Tour Diary | Slightly Stoopid | Part Three

Show 24: Cocoa Beach Riverfront Amphitheater in Cocoa, FL - Pray for surf! Yeah we got some fun waves. Our buddy JJ came and took Kyle, Dela and me out for a surf. We used the Solid Surf Co. Logo Boards that Dan O'Hare made us in San Diego. They worked well! We surfed them in Virginia Beach a few times too. Nice double use of stage props huh? The waves were good and we were also introduced to Sean Slater and checked out his new shop called The Surfhouse. Cool spot. He was shaping boards and took a break so we could meet him. He was on the guest list for the show, but i'm not sure if he made it or not. Either way he is a nice guy. Post surf straight to JJ's secret sushi spot! Amazing! I wish i could remember the name of the place so I could plug it. It's at the La Quinta Inn in Cocoa Beach. Great food. We missed sound check but got back in time for a meet n greet. I met a ton of really cool people and was given a couple t-shirts by this military diver and his wife. Fun show! Good after party too. People were hanging out drinking all night.

[Photo by Steven Limentani]

Show 25: Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL - What should have been the last show of the Kickin' Up Dust tour... Wasn't. We still had to make it back up to NJ to play The Stone Pony. We had heat all day. And at night for the show, rain. And lightning and more rain. Luckily we were under a shell. The crowd got soaked. Some left. Most stayed. I was a good inspired set. Sometimes knowing we are about to have a couple days off makes the band play better. I had some family there and we did the Cuban food thing. It's a family tradition. Cuban food. Love it. Fortunately we had it again late night.

...Drive north back to Asbury Park, NJ to play The Stone Pony...

We stopped in Richmond and had a killer hotel parking lot barbecue, Jamaican style. C$, Jafada and Don Carlos hosted an awesome spread of fish with rice and peas, chicken wings, lots of revolution vodka, and beers too. It was great, we just acted like we owned the place. Pulled the bus up, unloaded the trailer, set up the bbq and tents etc. It's on!!!

Fun night.... One more show.

Show 26: Stone Pony Amphitheater in Asbury Park, NJ - We had to postpone this show three weeks earlier due to a really crazy storm forecast. 90% probability of lightning, thunder, rain and more... Needless to say the show was put off. Luckily the second time around we scored. The weather was great and the show was too. We finished strong. Played a long set again. Fitting for the last show. It was just us and atmosphere this night, as the tribal seeds had other shows already booked and couldn't do the make up date. And that is it!!!! We are done for now... I gotta say it has been a hell of a year. Busy busy busy. I know all of us are ready for some home and family time. I feel it's well deserved after almost 8 of 9 months on the road this year.

Until next time....
Do what makes you happy!

-RyMo

[Published on: 9/19/13]

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