For the first leg of our tour we drove to Dallas to stay with our Uncle Robert. We got some quality visiting time in addition to being four hours closer to our first gig in Tulsa, actually, Broken Arrow, OK. This was both the first gig of the tour and the first time we have played in Oklahoma.
We were in good hands. Luckily we have an old friend from college, Marion who is a musician and lives in Tulsa with his lovely wife. In fact it was this very friends party in college where we, Rob and Kate, met!
Marion booked the gig for us, made sure we had a great crowd and his high energy band Smunty Voje, that does a mix of medleys, covers and originals played for free so that we could get paid and make it to the next stop! What a guy! He and his wife also let us crash in their living room and even made us breakfast in the morning – which came way too soon. It was a great night, but a long one, as they often are…
What can I say about the journey so far? Well there is not much to see on the road in rural/industrial Oklahoma with the exception of Native Casinos that seem to have a steady stream of 80’s hair bands like White Snake booked at them.
From this experience I can say that the people of Broken Arrow, OK are extremely friendly. The bar manager at our venue, CJ. Moloney’s, was quite possibly the nicest and most accommodating I have ever met in the business. The patrons were out for a good time and I think the evening delivered on all fronts. Also we have nearly sold out of “Beats for Heat”, the EP with the songs, “Robbed in Miami” and “You’re Not Too Cool to Dance” on it. Seriously there are only 3 left – and we are not making more, so if you have one, you kind of have a Before Dawn collector item. We will let you in on what we are doing with those songs in the near future.
Some things you should know about Oklahoma: 1. Smoking in bars is still allowed, so you and all of your equipment reek when you leave… 2. For all of you Austinites reading this, it is at least as hot and humid in the summer as it is in Austin.
We are really looking forward to our show in Kansas City tonight at Davey’s Uptown. This will technically be our 6th KCMO show. We love our fans in KC and hope to make some new ones as well.