Something hit me today. For us not "officially" being on tour, we sure are doing a lot of shows this fall. Not only are we playing a lot, but we're also doing a great variety of different shows. Conferences, "evening with" shows, a few theaters, and even a couple of festivals. Whatever type of show it happens to be, I hope you get to come see us soon. We're having a blast.
We had a good day in Virginia today. A few guys went to see "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock. They said it was great. Chris Biggs (our monitor engineer) and I tried to go to a bookstore, but on arriving we realized the building was condemned. Can't say I've ever seen that! Roanoke has a cool downtown market area, so that redeemed it...
Tonight we performed in Roanokefor the Extraordinary Women conference. 10,000 women were in attendance. The show was so big they had to configure it "in the round" to fit everybody in. Playing in the round takes a little bit of getting used to, as there are essentially 4 front rows. It's a lot more work for the performers, as we have to move a lot more to make sure we're giving all four sides attention. I think we were up for the challenge tonight. It was a loud crowd, and a lot of fun. The audience was ready to rock, but were equally engaged with the worship songs as well.
Three things I'll probably remember most about this show:
1) In the round. We probably only do one show like this a year, so they're always memorable. Tonight's crowd made it extra special.
2) The Braves won - right before we took the stage, we were able to watch the last inning of the game.
3) Chick fil A cows - we've had some interesting openers in our day, but tonight might have taken it. For ten minutes before we went onstage, Chick-fil-A cows lead the audience in the Chicken Dance. interesting to say the least!