Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Tour Of Love (In the Pacific Northwest)

Two of our favorite couples, The Lawlers and The Owens set their dates to get hitched, so we scheduled tour around these 2 momentous occasions in the Northwest! This was a Tour of Love!

6/18/11 - Mendocino, CA - The Mendocino Hotel
A sold-out home show with our sister (or should I say brother?) band, Foxglove!

6/23/11 - McKinleyville, CA - Six Rivers Brew
Yes, it's true, this is a Brew With A View...

6/29/11 - Richland, WA - Bookwalter Winery
This was a rosy-cheeked and very musical Monko family reunion!

6/30/11 - Sandpoint, ID - Di Luna's Cafe
Special thank you to Beth Pederson(of Wild Roses) and the lovely staff for making us feel so welcome. We can't wait for our next trip up north so we can hang out with the lovely ladies of Di Luna's again!

7/8/11 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat Lounge
Family Friendly Fridays at The Top Hat promote bringing your baby to the bar, which proved to be a very entertaining view from the stage! Thanks to the Montucky crew for always making our stay in Montana (and Kentucky, for that matter) so fun!

7/14/11 - Friday Harbor, WA (San Juan Island) - The Rumor Mill
Our visits to Friday Harbor are always so full, the moment we disembark the ferry. This time we got to eat duck eggs, fresh bread from the new bakery in town, visit the new pub and, as always, catch up with our dear friend (and photographer) Joan Benny. The Rumor Mill show was full of familiar faces... it's beginning to feel like home away from home!

7/15/11 - Port Townsend, WA - Sirens Pub
Two ferry rides down from San Juan Island, Port Townsend is always a fun show. When visiting this lovely town, don't forget your is bound to rain (seashells, apparently).

7/16/11 - Tacoma, WA - The Mandolin Cafe
Yet another ferry ride put us back on the main land and we found ourselves at The Mandolin Cafe. Our show celebrated the grand re-opening of this wonderful cafe. This place is a jewel in Tacoma, and we are happy that the doors are staying open! We hope to keep returning again and again.

7/17/11 - Astoria, OR - Fort George Brewery
Making our way south, we crossed over into Oregon and landed in a mason jar full of yummy micro-brew.

7/20/11 -Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's Garage W/ Langhorn Slim
We were honored to get to open for Langhorn Slim and his rockin' band. The crowd was packed tight... and sat on the floor just below the stage during our set. Not a soul was sitting by the end of Langhorn's set, that's for sure!

7/21/11 - Davis, CA - Rominger West Winery
Surrounded by wine barrels and tasters, a Happy Thursday it truly was.

7/23/11 - Placerville, CA - The Cozmic Cafe W/ Misner & Smith
2 Nor-Cal Folkie duos at a very groovy cafe... This is always a favorite co-bill!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Spring Tour 2011 -Weeks #5, #6 and #7

7 weeks in the van, 38 shows, 13 US states!

5/19/11 - San Marcos, TX - Tantra
Live music tent, cold beer, refreshing people.

5/20/11 - College Station/Bryan, TX - KEOS Community Radio
Performance and interview with Larry Boozer

5/20/11 - Bryan, TX - The Village Cafe

5/21/11 - Dallas, TX - The Opening Bell

5/22 /11 - Austin, TX - The Waterloo Icehouse W/ Loves It!
New old timey friends.
5/26/11 - Pinos Altos, NM - The Buckhorn Saloon
This historical saloon is a filled with so much history...

5/27/11 - Socorro, NM - Old Town Bistro
Yummy, atmosphere.

5/28/11 - Las Cruces, NM - KRUX Community Radio
Seeds and Stems W/ Marc Paalvast

5/29/11 - Bisbee, AZ - Grand Hotel Saloon
Bisbee is still one of our favorites!

5/30/11 - Tucson, AZ - PLUSH

5/31/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Villains Tavern
The hippest club in LA (as far as we're concerned).

6/2/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Room 5
Poet Roni Girl Presents Acoustically Speaking!
Thanks to Julie Gribble for recommending that we contact Roni for this show.

6/3/11 - Bootjack, CA - The Carter Ranch Music Festival
This festival is almost a little too much fun...

6/4/11 - San Francisco, CA - The Plough And Stars
W/ Misner & Smith - Shelby Ash's Americana Jukebox
We always love playing with the very talented duo Misner & Smith!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Spring Tour 2011 -Week # 4

7 weeks, 38 shows in 13 US states...

5/12/11 - Knoxville, TN - The Preservation Pub W/ The Blushin' Roulettes
Right on the market square of Knoxville, we got to play for a boisterous pub crowd as they geared up for Better Than Ezra out on the square...

5/13/11 - Johnson City, TN - The Acoustic Coffeehouse W/ The Blushin' Roulettes
Conveniently located next door to a laundry mat, we always enjoy playing at this happening joint and we also enjoy crawling into clean sheets afterwords.

5/14/11 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
This is truly one of the funkiest and coolest clubs in Nashville, located beneath Grimey's record store...

