So far, being on the road with twenty-some of the most genuine and talented men that I’ve ever met in my life has been nothing short of a dream come true.
Nevertheless, not all that glitters is gold on tour. Traffic? Expected. Breakdowns? So far so good! (Knock on wood) But people – oh dear, some people. With such an eclectic group of guys it wasn’t long before we had a major mouth off and were threatened by the cops.
Soon after waking up in St. Petersburg, several of the guys informed me that we were conveniently parked right next to a laundromat diagonally opposite from the apartment we crashed at. SANCTUARY! I thought, considering that I hadn’t been able to use my blanket or my pillow in three days (to find out why, read over my first tour check-in here).
Over the course of an hour everyone’s eyes were open, jaws stretched, and arms up to the sky. I went around and collected a few of the other guys’ clothes to rack up a full load. As we were standing outside, killing time and prepping ourselves for the day ahead, an elderly woman (who we later found out is the owner of the laundromat) came out to “greet us”.
Lady: Ahem. “Can you tell me what is going on here?” as she directs her cane to our trail of cars. “Are you guys moving in? What are you doing here?”
Puzzled by her tone of voice, one of us finally speaks out.
Olivia (the only other female on the tour): “We’re on tour!” She says as sweet as can be. “We’re just getting up and putting ourselves together before we head to the beach.”
Lady: “Well you’ve been parked here since yesterday and you’re blocking the street for our customers.”
Despite being a customer ourselves, we hadn’t actually parked there until 4am.
Freddie genuinely inquires: “Isn’t this a public space?”
The laundromat lady became instantly offended and continued passive aggressively with: “Why are you getting a tone? If you don’t want to be friendly we don’t have to be. We’re in Florida, we Floridians are nice people, but you say this is public space. Fine.”
She continues to bad mouth the crew to her other customers and indirectly threatening to call the cops on us and continued to do so until our laundry was done and we left.
Meanwhile in Bored’s caravan…
…they were facing more detrimental issues to the tour. After the first stop in Augusta, GA, Flaco had already lost his voice. Forty-five minutes of ad-libbing, jumping around, and fifteen minutes of his solo set can definitely put a strain on one’s voice, but not like this. After talking to a few of the Bored guys, I learned this has been a reoccurring issue for Flaco since SXSW 2014.
A little fun fact about Flaco is that he truly does everything in his power to take care of his instrument; his voice. In every city, he goes out and runs to get his body used to the air. He practices 10 minutes of vocal stretches before every show. He’s so cautious about his body that he hardly drinks or smokes while he’s out on tour.
Yet, unfortunately for him, he is seemingly more prone to straining his voice than any of the other guys, but that doesn’t stop him. Searching for every avenue to remedy the situation, who better to come through than Ace One with his ‘Magic Elixir’. In addition to the elixir, there was talk about how Flaco damn near chugged an entire bottle of honey over the course of a couple days.
Later on, we come to find that he’s not the only one on Bored who needs the honey. Long days, extensive drives, and little to no sleep- next thing you know, Benny gets an itch in his throat and you hear Tag getting the sniffles. Despite their struggles, they just cough, brush it off, stay on top of their hustle and keep the flow goin’.
On top of that they take such good care of each other and vibe incredibly well as a group, that they simply won’t let sickness get in the way. Eight boys packed in a tiny room with wooden floors and limited blankets and pillows; Tag makes sure sleeping articles are fairly distributed. Sick Benny was looking miserable in bed the next morning then the ‘Beats by Dre Pill’ turns on and all of the sudden I look over and he’s jumping on the bed all hyped up with a few other bodies getting their sway on too.
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South by South West
This tour was so DIY that despite having a couple shows lined up at designated venues, the crew had also brought a tent and a PA system to set up a renegade stage in the midst of the SXSW madness.
The first day in Austin, the Bored crew took it easy by bringing the ‘Beats by Dre Pill’ to promote their music throughout the street, only to be stopped by a cop who says that anything that is amplified will not only result in confiscation but also arrest.
With the renegade stage being the primary goal for the boys during the festival, Freddie manages to fit the crew into a few time slots for a Saturday set.
By this time we’ve been on the road for seven days and through eight cities. Nostalgia escapes the breath of some of the guys during pillow talk. Some can’t wait for their beds, or their pets to greet them at their front door. Paigedro (pronounced like “Pedro”) of Bored can’t wait to start on new music projects; Niq (aka Sirius Blvck) can’t wait to get back to his precious newborn, Khida. But Niq isn’t the only new-found father on the trip.
