Radio Romance Tour 2013

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Read Garrison's "Here on a Summer Night" prelude →

 

August 6,
2013

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen, MI

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Fred Newman on the Jaw Harp

 

August 5,
2013

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Grand Rapids, MI

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We were in Grand Rapids on Monday, and did the show from the city's wonderful sculpture garden. They have modern art pieces from all over the world spread over 132 acres of just gorgeous landscaping. ... Read more →

Fred Newman interviews Sara Watkins



"My Friend" — Sara Watkins



"Into the Garden"

 

August 4,
2013

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

East Lansing, MI

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We went to Michigan State University on Sunday and did the show from the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. Football is big there, the Spartans, and Garrison sang the MSU fight song during the Powdermilk Biscuit Break, and got a huge cheer from the audience. ... Read more →

 

August 3,
2013

Community Arts Center

Williamsport, PA

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We did the show on Saturday night from Williamsport, Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River. It used to be a big lumber town. And because of all the lumber barons, the city had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. And their legacy is this lovely downtown full of stone Victorian mansions. ... Read more →

 

August 2,
2013

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

Chautauqua, NY

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On Friday, we did our show from the Chautauqua Institution. A unique place. A sort-of gated community founded in 1874, and every summer thousands families come here to learn from the lectures and see concerts and relax by the lake. ... Read more →

"Fatherhood"

 

August 1,
2013

CMAC

Canandaigua, NY

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On Thursday, we did the show from Canandaigua, New York. I found out that there are these Burning Springs outside of town — a pocket of escaping natural gas that can be lit to create flames on the water. ... Read more →

 

July 31,
2013

Concerts on the Green at Shelburne Museum

Shelburne, VT

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On Wednesday, we did the show from the lawn of the Shelburne Museum, a must-see stop if you're in Vermont. It's a beautiful sprawling estate with over 150,000 works of art, and a carousel you can ride on, and a train, and a 220-foot steamboat. ... Read more →

 

July 29,
2013

American Music Theatre

Lancaster, PA

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Home of the 1st paved road in the U.S., the invention of Peeps, and the Fulton Opera House — the oldest continually-running theater in the country — we were happy to arrive in bright and sunny Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (Which we later learned was the Capitol of the Nation for one single day on Sep. 27, 1777!) ... Read more →

 

July 28,
2013

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Hampton Beach, NH

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Despite heavy clouds, chilly winds and occasional drops of rain, Hampton Beach seemed to be the place to be on a weekend afternoon. The streets were overflowing with people walking to and from the cold, sandy beaches of the Atlantic.

Plus: Five Questions for our monitor engineer, Noah Smith. ... Read more →

 

July 27,
2013

Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Bangor, ME

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Bangor: the former "the lumber capital of the world"," claimed hometown of mythic lumberjack Paul Bunyan, the site of the earliest documented recipes for chocolate brownies and chewing gum, and the home of world-famous horror author Steven King (who still lives here!) — no wonder Bangor's nickname is "The Queen City of the East!" ... Read more →

 

July 26,
2013

South Shore Music Circus

Cohasset, MA

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The drive down Cohasset's Main Street was like looking through the pages of a home and garden magazine; the grand estates on either side of the road were fashioned in a traditional colonial style, some with greenhouses, some sporting boat trailers, every one of them proudly waving an American flag above their front door. ... Read more →

Here on a Summer Night

 

July 25,
2013

Ives Concert Park

Danbury, CT

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Thursday, we made the jump from Richmond, Virginia to Danbury, Connecticut. During rehearsal, I was talking to our bass player Gary Raynor, who, in addition to being a gifted musician, (and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet) is a major cinephile. ... Read more →

 

July 24,
2013

Maymont

Richmond, VA

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Wednesday morning our motor coaches parked on the sloping streets of Richmond, Virginia, a pretty Southern city full of columns and cast iron. It seems like most of downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Read more →

Farewell to Aoife O'Donovan

 

July 23,
2013

Brevard Music Center Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium

Brevard, NC

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We pulled into Brevard on Monday morning and got a Day Off before Tuesday's show. The town is on the edge of the gorgeous Pisgah forest and most people went hiking and took some beautiful pictures of waterfalls — this area has more waterfalls than any other part of the country. ... Read more →

 

July 21,
2013

PNC Pavilion

Cincinnati, OH

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We pulled into Cincinnati at 1:30 a.m. after the shortest drive of the tour so far—a relatively brisk hour-and-a-half—and our bleary-eyed company staggered to our hotel rooms ... Read more →

Kansas City, Louisville and Cincinnati

 

July 20,
2013

Iroquois Amphitheater

Louisville, KY

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We crossed the Ohio River into Louisville, famous for their bats, the Louisville Sluggers, and their bourbon, Jim Beam and Four Roses and Makers Mark. It's the home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Fried Chicken. ... Read more →

 

July 19,
2013

Starlight Theatre

Kansas City, MO

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We did the show last night in Kansas City, Missouri, which is across the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas. A little confusing, especially if you've been traveling on a bus all night. ... Read more →

 

July 18,
2013

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Morrison, CO

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We did the show from Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday. A one-of-a-kind venue outside of Denver, Colorado. The stage is carved out of two rock walls of red sandstone in the foot of the Rockies. ... Read more →

Salt Lake City and Morrison, CO

 

July 17,
2013

Red Butte Garden

Salt Lake City, UT

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We hopped on the bus in San Diego for the 751 mile haul to Salt Lake City. It took us about seventeen hours, a few more than we expected, because one of our buses blew a tire. ... Read more →

 

July 15,
2013

Humphreys Concerts By the Bay

San Diego, CA

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As I awoke from a refreshing night's sleep and peeked out my tiny bus bunk window, I saw seagulls flying low over dozens of palm trees; the blue waters of a bay extending for miles in either direction. ... Read more →

Paso Robles and San Diego

 

July 14,
2013

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

Paso Robles, CA

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Upon our entrance to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre — just opened in May 2013 — we were greeted by a beautiful, European-style fountain, the grounds' lush green grass nourished by many a sprinkler. (Which in the heat, we almost wished we could run through without looking unprofessional!) ... Read more →

 

July 13,
2013

Mountain Winery

Saratoga, CA

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Our bus drivers navigated their way up California's infamous winding roads with grace and ease, as we eyed the cliffs on either side of the buses with nervous excitement. After reaching the Saratoga Mountain Winery — our venue for July 12th and 13th — the view below us was breathtaking. ... Read more →

The Mountain Winery

 

July 12,
2013

Mountain Winery

Saratoga, CA

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July 11,
2013

Community Center Theater

Sacramento, CA

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Sacramento — what might as well be called the "Nickname City," officially known as "The River City," "City of Trees," "Sac-Town," "Sacto," and even "Sacra-Tomato." ... Read more →

Boise, Portland and Sacramento

 

July 10,
2013

McMenamins Edgefield

Portland, OR

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Pulling out of our Portland hotel, the scenery was breathtaking; we could just make out the snowy peaks of Mt. Hood 60 miles to the South, and flat-topped Mount St. Helens toward the Washington border. ... Read more →

 

July 9,
2013

Idaho Botanical Garden

Boise, ID

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After a full night's drive back east, we awoke in our bunks to find ourselves in Boise, Idaho. ... Read more →

 

July 8,
2013

INB Performing Arts Center

Spokane, WA

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Our first stop in Spokane was a breath of fresh air (and not just because we spent 22 hours on a bus from St. Paul). We hit some (literal and figurative) bumps along the way... Read more →

Travel to Spokane

 
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