Liberty Lands, No Rain

During this summertime lull between recording sessions, we’re planning strategy, and also performing a few shows that call for less than a full band. Last week, Troy and I returned to Northern Liberties, where I spent 11 (mostly) idyllic years with terrific neighbors of the human and canine variety. Mayor Larry Freedman puts together the lineups for Liberty Lands Music Fests, and Don Phillips and his crew tirelessly pour the beer. Last fall the party was interrupted by heavy rain, but we played anyway under a tent to a small but enthusiastic crowd. See how happy these guys were?

Troy Ken

This Spring’s version was the do-over, with much better weather.  Of course, as we approached the park last Saturday afternoon — Fleetwood Mac blasting from the sound system — the sky looked ominous, and a few annoying droplets actually dared to fall. But we waited it out, the clouds cleared, the sun won, and we stepped up for our little acoustic set to open the show.

LL I & T

Afterwards, we joined friends on blankets, shared some wine, and enjoyed more great local bands (particularly loved Urbana and Gospel Shouters) along with hundreds of other folks. A little strange hitting the stage without Ken. But even though we all totally enjoyed our experimental outing at Puck last month, the guys aren’t necessarily feeling the drumless/electric bass/acoustic guitar thing. Until we round out the band, the acoustic duo format gives us a chance to try out new arrangements and material, and also keep my voice somewhat in shape during recording down-time.

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As usual, Bill DiCecca made these images.

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