Ben Jarvis of The Wild Feathers: Notes from the Road Entry 5

Day 14
Atlanta GA to Philadelphia PA

We took a flight early this morning from Atlanta to Philly to play the WXPN NonComm convention. Arguably the biggest AAA radio music convention hosted by the biggest AAA station in the country. Two of the feathers did not make the flight, got rerouted, and did not arrive at the venue until mere minutes before we had to play. It was very nerve-racking, but we were all confident it would work out. And it did. And we blew the roof off the motherfucker. Made a real impression on the radio big wigs. The heart of the feathers.

Speaking of heart... The three of us that made it to Philly on time got to do a little sightseeing, including something I've always wanted to do: run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky. I've always loved Rocky. As a young child, I had boxing gloves and a mouthpiece. Some mornings I'd wake up and “train.” Yes, I did try drinking raw eggs. Yes, I did tell people to call me Rocky. And yes, I did manage to somehow knock my own tooth out shadow boxing. Maybe a story for another day? As an adult the Rocky story started to actually mean something to me. Now, after joining this band, it means even more. After my last band broke up and I worked a day job for a couple of years, I started feeling like all my chances at doing what I'd always wanted to do (play music as a career) had passed me by. I was getting older and it just was not going to happen, and I was accepting that. Then one day out of the blue I got a call, telling me I had another shot at the title.So that's why I've started drinking raw eggs again. Just kidding.

Day 15
Philadelphia PA to Atlanta GA to Loxley AL

By some fun and twist of fate, a few of us got bumped up to first class on our flight from Philly to Atlanta. None of us had planned on drinking on the flight, but, well, you can't NOT when you're jamming first class.

The show at Centerstage in Atlanta was probably the best show we've had so far. The crowd was rambunctious and immediately sold on us. We played with some extra fire. An speaking of sold, people bought a lot of merch. Some of my family was there, so things were wild. It probably would have been more wild, but we had to leave very soon after our set.We have to be in Gulf Shores, AL tomorrow morning at 9am to load in for our Hangout Fest set tomorrow afternoon. I'm driving us through the night to get to Loxley, AL, where we'll stop for about 3 hours in a hotel and then drive about another hour tomorrow morning. Good thing I've got plenty of good night jams to listen to. 

Day 16: Hangout Fest
Loxley AL to Gulf Shores AL

After sleeping maybe 2 and a half hours, and a short drive from Loxley, the Wild Feathers van and trailer arrived at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores. I've never played a music festival like Hangout. Much less attended a multiple day music fest of that magnitude. Hangout is a little different from other music festivals in that it takes place on the beach. Literally. Needless to say, a very exciting moment for me, despite being supremely unrested and having the 12:15 time slot on the smallest stage.

We absolutely slayed. Time and stage be damned. The crowd was decently sized, but they were lively and dancy and sweated it out in the sun with us. Immediately after our set was a whirlwind of interviews and acoustic performances that lasted for well into late afternoon. Most of the time, I did not even know who was interviewing us. We just kept answering questions. Someone did offer me a tiny piece of chocolate to eat that did make me feel a little giggly and goofy for a bit. I think that resulted in one of the most fun acoustic radio performance I've ever had. So then it's time to get a little weird!

Hanging out at Hangout. Some times were wild, but some were also relaxing. There was an exclusive artist area that was very nice that included a private artist beach. Basically you had the choice to party your ass off or relax by the beach, which I will say is a great set of options. I watched Stevie Wonder close out the festival from the main stage. And I cannot really say if he put on an amazing show or not but I can say I had a blast dancing with my feet in the sand.


Day 17
Gulf Shores AL to Tupelo MS

There were cornhole boards set up at the back patio area of the tiny venue we played, The Blue Canoe. Taylor and I held a commanding lead over Ricky and Joel for most of the game. Yet somehow they came back and beat us. I don't know how it happened but it was a tough loss. Can't even write...


Make sure you catch up on all Ben Jarvis's entries; if you missed the last one, read it now! Be sure to catch The Wild Feathers on the road as they make their way around the US!

Posted Jun 4, 2013 10:29:59 am

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