February 6-13 MIDWEST

Grand Rapids - Akron - Rock Island - Chicago

The icy coast of Lake Michigan. My second time here, and just as breath-taking as the first. Something about seeing a frozen ocean is mesmerizing for a Florida kid. 

The icy coast of Lake Michigan. My second time here, and just as breath-taking as the first. Something about seeing a frozen ocean is mesmerizing for a Florida kid. 

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After a beautiful house show in Grand Rapids, we spent sunday by the lake in Grand Haven with Isaac and his wonderful parents.  Our day off shenanigans included face-plants on the dunes, exploring an abandoned sand mine, and eating an absurd amount of western baked beans, followed by home baked desserts.

After a beautiful house show in Grand Rapids, we spent sunday by the lake in Grand Haven with Isaac and his wonderful parents.  Our day off shenanigans included face-plants on the dunes, exploring an abandoned sand mine, and eating an absurd amount of western baked beans, followed by home baked desserts.

Before our concert with Ledges, Jesse and I took a drive out to the park from which they get their name. The snow fell perfectly, making the park surreally peaceful.

Before our concert with Ledges, Jesse and I took a drive out to the park from which they get their name. The snow fell perfectly, making the park surreally peaceful.

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If you ever find yourself near Akron, Ohio go to the Ledges park.  Take the trail to "Ice Box Cave" and once you reach the cave only discover that there is a massive fence stopping you from going inside, walk a little further. You'll find a small crevice (if you are my size) you can barely fit through. Squeeze in, and find yourself here. A rectangular, smooth, corridor that felt like something out of this world. There were several carvings (see one below, I'm keeping the others just for me) and a silence I've never experienced. Truly a hidden wonder.

If you ever find yourself near Akron, Ohio go to the Ledges park.  Take the trail to "Ice Box Cave" and once you reach the cave only discover that there is a massive fence stopping you from going inside, walk a little further. You'll find a small crevice (if you are my size) you can barely fit through. Squeeze in, and find yourself here. A rectangular, smooth, corridor that felt like something out of this world. There were several carvings (see one below, I'm keeping the others just for me) and a silence I've never experienced. Truly a hidden wonder.

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I'm so grateful that of the millions of people in this world I somehow got to know these dudes. This was our third time playing together, and the energy in the room was significant. We rocked out, and may or may not have all gotten matching stick-and-poke crescent moon tattoos while a little too drunk to make a great decision (NO REGRETS). Will Hess, wherever you are....we missed you that night. 

I'm so grateful that of the millions of people in this world I somehow got to know these dudes. This was our third time playing together, and the energy in the room was significant. We rocked out, and may or may not have all gotten matching stick-and-poke crescent moon tattoos while a little too drunk to make a great decision (NO REGRETS). Will Hess, wherever you are....we missed you that night. 

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Chicago. The best city to look at in the united states in my humble opinion. For some reason I always arrive too early and end up sitting in my car for two hours.  Sometimes its nice to slow down and do nothing in the big cities though. Unless in our case, as it was 9 degrees. 

Chicago. The best city to look at in the united states in my humble opinion. For some reason I always arrive too early and end up sitting in my car for two hours.  Sometimes its nice to slow down and do nothing in the big cities though. Unless in our case, as it was 9 degrees. 

The Field Museum was a real treat.  It's free this month for Chicago residents so if you find yourself up there you should go. I'm not a Chicago resident, but I like to think of home being wherever you inhabit that night. Regardless..... sorry to the kind folks who run the museum for stretching the truth. We just wanted to learn. 

The Field Museum was a real treat.  It's free this month for Chicago residents so if you find yourself up there you should go. I'm not a Chicago resident, but I like to think of home being wherever you inhabit that night. Regardless..... sorry to the kind folks who run the museum for stretching the truth. We just wanted to learn. 

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Couldn't help it. So much ass. 

Couldn't help it. So much ass. 

Brok is one of those friends who stays deep in your heart.  From cutting class to go thrifting in high-school, to now both still pursuing music in two different cities, anytime our paths cross it is a real joy. He and his gal showed us some killer local Chicago cuisine, and he was kind enough to orchestrate me playing my first SoFar house show. 

Brok is one of those friends who stays deep in your heart.  From cutting class to go thrifting in high-school, to now both still pursuing music in two different cities, anytime our paths cross it is a real joy. He and his gal showed us some killer local Chicago cuisine, and he was kind enough to orchestrate me playing my first SoFar house show. 

The man, the myth, the legend Jesse Montagna.  Known to make a chipotle meal last for 3 days, wielding impeccable merch salesmanship and receipt collection, and able to locate even the most secluded on-campus piano recital (literally it was only the performers, a few of their friends, and us) this week truly could not have been the same without him.  We stopped at Shapiro's (next time you are in Indianapolis just stop there and get the Reuben and thank me later) on our 11 hour blizzard drive today, and as I watched him eat his dinner, I was overwhelmingly thankful for such a charming Valentine, friend, and brother.  

The man, the myth, the legend Jesse Montagna.  Known to make a chipotle meal last for 3 days, wielding impeccable merch salesmanship and receipt collection, and able to locate even the most secluded on-campus piano recital (literally it was only the performers, a few of their friends, and us) this week truly could not have been the same without him.  We stopped at Shapiro's (next time you are in Indianapolis just stop there and get the Reuben and thank me later) on our 11 hour blizzard drive today, and as I watched him eat his dinner, I was overwhelmingly thankful for such a charming Valentine, friend, and brother.  

"Pickles".  The Chihuahua that stole my heart.  I don't sleep so easy these days, and Pickles actually woke me up from a bad dream by laying on my chest. My favorite part about tour is probably meeting all the dogs to be honest. 

"Pickles".  The Chihuahua that stole my heart.  I don't sleep so easy these days, and Pickles actually woke me up from a bad dream by laying on my chest. My favorite part about tour is probably meeting all the dogs to be honest. 

Thanks Midwest for being kind to us. We met a lot of spectacular people, and I reconnected with a lot of great friends. I felt at these four shows in particular we really shared something, and I'm thankful for that.

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