleans for a bit in the crew room but still just couldn’t quite get it, so I napped for an hour, had a little dinner and did some composing before the show. 845 showtime, no soundcheck with John today, but we still had a really solid show I think! John called James Lomenzo, our bass player “Bob” today onstage, as if he was gonna announce our piano player “Bob Malone”. Also the crowd was tossing around beach balls and one hit John square in the shoulder while he was singing. He didn’t seem to care!
Mark, a really dear friend of my parents from the early 90s who lives in Chicago, came out to see the show with his girlfriend, and I got him free tickets. I met them after the show and they were just super excited about the whole show and everything. I had never met them, but they were real tight even with my grandparents, so it felt cool to keep that connection going.
The bus has been restocked!!! Meaning I have my soymilk and fruit hehe. Tomorrow we go to Indiana (a state I’ve actually been to before for Jazz Band of America two years back), and hopefully we kill it. Thanks for reading ;) keep on chooglin.