Last Friday I set out for a whirlwind weekend with the RAC live show. In three days, the band, crew, and I pinballed from Chicago to Seattle to NYC, performing at a musical festival in each city.
THURSDAY – THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
8:04PM We arrive in Chicago and are whisked from O’Hare International to Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue, the official host hotel of North Coast Music Festival. We had planned on doing a runthrough of our set at the hotel (where they will send a guitar up to your room by request, by the way), but as we are all tired, hungry, and excited to be in Chicago, we hit the town instead.
FRIDAY – DAY ONE, NORTH COAST FESTIVAL, CHICAGO IL
9:15AM Relishing the last full night of sleep and last chance I’d get to run this weekend, I head out to the lake front to do a workout in preparation for the Berlin Marathon. For the running nerds/data geeks: my workout is 3 x 3 miles at goal marathon pace with 30 seconds rest between reps. I average 6:35 per mile and feel super!
1:01PM We get to that hotel room practice session we’ve been meaning to do. We take turns playing guitar and using keyboard apps and our voices to sub for instruments. Not the most “pro” rehearsal, but it’s fun and hilarious and gives us a good refresher before diving into the festival run.
5:43PM Go-time for North Coast Festival! It is absolutely beautiful outside despite the stormy forecast, the crowd is awesome, and it’s so good to play again after our little summer hiatus. My favorite moment is the guy in the front row that jumping up and down and rocking out through literally the entire concert. Front row jumper guy, you’re the real MVP.
SATURDAY – DAY TWO, BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA
11:57AM We land in Seattle from Chicago and somehow maneuver our massive amount of gear outside to passenger pick up.
12:34PM We drive to Seattle. It is a gorgeous day.
7:07PM It’s pouring outside and the arena is packed! These festival-goers may not have all heard of RAC before this moment, but I think they like us.
DAY THREE – ELECTRIC ZOO FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY, NY
3:30PM We arrive at the festival grounds on Randall’s Island and are taken to a little artist oasis for some chill time before our set. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon after an overnight cross country flight!
7:00PM We take the stage as one of the few live acts at Electric Zoo. Our set is tailored with our most energetic and danceable songs and remixes (though probably tame by Electric Zoo standards, ha!) and the crowd loves it.
7:45PM I step off behind the stage after our set to get a breath of fresh air. The sun sets and the festival continues into the night. I walk to the river and it is totally calm and peaceful, the polar opposite of the mayhem behind me.
9:30PM We are back in the city and take part in my very favorite New York tradition, grabbing a late night slice. In this instance, we hit up Mariella’s on 3rd Avenue. It finally sinks in that we did it- the three coast, three show, three day trifecta!