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Miami to Recife

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Our overnight flight out of Miami went well. We departed at 9:45pm, and as the plane climbed over the illuminated city, it was only moments before the bright, beachside metropolis gave way to the long, black Atlantic Ocean.

Lesleigh was giddy to be airborne. She had a huge smile on her face, and just kept shaking her head in both belief, and disbelief saying, “All the work we’ve done is coming together, and we get to be ambassadors for our country. This is our life. Can you believe this is our life? How incredible and humbling.” I was really glad to be there with her and it made me happy to talk with her. I’d been so focused on logistics and planning that I hadn’t stopped to take it in, in a while. It felt good.

We both tried to get some shuteye and slept as well as we could. At sunrise, we were just beginning to fly over South America. Between the clouds, it was dense and green, as far as the eye could see. As we began our decent into Recife, I could see more of the city we’d call home for the next few days. High rise after high rise built up along a long beachfront. Very pretty from the air.

After almost three hours spent in baggage claim and customs, we were met by our two contacts, Stuart and Matt. They were friendly, helpful, and excited to see us.

Stuart drove us through town to our hotel, and helped us get checked in. He gave us a few tips about the area, and is coming to meet us for dinner tonight for a more extensive briefing about the work we’ll be doing here.

When Lesleigh and I checked in, we both fell asleep. I woke up and did some work and then we decided to walk along the beach. We’re staying across the street from the Atlantic Ocean (As I write this, I’m watching a big group of people play a pickup soccer game on the beach). Beautiful sand, and warm, blue water was a welcome way to spend part of our afternoon.

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We stopped at a beachside shop and ordered “Água de côco” (a local treat, where they take a fresh, refrigerated coconut, hack the top off with a machete, stick a straw in, and you drink it ). It was cold, and delicious. I’m definitely going to have to get a few more of those before our time here is through.

As I write this, Ben and our AMA contact, Marc, are airborne. They’re scheduled to arrive later this evening. We’re excited to finally meet up, after days of roundabout travel.

Tomorrow we do our first program; working with local students who are passionate about music. It should be a great way to kick off our work here.

American Music Abroad Tour Day 1… “Leaving Home. Sort of.”

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with… a delayed flight, then a cancelled flight, a night in Nashville, and then a single step.” Tony Memmel

I applied for the opportunity to represent the United States of America through a cultural exchange program called American Music Abroad, nearly a year and a half ago. After many months of planning, the tour kicked off yesterday.

We were scheduled to fly to Reagan airport in Washington, D.C., but due to weather delays, our plane’s captain was stuck in New York City, and never made it to Nashville.

We stayed at a local hotel, and ended up getting a brand new itinerary for today. I’m saddened that we’ll miss our tour briefing in Washington, D.C., at the State Department, but we are glad our guitarist, Ben (who had a different itinerary), made it to D.C. And met up with our travel team. We will meet them all tonight in Miami, FL, fly through the night and land in Brazil by morning!

UPDATED: SPRING 2016 U.S. TOUR DATES!

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We’re so excited to hit the road this spring in support of our brand new album “We’ll Be On The Radio” (available here)!

*More dates are still coming! Keep checking the Schedule page for more!

April 17th, 2016
Bluebird Cafe
Nashville, TN
8:00 PM
*Limited Seating

April 8th, 2016
Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra
Guest Speaker
Sheboygan, WI
Time: TBA

April 3rd, 2016
Storrs Congregational Church
Storrs, CT
10:00 AM

April 1st, 2016
Mount Hope Montessori School
Mansfield Center, CT
9:00 AM

March 26th, 2016
The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Pomfret, CT
8:00 PM
$15 at the door

March 25th, 2016
**PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED EVENT AT FENNARIO CANCELED BY VENUE.
SHOW MOVED TO A PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT**
West Chester, PA

March 24th, 2016
Legion Bar
Brooklyn, NY
10:00 PM

March 23rd, 2016
Map Room at Bowery Electric
New York, NY
9:00 PM

March 22nd, 2016
The Park House
Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 PM

March 20th, 2016
The Living Room
Stroudsburg, PA
8:00 PM

March 19th, 2016
Hive Mind Community Art Space
Akron, OH
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