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First thing in the morning on the third day of tour, Tim Garza aka Tag of Bored woke up in St. Augustine to that ‘late-text’ from his love back home with an affirmed picture of the pregnancy test. Inevitable shock strikes the 24 year old at first, later followed with pride. After getting to kick it with him one night, he shares with me that he truly looks forward to being able to shape the mind of his very own child and it’s all the more a plus that it’s with the love of his life.
So despite the nightmares we’ve faced along the road, there is a grand light at the end of this tunnel for all of us, some even more luminous than others. The Good Luck In Your Dreams Tour has been incredible, but Indy – we’re coming for you and we can’t wait to be home!
For more on the Good Luck In Your Dreams Tour, read my first tour check in and watch the video below from Bored:
Editor’s note: If you haven’t yet, check out our preview of the Good Luck in Your Dreams Tour. Below, correspondent Jackie Dee recaps the ups and downs of tour life.
Day 1: Take off
After a two hour delay of the original 9pm departure time, the tour van finally makes its way to my house, so I hop in with Freddie Bunz and tour driver/master chef, Carmen. A pit stop later we find ourselves at Casa de Stamps and greeted by the rest of the anxious crew who had been eagerly ‘celebrating’ the kick off. A few extra bags, two couch cushions, and a foam noodle later the crew finally takes off towards Augusta, GA at 1am.
So far we’re rolling nine deep between a van and a car. Bored’s crew of nine took a jump start earlier that day. “Enjoy this while it lasts,” chuckles Stamps for this was as comfortable as it was going to get for the rest of the trip. We were to add three more people, meeting us in St. Petersburg, FL.
This tour is the fourth runaround for all in the Ghost Gun van except for me. Stories recalling their last experiences start to surface and roll right off of their slurring tongues as they exhale clouds that would later drift us all into slumber land. Lucky for me I found myself cozied up upon Stamp’s couch cushions that smoothed out the four naps I tucked in amidst the 17 hours it took for us to finally arrive to Augusta due to extended rest stops.
First stop: Soul Bar, which just so happens to be the bar where James Brown made his debut performance. The historical dive bar was long and narrow with strategically placed Christmas lights and old concert posters all around. Guests hit the action first thing when they walk in with the stage to the left and with the bar following closely behind.
Pre show jitters get swilled away with open bar access, but one drink in particular was said to set you off right and hold you down through the night. This drink is called Ace One’s Magic Elixir. It consists of whiskey, honey, eucalyptus, lemon, ginger, and Echinacea (an immune boosting vitamin). Boy did that honey and eucalyptus soothe the wash.
Speaking of wash, I didn’t anticipate having to pursue a laundromat after the first stop of the tour. Why, you might ask? Let me answer that with another question: What, or who rather, could possibly go wrong on the first day of tour? Let’s just say some important items were lost and someone pulled a Houdini and made the liquor reappear on the gravel.
Unfortunately my pillow, blanket, and part of my backpack were in the way of the golden stream of one’s slumber. Lucky for me, I was not. But I wasn’t irritated at the least. As much as it sucked I couldn’t help but laugh. I actually should’ve seen this coming, as I watched him stumble and swerve his way into the van. That’s when the couch cushions came in handy, for they were the perfect barrier between us and the soiled seats. Thus concludes day one.
Things I learned from the first day of tour:
- You will never leave on time
- ‘packing light’ does not exist in John Stamps’ vocabulary
- Homemade granola is a traveling staple
- I should have inquired about Indymojo stickers to slap everywhere along the way
- Rest stops take minimum 25 minutes
- Always have a spray bottle of Febreeze handy
Day 2: Portobello Sunrise
After attempting to recall the shenanigans of Day 1, the crew collects themselves and we’re off to Jacksonville. Before long, we ended up at Kona Skate Park where they were hosting a weekend long rollerblading tournament. Kona Skate Park marks two-for-two as the second epic landmark of the tour, for this skate park was featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 video game. After exploring the grounds there was no doubt as to why: It was skate paradise.
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Bored’s crew took the stage in the tower box for a brief moment. After their performance we stuck around to see the contest for freestyle tricks. Here was one of the most epic tricks that I was luckily able to capture.
