Monday, April 24, 2017

Recap of the Sister Spit Tour.

A babe gets a taste of the road and never wants to not be on it. For 15 nights and 15 days I was blessed to travel with a squad of amazing Poets/Writers.

We started out on March 1st completely unaware of how we would all vibe and get along for the next 15 days. I must say that Juliana put together a compatible respectable bunch of queers to take on the road of celebrated fans of the Sister Spit tour.

This was huge! This was the 20th year anniversary.

20 years of Poets/Writers taking on the road to venues to spit poems without boundaries or barriers. Just Explicit raw cut real life. I was here for the journey of it all.


There we are. The Very First day. A quick introduction to each other and we were off and this was proof.

We were headed to Arcata! Our first stop on the tour was Humboldt University.

Along the way we stopped at a few places. My favorite was Confusion Hill.



We Were instantly confused upon arrival.



We played with the magical love machines inside. I got an amazing majestic reading from the Wizard.



I was touched by what he had to say. He was real.

But the best was paying 5$ to experience the gravity house.



You can't stay in to long it will leave you confused for sure. Confusion hill was so Epic.

As we went back to the tour van which was a big black van we called Billy, to get back on the journey to Arcata..I just kinda watched the road how it winded and the trees and the secret passages that led to other roads. I wondered about each fucking secret road I saw. Where it led. ha.



So yeah we arrived in Arcata and the hotel was quaint and had great sugar cookies.



Me in the Lobby after eating a Sugar cookie. Not a single trace. haha

So yeah Arcata our first night was everything I dreamed of and more. The Audience brought it. They welcomed us. Chanted with us. Hooted and hollered with us! They were ready for a show and they supported us so tough and bought all of our merchandise!

Humboldt University was amazing.



This was a special moment. I made a new friend and she got my sticker and framed it and tagged me in it.



The next morning at the hotel we experienced the best Continental breakfast ever haha. My favorite was the exquisite waffle machine. Which I learned pretty much every hotel we stayed at had that special waffle maker. I said to myself wow.. I must live a life forever where I make Waffles at hotels while on tour and like make waffles for everyone who is awake to experience continental breakfast because you really have to be awake or you miss the courtesy breakfast train!



I had to post that picture of my tour mate Denise Benevidos (google her now) macbook. I remembered that moment in particular as I was eating like me too. Take that picture for real! haha....

I enjoyed taking lots of selfies in the mirror in my Mickey PJS



Then later on that day we headed back to Humbold University to lead a Writers Workshop and enjoy a great lunch with students on campus.

We also got to Sign autographs of our tour poster.



I had the pups on their knees by the way.





But the best was this awesome fortune cookie I got after convincing my tour mate Celeste and Tour Mom Jerry Lee to go explore this "Oriental" Buffet across the street that had amazing Yelp reviews but the food was not good at all. When we got there I knew we would all end up on the toilet and not for sport. haha!



I never knew Tupac was out here writing fortune cookies. haha.

So funny. Till this day my tour mates still mention this line. Ha Ha So Good!

The next day we were headed to Olympia and I must give a shout out to our Tour Mom Jerry Lee who was fantastic. Jerry Lee is Bad Ass! A true Road Warrior! Jerry if you are reading this take your bow! You are amazing!

So in Olympia the crowd was amazing.

We played in a library and I sung Regal Slut in the library. Don't worry all the children had left by the time we commenced to the exclaiming Slut slut Slut portion of the song. Going to plug right here that you can download "Regal slut" here for free.





Olympia was amazing but what was even more grand was the Olympia Libraries amazing Zine collection and my friend Maria gave me a few copies of her Zine "Dagger Glares" which is amazing and you should get a copy from her asap or if you are in Olympia you should go to the library and check it out because it is in the library.





Partial tourmate photo...Missing Tour Mom Jerry Lee, and tour mates Virgie Tovar and Denise Benevidos.

Olympia was great because I had my own hotel condo shindig. Also the night after the show we had really great pizza.

Any who enjoy these Olympia hotel Selfies.



I have to tell you though the Continental breakfast at this hotel was not good at all. They didn't serve bacon or sausage on the weekends. I woke up early for no reason lol.

