Working all the time -- unless sick
So, we left at 10:30, plenty of time for a 7 1/2 hour drive down to the first state. We had high hopes for a good crowd after the last time we were there on tour, so spirits were high as well. But things changed shortly after we got out of NYC and on the NJ Turnpike. We moved one mile in one hour. No joke. Sucked.
So, with Matt behind the wheel (highly revered for his quick driving skills), we high-tailed it down the Turnpike. But we should have seen the writing on the wall. Cops aplenty, and alas, we netted a ticket. I'll say one thing, though, that the Delaware staties are the fastest I've ever seen. He must have known we were late for our gig, because we got going in a hurry. This time, no speeding. Matt did a great job stewarding us toward the big gig.
We arrived and I'll let my mother, who wrote a family letter type email to the family to recount the "Life & Times of Everyone," take it from here:
They drove 8 hours (“lots of NJ traffic!! We almost didn’t get here in time!”). With practiced precision the four boys unloaded every bit of drums, cymbals, guitars, amps and microphones—incredibly, (magically really) stuck into the short cargo area of the van—makes you think of a clown car with the 4 tall boys erupting from the side doors. One eye and a nod to the bouncer checking ID, they rapidly moved the empty van to a regular parking spot.
Taking the stage to assemble it all, they moved wordlessly, heads down (glad we got a quick hug when they arrived, but no words), wires, cords and metal objects meeting wooden ones, until they were satisfied. Eric pressed 4 beers into their hands (they hadn’t had time to stop for dinner!), they seemed grateful, but put them down on the floor for the most part, still at work, ensuring they had room to roam the stage with all those wires.
Clown car, eh? Microphones? Anyhow, the show was cool -- at first, there were some people just standing around, but by the middle of the set, they were feeling it. It's always a good feeling when you can win an audience on the road. I'd say we've gone 2-for-2 this month. With the road behind us, we've got some stuff to look forward to.
SET LIST (I think): Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / Debts / Golden Fleece / On the Lam / Whitewashed / Don't Get Me Wrong / I Come From the Water / Shotgun Wedding / Shine A Light
Now, the big deal is just pushing the presale tickets for our three-year show. I'm really nervous about it, so if you can, help us spread the news. It just might help me feel better. Here's the email we sent around:
Ready for the summer and music/partying/good times/surprises/FREE STUFF? As you may know, each July Cassavettes celebrates its founding -- WITH THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR! This summer, Cassavettes' Three-Year Anniversary Party is at the Paradise Rock Club (Main Room) in Boston on Saturday, July 5 with our good friends Girls Guns & Glory and Teenage Prayers (from NYC). Tickets are $12 in advance and the presale starts TODAY!
But, wait, do you need more persuasion to come? OK, how about this: The first 65 people to buy presale tickets will get a FREE silkscreened gig poster designed by famed artist Jason Kochins specially for this show!!! Act now, my friends, because this presale/poster deal ends next week.
Get your tickets now by clicking this link: http://www.thediserockclub.tickets.musictoday.com/ParadiseRockClub/calendar.aspx
We hope to see you for our biggest show of the year!