Something is drawing me back to writing. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m realizing that I really miss it. I’ve recently put some words down for blurbs and it made me truly enjoy regurgitating the many things revolving around my big fat head. I’ll never be the writer/blogger I once was – I’ve moved on from that. I don’t care about it like I used to. I came to the point where I was starting to hate doing what I was doing. My mentor told me it was going to happen, but I just scheduled more shows. More and more and more and more shows. It was effecting my life. It was effecting the love of my life. Things were getting ridiculous. Wake up. Work a full time job. Go to a show. Drink. Shoot. Drink. Go home. Edit photos. Write. Edit. Sleep. Repeat.
I was at the top of my game, though. I felt like every click of the camera and every tap of the keyboard was churning out gold. 6 nights a week for a while. A long damn while. I was really doing it. I was living “the life.” But I knew, living that lifestyle, I was going to crash and burn. And I realized it quick. I straight up started to hate music. Live music, recorded music, collecting music. Three of my favorite things in life all of the sudden were my least favorite. What the hell was I doing?
I quit. I gave it all up: The lifestyle, the free tickets, the ability to see and possibly hang out with every one of my favorite bands anytime I wanted to. Gone. Because it was time to grow up. Because I needed to grow up. Because I wanted to grow up. Not because I burnt myself out – which I definitely did – but because I had to finally realize that if I wanted to live the life both me and my soon to be wife want and deserve, I’d have to.
And I was ready. BECAUSE I burnt myself out. I went hard. And crashed even harder.
But I never lost the enjoyment of writing. I miss it. And now I think I’m to the point where I need an outlet for expression. My love of music is a guiding force in my life and forever will be. So why not let it out? When I have time of course. Like I said, I’m getting married, so free time doesn’t come easy these days.
Breakfast On Tour will never be what it once was. But I don’t want it to be. I’m past the point of catching the latest local, regional or national act live. I’m past jumping in every photo pit that I can get in. I just want to talk about the music I love. The bands that have constantly been in rotation over the past 20 years of my musical discovery. While I’m sure I’ll find some new bands, my time away from music journalism has taken me back to the bands I truly love. My desert island bands. Phish. Wilco. Widespread Panic. Outkast. My Morning Jacket. The Grateful Dead. Trampled By Turtles. Hot Chocolate. Built To Spill. Stevie Wonder. Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Dog. Sublime. Dawes. Wu-Tang Clan. LCD Soundsystem. Delta Spirit. A Tribe Called Quest. The War On Drugs. Rubblebucket. Yonder Mountain String Band. Jay Z. NOFX. Modest Mouse. Bob Marley. Keller Williams. Eminem. The Avett Brothers.
If I never write another thing after this, or if I decide to write three articles a day for the rest of eternity, I definitely want to stress the importance and influence this blog has had on my life. Breakfast On Tour was, at least to me, important at one time. I was in a league of my own in the Houston blogging scene. Local bands were a big inclusion in my coverage, but I was the only national blog based out of Houston. My focus for a time was on festivals, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to cover several national events, including big name ones like Bonnaroo, ACL, Outside Lands, Voodoo, Rothbury, Wakarusa and several others over the course of my career.
I had a lot of fun during BOT’s heyday and feel as if that showed in both my writing and photography. Anyone who knew me at the time can attest to my love for the game, and while that has certainly waned over time, those years were pertinent to becoming the person I am today. Several of my best friends came around during those days, most importantly the true love of my life who will share my name come April of 2017.
So here I am. Naked and afraid. Not sure if I’ll even write again. But I want to. And I think I need to. And I miss music. I might just write about Phish. And if this all eventually goes by the wayside, I’ll be no better or worse than I was before I started this stupid, overly-long diatribe that no one probably cares about other than my damn self.
So on that note, here is the last Phish show I went to in its entirety. Because I know you have nothing to do for the next 3.5 hours.
I’ve been awaiting the announcement of the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest for quite some time now, pretty much ever since I left the park that held the fest last year. Moving to a much bigger park across Austin, Auditorium Shores, and adding a third day, the 6th edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to take place the first weekend of November, the 4th-6th. Today came the announcement of who will be entertaining us on the four stages, and boy is it a doozy.
The Orange Stage will feature the likes of Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Okkervil River, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and a boat-load more of similar indie-rock fare.
The Black Stage will be much louder with bands like Slayer, The Damned, Danzig Legacy, Kid Dynamite, Murder City Devils, Boris and Thee Oh Sees amongst a bunch more.
The Blue Stage, where I’ll be spending most of my time, will feature a hip-hop and dance card with the likes of Public Enemy, Major Lazer, Odd Future, Diplo, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Rakim and so many more.
