Boston – The Tavern at the End of the World

I said my goodbyes to Grammy and Grandpa Lodge. Today was their 53rd wedding anniversary, and it was hard. I always hated leaving their house during the summers when I was growing up. Living across the country from two of the people you love the most is not very fun. I remember my brother and I always running wild and playing on old computers and just being about as nutty and free as we could for those few weeks each summer. I purchased one of my first CD’s in Maine when I was like 13. We played with Grandpa’s miniature train collection which is literally the top floor of the barn. We ran around naked, caught fireflies, picked wild strawberries and blueberries, fished for minnows, and looked at stars, and I have a very huge place in my heart for grandma and grandpa’s house and West Minot, Maine.

I took pictures with them before I left, in front of the tree that is out front. I told Grandma that she was the prettiest girl I’d seen all day. 😉

I drove to Portland for the second time in a week and the Sea Dogs shop was open! I grabbed a throwback Sea Dogs shirt and cap and gushed to the lady about love for the team and the Red Sox. (The Sea Dogs are their AA team in Portland, Maine.)

My next stop was at the Sprint store to get my phone upgraded to the 5S. I spent about an hour downloading all of my apps and stuff at the Starbucks when I got a call from my manager. Today was my day off because my show had been cancelled, so I figured he was just calling to check on me. (I get pretty bummed when shows get shut down.)

“Josh, I got you a gig in Boston!”

I FLEW to my car and drove to boston immediately. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get out there and actually play!

After the hour and a half drive, I I made a quick stop at Fenway Park to see if I could find a Ted Williams Jersey. No luck, everything was closed, but I did get to walk around the Stadium and it brought back memories of Salty’s walk off home run that I took Pete to last year. That place is my Disneyland.

I got to the Tavern at the End of The World just in time to watch the Reds and Pirates playoff game. This place is AWESOME! Super cozy and the food was fantastic!

I played a short, 25 minute set and hung out for the other acts as long as I could before leaving for Philly.

For the first day back on the road, I’d say this is as good as it gets. 🙂

Grape room tomorrow in Pholadelphia, and then back up to NYC the next day.

Life’s beautiful.
-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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