Amsterdam to Erfurt
Sorry I am a little late in this first blog post of the "Where Did We Get Lost" Tour.
It has been quite eventful so far. We landed in Amsterdam a day before the tour started to save money on flights and a car rental. Upon our arrival to Amsterdam we picked up the rental car which was one of the more interesting cars I've been in. The Citreön Cactus! Check out my tour manager Gibby in the photo below.
Success. We've got the car. We had about 3 hours to cruise Amsterdam, which was beautiful as always. We had to leave from Amsterdam to drive half way to Vienna for my first show. We stopped in Nuremberg to catch some Z's. it was a lot longer of a drive than we had anticipated. After some much needed rest after travelling the better part of two days we departed for Vienna. One oversight though, when travelling the autobahn and crossing into Austria you need to have a toll sticker, which I completely forgot about, and doesn't really have anything to do with what I am about to tell you. When we left the rental car facility we did not know that we did not have the "tolls" box checked in the navi system. We also didn't realize this until we made it to Vienna. Long story short, we showed up right on time to my show in Vienna, turned a 5 hour drive into around 8 or so, and now know that Vienna has a beautiful country side.
Met my booking agent Michael at the venue "Kramladan." I think he was relieved to see that we had finally made it. Show was fantastic, some new and old faces. Was a perfect start to the tour.
Then we were on our way to Linz, made sure tolls were checked and made it on time to meet the promoters Philip and Magda for a nice cozy show at Axis coworkering Space which was a really cool spot for a show. Super intimate. Our host Philip took us out to a bar which was an old ship converted into a bar which was one of the coolest things ever really. There was a dance happening there where all the kids dance old swing. Video below. I swigged on some beer while gibby learned the Limburger.
We were then on to Graz to play the Autumn Leaves Festival. Upon arriving to the venue we blew a tire in the parking garage. You can see Gibby below putting on the spare. This was a bit of a blessing because we knew the rental service would ultimately have to provide us a different car, which would be a welcome change. This was my second time in Graz and I was really looking forward to getting back. The same guys that put on my first ever sold out show were also putting on the festival. These guys were very pivotal in making my tour happen and I can't thank the guys from Platoo enough for putting me on such an amazing bill in such fantastic venue. Please check out their organization and all of the amazing stuff they are doing. Had a great set, and an even better time before and after the show. Bars are open til 4am. We woke a little foggy changed the tire and we then on our way to Klagenfurt.
Showed up in Klagenfurt still hanging from Graz, figured it would be a quiet night. Wrong! Awesome crowds and some of the most gracious hosts. Met some amazing people right off the get go. Stefan the bar owner was a fantastic host and guy. To all the people who attended, worked the show, and brought us out for a good time after, we are extremely grateful. Gibby made such a great impression on the people here that he was also signing cd's. Sleep, wake up foggy, off day! Acquire hotel halfway to next show, sauna, tv, bed.
Off to Erfurt to play Füchsen Cafe. What a beautiful town with such a rich history. Thomas our host was a very nice guy. Show was great and super intimate. Met some new people, has gluwein (mulled wine) at the winter markets and checked out the town. Just gorgeous.
On our way out of town we stopped to check out the Buchenwald concentration camp, which was probably one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen. Very eye opening and profound experience. That's all I can really say.
On a lighter note, I cracked 200 on the autobahn🙌