Nobby’s venue was a petite, DIY space of a house-turned-dive bar. The stage was only able to fit tour DJ Jason Brown aka DJ Friday the Thirteenth so the rest of the crew had face level interaction with the audience. After closing time, the crew still packs the house for a celebratory shot for Carmen’s (aka Chef’s) birthday. A bottle of Jameson later, we make our way back to the hotel to keep the party going. Shenanigans kick off the hotel party with rowdy and rambunctious boys showing off their man hood with choke holds and clothes lines.
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(St. Augustine hip-hop native, Wes Seefried aka MF Goon is pushed off the bed by Kenton Caldwell resulting in the clothes lining of Dereck of Cold Sprite)
Shortly after, we were greeted with dehydrated vegetables that would make the 4am trail down to the beach all the more “magical”. We had the whole beach to ourselves. The way the stars and the moonlight kissed the ocean view at the end of the pier was enchanting. For a moment we sat in silence, captivated by breadth of the waves.
As most of us were absorbing the beauty of the night sky, Dereck of Cold Sprite Gang fell into an Atlantic Ocean trust fall with absolutely no f*cks given. Jaws dropped followed by several other bodies and uncontrollable laughter. The commotion carries on throughout the night and we surprisingly received only one single noise complaint from the neighbors upstairs. That only lasted for a good twenty minutes in a sardine packed room of fifteen guys. One by one snoring replaced the sounds of laughter as the sun took place of the moon.
Before I decided to ‘call it a night’ I made my way to greet the Portobello sunrise myself, embracing the cool wind and exhaling a sense of what I call a splendid evening.
Following her Caturday set at The Mousetrap, Mojo Minute stole a few minutes with The Duchess of Dubstep, Reid Speed. Nearly three years since her last Indy appearance at Mojostock 2012, the crowd was certainly ready to have a good time and get down on the dance floor.
Pressed for her sources of inspiration Reid Speed confesses she likes so many genres of music, and that there’s so much new music coming out every day that she finds it all inspiring.
“That’s what keeps me pushing to find new artists and keep digging and pushing new sounds that people have never heard of. I just love music. If there was no music I would be dead. I wouldn’t make it through life without music. That’s what keeps me going.”
When did you know that your life would be dedicated to music?
The first time I ever attended a rave by choice, DJ Dan was playing and that’s when I knew. The music had been very four-on-the-floor all night and DJ Dan came on and at the time he was playing funky breaks and I didn’t know anything about genres – I was brand new to the whole scene – and in that moment, I went and stood inside of the sub-woofer and had what I would call a religious experience with the music. That moment changed my life.
What advice do you have for artists who want to be successful in the industry?
If you are in pursuit of happiness, that is entirely unrelated to the pursuit of success. You have to choose what you want and if what you want is to be successful, you have to understand that you’re not always going to be happy and that a lot of things are going be required of you that are not fun. If what you’re doing is making music for yourself to be happy, you may not be successful. It’s tough.
You have to be good at being on the internet, you have to be good at talking to people, you have to be somewhat good at DJing, you have to have a brand, you have to be good at marketing – stuff that really has nothing to do with being an artist. So, if you just want to be a musician that makes music just for the joy of it, please do it, but don’t quit your day job until you know for sure it’s going to work out.
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We’re less than a week shy from the festival and, man, did it creep up on us. Fall semester has begun, but the leaves are barely changing which means festy season has not reached its conclusion. The weather has been nothing short of perfect lately, and after peeking into next week’s forecast, temperature forecasts for Pataskala, home of Resonance Festival, are calling for averages in the mid 70’s. Grab a few extra pashminas for the early evening and be sure to layer up later on. Of course, chilly evenings are a solid excuse for mega cuddle puddles. Who doesn’t like cuddle puddles? So let’s talk about this line-up for a second. Two nights of Papadosio and freshly squeezed funk for three days straight?! A dose of Nahko, some Random Rab, and two nights with an Ultraviolet Hippopotamus?! Forecast also shows that there will be Green skies and bluegrass, and the awesome just keeps on flowing.
Full artist line-up here: http://resonancemusicfest.com/artists
Here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the artists taking the stage next weekend.
Nahko and Medicine for the People Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring,” comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”
Greensky Bluegrass If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. “They’re coming to your town to help you party down.” Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.
Papadosio The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a evolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics,eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity.
It doesn’t stop there. Resonance is offering a pretty sweet VIP deal that includes private sets, t-shirt, limited edition poster, showers, VIP only bathrooms, free firewood, Resonance 2014 limited edition pin and more!
“Did you say firewood?”
