Neither of us are superstitious but the next Friday the 13th with a full moon in 2049 we might take the night off.
We hit the road on Friday the 13th around 10 am from Atlanta to make our scheduled 6 pm load in Louisville, KY after finding out the venue had been double booked. Luckily this venue had another location across town so we still had a show (the show in Indianapolis the following night had been canceled weeks prior). We figured we had plenty of time. On the bright side, the switch meant we'd be playing along side a very popular YouTube prank artist with over 3 million subscribers by the name of Danny Duncan: Offensive Interview Prank
Traffic was terrible. We planned for it but nowhere near this level. We rolled into load in at 6:57, hauled ass through a crowd of young teenagers (there to see Danny's sold out show) to make it to the second stage. We knew the show was going to start late but the venue was cool about it.
Kyle uses an in ear monitor system. The previous IEM had seen it's last night in Roanoke, VA a few days before and we rushed to replace it. We even got the model up from the one we had due to the government saying we were no longer allowed to use the this particular model and were in violation of FCC regulations... They were nice about it, though. You can read more about it HERE.
First song in and... the receiver dies. Like, DIES, dies.
Luckily, we made it through the show but we knew the performance suffered for it. We were overwhelmed when people came up to us after the show saying it was incredible. A few staffers said it was the best show they'd seen there. We felt incredibly grateful for such a gracious crowd even though most of the people there had no idea who we were.
However, merch sales were awesome and we got paid well to do what we love. It's amazing that our bad days really aren't that bad. We were reminded if you're able to do what you love with you're best friend AND it's a living you already hit the jackpot. The road home was long and we crashed at a truck stop but fell asleep to a podcast where we may have discovered the worlds best tasting vodka made from American "Peaches and Cream" corn and water from Wisconsin Glaciers. It won best tasting Vodka in Moscow last year. You can hear all about it on Joe Rogan's interview with Dan Akroyd on YouTube.