We left Raleigh with much anticipation. This was our first road trip as a band. We were headed to Statesboro, GA to play in the first annual Statesboro Music Festival. Our first stop was in Savannah for dinner. Beautiful city. We ate at the Mellow Mushroom. My wife was disappointed because, you know, you can eat at the Mellow Mushroom just about anywhere. Maybe we should have gone to Paula Deen’s place. She likes butter. So do I.
We pulled into Statesboro around 8:00p or so. Things did not look good. Lots of rain, and lots of lightning. We stopped by the fairgrounds to see who was playing on the Friday night slot, but everything was pretty much shut down. On to the hotel. We watched Spinal Tap. You know, gotta prepare.
Our slot to play was Saturday around noon. We showed up at the festival around 10a, and it was wet – really wet. The rain started coming down slowly around 11:30, so we were moved into a barn area. We played our show, and it was fun. Unfortunately, because of the miserable weather, the crowds were a little smaller than we hoped.
I’ll say this – the people in Statesboro would have had a pretty awesome festival if the weather had cooperated. There were two really big outdoor stages, tons of games, vendors, etc. We felt terrible that the rain killed a lot of the buzz. We still had a great time, and the people we met were all great.
We didn’t get any photos of our actual performance, but here are some from the road:
- Acoustic guitar, vocals: me
- Electric guitar: Justin
- Drums: Raimel
- Bass: Dillon
- Vocals: Tori
- God Is Able – Hillsong
- I Have A Plan For You
- Though I Walk Through The Valley
- The Motions – Matthew West (Justin sang lead)
- No Perfect Son
- Unfailing Love
At this point, we figured we would be done. Initially, we had a 45 minute slot. But, because of all the craziness going on, we were told we had another 20 minutes or so, so I went into a solo acoustic set:
And we finished up with a few songs with the full band:
- To Love Somebody – Bee Gees
- How He Loves – John Mark McMillan