So after that road trip up to Ohio to see my favorite acoustic artist,Pat (the Bunny), I wound up hoping on a plane to visit my parents on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I took a budget airline and only a backpack. Taking a vacation with my parents was pretty cool. I really don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like but that’s life. While I was down there I started to read the book I was gifted at LoveBurn; The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox by Stephen J Gould. I’m more than halfway through it and it’s a really awesome read about the rise of sciences. Anyways, while I was down in Florida, I got to hang out with a good buddy of mine whom I haven’t seen in nearly ten years. Catching up was very refreshing and gave me some insights into life. His father recently passed away due to a car accident. He told me as we had been talking about retirement and how his father worked his entire life for "the prize" at the end and never even got to enjoy it. It really put some perspective to life and gave me some things to contemplate.
After getting back into town, I caught the Dick Dale show at the Earl. My buddy’s bandMoonBase opened for them. If you like surf rock, definitely be sure to check them out! Walking in I remember specifically thinking that there’s a strange mix of hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, and mustaches among the crowd. Everyone from mid-twenty somethings to people appearing to be in their sixties showed up. It was an all-around good time.
Right after that, I met a bunch of Folk Punk artists at Wonder Root! Actually while talking to Pat at the show in Ohio, he asked me if The Wild was still a band around Atlanta. Being here nearly five years and somewhat involved in the entertainment scene nearly the whole, I told him no since I had not heard of them. And sure enough, as if to prove the synchronicity of the Baader Meinoff phenomenon, I get invited to WonderRoot to catch The Wild with special guests. One of which was Jeremy Ray, really cool and very talented guy, seriously blew me away.
Shortly thereafter, my friends at Pocket Universes began a Kickstarter and hosted a few art events. Unfortunately, they didn’t reach their funding goal but that’s alright. They’re going to revamp the whole thing and come at it from a different angle. It also gave them a few other ideas so definitely check them out here and be on the look out for some new things coming from them! They had an art show at Mass Collective and I literally forgot to take any pictures. Shame on me. They're really cool people and have a Facebook so make sure to go there for pictures!
My buddy’s at Incendia invited me to Mysteryland Music Festival in Bethel NY. It was where the original Woodstock was held. Mysteryland was pretty incredible. I’ve never been a big fan of EDM but I really enjoyed Porter Robin’s set. Incendia literally made headlines at the festival and are looking at some pretty big things in the future. It was really awesome getting to hang out with them again, spin fire, relax, and overall do our fire thing for a bunch of people who’ve never experienced anything like it before. Even just talking to the audience about who they are and what we all do, seeing the fire light up their eyes, and hearing the enthusiasm in their voice, was really awesome.
After Mysteryland, I then continued on to Buffalo New York for a business meeting. Well the meeting got out a lot earlier than I expected so I got to visit Niagara Falls that afternoon. Nature.Is.Literally.Awesome.Awe-inspiring.Wow. Check out some of these pictures I snapped.
After Niagara Falls, Google Maps directed me to drive through Ohio to get back to Atlanta, so of course I had to stop in at Cedar Point for a day. I guess it was just opening again for the season and we happened to make perfect timing. Got a cheap hotel for the night so we could go first thing in the morning. The manager there was telling me that starting next week their rates triple, school lets out, and everything gets super busy. Since we were there so early in the season and on a week day, we literally rode all the rides we wanted to by about 1pm, leaving us unsure what to do with ourselves. All of the lines were only 30 minutes at max. My favorite ride being the Maverick, was the last one we got to ride (for the second or third time) before a huge ominous storm came in and started raining sideways. We sought refuge from the wetness in a saloon on site for about an hour before we decided it was time to go.
After that, I got back to Atlanta and got back to work. Found myself a new adventure bike so I now have a KLR650 and will be selling my Honda Shadow. I’ve got a lot of work to do on the KLR but it will be a labor of love and I’m excited to see how she turns out. As for the Shadow, you can check out the Craigslist Listing Here.
Some Other Random Updates That Happened!
I decided to post the song to Sound Cloud that I wrote for Blix’s video. You can check it out below.
Kaleidoscape had a few shows I helped out with, including a metal show. They’ve got a few other things coming up as well so be sure to swing by their page and take a look. Here are some pictures from some of the events they had.