Day 22. Stronghold Winery, Cottonwood AZ/Day 23. The Axiom, Peoria AZ
I’ve never appreciated a shower so much in my life. We were able to get a good nights sleep and shower at our friend Rynes house, who let us crash after the show in Scottsdale. He’s such a cool guy and we hope to keep him in our muisc loop because he’s an amazing musician as well. Check out his music online, his name is Ryne Norman.
The next morning we set off toward the Stronghold Winery in Cottonwood, AZ, our first winery we’ve ever played. The show would be taking place in their tasting room, which was smaller than a winery obviously so it was a lot more Intimate. We felt a great vibe in the place as soon as we walked in and the employees working made it even better. Jason and Holly, the two working were really helpful and relaxed about everything. We played a 3 hour set and even though there was never a huge crowd, we received good reception from the audience who did show up.
We got to try some delicious wines and Jason and Holly even sent us home with a bottle afterward! Everyone’s been so generous to us through the entire tour. Corey and I keep joking that when we get back home we’re going to be caught off guard by how rude everyone is.
That night we set off toward the Grand Canyon to try and find some camping. We drove an hour to the first place, only to find it to be closed. But we then found a campground 20 minutes from the Grand Canyon and it was open, but when we got there it looked insanely overgrown and a little bit sketchy. Everything looks scarier at night though, so after debating about getting a hotel, we stayed for the night. It turned out to be not bad at all and woke up in the morning to beautiful views.
But our views got even more beautiful when we checked out the Grand Canyon the next day. What a place! When I first saw it I had a similar reaction to when I saw the Sistine chapel- every monument before I would always immediately exclaim “wow!” Or “that’s amazing” but when I approached the canyon, I was speechless. All I could do was stare.
The canyon was really touristy of course and pretty crowded, so we tried to make quick stops at everything without staying too long. The best way I can describe it is vast, it goes on for so long that you have to give your eyes time to adjust or you might lose your balance. Truly a beautiful place.
After exploring the Grand Canyon for several hours we set off toward Peroia for our gig, close by to where we played in Scottsdale. We were playing at The Axiom, which wasn’t a bar or coffeeshop, it was just a space for music. It was the first place to have a backroom for the musicians, which was really neat! Comfy couches and free water bottles. It had a great staff, they had people constantly taking photos, helping bring the gear off stage, definitely one of the more professional places we’ve played so far.
We were staying the night with one of the other performers, Nathaniel, who’s actually a friend of Rynes and was performing with his cousin Anna that night. Theyre band is called the Old Hours, definitely give them a little. Everyone was fantastic! Some folky, some experimental, this one guy Brock who also performed with his project A Cloud for Climbing is friends with our friend Rich Ferri from back In Rhode Island, which was so crazy to find out.
Nathaniel and his roommates were awesome to let us stay, hardly knowing us, only through Ryne who we met not even a week ago. But Corey and I are continually surprised by the generosity and overall kindness of the people out here.
Last stop before California! Can’t wait :)
- March 25 2014 | - Read More →