Cars and Guitars – A Tour With My Wife

Six months out of the year, my wife, Alexey, works as a product specialist for Scion.  This involves traveling to auto shows around the country and educating those in attendance about the Scion automotive brand.  With her doing that, and me being a musician, ever since we met, we both kept saying how cool it would be if I could find shows to play in cities where she was working, which would enable us to both be working while we travel together.  This past September, I started the process of contacting venues and looking for places to play shows in or near cities where Alexey would be working.  I also lewis and alexeyfound local musicians in some of those cities who were willing to join me for the show.

We already started the first leg of the tour – Alexey’s first show was in late November in Los Angeles.  I wasn’t able to pick up any gigs in LA, but found a cool open mic to play at.  We spent the week leading up to the new year in Indianapolis and I played with a couple local bands at a great venue called Melody Inn.  The auto shows in the next few months will bring me to venues in or near Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, and Chicago.  I’ll also play some gigs en route, which will include different places in Tennessee, Ohio, Iowa, and Illinois.  I’m very thankful to the venues who have booked me, the bands who have agreed to join, and most of all, I’m thankful to be able to do what I love while having a great time traveling with my lovely wife.  Tomorrow night I’ll be at Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing, MI with local musician Alex Mendenall.  Show starts at 9pm, free admission.

Here are all the upcoming dates for my tour

1.15 Lansing, MI @ Midtown Brewing Company w/ Alex Mendenall

1.22 Hamtramck, MI @ Elijah’s w/ Honeybabe, the Sugarbombs

1.23 Plymouth, MI @ Plymouth Coffee Bean Company, w/ Gravity Club, Kevin Allan

1.29 St. Louis, MO @ Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House

2.6 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Sag Wagon Deli & Brew

2.15 Chicago, IL @ Uncommon Ground (Devon) w/ Katamalinga

2.19 Chicago, IL @ Covenant Presbyterian Church

2.20 Dixon, IL @ Books on First

3.5 Sterling, IL @ The Rusty Fox

3.7 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s w/ Dan Dimonte

3.11 Sioux City, IA @ The Conservatory

3.12 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Sag Wagon Deli & Brew

3.15 Exelsior, MN @ 318 Cafe w/ Ginger Bones

3.17 La Crosse, WI @ The Root Note

3.18 St. Joseph, MN @ The Local Blend

3.19 Cambridge, IL @ Ca ‘d’ Zan w/ The Saturday Giant

3.23 Knoxville, TN @ WDVX Blue Plate Special

3.29 Brooklyn, NYC @ Pete’s Candy Shop w/ Caitlin Mahoney

4.6 Binghamton, NY @ Cyber West Cafe

4.7 Canton, OH @ Cultured Coffee – Open Mic Feature

4.8 Yellow Springs, OH @ The Spirited Goat


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