Last night at Tipitina’s, the stage was set for greatness before the first note was struck. For starters, we were performing in a venue with a long and storied history in one of the most amazing cities in the world for live music. The amount of love New Orleansians had for Grandpa Elliott, and the band that had brought him around the world and back this past month was through the roof.
Add to that the fact that the band has gotten consistently better with each passing day. The whole time we’ve been on the road there has been a continually developing synergy among its members. The stage is an environment where you have to be able to know what the people around you are doing without words, and this can only be accomplished by trust and mutual respect for each other.
On top of all this, last night was the first show we’ve had all tour with no curfew. With our initial downbeat at 10:30PM, the band played until almost 1AM– 2 sets and a three song encore totalling 23 songs in all. When the house lights finally came up, the audience was still screaming for more!
After the show, we all stayed backstage in the green room reliving experiences from the past month, and saying our goodbyes. What started at the venue, continued on the bus to the hotel, and finally ended one last time at Cafe du Monde, over 3AM beignets and cafe au lait.
And with that we all hugged our final goodbyes, sending each musician and crew member back to their respective hotel rooms to begin packing and preparing to return to their homes. At least for now…
As I sit typing this now from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, I am both incredibly grateful, and at the same time humbled to have been a part of the PFC Band’s tour this past month. I am already looking forward to this Fall, when we’ll have the opportunity to do it all over again. Until then, stay tuned to playingforchange.com for continual updates.
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