A BIT of a fluster this morning…we need packed up and on the road as soon as possible. Four hundred and thirty miles to Racine today.
There’s some stuff we need to pick up then we hit the road.
We keeper eyes peeled for a Panera Bread but end up having a quick pit stop at a McDonalds for lunch..thank goodness they do a grilled chicken sandwich here…doesn’t feel quite as bad for you!
We roll up at McAuliffe’s at 6.30pm. Our pal and venue owner JJ meets us outside and helps us load in…and soundman Erin is on hand for soundcheck. He’s done my sound the last couple of visits so is pretty on top of things.
There’s a big baseball game on so we plan how best to run the night…and Lauren and Trey from Capitol-Husting – JJ’s drinks supplier – have brought along a supply of 10-, 12- and 15-year-old Glengoyne to incorporate a whisky tasting into the evening.
Once soundcheck are done we eat, Brenda has prepared a huge buffet of ribs, mac’n’cheese, cornbread, coleslaw and mash. Awesome.
Margaret goes to check into the hotel and I get some pre-gig stuff done before showtime.
I kick off just after 9pm and we have a grand time. Two 45-minute sets and a brilliant crowd and lots of chat and laughs after the show.
It’s well after 1am when we get back to the hotel and I dig into some of the leftover ribs and enjoy a glass of red before falling off to sleep.