hope

Last night The Honey Badgers performed at the Regan’s 10th annual Shared Hope International benefit concert. It was a fun time. Wonderful music and a great crowd. Looking back, I think we first played this show four years ago. It’s put on by our friend Alyssa‘s parents to raise funds and awareness to fight human trafficking in the US and abroad.

It’s so easy to just live our lives without even thinking about the fact that humans are being bought and sold as property all around the world. Rescuing slaves and victims of abuse seems overwhelming, but groups like Shared Hope and IJM liberate and protect humans one at a time. There is hope, and we can help by sharing their message and educating people.

Here is a GIF of Fonzie the dog dancing at the afterparty:

And here is a photo that Erin Adams took of me and Erin singing Over My Head:

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100th show!

On Saturday night, I played at Gable Music Ventures‘ “The Six” singer-songwriter showcase in Wilmington, DE. I closed out the night and enjoyed watching Lauren Kuhne, Stewart Lewis, Joy Ike, Elephants Gerald, and Sol Knopf all play before me. It was great to meet the wonderful Joy Ike. She runs one of my favorite musician blogs, Grassrootsy. Through that site, she has helped me get to where I am today. Yay. It was great to meet the other performers as well. Sol is the only other musician that I’ve played with who is from Smyrna. It was only Lauren’s second show, but she is very impressive. Yeah.

Joy Ike! (and her sister Peace on percussion)

This show marked my 100th performance (solo, as Battleshy Youths, and as The Honey Badgers) since I started playing music publicly in December 2010. It was a great night. I played a new song and a few others that I don’t often perform and then Erin joined me for a couple.

Here is the new one, based on Bukowski’s “Bluebird” –

 

Also, Erin had her last pageant-y event last night. She is amazing.

ERIN! (Outgoing and new Miss Wilmington and Miss Newark and Outstanding Teen)

it’s fall.

September passed by so quickly! October might be my favorite month. Actually, November might be better. Wait. December is best, then October, and November is third. Alaska can come too.

Friday night The Honey Badgers braved the Nascar race traffic and went down to perform at 33 West Ale House and Grill in Dover. We arrived a little bit later than expected, but once we were set up things went really well. They have a large selection of delicious craft beers and lots of friends and family came to watch.

At 33 West! thanks to Mary Alice Mayan for the photo ^_^

I woke up early on Saturday to drive three hours north into Pennsylvania to golf. I picked up my friend/intern Evan on the way. Our foursome played a decent round and the weather was gorgeous. It was relaxing. Evan and I headed back to Delaware around 5:30. Six hours of driving is exhausting and not fun, but we did have Mumford & Sons’ Babel playing on repeat so that lightened the drive a bit.

Evan hitting over the water! Best ball is a good thing.

That night Erin and I loaded my car, picked up Em McKeever, and headed to Kelly’s Logan House in Trolley Square, Wilmington, DE. We weren’t 100% sure that we were performing or what time we were supposed to start or how long we were supposed to play (make sure you tell people those things if you ever book shows -.-). We figured things out and Em played an opening set from 10:30-11:15. She joined us on bass for our set (because she is awesome). We played from 11:30 until a little after 1am. Performing for people who are consuming so much alcohol is always interesting. Some guido-style fist pumping happened during Down (a folk song), and I saw other ridiculous dance moves throughout the night. Overall, things went great and I really enjoyed it. We met Sean, who hopefully might play some hand percussion with us in the future.

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Kelly’s Logan House – photo thanks to Em Mckeever! (Taken while she was bassing)

The harvest moon was shining bright and this was the fourth weekend in a row that we’ve been so busy doing music shtuff and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We are performing this Friday night at the 21st Annual Delmarva Folk Festival [facebook event page]! Delfolk.org has more information. Our set is at 10pm but music starts at 7pm and it’s only $5. I’m excited.

 

Have a great week!