We survived the CRAQ Barn!

Best annual party? The CRAQ Barn Summer Jam! Wow what a good time. CRAQ stands for Carman Road Artist Quarters and these folks know how to entertain! It was an outdoor wonder-filled art and music fest the way it should be done. Not even the rain, which pretty much continued throughout the entire weekend, could dampen the good vibes.

Before and after our set, we caught some great music by Richie Stearns (hands down my all time fav banjo player) and Big Mean Sound Machine (groovy grooveness dancin times). We played in the second stage, which was an eclectic barn decorated from the floor to the ceiling with all sorts of artwork. We love everyone who came and rocked out with us, thank you all!

That was fun 🙂

After our set, we got down with Big Mean Sound Machine!
After our set, we got down with Big Mean Sound Machine!

Ithaca, Oswego, and Zink!

We had an amazing weekend playing music in upstate New York! A Friday night gig at Lot 10 in Ithaca, a Saturday art and music exhibit at Zink Tees screen print shop in Oswego, and lots of pretty fall tree colors, tasty apple harvest fest treats, and visits with good friends in between 🙂

We pulled into Ithaca Friday afternoon, as the annual Apple Harvest Fest was in full swing. Perfect timing to get that fall apple pie fix before heading straight to Lot 10, Ithaca’s hip downtown bar and venue on Cayuga St. It sure felt like it had been a while since we last played music there and it was great to be back!

Saturday was our very first trip to Oswego. Aaron Z. Lee, who is a talented graphic designer, hosted a ‘Month of Halloween’  art and music exhibit.  Everything took place in the ‘Darkroom’,  a cozy gallery and performance space within Zink Tees screen print shop. With comfy couches opposite the stage, a rug in the center of the floor, cool screenprints hanging on the walls and quirky decorations placed about the room, the Darkroom has to be the most unique and comfortable venue I’ve ever played! And who goes to a screen printing shop without printing some tees?? Not us! 🙂 We got the chance to print our own shirts after the gig. Glen, the man behind the Zink,  gave everyone a behind-the-scenes look at the screen printing process and taught us the magical ways of making band shirts. Thank you!!

mandy screen printing

rungs dark room