Elk-Lake Serenaders

12 06 2008

Last night, we wrapped up our first tour of Canada and it was a blast. We got to play for some of the best crowds we've ever shared an evening with, and hope to get back very soon. Last summer when we were swimming in a pool in LA with Hayden and the guys from Cuff The Duke after a short tour together... it felt like we'd met some friends that we'd know our whole lives. Now we're half a year and a few thousand frozen miles away from that day, but this run of shows has definitely confirmed that bond. It was great to see Corey, Wayne, Dale and Hayden along the road on the this trip. It made it special. If you don't know their music already, please check them out. Last night, for our 2nd show at the Air Canada Center in lovely Toronto, we were joined on stage by Hayden, John & Pat (from Wilco & Autumn Defense), and Anthony Crawford (from Neil's band). It was a special moment to have such warm voices and smiles up there with us. Anthony has been a true friend to our band. He's been working on a tour video that we'll share with you soon. Promise. Wilco was up next and soldiered on through a Glen-less set (he'd been previously booked in NYC with the Kronos Quartet). It was neat to watch crew members Don (Neil's drum tech) and Steve (Wilco's monitor engineer) get up and bang out some songs with them. True pros as always, the Wilco guys inspired us by pulling it all off with grace. Jeff had been throwing up for 2 days with the stomach flu, but you'd never know it. Again, true pros. After their set, I was walking down a hallway and I saw an 70-something-year-old man in a big black brimmed hat and I knew immediately I had to introduce myself. "Hi, Garth, my name is Joel." "Well hello, I've seen you before. I knoooow you." I didn't know what to say to that, but it was surreal and he had an actual mystical twinkle in his eye. I walked straight to our dressing room and said something to the guys I never imagined I'd get to say, "Do you want to meet Garth Hudson?" And, we did. It was like meeting a real life wizard. Next up was Neil's set, and we watched with amazement as we do every night. Words won't do it justice, so I won't try. Our night ended at 4am playing music in Hayden's beautiful home/studio. When I first saw Hayden play in 1994, I never expected that one day we'd end up playing music together in his house. Thank you Hayden and Christie for hosting us. I'm not one bit sorry for keeping you up so late.

We head back into the ol' US today. Looking forward to seeing our dear friend Mike Terry (producer/engineer of Ghost Notes) tomorrow or maybe even tonight.... We'll be taping Daytrotter.com performance in a few days, so look for it on their great site soon. If you go there to check it out, you'll be encompassed by a bunch of great new live music and art. It's an inspiring site. Also, we wanted to let you know that we'll be playing on WXPN Philadelphia's nationally syndicated radio program "World Cafe" on Dec. 11th. It's Davey's birthday that day so I know that one will be special. Try to tune in on your local NPR station if you can, and while you're listening ... ok... back to the van.


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Saw you in Toronto with Neil

Saw you in Toronto with Neil & Wilco and picked up your album the next time I had the chance. You put on a great show and you have made a new fan. Hope to see you back in Toronto very soon!

i traveled from maine to

i traveled from maine to mass to see you and wilco and neil...i was so impressed with your stage presence, and the passion that you all displayed for our enjoyment!!! best of health and well wishes for the holiday season and many gigs to come....

Saw/heard Everest for the

Saw/heard Everest for the first time at last night's Everest/Wilco/Neil Young Worcester, MA show. WOW! We were there mainly for Wilco, so we had no idea what to expect. I have to say, we are heading straight out today to buy the record. Many thanks for the eye-opening performance - it was quite beautiful. (Wilco and Neil weren't half bad, either!)

Your Philly show before

Your Philly show before Wilco and Mr. Young on 12/12 was a great start to the night! I'm looking forward to becoming more acquainted with your music. Have a great time during the rest of the tour and good luck in 2009!!

I went to the Neil Young

I went to the Neil Young concert on Sunday at the Palace. Let's just say you guys were amazing!! I love the way the band sounds. You were great live and I even bought the cd. I'd love to see you play again sometime. Thanks for the awesome show.

It's funny - I was just

It's funny - I was just watching some of the "Rocky" movies, and believe it was Rocky II where Rocky and Apollo had their rematch fight at the Spectrum in Philly. Pretty cool!

Garth Hudson? Holy.

Garth Hudson? Holy. Hell.

I'm glad things are going along so swimmingly (you're in the frozen North now, so I guess that should be skatingly), and I hope to hear more reports quite soon.

As always, safe travels!

Hello Everest... Just

Hello Everest... Just returned to Florida from a Halifax to Toronto Neil Young road trip... It was my introduction to your band and thoroughly enjoyed your sets as well (3 full sets and 2 partials - Hey, I cannot control my rides!!)... Could you please let me know the name of the Danny Whitten song performed in (I think) Toronto, first night?... I am writing an article about my trip for Broken Arrow (Neil's fanzine) and would like to get it right... thanks much for some fine music and especially for thinking of Danny, a tremendous unknown talent, and its great to see a young talented band recognize him... Lou

Hi Lou, the song we played

Hi Lou, the song we played was "Look At All The Things". Hope to see you soon along the road....

Saw you on the 4th w/ Neil &

Saw you on the 4th w/ Neil & Wilco. Great Show Guys! Was glad we came early to see you. Stop in Buffalo for a show! Good Luck! You made pleanty of new fans this week!

Saw you guys at the ACC, on

Saw you guys at the ACC, on your 2nd night. I love you guys, and I immediately bought your record the next day.

When you swing by here in Canada, especially Toronto, count me in to see you!

Lots of word of mouth popularity happening for you guys here.

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I think I speak for every

I think I speak for every Canadian who saw you perform on this tour when I say: you're amazing musicians! I enjoyed your set just as much as Neil Young's and Wilco's. Please come visit us again!!

Saw you guys at the Neil

Saw you guys at the Neil Young concert in Toronto last night. I'm a fan of both Neil Young (what Torontonian isn't?), and Wilco.

You should be proud of your performance. You were so humble, and thanked us so many times, we thought you were Canadian!

Great job. Looking forward to hearing more.


sounds like the most

sounds like the most specialist, amazingerest, fantastic-est nights ever. glad you guys are having such good times out there.

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