Weston is a quaint town close to Kansas City. We’ve played in the area quite a few times over the years including here at the festival four years ago. There were lots of familiar faces and well wishers and dozens of people sporting our t-shirts so that was nice to see. We were the headliner on the outdoor stage on the Friday night so that was really fun. We played after a group from New York City called the Mickey Finns. They were really entertaining and their familiar Irish sound fit right in. There were lots of great musicians and bands on the bill. One of the nice things about playing a festival is that you are generally in town for a few days so you get a chance to settle in. And another perk is the magic wristband they give you that entitles band members to free everything! Imagine if real life was like that. What a wonderful world it would be!
On Saturday we played two shows. An early evening set that went well on the main stage, then a late night performance at a really historic looking pub called O’Malley’s that they have on the festival site. It’s old and solid looking and at the very bottom down a long passageway is the pub. It’s everything you would expect it to be. Cozy, crowded, humid and packed full of people looking to go nuts! I felt really hot and worn out but everyone around me appeared to be having a good time. Chris’s wife Rachel put a cool video montage of the weekend on our Facebook page if anyone wants to check it out. The pack-up was rushed and chaotic so as a result I left a capo and a power adapter behind. I hate it when that happens. It means I have to go to one of the places I dread going to the most: The music store. I’ve spent enough time and money in music stores to last a lifetime. Or three. Sometimes you come across friendly staff but most of the time they are either older and disgruntled or young and borderline useless. I guess it was exciting to go when I was a teenager to try out all the guitars and gadgets. And I still like the quiet mom and pop shops but the big stores are kind of like getting lost in a Wal-Mart. But they do have everything you need under one roof and that’s why I will continue to go back almost every time I lose something. Over the years I’ve gone from being the wide-eyed teenager to the guy they think is coming in to by a clarinet for their kid. Oh well. Jason and Tyler stayed behind to socialize and enjoy more “free” and the rest of us headed back to the hotel to enjoy “sleep”. I did get a call from an Irish musician at 2 a.m. to invite me to a party at the hotel. That can only mean the Young Dubliners from Los Angeles are in town! Tyler ended up going and representin’ and having a good time with the guys. Thank you everyone at the festival for treating us so well!