I Guess I'm Bad Luck
PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
I joined the tour in San Diego and hopped on the bus 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.
We take two buses on the Radio Romance Tour, one for the performers and one for the crew, and it was the performers' bus tire that exploded in the middle of the night. It sounded like a gunshot and the disintegrating tire tore off one of the bus panels. But Norm, the driver, kept his cool and muscled the bus to the side of the road safely, thank you, sir. Nobody was injured, it was just a little bumpy. The people who were sleeping didn't even wake up.
So, late in the afternoon, we rolled through the red canyons and dusty desert to the lush valley of Salt Lake. The next night we did our show...and a surprise storm blew in from the Wasatch Mountains.
The wind picked up as the sun went down and a big gust ripped out the ties to the Radio Romance sign, so it was flapping like crazy, and then the wind knocked over Richard Kriehn's monitor, and then rain poured down on the audience and our laptops. But, luckily, this story has a happy ending.
We saved the equipment on stage. The Salt Lake Citians were quick on their feet and whipped out their umbrellas in unison, the band never lost a beat. And just as quickly as it blew in, the storm blew out. And by the time Rich Dworsky and the band got to "My Little Pumpkin Pie" the people of Salt Lake were dry and dancing in the aisles.
So, another great show and we're back on the road to do it again at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Minus the busted tire and the bad weather, I hope.