We have done this festival almost every year since the late 90s and it continues to be awesome. We met up in Kingston and made a run for the border on Saturday evening. The Homeland Security guys at U.S. Customs were great. Totally scary and armed to the teeth but really nice guys. We kind of didn’t want to leave the customs office because we were having so much fun. Sounds weird, right.
So off we went in a southerly direction passing through the hotspots of Watertown, Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton. We’ve done this ride so many times that we didn’t really need Maggie the GPS. We hit some torrential rain which made the last couple of hours a bit dumb on the road but we made it to the hotel by about 12:30 or so. Our guest roadie Djuus (pictured below) had beverages cooling. Djuus has joined us in Bethlehem for the last three years. He is a good friend from way back and actually appears in the video for Let’s Go Bowling. If anyone has a copy, please let us know because we can’t find one anywhere!
Our first show was 4:30 on a very hot Sunday afternoon in the Plaza Tropical tent. It felt a bit tropical for sure. The crowd was sensational and we rocked them real good. One of the fun things about this festival is that we are given a big stack of food and beverage tickets to spend while we are there. It’s pretty shameful to have tickets left over at the end so we do our best to spend every one. That’s what the three goons are holding in the photo below. We found some meat on a stick and strudel, heard some more music and then headed back to the luxury digs for a pretty fantastic night – a marathon of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. We were way behind on our Kardashian news but they have now been sufficiently kept up with. Exhausting in every way.
Prime time Monday night. Yep, when you’re this big you get Monday night! It was another really fun show of music and mirth and making fun of America for their credit rating woes. We think that food and beverage tickets might be the only good investment left. The crowd was big and loud and it was a good way to cap another fun year at Musikfest. No Kardashians that night, which is good because not even Bruce Jenner could handle back to back marathons.
So that’s that. Our 11th time at Musikfest (just looked it up) and another fun one. Thanks to the fine folks at Artsquest for booking us and the awesome fans at Musikfest who keep coming back and bringing more friends.