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This July, rushmore beekeepers will be playing their (my) very first San Diego show. I always think about setting up shows there (and talk about it, sometimes), especially since it’s not that far from Las Vegas, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it.

The always upbeat and inspiring Run-On Sunshine is currently on their MONSTERS OF FEELINGS tour (possibly my favorite tour name ever), so we’ll meet up to play some music, along with San Diego’s own Sunday Clothes, who writes and sings some of the most beautiful story songs you will hear. Even if you can’t make it out to the show, for geographical reasons or otherwise, I highly recommend giving these artists a listen.

We’ll all be at Lazy Hummingbird Coffee & Tea House on July 21. If you’re in the area, come hang out with us!

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Even though I’ve been thinking about it, I realized I never updated you on Bröötal Sun Fest. So, here you go.

Back in 2010 when I went on tour, I played a super fun house show in Tucson, AZ and made some great friends. It was nice to get together again, this time at Skrappy’s, for a staggering number of bands on a schedule that, well, stayed on schedule better than any three act bar show I’ve played. There was also a photo booth, face-painting, basketball, and frozen fruit treats. The amazing planning and organizing skills of Logan, Mullarkey, and the rest of the BSF team as well as the performers cannot be ignored. (The previous sentence, if it is ever read out loud, should be read in a booming and powerful voice.) Seriously, these people are amazing.

I made it into Tucson on Saturday afternoon, with enough time to watch the last act of the afternoon show and the evening show, including Great Job, who performs once a year, though you’d never know it; a young, promising, and talented Beanpod Race; and the Seattle punk goodness of TacocaT.

Playing in between Pretty Faces (garage punk) and Rise Like Lions (hardcore) added a dynamic I can really appreciate. The Tucson crowd is a nice crowd (not to mention all of those who traveled from all over to perform or attend), and we all had a good time; my set was pretty mellow, and everyone was attentive, respectful and, impressively, present at a 12:30PM performance on a Sunday afternoon. Even though Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, I took the opportunity to play “Your Hurt Knees,” written on and about that day. I did a very low quality recording of the show, and I am trying to clean it up a bit so I can share it with you.

I’ve been hearing about The Kris Special for a long time (mostly from the awesomely friendly people of The Busta Crack Shack), and not only are they on the nicest bands ever list (along with all the bands in this post), but their performance was honest, fun, and energetic. The new line-up of Rumble Rumble (check out their bandcamp too!) rocked my face off, although I am excited to see what Niall’s next musical project will be. Experiencing Hug of War is very much like a hug, and, like a hug, should be experienced first-hand; the split cassette/digital album with Run-On Sunshine does the job, though. Run-On Sunshine is also like a hug, maybe like a big, cuddly hug from a cat.

So wherever you are, plan on going next year.

Run-On Sunshine at Brootal Sun Fest

Run-On Sunshine at Brootal Sun Fest

Hug of War at Brootal Sun Fest

Hug of War at Brootal Sun Fest

rushmore beekeepers at Brootal Sun Fest

Photo courtesy of Jake Cunningham

Some of the nice folks at the show

Some of the nice folks at the show

Some more of the nice folks at the show

Some more of the nice folks at the show

Don't ask

Don’t ask

If playing Bröötal Sun Fest wasn’t going to be great enough, it was recently announced that rushmore beekeepers will be playing the South by Meow West stage. (Not to be confused with South By Southwest, although they are both filled with awesome bands.) Among other great bands, I’ll be sharing the stage on Sunday, March 11 once again with the fantastically talented (and super friendly!) Run-On Sunshine and Rumble Rumble.

Check out Mullarkey’s blog entry on the history of South by Meow West as well as the entire line-up at the Bröötal Sun Fest website.

Performing in a comic book store was never on my list of must-do life goals (I don’t really have one of those), but it’s not like I haven’t fantasized about it, and when my friend Michelle asked me to perform at the first Alternate Reality Comics Artist Spotlight opening reception, there was no hiding the excitement. So I played, and we all had a great time.

Local poet Harry Fagel performed as well, spoken word full of sometimes serious and sometimes hilarious observations, with much of the material coming from his experience as a police officer. His delivery (and his work) is strong and honest, and he is also a great guy.

The art display itself was fantastic, featuring the works of locals Keri Schroeder and Gilbert Hernandez. The awesome dedication of Alternate Reality Comics to devote a section of their store to an art display is inspiring and encouraging in a city where art fights hard to be seen. If you live here or visit, you should go there and be amazed. The store has anything you could ever want (if not, they always have great recommendations in any genre), and you will always be treated like a friend. Oh, and did I mention Ralph proposed to his wife Kate in the comic book Preacher? How cool is that!

Oh, I almost forgot; you can watch my performance and pretend you were there, thanks to Punks in Vegas:

If you are making a digital scrapbook of everything RB, their blog entry is right here.

Shortly after I finished my set, I went to thank Ralph and he grabbed Daytripper off the shelf and said “I want to give this to you, I think you’ll really like it,” in his super nice voice and demeanor that is guaranteed to make you want to give him a big hug and bawl like a little baby at the genuine unconditional kindness that somehow exists in the world. He was right about Daytripper; it is thoughtful and beautiful, and you should read it.

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