Kirsten Thien and her band are venturing out from the wilds of New York City and it’s friendly environs to cross the great American continent.
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May 9th 2012 – THE KIRSTEN THIEN BAND “C2 Shining C Tour” Blog
Town: Lake Hallie, WI
Venue: The Red Zone
Being offered a Hula Hoop from a guy in the audience and accepting the challenge. While the band jammed out in solos over to our version of “Use Me Up”, I unsuccessfully tried to ‘hoop’ on the dance floor. Not graceful. Even less graceful was when the (very inebriated) man with the Hula Hoop decided to use it to keep hooking me and spinning me around the dance floor. Live and learn!
Meeting Dawn and Tracy and Dawn’s husband at our show tonight. They all drove three-and-a-half hours from Rochester, MN to come see the show – took the next day off from work and everything. Dawn had read a review of Delicious last year and had bought a copy, and when they found out we were coming within driving distance, they made their plans! Dawn got her copy of Delicious early enough to get the chocolate bar with raspberry crunches that we included in the first few hundred copies sold, and her husband made a point of telling me he loved the chocolate! I had expected a night playing to folks who’d never heard us before, yet here we were getting oodles of energy back from Dawn and Tracy bopping around at their table all night and singing along with my songs!
We can spend so much time and energy pursuing a dream, thinking we know what we’re striving for. In my case, I often envision large festival audiences, or elegant 3,000-seat concert houses around the world when I picture the day-to-day of my ‘dream-come-true’. Life is teaching me, though, that the reality of the dream-come-true is nothing we can really know about before hand, though.
Here I am with my band, representing in a small biker bar near Eau Claire, WI and there is a huge 10-foot tall replica of a rat out in front for decoration. The rat is dressed in green shorts and poised to look like he’s riding a Harley if someone parks their motorcycle in front to it just so. Inside, I’ve just met fans that drove from over three hours away to join a small crowd of forty or so curious local music-seekers plus the local dart team who showed up later in the evening. Before the end of the night, the local police stop by for a photo opp, which left the band more than a little confused. As we pack up our gear for the drive toward the next gig, I know for certain, I am living the dream.
Thankfully, a pretty smooth day, no adventure to report. Unless you count the failed Hula challenge.
==================End May 9th
to be continued…..
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Kirsten Thien, Dylan Wissing, Blues411