Hello! Back in Idaho!
I know, some of you never knew we left...but we did! For a split second, splash in the pan we traveled off to the Gorge Amphitheater in the great state of Washington!
(mini clip of Brandi show: click HERE)
The main motivation was to see our beloved Brandi Carlile and twins as she celebrated her 40 years of life at this dream come true venue she has always wanted to play.
I know the feeling, as she described playing up at the beer gardens 15 years prior at the Gorge. She told a story about her and the twins scrounging up enough $$ to pay for their sound system and dreaming about the big stage and now she was standing on it!
That must have felt pretty great. For us, making the "Little Time" has been pretty fun too! We played at Cave B Winery where the original owners of the Gorge Amphitheater make their wine! The people who created this dream come true, a modern "Walt Disney", a visionary made it possible for all these people to gather up on this cliff side and take in the beauty of the Columbia River while listening to music (and sipping their wine!) Brilliant! What a vision!
I've been to the Gorge several times to witness Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and the Lilith Fair! And here we were, playing less than a 1/4 mile away from the BIG TIME STAGE! Ha! What a trip!
We felt truly blessed and we met many Brandi fans which we hope are now our listeners too!
My greatest push during this show was to play a difficult Brandi song called "The Eye". To...Brandi fans! "Yikes, better get this right", I thought to myself. And...they loved it! Shew! Thank God!
After that song was complete and the audience was content, I elevated the microphone as I think I grew another inch taller.
Then off in the distance that familiar boom of a voice came echoing through the canyon. Brandi and her band were hitting it on a sound check. Mo and I looked at each other with a smile. This might be the closet we get to the "Big Time" and the closest we get to meeting or opening up for Brandi, but we'll take it!
The audience smiled too! They sipped their wine, took in the sights and truly appreciated our "goods". Couldn't ask for much better than that! (Well, except for the heat to cool off and the Texas sized mosquitoes not to bite during dusk - and perhaps a 40' RV to climb into with an air conditioner, and large bank roll with a manager to boot, but hey...we are "in the arena" as they say. Sweating it out and giving it our best with all the love we can!) This "little time" may not be the big time. Our names may not be known, and if this is as close as we come to that stage...I will always be grateful for all that music has brought to us!
I truly thank our inspirations like Brandi and the many other awesome talents that are out there! And I am grateful that the "Walt Disney" of the Gorge Amphitheater came up and introduced himself (Vince Bryant) and said, "I've been listening to music for over 40 years, and you two have something very special, just really hits the heart, you are very talented, really...I mean it!"
So I will keep that moment and forgive me if this sounds like I'm bragging. Ya gotta love it when it's good!
And NOW it's back to "work", back to our beloved local scene. Back to where they know us and call out the set list. We know your faces and some of your stories...there is nothing "little" about this "little time"...and I thank my lucky stars every day to do what we get to do. And I thank all of you for your love and support!
Now...7 shows in 8 days!!! Come to every one!!! Ha ha!!! ;-)
Wed. 6/5 Indian Creek Winery in Kuna 6:30-8:30pm:
This winery features delicious wines for all palates in a beautiful setting! Come enjoy some live music and wine tasting with us. $5 door, wine members free. Kid-friendly.
Thurs. 6/6 Telaya Winery in Garden City 6:00-9:00pm:
Come join us for Thirsty Thursdays at Telaya winery on the beautiful Boise River. Enjoy some wine tasting, and music and take in the sights. There will be a food truck if you get hungry.
Fri. 6/7 Albertson's Market Street in Meridian 5:00-7:00pm:
If you haven't had a chance to check out the new Market Street across from the Village, we'd love to see you! We play in Talon's Spirits and Taps in the store. They offer a happy hour menu and kids are welcome!
Sat. 6/8 Payette Brewing off River Street, downtown Boise for the Bustin' Out of Boise benefit 4:00-8:00pm:
This special event is a fundraiser in it's 10th year! This non-profit organization helps women facing the challenges of cancer. There will be door prizes, live music, a delicious BBQ meal, and silent auction. One of the items auctioned will be 2 round-trip tickets anywhere in the U.S. on Alaska Airlines. Tickets are $8 for kids 10 years and under, and $15 for adults. Please come out and support this event!
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4240421
Tues. 6/11 The Local in Garden City 6:00-8:00pm:
This venue features wonderful wines and brews from all over the Northwest, and has some delightful dishes to nosh on. 21 and over please, sorry kids.
Wed. 6/12 Sully's Irish Pub in Star 7:00-10:00pm on the patio:
This venue has tasty pub food with a variety of choices, and is always a fun time! Great place to gather with friends. They are kid and dog-friendly too. Hope to see you there!
A great memory...and the "Sun Runs"