Yes, yes I did. Ground fires are approved for everyone at the festival as long as they are well maintained!!
Resonance Music Festival: A gathering of like minded, motivated, music loving individuals.
DATE: October 2 – October 4
LOCATION: Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio.
Tickets: $110 GA, $200 VIP, and $80 Saturday passes.
Let the incense rise and your pipe dreams soar because the Magic Bus is quite the eclectic store. Amidst a small strip in the east wing of Broad Ripple Ave is where you will find this enchanted palace. In addition to being greeted with copious amounts of merchandise to explore, you are also welcomed with witty smiles and hellos from the quirky, and sometimes barefoot staff. Hop on as we travel to your 4/20 destination for the holidaze but make sure you follow these simple guidelines because although it’s no secret that they have the tools for your heady needs, nobody wants to get kicked off for making a not so minor mistake.
The Magic Bus is A kind store for kind people. It’s as simple as it sounds folks, be nice! If you’ve ever heard to be careful at The Bus because they tend to be strict, it’s for a good reason.
Leah, the store manager, and Adrian, staff manager, go over the guiding principles of commerce at The Magic Bus. We wanted to better understand why The Magic Bus has a reputation for being strict with their customers. Leah explains,
Rules are rules. We have to follow them or we can’t exist. We’re here to serve our guests as best as we can but we can only do that if they follow the rules. As a customer, know what state you live in and what’s legal in your state. If someone implies that they’re going to use one of our products illegally, excise would fine us (the store) $10,000 and that person who implied illegal use $1,000. We don’t want anybody to get into trouble and I hate refusing service to people especially on 4/20 weekend but it’s best to let them know ahead of time. Usually in our spiel we say ‘every day is a new day’. You’re not banned from the store, come back tomorrow. The only people who are banned from the store are people who steal and are complete assholes.
So what words are appropriate when refering to your smoke?
Learn the words pollen and pipe. Point-and-grunt always works. You can never go wrong with saying pipe. You don’t have to say tobacco pipe.
On a related note if you ask for a bong they would be happy to sell you the kind you use for showing off your alcohol inhaling abilities. So maybe they’re strict but look at it this way: they’re saving you from a $1,000 fine. That’ll set you behind about a month’s worth of living expenses. A few simple guidelines will help you stay in good graces at The Magic Bus:
DON’T SPEAK THOSE DIRTY WORDS!
To be clear: saying words like weed, bud, bong, blazed, doobie, herb, kief, or anything illegal are absolute NO-NO’s. And this goes without saying, but don’t buy tobacco products for minors, either. (duh)
KEEP YOUR SHOES ON!
If you’re on your way out of the store and you look up in the left corner you might notice a randompile of shoes chillin’ above the door. That’s not where the staff keeps theirs while they’re on the clock. Those are the shoes of people who have decided to abandon them at the store instead of having the cops called on them for stealing. Again, Leah explains:
We started this rule when this store opened about 11 years ago. We’ve probably accrued about 30 shoes over that time period. If we catch somebody stealing, we usually give them two options: either we call the cops or give us their shoes and never come back again. Ninety percent of the time they hop right out of their shoes and walk out the door. We give them this option because we just don’t want a reason for the cops to come here, you know?
Aside from the in-store footwear attraction you will find many locally-made items in the store from apparel to pipes. Store manager Leah has items on the shelf that she crocheted herself. A former employee, Lindsay Moran has candles for sale from her company, Wicka Wicka, offering soy based wax for a cleaner burn with delightful fragrances! Also look for the presence of an Indianapolis-based company that makes Headwear for the Counter Culture, No Bad Ideas. You can even buy tickets to shows at the Vogue from The Bus! I wasn’t exaggerating when I say eclectic. If you head into the pipe room you may spot a few locally blown water pipes from Huffy Glass, a glass studio based in Bloomington. Speaking of pipes let’s add “free” and “discount” into the equation.
During the weekend of 4/20 starting Thursday, April 17th EVERYTHING in the store is 20% off AND on the day of 4/20 there will be a raffle every hour on the 20th minute from open to close. When 4:20 hits the clock the GRAND raffle will commence. There are currently three BEAUTIFUL pipes on display behind the register that are for the three winners of the hour. So make sure you get an entry in quick! So you see, it’s all fun and games until somebody drops a word bomb. If you were to make an honest mistake they’d be happy to guide you to the appropriate terminology. They’re more than just staff at The Magic Bus; they’re artists, musicians, mothers, and all of them are quite the comedians. They’re there to help you; no question is a stupid question. Take it from Vince, who has been a bus employee for almost two years.
