Thursday, April 12, 2012

Birthdays, Darth Vader, and More Birthdays

04.13.12 - Murphy's Saloon (Boone, NC)
04.14.12 - Bathtub Gin (Mooresville, NC)

Greetings, all you Big Bus Lovin' Daddios! We have a guest blog poster this week: Jenny Viars (or, as you may know her, Dancing Lemur)!   When it comes to making sure things get done in the BDL org Jenny is probably the most important person we have.  The entire operation would literally fall apart if it wasn't for her and Travis Viars.   So, without further ado, here's JENNY.  


Hello there, everyone! We're going to skip talking about the recent shows this week and focus on what's really important: band birthdays!

Somehow it works out that almost all the members of BDL have spring birthdays, so we've had some fun weekday music-filled celebrations the last few weeks. (Chasper's birthday was all the way back in January.) First up was Joey, whose March 6 birthday coincided perfectly with a Tuesday Night Jam at High Rock Outfitters. We had lots of special guests, and an incredible guitar cake!

Ashley turned 40 last Monday (April 2). Stacy Jones planned an amazing Star Wars themed surprise party, again at the Tuesday Night Jam. She also made a tie-dye cake--perfect for Ashley!

On the left, various Star Wars posters hung up behind the food table. On the right,  3-D galaxy game.

Tie-dye cake!!

Lauren Thomas made awesome lightsabers out of pool noodles. So of course we all admired them from afar, while respecting her craftsmanship. Except these two.

"Stop it! No YOU stop it!"

We arranged for a surprise mystery guest to arrive at set break (there is video forthcoming, as well).

Any guesses on who is beneath the mask? As it turns out, Darth plays drums, too, if that provides a hint.

If you haven't figured it out yet, here's Darth (with Stacy) post-reveal:

Finally, on April 11th we celebrated the b-day of a very special person: Jim Lauderdale!   Wait, no. That's just what Brian wanted me to say, because it was actually his birthday (although it really was Jim Lauderdale's birthday, too)! That's right, our favorite banjo player turned...well, we'll just say 21 again. Tori Steinberg managed to surprise the reluctant celebrator with decorations, party hats, fake mustaches, and even a cake with a photo of Jaxon on it.

Mustaches make everything fun!

Bluegrass banjo birthday boy

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our favorite musicians' circles around the sun! Hope to see you all soon (like at one of the shows listed below)!

Dancing Lemur and Big Daddy Love

We would LOVE for you to help us out with the street team activities. If you'd like to help promote an upcoming show, email and we will set you up with everything you need. We've got great e-flyers, widgets, and other tools you can use to help promote online, so if you've got Internet access, you can help! If you want to hang up posters, hand out flyers, and talk to real people, feel free to print up the digital posters. And of course, we'd also love your help over at the merch booth! Check out the list of places we could use help spreading the love.

04.13.12 - Murphy's Saloon (Boone, NC)
04.14.12 - Bathtub Gin (Mooresville, NC)
04.20.12 - The Backstreet Pub (Beaufort, NC)
04.21.12 - The Camel (Richmond, VA)
04.25.12 - Loveless Cafe (Nashville, TN)
04.26.12 - Galaxy Lounge (Johnson City, TN)
04.27.12 - Ten O One (Winston-Salem, NC)
05.01.12 - Beachside Tavern (New Smyrna, FL)
05.02.12 - Guanabana's (Jupiter, FL)
05.03.12 - Skipper's Smokehouse (Tampa, FL)
05.04.12 - Cafe da Vinci (Deland, FL)
05.06.12 - Hurricane Bar and Lounge (Delray Beach, FL)
05.07.12 - Dog Star Tavern (Fernandina Beach, FL)
05.08.12 - Silver Dollar Music Park (Glade Valley, NC)
05.09.12 - Mellow Mushroom (Jacksonville, FL)
05.10.12 - 40 Watt (Athens, GA)
05.11.12 - Party On The Plank (High Point, NC)
05.12.12 - The Loft @ Benchwarmers (Salisbury, NC)

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