5/14 – Cincinnati, OH at Stanley’s Pub
We left on the morning of Thursday the 14th to head to our first show of the tour in Cincinnati. This tour would have our first traveller under 18 years old. Troy and Amy’s niece Emerald would join us for the adventure. We assigned her the official job of “tour photographer. Em had several good observations during the tour. Perhaps the first one as we loaded the equipment up into the van was “you have to take all this out and put it back in for each show?”. Yes, Em, yes we do.
When we rolled up on Stanley’s Pub after 7.5 hours of driving, we found a quaint house turned music venue. The staff were very friendly and sent us to a fantastic Cajun restaurant where we enjoyed our first foray into great tour food…not always an easy task.
We met the first band, The Grove, who not only agreed to play with us this evening, but also helped get the third band for the bill. Something we experienced during this tour was the request of the venues for us to build the entire evening by scheduling “approved” local bands to help with the draw for the night. The Grove were a great band that included a saxophone in the line-up. They were really nice guys and we connected with their bassist, Matt, who hung around for most of the night.
Solid Color Fields ended the evening after our acoustic set and grooved late into the night. These guys were really fun and super nice to us, too. They even tried to help book a gig for us when we discovered that morning that our Cleveland date was cancelled. A few upset neighbors came over to the club more than once to ask them to turn down the music. I don’t think we’ve ever experienced that before at a music venue that has regular shows.
The Grove ended up giving us their share of the door as a way to help a touring band get on down the road. This was the first of many kind gestured that we experienced on the tour. Thank you The Grove!
After a late night ice cream run, we made off to our hotel room for the night. Friday would be a long drive from Cincinnati to Virginia covering almost 500 miles.