I really enjoy taking the time to talk to the guest and getting to know their needs. Some of the products I recommend are more expensive, but it’s about quality. It’s not like we’re making commission off these products. It’s like this: if you give guests quality service and they walk away with a quality product, that’s a guarantee that they will come back again. Plain and simple.
Lots of people would be contraire to the strict stereotype many associate with The Bus. A few customers recently described The Bus as chill, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, beautiful, and diverse. Rod, the store owner, sums it up in a single word: “Shenanigans.” So why not stop in for the holidaze? Pop in, play fair, and shop local!
Hailing from the Mushroom Kingdom (Bloomington, IN), Shy Guy Says will drop bob-ombs of bass in your face this Saturday night at Mojostock. Mixing elements of hip hop with glitchy electronica, Shy Guy identifies with down-tempo house, drumstep, and ghettotech in addition to the broad “glitch hop” classification.
Shy Guy was recently in town to open for Denver-based glitch-hop producer Samples where I had the pleasure of chatting it up with the man behind the mask, Jarrod Linne. An Indiana University graduate, Linne says he earned his degree in telecommunications and ultimately stuck around in Bloomington to pay off student debt. Read on as we talk about life in a college town, small festivals vs. large festivals, and Mojostock memories.
MOJO: Bloomington isn’t that bad of a place to be stuck though.
SG: It’s really not honestly. I love it. Everybody always asks when I’m going to move. I’m not really sure if I’m going to, especially now that things are picking up in Indiana with the local music scene.
MOJO: Do you feel like the tomfooleries you’ve witnessed in Bloomington inspire you to create stories within your music?
SG: Sometimes. You see crazy things in Bloomington that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. It can inspire you to go home and play music or pump you up to go play a really crazy show somewhere.
MOJO: What’s your favorite venue to play between Bloomington and Indy?
SG: I love the Bluebird when I’m in Bloomington because of the history of that place. So many great musicians have been on that stage and you feel the energy when you step on there. I wish there were more opportunities to play there, honestly. When I’m in Indy the Mousetrap is always home base but I love playing the Vogue because people are really appreciative there. The lights, the sounds, and the size of that place are just awesome.
MOJO: What about your dream venue?
SG: Honestly, at this point it is just to be on a major festival lineup. I just want to play at Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza- not even as the top ten bands of the lineup, I just want to be a part of it. Seeing Daft Punk at Lollapalooza got me into the whole electronic music scene. It was a mind-blowing, eye-opening, life-changing experience and it made me dream that one day I get to be back there doing just that. I want to be on stage in the middle of a field in my element. I just want to see the crowd dance and lose their shit and not give a fuck. I want to be a part of that.
MOJO: Well, you’re definitely a step closer with Mojostock!
SG: Yeah! You know, lately I’ve really just been about smaller festivals. I’m incredibly excited about Hyperion and Mojostock because the crowd is more intimate and it seems like the crowd is definitely more appreciative and there for the musicality of it all and not just the scene.
MOJO: Do you have any funny memories of Mojostock 2012?
SG: I didn’t actually witness it but the craziest story I heard was that somebody had found JK asleep in a mud puddle somewhere. Like he went super hard one day and just decided “I’m done…I’m going to sleep in this mud now.”
MOJO: What are you looking forward to this year?
SG: Aside from being back in the tent and performing, Mochipet. I’m a big Mochipet fan. I like his whole appeal to where he’s down to earth enough to wear a purple dinosaur suit on stage. I’m really into his musical style too, so I’m interested in seeing how he’s going to execute everything. I’m just excited to be in a field surrounded by hundreds of people that I know and love. I’m looking forward to seeing who has a baby nine months down the road after the weekend of Mojostock because it seems like that’s where all the babies are made, I guess. (laughs)
From Bloomington to Indy, Indy Mojo brings you Shy Guy Says this Saturday night at Mojostock. Get ready to get glitched under his spell, as he turns the tent inside out to bring you on a journey through the Mushroom Kingdom! Also, I heard it’s going to be the tent where all the babies are made.
Stream Shy Guy Says’ exclusive Mojo Radio Hometown Hype mix below to get an idea of what he has in store for Mojostock and make sure to make your way to the EDM tent at 10 pm sharp.
One last thing: always be on the lookout for flying bob-ombs at a Shy Guy set!