We then headed to Seattle. Agh Seattle. I really love Seattle.

We played a day set at the Film Forum. What was great about the drive though to Seattle was I was able to sit in the front seat! Agh and see the road head on from the front of the van. It was so invigorating. But most importantly tour spy cam was in full effect. Got this Candid of tour mates Celeste Chan, Juliana Delgado Lopera, and Cathy De La Cruz. haha

The Film forum was awesome because I got to show video with my presentation. Thanks to tour mom Jerry lee who was also our sound technician who made sure all of our performances were smooth as butter. Perfection.



Our live panel was lit also afterwards...


Read about it here...

We headed to Portland, Where we ended our first portion of tour before headed back home for a day off before playing our San Francisco Show and heading down to LA.



Port;and was an amazing audience with some awesome Sister Spit Alumni. The support and love at every tour stop on this tour was outrageous and real.

We literally never had a bad night.



Thank you To Sailor for taking good care of us in Portland and taking us to Rimsky's. Also the spa time was decompressing and super relaxing!



Almost must say how awesome it was to have these pot diamonds to take back on our journey back to the bay for our home show and day off.


Omg pure magic.

On our way home we landed in a Snow Dimension.

It was amazing....



Isn't that beautiful.

The three Sags on our tour (Myself, Jennifer Joshua Espinoza and Cathy De la Cruz) I Think we were in Deep thought about the first part of the tour.



Our Home Show in SF at the Stud was amazing.





Next up we headed down to Fresno and that was amazing because we shared the bill with the best band ever Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries.



Our friends shared these awesome treats..



We then were headed to West hollywood and as soon as we touched down I had to make a meme because I was in the LA realm!



Also got inspired to start writing a little zine I named "Bad Grammar"...Here is a little of the beginning of that thought.



Random but I know you want to know more. So stay tuned as you will be able to experience the full experience sooner than you know.

West Hollywood was amazing and it was so great to see familiar faces in the audience.



Also sold these awesome birdie kitty earrings to this baby birdie. So Awesome.

We then headed to Long Beach. I learned that Long beach was not in LA. I instantly replayed the infamous Snoop Lyrics in my head "City of Long Beach"...Lightbulb moment.

Long Beach is Amazing. the livest Audience hands down. I saw a lot of familiar faces also. It was real.



This awesome announcement was at the venue upon our arrival.



Long Beach was the tour Stop that solidified our rockstar status I must say. It was amazing. Especially dinner that evening after our show and the cool neighborhood gay dive bar.



The next day we were headed back to LA for the Plus Bus event.





If you are still reading this post. I appreciate that you care. So I am going to wrap it up. The rest of this post will just be pictures. In the following order, Riverside, Loyola Marymount, and Palm springs where we ended our tour.



Damn Right. We ended our tour in Palm springs.



Cathy captured this photo of me as she was the first to exit Billy the tour bus.

Parting was such sweet sorrow. I honestly got to travel with 7 individuals that were complete strangers and we had to think fast and make consecutive decisions quickly as a team. We were an awesome team. We cheered each other on and supported each other tough and I love that. Now I want to connect you to all of my tour mates so you can follow and support and check out their work because they are the voices that need to be heard out loud so the planet will stay in rotation.

First up..the Lady Virgie Tovar..@VirgieTovar on instagram and every social media platform and at www.virgietovar.com

Juliana Delgado Lopera. The Columbian Goddess @julianalopera on insta and @radarproductions on instagram.

Cathy De La Cruz @saddiego on Twitter and @cathydelacruz on instagram

Denise Benavides @denisebenavides on instagram and www.denisebenavides.com

Celeste Chan @celestiepie on instagram @celestechan2020 on twitter.

Jennifer Espinoza @Sadqueer4life on instagram and twitter...

Tour Mom!!!! Jerry Lee... @itsmejerrylee...

And that is it!

Thank you for reading. Sister Spit 20th anniversary tour was an amazing experience to be had by every one of us for sure.

I learned so much about the road. I feel extremely confident in approaching a new crowd every night for hella nights in a row.

agggh Xo.