Folk Alliance was absolutely incredible. The Fresh Folk showcase room was filled with exceptional acts, and the conference centre in Kansas City was like a city of it’s own, definitely on it’s own time zone (most showcases happened between 10:30pm and 4am), and with a sense of camaraderie that can’t be explained properly without the experience.
We did live webcam performances to help raise funds for the Folk Alliance scholarship fund, several guerilla showcases, a live performance vid (to be posted soon!), got tons of free swag from D’addario, GHS and John Pearse, and hosted around 20 fabulous groups in Fresh Folk, all of whom have one foot in folk and one somewhere else. We served up the healthiest snacks and drinks of the conference at our Fresh showcase room, and made tons of new friends and fans. It was great.
LET’s not forget about the trip down though! Liam Smith, Jon Foster & I played in Windsor, Ontario for the first time at Phog Lounge (so awesome!), then played in Chicago 2 nights in a row at student co-ops. One was a convent turned co-op which we played during a snowstorm to full pews and balcony, and the other was a graduate student co-op where the kitchen was converted to a venue space that filled up and required us to play a second set! Both were amazing, and we hope to return to our new Chicago fans soon! Here’s a few pics from Chicago:
Performance at Bowers House – photo by Fedya Manin
Jon & I with the big old buildings of Second City, and then playing around with reflections at Chicago’s Bean
We also ate deep dish pizza in Chicago, of course.
After an 18 hour drive back to Toronto from Kansas City, I had an 11 hour turnaround then jumped on a plane to Australia where I have now landed and begin a tour with BlueVenus tomorrow!
Anyhow, i’m too exhausted to write more, but that’s a good start for now, right? Stay tuned for more pics/vids/tales of The JSFew US tour 2014!