boifreindz

The Last Boost

Ovedue I write this, boosted and with a heavy heart. I’ve put this off for months now. I knew that this would be the final nail, the last dew poured out for our homies; for ourselves. In waiting, I thought I might find some hidden wisdom or profound words to share, but, just like the night of The Last Boost, I’m at a loss. I have nothing to say but “Thank you.” 

Thank you to Dillon. #boifreindz would have never existed if it weren’t for Dillon (and Justin Bieber.) We spent the same four years at Michigan Tech and always pondered what #boifreindz would have been if we had started our first year, but honestly we probably wouldn’t have been half of what we came to be. We would have sucked and broken up. Never before have I so quickly and proudly called someone a brother. 

Thank you to Jake, who, without hesitation, has said “of course” any time I asked him to play music with me. For saying “of course” any time I’ve asked him for anything. For living with me for 3 years and accompanying me on so many adventures.

Thank you to Andrew, for being 100% straight up the greatest human being in the world. For becoming a #boifreind after our first wave of shows. For having the enthusiasm of 80 children and the maturity, hindsight, and deliberation of an 80 year old man. 

Thank you to Alexi, Haley, Sarah, Jade, Kelsey, and Elissa for being #gurlfreindz from start to finish. Never before, and never again, would I have anticipated having a die-hard fan base and support group. 

Thank you to Travis (Baby Jeezy) for also being that support group. For providing us unquestioningly with jerseys, can coozies, and whatever we needed. For taking a 10 hour deadline and crushing it. For providing lyrics and vocals for what I’m often told is our catchiest song. 

Thank you to Marie, my literal #girlfriend, for providing the hand-lettering you’ve all come to know and love during the latter half of the #boifreindz existence. And, infinitely more importantly, for encouraging and supporting me, and the #boifreindz, well before and all throughout our time together. I love you.

Thank you to every single person who has ever boosted with us. Whether in a living room, at the Orpheum, or over the world wide web. Bro Phi Bro, HJBA House, Eben, and so many more of you. I’ll ~be honest~, we started off doing this for ourselves, but we would never have kept going without the insane support and energy you all gave us.

Til death do us boost.

p.s. Thank you to Al Aho for taking photos at The Last Boost, view a few more / hi-res here

p.p.s. The GoPro (thanks Frank!) captured drums and nothing but drums when we all got rippin’, Imma try to get the sound a little more balanced and post another video soon.

'round the lake tour (part 3)

THURSDAY:
ended up at Paradigm a while before the show
got set up
kind of a slow night
reconnected with Damon Hinz who ran sound for me. great talkin’ with that fellow for a bit.
show went decently well. had a couple of very attentive audience members, which is always so gratifying.
after the show, yukked it with some folks for a while.
ate a delicious sandwich
new friend Ben landed me a place to stay with his buddy Leigh.
drove over there.
was greeted warmly.
stayed up late with those two talking, listening to music, sharing stories, ideas, beers and songs. great time!

FRIDAY:
up real early
Leigh made me a breakfast of eggs and toast. awesome!
packed up, said farewell and headed over to Paradigm again for some quick desk jobbing.
split at about noon and started my drive up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
relatively uneventful drive.
it was raining most of the time. still very beautiful drive though.
great to get back up to the UP finally. almost hit some wild turkeys.
arrived in Hancock a while before the show.
re-united with Steve Holmes (hugs ‘n kisses)
got set up at The Orpheum
met the Pioneer Parade fellows
big old crowd showed for the show
Steve, Dillon and Jake (#boifreindz) kicked things off right. awesome set with some songs that were familiar to me and a few new ones.
I was very happy to play for that many people who were attentive and respectful. what a treat! my set sort of started falling apart towards the end on accounta my tuner situation. but everyone was so kind as to be patient with my unprofessional ass and be especially good to me during the last song. thanks gang!
Pioneer Parade got set up played a really impressive set. I enjoyed every minute of it.
met some great folks.
after the show, ran back to Steve’s and grabbed a quick shower before heading over to the after party down the street.
more rock 'n roll.
pizza
awesome tweets
porch hangs til late
back to Steve’s

SATURDAY:
up relatively early
went on a walk and enjoyed the sunshine and brisk morning air
chatted with Mary and Steve
drank some coffee and got a muffin 'n stuff in me
packed up stuff
ran a couple of errands
Steve picked Dillon up and I rode with the #boifrendz
did the drive down to Iron Mountain.
pretty nice day for a ride.
made up fake band names
got to the Braumert Theater
loaded in
music started early (noonish) on accounta it being an all day festival
got myself some lunch at the Chinese buffet. a mysterious, elegant old Chinese lady was the proprietor.
spent the day in and out of the theater listening to buddies play music.
torches, #boifreindz, and Pioneer Parade all killed it. I was very happy to get to watch them play two nights in a row.
another receptive crowd for my performance. super nice folks.
after the show, said farewell to some of the fellas. 'twas very nice to get to spend some q-time with some of the guys.
over to Steve’s parents’ house to have kind of a pizza party
great meeting his folks
back into town to go to the local under-the-ground pub
shot some darts
beers
dj’d at the jukebox
friends and friends
got recognized at some point by some people who had been at the show earlier. they yelled my name and cheered for me. I played it cool.
bonded with the bros
back to Steve’s parents’ place
hit the hay

SUNDAY:
got up late morning
breakfasted and chatted around the table for a while
ran some errands with Steve
did the drive back to Hancock
stopped to see some Moose who were eating grass in a marsh right off the side of the road. awesome.
got back into Hancock
ran a couple more “drop off gear” errands with Dillon and Steve.
back to Steve’s
desk job
ventured out in search of pasties. no luck because it was a Sunday night.
back to the Orpheum/Gallery Pizza and I cashed in my pizza which I didn’t order on Friday.
watched some gypsy jazz act that was really good.
hit a couple of two hearted’s
real talk with Steve Holmes
back to his place.
connecting a bit with folks back home
desk job
sleep soon


gettin’ up early. busy day tomorrow doin’ some media stuff. aw yeah.

-John