Colorado Springs – Jives Coffee Lounge

Sleep. Showers. Two “S” words that I love to say…. Just read this out loud. “Showers”… I mean… Really pronounce it… “Showers”. MAN that feels good.

I stayed with my friends Allison and Rick (Happy Birthday buddy!) and they had a spare room that was black as my soul and showers as warm as chicken noodle. Showers. Ahhhhh….

I slept 12 hours. I got up once after some weird dream where I couldn’t tune my guitar on stage and the crowd started booing me… That’s normal… Right?

When I did wake up, I carried my stuff to the car and headed out to breakfast at Snooze. I’ve only eaten at the Snooze in San Diego, and wanted to see if it was any better in their neck of the woods. To my surprise, it was pretty much exactly the same. Great energy. Great food. I even bought a t-shirt. (I’m running low in laundry….) My friend, Liz, joined me for breakfast and had a coffee and a bite of my pancake. (Blasphemous!) Going to snooze and not eating is like playing Game Boy in church- it’s just wrong.

I swung by Guitar Center to pick up a Shure Beta 57 microphone for my loop pedal. I’ve been using a Shure SM57, but it’s awkward to sing into, and the Beta will do the same job at preventing feedback, but will also be better for singing into. I also got the “Pro Coverage”, cause I never know what could happen on tour. I’m a fan of covering my equipment so that I can get my money back in case it breaks…. And Lord knows I’m gonna use this equipment a lot….

I drove about an hour from Denver to Colorado Springs, and chilled at Jives while I works on sending out some more of the Kickstarter rewards. (Don’t forget to fill out those surveys if you haven’t yet!) I think I’m about 2/3rds of the way done with those, and most of the stuff I have left I’ll do on my week off in Maine.

I watched some of the Monday Night Football game at a bar down the street from the coffee shop. The Eagles are MUCH better than I had expected. And RGIII was much worse. I wouldn’t have wanted to trade places with him tonight… Not even for his salary…

One if the things that was cool was that they had a die hard Eagles fan that was super into the game. He was a younger guy, maybe in his early 30’s, veteran, and full beard with a shave head. He was yelling and cheering and was kinda inspiring. The whole place started cheering for the Eagles. I don’t know if it was an Eagles’ bar, but I’d guess that nobody in there wanted to see the Redskins lose.

I headed over to Jives and set up my gear and checked and saw three of my favorite peeps- Bri, Taylor, and Skyler. All three of them have expressed interest in following music, and I’ve tried talking them all out of it… 😉

The show was fun. About twenty people in the shop and the coffee was fantastic. I like nights like that. Nice and chill and storyriffic. I played some of the deeper tracks from the records cause these peeps know my music. That’s a great feeling. Now I just need them to sing worse than me when I’m playing….

Tomorrow’s show is in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m about 5 hours away and all it’s been is straight highway, weeds, and thunderstorms. I got to hear the Chargers game, and then wish I hadn’t…. Sigh…

All in all, a good night. Hopefully there will be a few peeps in Lincoln. This is my first time there, so I don’t know what to expect. The place looks cool tho! Meadowlark Cafe at 8!

Gnite, Ned!
-j

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for "Best Acoustic" and "Best Local Recording," opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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