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Whenever we go on the road for a weekend tour, I tag the post "road trip". If you are looking for posts related to Breckin Meyer we have a separate tag for that.

South Bend, Indiana w/ Many Bands...

Date of Show: 
Friday, May 15, 2015
Venue: 
McCormick's Coney Island
Location: 
South Bend, Indiana

After an excursion to the Kalamazoo 10 Theater to catch the Mad Max: Fury Road Matinee, we headed down to South Bend. Oh look, another brew pub:

Brew Werks

It was prom night in South Bend. Unfortunately, none of the attendees strolled into McCormick's for the show. Probably due to a lack of EDM.

McCormick's

The evening opened with The Rutabega:

The Rutabega

Then us, Knife and Heavy Hand played. The evening ended in a whirlwind of reverb, sweat, and fire in the form of Daikaiju:

Daikaiju

The following morning Garth fed us the greatest doughnuts we have ever eaten:

Rise 'n' Roll

Dubuque, Iowa w/ Tyranny Is Tyranny & Boxelder

Date of Show: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Venue: 
Eronel
Location: 
Dubuque, Iowa
Other Bands on the Bill: 

In which we began a weekend trek across the Upper Midwest. First stop Dubuque, Iowa:

Dubuque!

We rode an elevator/train thing to the top of the bluff:

Ride the Elevator Thing

Eronel is a very cool space to play:

Eronel

On the way out we did some hiking at The Mines of Spain:

Mines of Spain

This was a bit more nature than Robert is used to, but we all made it out okay. The same can't be said for Julien Dubuque:

Julien Dubuque: Tough Luck Dead Guy

Robert recorded a bunch of video of this leg of the tour. Check back in a couple of years once he has time to edit it all together and post it.

Thundersnow 2015

Date of Show: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Venue: 
Terrace Bay Inn
Location: 
Gladstone, Michigan

What is becoming an annual event for Nonagon, we will be somewhere on the bill for this three day event in the snowy reaches of the Upper Peninsula.

Up-to-date info is on the Electrical Audio Forums.

Friday:

  • 9:00-9:30 Fake Limbs
  • 9:35-10:05 Korean Jeans (floor stage)
  • 10:10-10:40 Heavy Hand
  • 10:45-11:15 Chung Antique (floor stage)
  • 11:20-11:50 Hungry Man
  • 12:00-??? PRF Cover Sets 

Saturday:

  • Terminal Orchestra 2:30-3:00
  • Reverb Bomb 3:05-3:35 (floor stage)
  • Burn Permits 3:40-4:10
  • Che Guevara T-Shirt 4:15-4:45 (floor stage)
  • MegaMaul 4:50-5:20
  • Jap Herron 5:45-6:15
  • New China 6:20-6:50 (floor stage)
  • Nonagon 6:55-7:25
  • The Rutabega 9:00-9:35
  • LOW 10:00-???
  • Gay Name ???-???+30m (floor stage)

Sunday:

  • 2:30-3:00 Burned or Buried 
  • 3:05-3:35 The Spoils (floor stage)
  • 3:40-4:10 cmn ineed yr hlp 
  • 4:15-4:45 Exa Teks (floor stage)
  • 4:50-5:20 Transmontane 
  • 5:45-6:15 Split Pricks 
  • 6:20-6:50 Stomatopod (floor stage)
  • 6:55-7:25 The Grey Beast 
  • 9:00-9:30 Body Futures
  • 9:45-10:15 Six Acre Lake
  • 10:30-??? The Cell Phones

Marquette, Mich. w/ The Rutabega, Gay Name & Chung Antique

Date of Show: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Venue: 
Northern Michigan University
Location: 
Marquette, Michigan
Other Bands on the Bill: 

Chung Antique

Gay Name

The Rutabega

FREE FOR STUDENTS!
$1 EVERYONE ELSE
ALL AGES
Explorer Rooms of University Center
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

NO BOOZE, NO DRUGS, NO LAMENESS ALLOWED

the rutabega - South Bend, IN
http://theseknottylines.bandcamp.com/

Gay Name - Chicago, IL
http://gayname.bandcamp.com/

chung antique - Seattle, WA
http://chungantique.bandcamp.com/

Here's a photo of Tony, our old friend:

PRF BBQ, West Coast Edition - Oakland, CA

Date of Show: 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Venue: 
Leo's
Location: 
Oakland, California

Three days of bands in the San Francisco Bay area. Probably the only time you ever will be able to see us on the West Coast. See the official Web site for more bands and other info.

Oakland From the Sky

A Note About Flying with Guitars

This was the first time that we flew to a gig and I thought I might say a few words about taking guitars on a commercial flight. Here's the gear we took with us:

Nonagon Guitars and Drums

Having seen that viral video about United breaking guitars and knowing quite a few people who have had guitars either broken or stolen while flying, we were a bit paranoid about traveling with our instruments.

