It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. In all honesty, when you were a bunch of different hats it’s hard to keep all this shit straight. I promise that I will try to be better about keeping up with this thing in the future but ya know what? We have the now so let’s do it.
The last two shows that Collins Drive played are without a doubt two shows that I never expected to occur but they are shows that have changed my life for the better. The first of these two shows occurred on July 28, 2017. After taking a day to peruse through the City Winery website one day, I noticed a show coming up that didn’t have an opening act listed. The show was for Rusted Root singer Michael Glabicki who was doing a short run of acoustic dates. I reached out to the venue, sent them our stuff, and after some back and forth with them, we were confirmed as the support act.
This was our first time at City Winery and they really treat you like royalty. We were escorted into the venue, we were shown our backstage room, we were given a hummus plate and drinks, and to top it all off we had a sound check. This was hands down the swankiest venue that I have ever played and trust me, this is something I can totally get used to.
We opened our 30 minute set with “Sailor’s Progress” and it felt so good, so right to be doing that one. I was so blown away by how awesome everyone sounded. Mike really nailed the percussion and Allison really brought it in a huge way. We were all so confident and happy with our performance that by the time it was over we were ready to get back up there and do it again. “Lady of the Lake” definitely seemed to be the song that cap
It’s not every day that you get to support an artist that you have looked up to and admired for over 20 years. Being a huge Rusted Root fan, this was going to be a treat without a doubt but there was a catch. My band wouldn’t be able to perform it in the normal fashion that we usually perform. We were told that since this was an acoustic show that we would have to be able to strip our sound down and do something a bit more organic. After weeks of rehearsing on the acoustic guitar and our drummer Mike playing the Cajon, bongo, and tambourine, we were all ready to knock this one out of the park.
Reimagining these songs brought us together in a much tighter way and this also made us more confident, and even better players. We worked our asses off on the arrangements and when we came together that night to perform them, it was magic. The audience absolutely loved it and after our set, Mike Glabicki himself came over to us to tell us how much he dug our set. That was a huge compliment but it was looking out at the roomful of faces smiling, nodding, and laughing along with us that I felt a connection was made. After the show I even had a fan track me down to get a photograph with me.
All in all, it was a truly remarkable night. We played really well and getting to share the stage with Mike Glabicki was a moment that I will remember for as long as I live. It was a fun night and it was the night that Collins Drive as a band proved that we can be a versatile, dynamic band that knows no boundaries.