Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The first Tour of my life was a great experience. #RatskinTour "Fucked Up Reign, Fucked Up Rainbow" was a success.

I never thought I would ever go on tour. Some of us are lucky to hop in and get scooped up to the lavish tour life early in our careers. Me? It took a bit longer. I tell you I felt like a giant black cat leaving her shelter for the first time walking through the door of expanded opportunities.

Touring is the best thing to happen to a performer. To take your honed craft on the road to experience new audiences and different environments. A true blessing and further confirmation that I am on the right path. So here goes! The story of our tour begins now!

I got to tour with my label mates on the best indie Noise/Pop/Industrial/Electro to ever exist and that is Ratskin Records.

First check out our awesome Tour Flyers!





Can't you see the fantastic four was ready to take over the world.

We started out on the 9th as we packed into Dave Montoya's van headed to our first gig on the tour. We played UC DAVIS!

Here we are. On the freeway...



And Once we were in Davis the magic started to ignite...



UC DAVIS was so beautiful. We got to play at a Co-Op house that had a nice big window where people outside could see us perform. That was super cooolll.



I met the cat of the Co-Op and at first she wasn't really fucking with me. But during my set she came in the room and sat and enjoyed the performance. That's cool to know we connected on a cool vibe. She let me pet her after I performed. I made a fan. #Meow



I also met this cat "Maebe" pronounced "Maybe"...Omg. She smelled so good. lol She smelled like Cotton Candy.



We travelled further up the way and ended up at a cool spot in Black Butte, CA where we stayed at a cool place that conserved old trains and turned them into cool cabins. This place was pure magic. And the breakfast was fantastic.



Our next stop was to Eugene, Oregon where I discovered that you did not have to have a weed card to get your weed and weed treats.

I am happy I got to pick up a cool little cookie and make a new friend at the clinic.

We played the hip Eugene Noise Fest.



Eugene was fun. For my second show on the road, and outside of California...I felt empowered. Eugene was nice.



Next we headed straight to Portland. We stayed at the Alice Coltrane Coliseum which also used to be a krishna temple.

Great energies in that building.



That night we played a pretty cool house party where I met the awesome duo Vern and Ian.



Oh how we danced. And then we attended another house party called the Glitter Dome. Where I got to see the amazing freaky, Tig Bitty perform.

The next day our host Vern and Ian took us to an awesome classy diner for breakfast before we made our way to our next stop....SEATTLE!



I copped some authentic Portland Oregon Lavender!



So lets see. Our next stop was Seattle. And when we touched down in Seattle I was amazed! OMG. I went to have authentic Cardboard Seattle Pizza. And every place I went, it felt like Nirvana and Hole was the soundtrack. As Seattle is super the home of grunge and Kurt is forever King. Wow. I was amazed. We performed at the Eclectic Theatre. I met my friend Richard who was turning 21 in the next three days. So for his birthday, I braided his hair and had a great conversation with him. Such a brilliant young man.





I enjoyed performing in the red light. And singing "Mysterious Stranger" on the ground. Indian Style. Super experimental and pretty darksided.



How cool is it that Ratskin was on the Marquee? So of course the Ratskin fam and I had to make this cool montage and such. Thats me, Bonus Beast, Malocclusion, and Slanted Square.

So That day we actually got to explore Seattle and we went to the farmers market and that was great. I enjoyed the food and we got to stop by the weird store and see strange things.





So I got my fortune read and I feel like she lied to me. lol Well surely, she was not Zoltar. Zoltar would have not let me down.

Our next stop on the tour was Olympia. Now when we pulled up to Olympia I had no idea what to expect. Man. Olympia was wayyyy to live. Everytime I think of Olympia's energy!!





Olympia was tooo live. We had hella fun. I love a crowd that loves to dance all night long!

Thank you Olympia for that fun.



Tour mate Bonus Beast before Coffee and After Coffee. lol




Tourmate Slanted Square ties his shoes so awesomely.



Me playing guitar for my tourmates.



Something cool about Olympia is that they are hella organic. Their popular thrift store was overpriced. (Cough Cough) Or maybe I am just spoiled to Cali's great and luxurious thrifting options! I loved Olympia's energy and I randomly ended up at an Senior Citizen Center because they had a thrift store and came up on some cool items. I also complained to my tourmates about a french toast bacon breakfast sandwich I bought at a diner there. I hated it. #oof

It was great to actually drive through Olympia and my Tourmates, Slanted Square and Bonus Beast went on a spiritual hike as I took full opportunity to get some good rest in the van. The weather was a bit bi-polar. One moment the sun was shining and then it would rain intensely and then the sun would be all shining through the rain. Interesting.

We then returned back to Portland for our last tour stop which was absolutely amazing. Back at the Alice Coltrane Coliseum Memorial Center.

My friend Lauren came out to support. And I met this ultra snappy Diva Dog. We sorta had a little boxing match.



We closed off the tour quite lovely. But the best is getting to sleep in the most comfortable bed ever. Thank you Anna. The best sleep a birdie can get.

Thank You Mikey, Dave, And Ryan for such an amazing first tour. We had such a good time. I will forever cherish this experience. Dave you kept me laughing with your great punch lines and plot twist.

Check out and purchase our amazing Tour Compilation of Live Performances.



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Oh and come to Voltage Drop tomorrow and every last thursday of the month at The Legionnaire in Oakland!

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Thank you for reading. Can't wait to share more!

Peace and Rainbows.