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Gentlemen's Road Trip (part two)

_This is a continuation of my previous post... _ Nate's show was great, of course though, I may be a little biased. It's always awesome to see these shows from back stage and see first hand at the amount of work that goes on by everyone. Especially at an event as big as this was. Watching the "roadie" (who was Nathan Meese, who's brother plays drums for Nataniel Rateliff & the Fairchildren) run back and forth switching guitars around, and tuning them. The stage crew shuffling the previous band and the next band's equipment around. The stage manager keeping everyone in line. Watching the band interact during and between the songs. Certainly quite a bit of work going on all around. After a bit of relaxing, we heard this massive volume of music coming from the main stage and headed to check it out. Turns out it was Gogol Bordello, a "Gypsy Punk" band. This group had so much energy emitting from the stage that you were nearly wore out just watching them. To me, they sounded quite a bit like System of a Down…

Gentlemen's Road Trip

Saturday was another of those days only possible due to having a brother, Joe, active in the music scene. His band Fairchildren is also the backing band for Nathaniel Rateliff. Nate and my brother have played together for quite some time, since the mid to late 90's. At one point, Nate and I lived together with another friend and he also lived with my Mom and brothers for a time as well. For me, Nate is a brother from another mother. So, any time he plays somewhere somewhat close, especially if he has the full band with him, I like to go watch and visit. A few weeks ago, my brother sent a text asking if I was interested in going to the show that they were playing in Dixon, IL. It was a six hour drive but, the show was on a Saturday so I said hell yeah. Along with my wife and Mom, my brother was able to have three guest passes set aside for us. The show that we were heading to was part of the Mumford & Sons "Gentlemen of the Road" tour and there were eight bands to play, most of which I hadn't heard much of…