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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tour Diary: Marinade (part 2)

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After returning from a two-week tour, local blues/funk band Marinade are tighter than ever, they didn’t sleep much, they got hips swinging on wooden dance floors and they smell a little funny: Some things don’t change.---

Marinade just wrapped up their first extended, multistate tour. During the jaunt, they played as far east as Denver and thoroughly dug on some little Colorado dives. The five-piece is settling back in, but they are still gigging as hard as ever. Catch them at Fat’s Grill on Friday and at The Sandtrap in Ogden on Saturday.

Check back on Thursday for a full feature on the band as well as a “Live from City Weekly” video of them performing the new song, “Me.”

To read frontwoman and drummer Talia Keys first diary entry, go here. She writes from her home in Salt Lake City on July 25, 2011, after returning from the road; "Soak It Daily, Volume II":

Our previous tour diary entry ended with a beautiful drive through yet another large mountain pass in Colorado to the little town called Creede. We had an amazing campsite there, right next to the Rio Grand River. Once we arrived, we found the awesome old saloon we were playing in, The Tommyknocker Tavern, aptly named after the spirits of miners who died in the shafts. This old bar had wooden floors, trap door for outlaws, spirits who haunt the joint and awesome locals who love life and music.

The next day was our well-deserved day off. So we traveled two hours to the Valley View Hot Springs, by far one of the coolest hot springs around. Hippies, about seven different pools and tubs, and a little nudity made for an awesome, relaxing and very interesting day off. That was the first night we went to bed earlier than 4 a.m. for the entire tour...ahhh sleep!

Tuesday and Wednesday saw us in Evergreen, Colo.—another awesome mountain town with a small main street and a legendary bar called the Little Bear Saloon. We had what you would call “an audition gig.” Weekdays are slow, and that’s where they start you out to see if you’re worthy of the weekend gig (We are and will be back to play a weekend next time). So, needless to say, we played two nights of high energy Marinade madness to the bartenders and about 15 or so town locals. They all dug it and enjoyed themselves, so, really, it was more than worth it.

Thursday we stepped into the concrete jungle called Denver. We played one of the coolest bars I have ever been to: Quixote's True Blue in downtown Denver. Grateful Dead decor, vintage show posters, tie dyes, and a very cool patio with a stage made this bar unforgettable. They had two stages with four bands. Delta Nove out of California played some awesome funk and afrobeat, Denver locals Dirty Birds had a great jammy, blues sound, and the surprise show of the night JUNO WHAT?! who were a last minute addition to the bill. They are one of my favorite groups, by far, and I was so very excited and amazed to share a stage with them! I also got to meet and chat with them all.

Our last show was in Nederland, a liberal, hippie mountain town right outside of Boulder. We played The Pioneer Inn, another wooden floor saloon, that has been a live music venue in the area for about 40 years now. It was great to play another all-nighter for people who have never heard us before. We had them dancing till 1:45 a.m.!

Our first extended, multi-city tour went so well, better than we could have ever expected! We traveled 1,700 miles, hung out with friends and family who live in Colorado that we hardly get to see otherwise, and we got to meet rad Coloradians. Best band field trip EVER!

Photo courtesy of Talia Keys: Keys pictured in front of Evergreen Lake.

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