September 19, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 15


The Gang Visits Philly for a Day Off.

The whole crew remarked about how they’ve never gone this long without a break in-between shows. Normally a venue cancels a show or there’s a break after 7-8 days. This break came after 11 straight shows. It honestly couldn’t have come at a better time too. The van was starting to develop that famous “man” stench and the snack wrappers and organization was lacking due to exhaustion.

We started our day just outside of Philadelphia and wondering into downtown to explore the historic city. Rob and Roman had been to Philly on previous occasions and served as helpful tour guides to the rest of us. Dan capitalized on his free day by working for Postmates and biking around the city for some added exercise. (more…)

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September 18, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 14


Falling asleep on a couch is a treasure I’m really starting to appreciate. Dan and Roman opted to sleep in the van just down the street from Damian’s house so Rob, Joey and I took advantage of the space we had in the living room. 3 straight days of showering definitely put me in an overall better mood. That’s not to say I’m not enjoying myself, but I feel better when I’m consistently clean. Damian and his girlfriend walked us down to a famous bagel shop at the end of his street for brunch where we had arguably the best bagels of our lives. I owned up to my inner “basic-ness” and got pumpkin flavored cream cheese on my bagel. I regret nothing.

We killed as much time as we could relaxing at Damian’s before departing for the Lizard Lounge in Lancaster, PA. (more…)

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September 18, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 13


Waking up after 5 hours of sleep is never a good way to start the day. Luckily those 5 hours were spent in a comfortable bed with a bit of air conditioning. We were bound for NYC in the morning. Joey threw out his neck in Albany by head banging too hard and was incapable of movements required by a driver, so I took the reigns. A cozy 3 hour drive through scenic Connecticut put us in Staten Island around noon. Damian of Only Sibling was gracious enough to offer up his home for parking and sleeping arrangements later that night.

One of the things we knew we had to do while in the state of New York was see NYC. I’ve never been to the Big Apple and with such a close proximity to our location we had to take advantage of that. (more…)

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September 17, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 12


You know that feeling of waking up and thinking it’s a lot earlier than it really is? It was definitely one of those days as we all woke up around 12:30 in the afternoon. That type of deep sleep was needed for all of us. Dan didn’t even make it out of the van before passing out for the night either. Since the venue was only a brief 90 minutes away we still had a couple hours to relax and shower up.

Before we left for Albany, we wanted to circle back and see a dam that we passed by the night before. It looked absolutely stunning in the moonlight and seeing it during the day was still as spectacular as we thought it would be. Connecticut was breathtaking to behold. (more…)

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September 15, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 11

tour-21-joeyI hazily remember stumbling from the front seat into the second row bench as Dan was gearing up to drive to Boston early in the morning. Any big city along the way demands as much time as possible to explore it.

I’ve never been a morning person and it took me longer than usual to get ready for the day on the streets of Allston, MA. Dan had already taken off to do Postmates and explore the city on his own. With some nourishment in us, we took a walk around the Boston suburb. Joey and I bumped into the owner of the music shop Mr. Music as he was opening up shop for the day. He invited us in for a quick tour and told us all about the history of musicians that have made their way through the place over the last 50 years. He even gave us a parting gift of a couple free t-shirts and wished us good luck for the show. (more…)

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September 15, 2016

On Tour With Belle Noire: Day 10

tour-19-syracuse It has become part of my morning routine to wake up and see a Walmart parking lot filling up with customers to start my morning. As does stumbling out of the van and rubbing my eyes until my body is in sync. We woke up in Erie, PA next to a Steak and Shake that teased my mind all morning. Everyone but Joey resisted that urge and we set off for Syracuse.

We made good progress through the night to close the 7 hour gap from Toledo to Syracuse that would provide us with some down time to explore Syracuse. Unfortunately, the other night in Grand Rapids took a toll on some of the guys equipment. Dan’s bass and Joey’s guitar heads took a plunge. They’ve been doing their best to repair them on the fly, but there’s only so much they can do at this point. With extra time to spare, we went to guitar center to try and remedy the situation. (more…)

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