Day 6. The Bazaar Consignments, Virginia
Leaving New Jersey was sad, but necessary. We still haven’t felt like we’ve been actually on the road since our stops have been all familiar places. We’re packed and ready for an adventure! I always love being home and seeing my parents though. And I got to meet their dog, Jackson, who is the sweetest new addition to our family. I’ve never met a dog so docile and affectionate. He’s attached to my dad and when you go to hug my dad, Jackson jumps right up and gets in the middle cause no one is allowed to hug him without him being a part of it. It was the cutest thing.
We had a delayed start leaving, but still left more than enough time to get to the next destination. However, we didn’t anticipate what we were going to run into. Not physically run into, no accidents to report, but there was an accident that caused a traffic stop right on 1-95. Only a half hour on the road and we were stuck in dead traffic for 45 minutes. We couldn’t believe it, but at least we weren’t a part of the accident. We kept thinking that after we began to move and proceeded to see other accidents further down 95. We saw at least a handful of tractor trailer trucks pulled over at different times due to an accident or at least with their engines smoking. Corey explained to me how the route through Virginia is pretty much the only way to get south, which is why there were so many truckers. It’ll feel nice once we reach an open road for once.
7 1/2 to 8 hours later we arrived at our destination of Roanoke, Virginia. It’s a bizarre feeling when thinking of the driving and having the thought “8 hours isn’t that bad.” When my family used to go on vacation and we would have a 6-7 hour drive it would be this big thing, with multiple stops and shifting of drivers. Now it’s a piece of cake.
This was one of the coolest, most original venues we’ve seen, mostly because it wasn’t exactly a venue. It was a consignment shop with a downstairs which had records, music memorabilia and an area in the back to host shows. The audience sat right next to records, it was definitely a new experience. The shop owner, Jamie, was so great and hospitable. It was actually very sweet, Corey and I got there and there weren’t a ton of people shopping, maybe 2 and then one other guy who was set to perform after us, and she kept apologizing for not marketing the show more since she’s been sick. She was feeling genuinely guilty that there weren’t more people. Corey and I have built up the mentality that there doesn’t need to be a packed audience to play a good show, or even A audience. But their southern hospitality and niceness won us over right away and all we wanted was for them to know how okay it was, but they still felt bad. There ended up being a total of 7 or 8 people we ended up playing to, which is definitely more than some shows we’ve had in the past.
Jamie turned out to be an artist herself who has toured before, so she really understood how musicians are treated by venues. She obviously hasn’t been to some of the venues we have though or else she would know that most places won’t even feel bad that there isn’t anybody there and often leave you to fend for yourself. Her generosity and passion for the music made the night what it was and we had a great time playing. Zack Wiley, the performer who played after us was fantastic, I really enjoyed his style. He played like Elton John and had a similar voice to Ben Folds. But there is one older artist that I swear he sounds exactly like but can’t think of the name!
It was an overall good night and we made a bit of money just from the door sales. When you walk away meeting great people and with a little bit of cash in your pocket, you can’t call that a bad night! It’s all about the experience, and this definitely was.
If you’re in the area check this place out because it was very hard not to spend any money while I was there. Very pretty jewelry made by local artists, clothes, records and old video games with a tv so you can play it right there!
Check back tomorrow for my next post :)
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