The only consistent advice we could find about flying with guitars was to loosen the strings. As far as getting your stuff safely on the plane, everyone has a their own story. John and I took two different approaches. He got the industrial strength hard case you see in the photo above with the plan of checking it through the whole way. I brought my smaller, lighter bass in the beige hard case and added some extra foam padding around the neck and body of the guitar.

The airline's terms of service for both United and American say you can take instruments with you to the gate. My plan was to just walk through security like I knew what I was doing and hopefully get my bass in the plane's coat closet. At O'hare this plan worked for the most part. No body hassled me and I made it to the gate. However, John's plans were thwarted when he tried to check that monstrous case. It was both over-sized and over-weight (aluminum necks do have their drawbacks). According to the baggage clerk, the cost to check the road case would have been more than $400! This being Chicago, the clerks were more than willing to bend the rules a bit and told John that since it technically was an instrument, he could carry it through security and gate check it for free (our fine City's culture of corruption does have its advantages).

Once at the gate John talked to the flight staff and a manager came out and let him gate check the road case. My plan to just walk on to the plane with the bass sorta fell apart here as I also had to gate check my case. This I expected. Now, as much as I hate United (they completely ruined a long-planned family vacation for me last year by bumping us off our flights), I have to admit the gate staff at O'hare was very accommodating and friendly. They assured us that instruments are handled very carefully and would be unloaded separately from normal luggage at baggage claim in San Francisco. To their credit, they arrived in good shape without any problems.

At the show John played our first song then promptly broke three strings and borrowed The Gary's guitar for the rest of the set.

Things did not go quite our way on the trip from San Francisco to O'hare. This time we both tried to walk right through American Airline's security and were promptly told by the staff that the only guitars they allow through are those that are in gig bags or in a shaped case like you'd have for an acoustic guitar. The inconsistency of policies miffed us and we tried to invoke the passenger's bill of rights. Turns out that there is no article in that bill of rights covering ungodly overweight boutique guitars. Next thing you know they're gonna be allowing TSA agents to quartered in our houses!

We were then escorted to the over-sized item line fearing the major hit the band fund was going to take for checking through that huge-ass road case. Fortunately, John's guitar only cost $125 to check and my bass was the standard $25 fee. But Tony was able to charm his way into carrying his drum and cymbal cases with him.

Again we were assured that instruments got special treatment. Even still, we watched in despair as the two guitars were conveyed through the strip doors into the bowels of SFO airport.

Once we landed we raced to the baggage claim down the seemingly endless length of the American Airlines terminal (has anyone ever landed at Gate #1?). Again, the bags were hand delivered to the over-sized baggage area. After a quick inspection everything looked to be in one piece and we let go a sigh of relief. Well, I did anyway. John still had a train ride back to Logan Square where he hoped the hand truck he had locked to the bike rack would still be there:

Johnagon's Hand Truck

It was! Next time we are only flying via chartered Leerjet (merch sales in Oakland were quite good).

Thundersnow 2014

Date of Show: 
Friday, February 21, 2014
Venue: 
Terrace Bay Inn
Location: 
Gladstone, Michigan

The second annual PRF Thundersnow in the U.P.! We shared the final slot with Fake Limbs and had much hijinx planned. Get yourself a brandy old fashioned and rock out for an entire weekend.

Video

Robert shot this video documenting some of the highlights from Thundersnow weekend.

The schedule was as follows:

Friday

8:45-9:15 Kate Rev
9:30-10:00 The Chanteymen
10:15-10:45 The Paver
11:00-?? Fake Limbs/Nonagon 

Saturday

3:00-3:30: Stomatopod
3:45-4:15: Six Acre Lake
4:30-5:00: Practice Wife
5:15-5:45: Body Futures
6:00-6:30: Tyranny is Tyranny
6:45-7:15: Hungry Man
9:00-9:45 The Gary
10:00-10:45 The Cell Phones

Sunday

3:00-3:30 Tijuana Hercules
3:45-4:15 Jap Herron
4:30-5:00 Sycamore Smith and the Gray Beast
5:15-5:45 Victory & Associates
6:00-6:30 CUSS
8:30-9:00 Like Like The The The Death 
9:15-??? The Rutabega

Marquette, Mich. w/ The Rutabega, Victory & Associates & Two Holes of Man

Date of Show: 
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Venue: 
Northern Michigan University
Location: 
Marquette, Michigan

Holy crap, this was an insane show on the shores of Lake Superior! We had lots of fun with all the bands and the crowd was great.

Photos

Marquette, MI

The took place in a typical conference room(s) in the University Student Center.

Food Trays

Usually bars will give band members two free beers, but in Northern Michigan you get cookies, veggies, dip and sodie-pop!

Tony and his drums

Tony setting up his drums. Drummers are lonely creatures.

Victory and Associates

Hey everybody, it's Vicotry & Associates!

Ryan

Victory and Associate's midwest tour guitarist Ryan knows how to work the spandex. Let's hope he never crosses paths with Spandy Andy.

We also made the local news!

No-noggin indeed!