ASA’s Excellent Adventure

So much fun touring this time around!  Well, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.  This is not to say that our previous outings were horrible by any means, but by comparison, they were definitely more in the “paying our dues” category than this trip all around.

We started our trip in Des Moines, Iowa at the renowned Vaudeville Mews (a place I’ve been wanting to play at for quite a while).  We played with Hath No Fury and Pets With Human Names, both bands were great, very entertaining and composed of VERY friendly people.  (I believe there may be a Des Moines BBQ with ASA and Hath No Fury in the not-so-distant future.)  There is the video of us performing below.  I have to say thank you so much to the bands and also to the employees at Vaudeville Mews, the soundguy – everyone was top notch.  The crowd, most refreshingly, really got what ASA does, and we had a wonderful reception.  Overall, a very very nice night.

ALICE SWEET ALICE performs “GLORIOUS EXCESS” from “Ribbons & Stone”
VAUDEVILLE MEWS – July 11, 2013

After a good night’s sleep, we drove out to Chicago, Illinois for our appearance at The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago.  Despite the ridiculous traffic, and making it there a little late, but were ushered into our parking spot by a very friendly valet.  Rushing inside, we were stunned at how AWESOME the stage and interior was!  The soundperson Dan came down and was extremely friendly, accommodating, unpretentious and professional.  Very easy going dude and wasn’t even concerned we were a little late (guess they’re used to the traffic situation) and so we loaded in and set up, got a sound check and then hung out in the green room for a little while.  ASA’s performance this night was the highlight of the tour for us.  We had a good set length, and when people clapped, they just KEPT clapping.  What a wonderful sound!  Not like the polite clapping that halts abruptly and then there is awkward silence.  LOL.  The huge age demographic was heartening too – because I didn’t think anyone under 25 really cared about the type of music that we do.  We hung out the rest of the evening and were paid decent for our performance.  I really enjoyed a young band called Jacob’s Cabin, and of course the legendary Pezband (see also: WIKIPEDIA)made it look extremely easy, and proved why they’re the legends they are!  Another highlight of the evening was meeting an old bay area crony of mine named Gidget Bates, who saw me play back in the late 1980’s.  She was very surprised to hear that on this evening, I was using the same bass that I used back in those days!

ALICE SWEET ALICE – At Hard Rock Cafe, ChicagoImage

 

We got home late that night, and all hit the sack, pretty worn out.  I got about 3 hours sleep that night, and forced myself to get up and shower and the rest followed suit.  We hit the road about 7:15AM on our way to the A2 Fest in Ann Arbor Michigan.  When we got there, it was about 12:30 and we got checked in VERY quickly.  We were one of the first ones on that day and we had a pretty decent crowd in front of us, who responded very well.  I was a bit worried, because most of the other bands that were playing at the time seemed to be screamo metal – something there is A LOT of these days.  But maybe it was because we WEREN’T that which was the reason that people stopped and took notice.  We actually singed autographs and sold some merch that day too.  And we got paid our guarantee as was promised, which MANY of the other bands – including some of the nationals – DID NOT.  Being so tired, we decided to hightail it back to our hotel and stare at the ceiling for a few hours before we passed out.  We actually all went out to a nice dinner together which was very nice!  No fast food (we were desperately tired of Subway at this point) .  We actually walked away from that festival in better shape than many others that day, so we consider ourselves VERY lucky – though it may have had something to do with my business acumen and the contract I had the promoter sign before we left.  (Whatever it was, we will continue to operate that way!!)

ALICE SWEET ALICE at the A2 Fest in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ron & Scott at A2 Fest

The next day we left for home, a 12 hour drive but extremely enjoyable.  We had just done it fast and furious, had precious few hitches along the way, and had a great time.  We got along great, laughed a lot, and the tour van operated awesome.  Best of all, we actually MADE MONEY on this trip.  We came back with a profit after all was said and done.  I’m very proud of that for Alice Sweet Alice.  It seems that things are beginning to fall into place for us.

I just want to thank the people in my band for being such awesome people, talented musicians, and supportive friends.  We are all truly in it to win it, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to do it with.

And equally importantly, I want to thank everyone that took the time to watch our band, to applaud, to ask for autographs and buy merch.  You are truly the reason we are able to do what we do and bring our music to the people.  We love you all very much.

Until next time!!
Scott, Alice Sweet Alice

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