so it all happened when we rolled into Baltimore on Saturday. we arrived in the midst of the Artscape festival, and due to street closures and tons of people around the venue, we couldn't get anywhere near it to unload, and ended up just having to park quite a few blocks away in one the event parking garages. so after checking in at the wonderful Bohemian Coffee House, and finding that they had a couple PA powered speakers i just decided to keep my setup light, which was nice. it took me back to where i started with this whole solo music thing in the first place with no excess, forcing myself to play music where the most important part of it is the melodies and how well you play them, and not how many crazy effects you can layer on. Seeing as how no one in these cities had any expectations about what i was going to do, it still turned out to be thrilling for the audience, i was beyond floored by the amount of feedback i got from people, and have been lucky to sell quite a few copies of my album. plus you can't complain about only having to make one trip from your car to the venue with your instrument, merch, and your cables and whatnot.
In both Phily, and Worcester, i ended up doing the same thing, due to limited stage space and the need to do ultra quick changeovers, so the giant pedal board of death just stayed in the car. hopefully i'll be able to get it back out at some of the rest of the stops we have but if not, i'm glad to have a setup that i can adapt to wherever i am. it mirrors the music i get to play in a way. when i improvise i just try and make music that works for where i am, for whoever is there, and i can't be tied to a specific set of equipment to make it happen. being flexible is the key to killing it on tour.
hitting the road in a little bit, i'll update again soon.