Within our ten hour visit to New York, we almost hit a famous celebrity, played two shows, witnessed a topless “working woman” on the street, and ate a slice of famous New York pizza…twice.
On our drive into The Big Apple we quickly realized how difficult and expensive it actually is to drive a twelve-passenger van and trailer into the city. After maneuvering through traffic and almost getting assaulted by a smug, aggressive New York driver we had finally made it to the Holland Tunnel. After twenty minutes of waiting in line, we had finally reached the teller. “You can’t bring that trailer through here,” she said. Well, @#$%…now what. She contacted a large, tattooed NY Policeman who rerouted us to find the Lincoln Tunnel; apparently this tunnel accepts vans with trailers.
After finally making our way into the city we now had to deal with the traffic that comes along with it. Both of our gigs were in Greenwich Village, where finding a decent parking spot in the proximity of the venue was a challenge. Keeping our eyes peeled for civilians stepping out in front of us, we had a standoff with a jogger. Cody braked, then gassed, then braked again. The polite jogger gave us a smile and wave and motioned for us to ‘go ahead.’ “Dude, it’s Christian Slater!” Cody said, as we drove past him. “No, that’s Ethan Hawke!” No joke, we actually had a run in with the actor Ethan Hawke while he was out for a jog! Wow! If you’re not familiar with Mr. Hawke he has starred in such films as: Dead Poets Society, White Fang, Hamlet, and Training Day.
After finding our way around the busy metropolis we pulled up to our first venue. Kenny’s Castaways is a unique venue with a bar that has been there since 1962. We played a fun set with several attentive listeners. The gig was a music Showcase put on by a company called Music Gorilla and had an A&R Representative from Columbia Records in attendance. After playing, we quickly wrapped up our gear to get to the next gig. The heat was on! Because our van was parked in such a convenient location, our friends Lawrence and Alexia, who also happen to be the owners of Music Gorilla, offered their vehicle for us to use. So, Cody and Eric drove our gear, Greg, Aaron, and Chris flagged a cab, while Joe and I had a brisk ten block walk. We made it right on time.
The next gig: The National Underground at 10pm. Unfortunately, we could barely hear anything on stage. Regardless of this misfortune, we still played our hearts out. We even had a friend in the audience from Wenatchee, WA. Great seeing you Ali!
Next stop: Washington D.C. @ Bloombars