1. The Gorge – George, WA Sep. 3rd 2011:
We were extremely excited when we got asked to play the Dave
Matthews Caravan at The Gorge in Washington. It was an honor to be on a bill
with so many amazing bands, including Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Devotchka,Josh Ritter, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gogol Bordello, The Belle Brigade and more! The Gorge is truly a special place, and the entire weekend
The shots of the show at the top (L to R: Justin rockin the
banjo, Josh screaming with our custom keyboard stand by Mike Maxwell in the
foreground, Chad gets into the beat) were captured by David Conger. Backstage after
the show, we toasted a good life with some of Dave Matthews’ new Dreaming Tree wine with The Gorge crowd in the background.
2. Bowery Ballroom – New York City, NY Oct. 19th
One of the highlights of 2011 was our first trip to New York
City for CMJ Music Conference and Festival. We played several awesome shows in
New York during our three days there, but the sold out show at Bowery Ballroom
was definitely our favorite. Bowery Ballroom is a very special venue, and the
crowd was incredible! We joined our new Australian friends Boy & Bear for
the second time in 2011, and became even bigger fans of their music.
Our good friends Kevin and Rebecca Joelson flew to New York
to join us, and shot these amazing photos!
3. Gibson Ampitheatre – Los Angeles, CA Dec. 17th
We got a last-minute call to open for the Brian Sezter Orchestra at the Gibson Amphitheatre on the grounds of Universal Studios in Los
Angeles. The show, sold out at over 6,000 people, was the biggest show we’ve
ever played indoors. The Gibson is beautiful, and we made a ton of new friends
after the show. It was an amazing experience, and we were very grateful to
Brian for having us.
We were again joined by our good friends Kevin and Rebecca Joelson who documented the night beautifully. The shot at the top shows us
playing to an empty amphitheatre during sound check. The middle shots show each
of us lounging in the dressing room before the show (L to R: Justin, Chad,
Josh, Jeremiah). The bottom photo
shows us performing to the full room with the video screens and show lights in
4. Fm 94.9 Independence Jam 2011 – Oceanside, CA Jun. 5th
We have played FM 94.9's Indpendence Jam three times. Each
one has been special, but this year’s was probably our favorite. After
traveling all over the country in the spring, it was awesome to return to San
Diego for such an awesome show. The show had been sold out for a month, and the
crowd was ready to rock! We rolled out some new songs for our hometown crowd,
and had a generally awesome day right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
Photos by the amazing Joelsons!
5. The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA May 7th
LA used to be our least favorite place to play. For the
first few years we were a band, we had a hard time finding our type of people
there, and hated playing to small groups of jaded music industry types. In 2010
and 2011 we started finding our comfort zone, and getting to know a group
of friends that we really love. Our first headlining show at the historic Roxy
on the Sunset Strip was the official moment when LA became one of our favorite
tour-stops in the country. The crowd was primed and ready for an old fashioned
hoedown, and we brought the gospel to the City of Angels! The rowdy show ended
with Josh riding around the room on the shoulders of our manager, and things
got downright crazy.
We were once again joined by the incomparable Kevin and Rebecca Joelson, and the lovely Marta Zaludova on violin.
We can't wait to share 2012 with you!