You know, for all the nights that things go wrong, there are those nights where everything goes perfect and the night makes you wanna do this again and again and again.
That’s what The Grape Room is to me. They are amazing from top to bottom. My manager, Jeff, told me that they were the first to reply to my show request, and the first ones to help when I had him change my schedule back a few weeks. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
I woke up somewhere in Connecticut and started the drive to Philadelphia around 9am. I think I should have thought that through because that put me in the morning traffic in New York City. Whew…. That sucked… It took me an extra two hours to get to Pennsylvania, but when I did, I found an amazing breakfast spot. “Sabrina’s” was quick, easy, and the food… Well… Look.
After eating as much of it as I could, I headed to the area that the Grape Room is located in Philly, named Manayunk, but pronounced “Msjujdjshsnshahbk”. One of the funniest things on the tour has been when people try to give me directions or explain where we are, and I can’t even understand any of their annunciations! We get the same thing in San Diego – (El KayJohn vs. El Cajon.) but the whole thing fascinates me.
I hung out at a coffee shop for a while, made a deposit at the bank, and went to another coffee shop. I saw a barbershop across the street and thought, “I could use a haircut.” Oh man.
I walked in and told him, “I don’t need a ton of stuff done. Just a skin fade and maybe just a snip or two off the top. Well… In Philly, I guess that means, “scalp me, change my hairline, buzz my head, and shave off my eyebrows.” Wow. Worst haircut of my life. Here’s how it went.
I kept telling myself, “hair grows back…. Hair grows back….” But oh man… Oh… Man….
I got to the show, met some really rad guys including Joey Beltram from Cleveland. Tonight was the last night of his tour- 10,000 miles on a motorcycle! MAN, how cool would that be??? His voice is fantastic and he was cool as all get out. You should look him up.
The Grape Room is like a mixup of the Casbah and Lestat’s. It’s a listening room/bar that has a fantastic sound/staff that actually cares about the music. It was the best sounding night of the whole tour.
Afterwards, the booker, Sean, asked me to play another set at a club down the street for their open mic, they were a little backed up, so I waited till 1 before playing and played “Sarah’s Song” and a new song I’ve been working on called “That’s How I Fall in Love.”
It’s always good to see my Philly peeps! I hope to come back again soon!
Tonight I’m at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC at 6:00. (Beggars can’t be choosers…) hope you guys can make it out!
Go kiss a stranger.