December 3, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 5

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Last night’s drive featured one of the most thought-provoking discussions I’ve had in quite some time. We discussed the merits of higher education and how the experience is rewarding and essential for many in growing as a person, but too costly for most. We delved into the feminist movement and how proud we are of women establishing themselves in our modern patriarchal society. All of this took place during our 90 minute commute to Anaheim. Driving at 1am in L.A is the only sane way to get around with a van and trailer.

We woke to the faint sounds of Disneyland creeping through our windows just outside of a Holiday Inn a few miles from our next venue. The boys let me decide our lunch options since it was my birthday. I settled for some Mexican food and a dessert of donuts. My stomach immediately regretted both of those decisions. Shortly after Joey and I propped up our laptops in Starbucks while Tim rain-proofed the van for the coming weeks.

The venue for the night was the legendary Chain Reaction in Anaheim. The show was titled “The Night of Blue Swan” to celebrate the third anniversary of the record label and feature a handful of Blue Swan artists. There must have been 50+ artists packed into the green room at one point. Various scene members in the L.A area made their way out to the show to support their friends and help add to an already star-studded lineup.

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Joey was kind enough to helm the merch table while I snuck away to the van for some snippets of my whiskey stash. The show was nearly sold out as over 200 fans packed themselves inside to get more and more excited with each band performing. I met lots of first time listeners who had nothing but glowing remarks to say about Icarus. These interactions helped make the night fly by as I slowly became less intoxicated.

Near the end of the night as I ran out to the van to inhale a PBJ, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Watching my friends play music to hundreds of people with smiles on their faces while I get to watch is a rare experience. The boys lauded over the show being the best night yet and it’s understandable why. The shows will only be more intense from here on out and I can’t wait to know what that feeling will be like.

Written by: Patrick Marion

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