March 18th, 2016
The Verve
Terre Haute, IN
10:00 PM

March 17th, 2016
White Squirrel Brewery
Bowling Green, KY
8:00 PM

March 16th, 2016
Coffeehouse at Irving Theater
Indianapolis, IN
7:00 PM

March 15th, 2016
Be Here Now
Muncie, IN
Time: TBA

March 13th, 2016
Gabe’s
Iowa City, IA
Time: TBA

March 12th, 2016
The Sioux City Conservatory of Music
Sioux City, IA
7:00 PM

March 12th, 2016
CoffeeCat
Mason City, IA
10:00 AM

March 11th, 2016
Milltown Coffee
Moline, IL
6:00 PM

March 10th, 2016
Barley Street Tavern
Omaha, NE
9:00 PM
FREE

March 9th, 2016
Des Moines Social Club
Des Moines, IA
Time: TBA

March 8th, 2016
Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House
St. Louis, MO
7:00 PM

March 6th, 2016
Private House Concert
Hutchinson, KS
Time: TBA

March 5th, 2016
Ad Astra Books & Coffee House
Salina, KS
7:00 PM

March 4th, 2016
One14 Coffee Bar & Area 114 Venue
Neosho, MO
7:00 PM

March 3rd, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Rogers, AR
6:00 PM

March 2nd, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Bella Vista, AR
5:00 PM

March 1st, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Fayetteville, AR
6:00 PM

February 26th, 2016
Mad Donna’s
With Kristen Ford
Nashville, TN
5:00 PM
$5 at the door

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

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BIG NEWS: We’re teaming up with digital music distributor ONErpm to release OUR NEW ALBUM “We’ll Be On The Radio,” everywhere (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, etc.) on 2.26.2016!

You can pre-order on iTunes now. Let’s get #WBOTR on the iTunes charts! Thank you all!

Spring 2016 U.S. Tour Dates Announced!

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We’re so excited to hit the road this spring in support of our brand new album “We’ll Be On The Radio” (available here)!

*More dates are still coming! Keep checking the Schedule page for more!

April 17th, 2016
Bluebird Cafe
Nashville, TN
8:00 PM
*Limited Seating

April 8th, 2016
Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra
Guest Speaker
Sheboygan, WI
Time: TBA

April 3rd, 2016
Storrs Congregational Church
Storrs, CT
10:00 AM

April 1st, 2016
Mount Hope Montessori School
Mansfield Center, CT
9:00 AM

March 26th, 2016
The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Pomfret, CT
8:00 PM
$15 at the door

March 20th, 2016
The Living Room
Stroudsburg, PA
8:00 PM

March 19th, 2016
Hive Mind Community Art Space
Akron, OH
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

March 18th, 2016
The Verve
Terre Haute, IN
10:00 PM

March 17th, 2016
White Squirrel Brewery
Bowling Green, KY
8:00 PM

March 16th, 2016
Coffeehouse at Irving Theater
Indianapolis, IN
7:00 PM

March 15th, 2016
Be Here Now
Muncie, IN
Time: TBA

March 14th, 2016
Mad Planet
Milwaukee, WI
Time: TBA

March 13th, 2016
Gabe’s
Iowa City, IA
Time: TBA

March 12th, 2016
The Sioux City Conservatory of Music
Sioux City, IA
7:00 PM

March 12th, 2016
CoffeeCat
Mason City, IA
10:00 AM

March 10th, 2016
Barley Street Tavern
Omaha, NE
9:00 PM
FREE

March 9th, 2016
Des Moines Social Club
Des Moines, IA
Time: TBA

March 8th, 2016
Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House
St. Louis, MO
7:00 PM

March 6th, 2016
Private House Concert
Hutchinson, KS
Time: TBA

March 5th, 2016
Ad Astra Books & Coffee House
Salina, KS
7:00 PM

March 4th, 2016
One14 Coffee Bar & Area 114 Venue
Neosho, MO
7:00 PM

March 3rd, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Rogers, AR
6:00 PM

March 2nd, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Bella Vista, AR
5:00 PM

March 1st, 2016
JJ’s Grill
Fayetteville, AR
6:00 PM

February 26th, 2016
Mad Donna’s
With Kristen Ford
Nashville, TN
5:00 PM
$5 at the door