I'm updating this blog from the beautiful Bay city of San Francisco, CA! This is my first stop on my mini Pacific Northwest Tour/Spring Break Road Trip! I have a week off from work, and Mike has some vacation time saved up, so we decided to take this opportunity to visit friends and family up the coast and play some music along the way. Our first stop is the Open Mic Night at Hotel Utah:
I've heard great things about this place from my cousin, Devan. She and her boyfriend, Brian are generously allowing us to crash with them at their luxurious 1905 San Francisco pad, which is just steps away from Haight & Ashbury and Golden Gate Park! I'm excited to get out there in the sunshine and soak in the cool bay breeze!
Tomorrow morning, we will be driving straight to Portland, to stay with my cousin, Gilian, and her wife, Bernice, for a day or two. No shows booked there yet, but I have my keyboard and equipment just in case something pops up!
Thursday, we will arrive in Seattle, where we will be among many close friends and family members. My dear friend, Helen Chance has lined up a show for us to play together, along with our friend, Jef Shocki, at a joint called "Pies N' Pints." My good buddy, DJ Rian Souleles will be spinning all the jams between sets. This is the Seattle collaboration I've been dreaming of for years now, and I'm so excited it's finally coming to fruition! The beautiful and talented singer & composer, Miss Kaley Lane Eaton, is putting Mike & I up in her apartment for a couple of days, and we are so grateful for her hospitality. Take note of these names...all of my Seattle friends are uniquely talented musicians and songwriters who deserve a ton of recognition. We are hoping to spend time with Mike's sister, Jennifer, her husband, Richard, and our nephew, the adorable Philip, while in town, as well. We are blessed to know so many great people in this gorgeous region of the Pacific northwest.
On the way back, we plan to stop and see some friends in Sacramento. We will be staying with my dear friend, Ernestine Ballisi, and will hopefully run into our friends, the O'Sheas (Cara & Jimmy, with kids James, Graeson, & Delilah). We haven't seen this beautiful family in at least 5 years, and it will be our first time meeting little Delilah.
We will be sure to post updates and pictures along the way, but first, take a look at my BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO for my single, "The Reward!!!" Watch it all the way through for a chance to get a free download of the song! Feel free to share, because we all know that sharing is caring! So spread the word about my new EP, titled, "The Reward," coming May 1st! Stay tuned for news on how to pre-order your copy! And now, enjoy "The Reward" (the music video)!