Well friends, it’s been another two weeks since last we caught up together, and seriously, what a two weeks it’s been! So much awesome has occurred that I’ve had Chooch pinch me daily to make sure we’re not just dreaming this together in a sensory deprivation chamber on the set of the last “Matrix” movie. In short, “Whoa, Neo. Whoa.”
Hooey doggies in a blanket, let’s get started, shall we? How about Galena, IL.? Okay then.
Galena is a quaint little burg with serious charm. I believe some wealthierish (distant relations of the Welsh) Chicagoans have been calling it their home away from home since the 1850s. It’s little wonder why!
We stumbled upon Rootbeer Revelry downtown. Lady oh lady was this place like some valhalla on earth.
Next day we went to Madison for an interview/performance on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Simply Folk” show with Stephanie Elkins.
Back to the Lancaster Barn! Love this place (can you tell?)!
Saturday afternoon launched the Cloud King in a Chicago-like direction. We had a great show at The Musical Offering in Evanston, IL, followed by some recording on Andrew Calhoun’s upcoming album in Glen Ellyn. Tuesday, we caught the 8:30am Metra train into downtown Chicago for a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour of The Field Museum with Dr. Larry Heaney.
First stop was the ornithology department of research upstairs. Bird bones!
How to get clean bones in a hurry, you might be asking yourself. Fair enough. Dermatids! Beetle colonies of hyper-efficient carrion-consumption.
Larry brought us into the catalog room where every species of animal since the beginning of the museum has been meticulously entered upon reception. 120 years worth, to be exact.
Fruit-bats. Kinda like Flying Foxes. A three-pound mammal with wings.
OK already, we get it. You had a good time. Can we moveon.org yet?
We gotta get outta here. Jenn and I walked the city streets until dusk.
And off we went. To St. Louis, and the City Museum! Could the week possibly get any better?!? No, I think not.
Rooftop beauty at its finest.
Top of the world.
Crikey. We need to wrap this up soon, huh?
In summary, this is the Waterbug showcase room at Folk Alliance Regional Midwest this year. This is power group here. No kidding. We LOVE this crew to pieces, but not quite to death. In fact, please, no one die, ever.
Cleveland, New York, Maine, hear the rumble of our imminent approach (and stomachs)!!