5/15/11 - Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga Farmer Market W/ The Blushin' Roulettes
This market is huge! Lots of yummy things and shiny happy people holding hands.

5/15/11 - Chatanooga, TN - JJ's Bohemia W/ The Blushin' Roulettes
This bar's aura is oozing with funky knik-knaks and trinkets and just over all cool vibes... plus good music.

5/18/11 - today we had to cancel our only show ever due to Mississippi flooding... We were scheduled to play at The Always Lounge with Shotgun Party in New Orleans, but instead had to make our way to Texas by way of Memphis. I drew this as we passed over the yawning, weeping Mississippi River into Arkansas....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spring Tour 2011 -Week # 3

7 weeks, 38 shows in 13 US states.

5/5/11 - Davenport, IA - Mojo's at River City Music Experience
Davenport is lucky to have an organization like River City Music supporting the community through music!

5/6/11 - Marion, IN - Beatniks Cafe
Located in historical Marion, Indiana, Beatniks is a hip little joint that encourages freedom of expression and diversity. They are famous for their Sake Bowls and even have vegan option food!

5/7/11 - Lexington, KY - Common Grounds
Derby Day in Lexington, Kentucky.... need I say more?
Thanks to Ralph and Ange for having us stay at your place and for the visit to the farm!

5/9/11 - Knoxville, TN - The Blue Plate Special on WDVX
Knoxville's own Grand Old Opry... it is always a blast to play this live audience radio show hosted by Red Hicky.

5/11/11 - Knoxville, TN - Relix Theater W/ The Blushin' Roulettes
So far away from home, we got one of our favorite tastes of home when we met up with our dear friends, The Blushin' Roulettes for a string of shows! This new theater is an old warehouse and is showcasing some of the best Americana bands around! We were honored to play on their stage.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Spring Tour 2011 - Week # 2

In 7 weeks we will play 38 shows in 13 US states!

4/27/11 - Iola, KS - Scooters w/ Verdegris Massacre
Thanks to Chris, Dillon, India and all the great people at Scooters (especially Al) for showing us a great time in their town of Iola, Kansas! We look forward to the next show with you guys... either back there, or out west?

4/28/11 - Saint Joseph, MO - Cafe Acoustic
Don't let the name confuse you... this is no regular cafe! Lots of drinking, smoking and laughs, this bar always proves to be so welcoming...and we always play our hearts out. This time we got to taste blackberry Whiskey and left with a Subway sandwich gift card! You guys are the best...

4/29/11 -Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room w/ Kyle Harvey,
Kanas City knows how to rock!

Sunday 5/1/11 - Benson(Omaha), NE - The Waiting Room - w/ Kyle Harvey
This show was epic and I don't just mean becuase they announced the death of Osama Bin Laden in the middle of our set... it was MarQ Manner's birthday celebration and we got to share the night with 2 of our favorite bands!!

5/2/11 - Benson (Omaha), NE - Barley Street Tavern
Singer Songwriter Potluck
hosted by Kyle Harvey and Brad Hoshaw
This community of songwriters is truly amazing and we love spending these monday nights with them whenever we can! We even wrote about it in our song Found In Benson...

Tuesday 5/3/11 - The Ames Progressive - Ames, IA w/ Kyle Harvery,
Beautiful people in the beautiful town of Ames... except for the individual who swiped the door money!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Tour 2011 - Week 1

In 7 Weeks, we will play 38 shows in 13 US states!

For a full list of upcoming shows, visit our calendar at

Here are the sketches from week #1:

4/19/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Villains Tavern
With a great staff and growing music scene, Villains Tavern is quickly becoming one of our favorite place to play in LA.

4/21/11 - Santa Fe, NM - The Cowgirl BBQ
Now a regular stop on our tours in the Southwest, The Cowgirl Bar is always a blast. This time, we made one of our youngest fans yet, Lucy! Thanks for all the dancing and for convincing your parents to support our cause!

4/22/11 - Taos, NM - Eske's Brew Pub
The combination of refreshing Green Chile Beer along with tasty Green Chile Stew always makes us break a sweat right before show time... This being our fourth time at Eske's, we always enjoy this cozy spot where we do a special all-acoustic 3 hour show(which also makes us sweat).

4/23/11 - Durango, CO - Mangrum House Concert at Mockingbird Valley
It is hard to describe how good it makes us feel to have old friends offer to host us and open their home for an intimate concert... thank you to Bill and Valerie Mangrum as well as all of their wonderful friends who came to listen! This night was truly magical and we look forward to doing it again. We are still talking about the midnight waffles that Valerie made for us after the show!

4/24/11 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room Pizzeria
This pizza joint is an offshoot of the notorious Denver music venue The Walnut Room...You can't go wrong with good pizza, beer and folk musicians crooning down at you from stage that resembles a go-go cage high above!


Check back in often to keep up with our travels... I will be uploading as often as I can while on the road! Thanks for listening!!
~ Gwyneth & Monko