Leaving Denver we soon encountered more snow. That’s ok. We can handle it. Drive through the mountains on a tiny 2 lane highway through the pass. No problem. We got this. Let’s just say some of the members were just a bit worried we were gonna go right off the side of the cliff.
We finally made it through though and got to the hotel in Durango. It was nice right at the end of an alley leading to the venue. We could walk there!
After getting the band set up in the hotel Sammy and I headed over to Durangp’s famous Ska Brewing. What a great place. Got a little tour of the facilities and grabbed some gear. Thanks so much to the crew there it was amazing.
Today was a very special day too as it was Doreen’s birthday!! The gang at Ska Brewing were kind enough to hook up a special cake for us which we presented to Miss D during her set at the show where the band and everyone there sang her Happy Birthday. It was so sweet!
Stockton’s Plea for Peace center has been the place for many memorable shows over it’s existence. The chance to take the tour there was a no-brainer and while not heavily attended was a highlight. Two big thumbs up to Middagh Goodwin for having us. He was a gentleman if you don’t count the endless introductory pranks. It went on for hours and was new each time I think too. Good times by all and even the tour dog got to have a little fun.
Let’s Go Bowling. One of the leading late 80′s/ early 90′s Ska bands. They’ve been playing for 25 years! They have a distinct sound all their own. So when the chance came up to take the tour to Fresno to help em celebrate it wasn’t even a discussion. It was an immediate YES. The tour heading North early the morning after Long Beach to get to the venue as early as we could. Get loaded in and check out the soundcheck. Below is just a little pictorial of the fun that ensued.
Long Beach hosted stop 7 of the tour and the last southern California stop for The Forthrights/ Maddie Ruthless. It was another night of wonderful Rocksteady music in the chilly seaside night air. The bands all looked like they were really enjoying the party. Check out the photos for the fun. On to Fresno and LGB tonight!
Thanks to Jesse Trejo (LBSS) for helping make this a great party and for Rhythm Lounge for hosting the party.
The Forthrights & Maddie Ruthless were again solo this night as we stopped into Downey’s punk rock haven the Anarchy Library with half the tour. They played to an almost packed house of enthusiastic reggae listeners. Maddie did her set of tunes and after taking a short break The Forthrights laid into their set. They had the crowd moving and even had a few guests join including Tony from the Delirians on keys for a cover of “My Conversation”.
During the break the sound system dropped a couple of dubplates of brand new music from The Delirians including soon to be hit “El Gigante” and long gone but not forgotten Reggae masters Irie Beat’s unissued “No Jodes”. After the Forthrights set they dropped another unreleased track “People Need People”. Both will be coming out on Reggae 69/ Moondust Records later this year. This was the first time it had been heard in a club. Thanks to all who dropped by and to Family Promotion Sound System for hosting. See you next week!
Next week the tour drops by The Anarchy Library again with the other half of the tour Queen P & The Delirians doing the Treasure Isle songbook.