One odd thing about being in a touring band is that you rarely get to see your friends who play in other bands. That is a big part of why we have so much fun at summer festivals. Today we played at FishFest in Irvine, California, and shared the stage with a slew of friends. Jake Hamilton, Laura Story, Phil Wickham, AudioAdrenaline, and Casting Crowns, just to name a few.
Today was a pretty chill day. Most of us just hung out at the venue. Verizon Amphitheatre is a beautiful outdoor concert facility built into the side of a hill. There isn't a bad seat in the house. And for those of us working behind the scenes, they have some of the best catering in the business. It's always nice to be treated well.
As part of the festival we had a full slate of promotional activities this afternoon. We hung out with our friends at 95.9 The Fish, the sponsors of the event, in a live remote broadcast. Those are always cool because you can actually look out and see a real audience as you do the interview! After that we did a couple of meet and greets. They were fun but it was HOT. Yes, we're from Georgia and are used to the humidity, but we go to California to get away from it. I guess between ourselves, Laura Story, and Casting Crowns, we brought the Georgia weather with us.
We had a truly awesome show tonight. I think I said it yesterday, but it feels so much better when we do a few shows together to build up some momentum, rather than just doing one show. It really felt like we were locked in as a band. And the crowd was just unbelievable. We started a little before the sun went down, so it was a little different being able to look out and see everyone. It was fun. We hadn't really planned on doing an encore, but people kept on cheering, so we came back out and did "Gone". It ROCKED!
After our set, Casting Crowns took the stage. I'm not sure that we've ever done a show together, as odd as that sounds. I hadn't seen them do a full show in over ten years. It was really great being able to watch those guys play.
I ended the night by spending a little time in "guitar purgatory". My rig has been working, but it's been "stuck", and I was worried it might go down entirely. So my faithful guitar tech Brian and myself spent about 90 minutes buried in guitar manuals. The tough things we go through to maintain our easy jobs :)
Thanks again, California, for an unforgettable night. Let's do it again real soon!