So we’ve been on the road for just about three months now and we’re still alive! Home schooling with Rikey and BODI is getting into a groove. We had an amazing time in Manhattan Beaxh at the Brannan pad on The Strand. It was amazing to have that home for the week and reconnect w longtime Up With People Matt Brannan and his wife Jen. Their kids Addy and True are growing up fast ! We got to visit Rodric at Thunder Studios and see a real deal movie studio. This was where 9/11 was filmed. There was some serious gaming stuff too.
We got to see a Dodgers game although it ended abruptly as a sewage leak broke out next to The Dodgers dugout. We had our Dodger Dogs and even an $18 beer!! We headed up to Santa Barbara to hang w old buddy Ryan Dafoe and partner Beth as well as daughter Harlow. So great to see these guys as last time was eight years ago. We did a backyard bash and enjoyed avocado, lime , lemon, passion fruit, apple, apricot, and orange trees all in one small yard!! Great folks!
We headed back to LA to do a City Year career day and see some of Beverly Hills. I also shot a you tube video with Soul Cole for his show “what’s the biz” in Redondo Beach. The Studio 637 guys were really great and hope to hook up with them again. I’ll let you know when the episode comes out .
While in Santa Barbara, at a late nite campfire at Ryan and Beth’s pad, I met Angela and Dustin. This turned into two more gigs opening for Brian Titus(amazing) and doing an open mic with Dustin. Dustin is an off the hook Cajon player and we hit it off right away . Thanks for the gigs Dustin and Brian for being so damn cool! We shall meet again!
Oakland was next tonlerdorm with longtime buddy Bob Coons at Pandora headquarters! We did a lunch time set for the whole company and it was awesome to see the inner workings of that platform we call Pandora . We were one of the first stations on Pandora 18 years ago and Bob was their very first music analyst ! Cool!
Our next stop was Folsom , CA to see longtime friend Shauna Anderson of Belizbeha fame and mother of six!! I did a songwriting workshop with her homeschooling group for 35 kids and it was great ! Next eve was a house concert at their home her husband Brandy is one cool dude and their kids became fast friends of Ri and Bodi.
Now we’re hanging for a week in Plymouth, CA in the heart of Amador County there are 80 wineries in a twenty mile radius. Cool !
Thursday I play at Nicholson’s Music in Folsom with Natalie Gelman who I played with 12 years ago at The Plymouth , VT Folk Fest! Small globe eh??
more to come friends......Love you all!!
Chad, Katie, Riley and Bodi