Finally, comedy and variety acts are the focus on The Yellow Stage, where Henry Rollins, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Upright Citizens Brigade and Donald Glover are topping the bill.
Houston also has a presence on the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 line-up, with local rappers and friends of the site Fat Tony and B L A C K I E both set to play The Blue Stage.
Free Press Houston and Pegstar.net are giving one Houston band the opportunity to play a coveted main stage slot right before the headliner on Saturday, June 4th. While the set will be shorter than a normal day slot, it will be in front of a massive crowd awaiting the main act of the day. Basically, one lucky-ass local band will have the opportunity to play in front of far more people than they ever have before. Huge. Summerfest has always put an emphasis on Houston music, but allowing the music fans of the city decide who they want to see play in front of thousands of new faces is something that makes them stand out above any other regional festival in the nation.
Only one vote will be counted per person (per e-mail address *wink wink*), so head on over to the Free Press Summer Fest website for your chance to help one local band gain a heaping helping of new fans.
Bittersweet news out of North Carolina: baby Avett will soon arrive into the world, but, due to the timing, the band’s Texas dates have been rescheduled. The Houston date, originally slated for Verizon Wireless Theater this Thursday, has been postponed to Friday, May 20. Information on the other postponed dates is below, along with a note from Scott Avett. Nearly half of the BoT staff was planning on attending one or more of the Texas dates, so it goes without saying that we’re slightly bummed. We’re still excited about what Old Settler’s has in store for us this weekend – stay tuned for a full preview and review!
It is with great excitement that we announce the upcoming birth of my second child. This has been such a special time for our family and we are waiting with joyous anticipation for the arrival of our baby.
Unfortunately, we regret that the Avett Brothers must reschedule our upcoming shows in Houston, TX on April 14, Austin, TX on the 15th and Dallas, TX on the 16th, so that I may be by my wife’s side as we welcome our new baby. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. I also apologize for the late notice, but we waited until the last possible minute to make this decision.
I would like to say a very heart-felt thank you to everyone for your well-wishes and kind words during this time. We will see you all very soon; please see below for rescheduled information.
Scott Avett & The Avett Brothers
RESCHEDULED SHOW INFORMATION!!!
1. Houston at the Verizon Wireless Theatre has been rescheduled for Friday May 20!
2. Dallas at the Palladium Ballroom has been rescheduled for Saturday Oct. 15, AND, a second night has been added for Friday Oct. 14, with on-sale information coming in about a week!
3. Austin was particularly challenging because it is part of the 4-day Old Settler’s Music Festival. Per festival policy, there are no refunds. HOWEVER, by special arrangement, The Avett Brothers have agreed to return to Austin on Sunday Oct. 16 at a venue to be determined. Festival ticket holders have a choice of attending the Old Settler’s Music Festival as planned, or, holding on to your ticket and redeeming it for admission to the re-scheduled Avett Brothers performance on Oct. 16, BUT NOT BOTH. Only those not attending the festival will be allowed admission to the show on Oct. 16. Exact venue information for the rescheduled show will be announced as soon as possible, some time before the end of April.
Thank you for understanding the difficult nature of this situation.
A couple years ago, I headed to San Francisco to check out a pretty new festival called Outside Lands. Being put on by Superfly Productions gave OsL instant credibility, as the other festival they run, Bonnaroo, has become the biggest outdoor music and arts event in America. On top of that, the first year they brought the likes of Radiohead and Tom Petty among tons of others. The year I attended, 2009, featured another huge line-up including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D, Tom Jones, TV On The Radio, Ween, Modest Mouse, Band Of Horses and The Avett Brothers. Last year, the event was pushed back to a two-day affair, but still featured The Strokes, Further, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and Al Green among several others. Three years gone, and they’ve already featured some of today’s biggest acts. Pretty good reputation for a fourth year festival, I’d say. On top of that, it all goes down in one of, if not the premier outdoor space in America, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
This year is no different in terms of talent. They are doing it right, and bringing a who’s who of today’s top touring acts to the event. Headlining the three nights are Brit-rockers Muse, jam-titans Phish (playing two full sets!) and recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire, who I’m pretty sure signed some sort of deal with the devil to get them to play every festival in the world. Joining the three headliners is quite the impressive undercard featuring the likes of garage rock duo The Black Keys, critter costumed progressive dance dj Deadmau5, indie-sensations MGMT, mash-up mastermind Girl Talk, legendary CCR-frontman John Fogerty, Jimmy Fallon’s backing band The Roots and many, many more. I’m looking forward to making it back to Outside Lands, as if I remember correctly, I called it the best non-camping festival I’ve ever been to after my trip there. With a 2-set performance from Phish, and the rest of this killer line-up, I have a feeling this is the year of my return.
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