After endless rain, it seems that summer has (maybe?) finally arrived here in the Berkshires. The good news is that TLT doesn’t have to deal with all this precipitation, as our favorite band is deep in the midst of their Southern summer tour.
But before we talk about that, let’s take a look back at June …
The month kicked off on Friday, June 5, when the band had a gig at the Underground (formerly Muddy McGee’s, or, for older — way older, like me — Berkshirites, the Branding Iron in the bottom of the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The young and upscale crowd gave our rock stars some good love that night! The next night they were off to Becket, and my personal favorite venue, the Dream Away Lodge. Check it out the next time they play there, if you haven’t yet. You have to experience the Dream Away to know what I mean.
The following Friday, June 12, Tony kicked off the Crowne Plaza’s Friday @ 5 series, which features live music, food and drinks on the pool level of the hotel. This was a return performance from last summer. This time, however, our determined musicians were not out in the blazing summer sun!
On June 19, the band was back at Flavours at the Econo Lodge on the Pittsfield-Lenox Road in Lenox. I wonder if there was any chandelier swinging that night? On the 20th, Tony and the guys performed at the annual Relay for Life at Onota Lake and then were off to Rumpy’s in Lenox, our new favorite bar.
But it deserves mention that before Tony headed out on his tour, he also contributed to the Lenox Library’s annual Beatles Day on June 28. Although Tony missed it because of his tour, he organized the bands for the concert held the second half of that day. The Lenox Library is a private organization, so events like this are crucial to its existence. Leave it to our Tony to always stand up for the little guy! And on a side note, did you know “Rocky Raccoon” was the first song he learned to play on guitar? Just a piece of trivia for ya …
June 27 saw his first tour date, at the Beachcomber Pavilion on Cape May in New Jersey. Cape May is just south of Wildwood — perhaps the boys had a chance to walk that endless boardwalk and check out the cool amusements there.
The beginning of July was crazy busy for them, as they hit Virginia Beach on July 1; Cape Hatteras KOA in Rodanthe, N.C., on July 2; Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta, Ga., on July 3; and then rang in Independence Day at the Hilton Head Harbor Resort and Marina in South Carolina. Phew! Makes me exhausted just to think of all that driving. I hope they aren’t leaving too long of a string of broken Southern hearts in their wake …
Ahead for the band is the annual appearance at WoodyFest in Okemah, Oklahoma, on Saturday, July 11, and then it’s back to Virginia Beach on July 18. But they’ll be heading back north shortly after that so that they can celebrate their triumphant return at Rumpy’s in Lenox on Saturday, July 25. Don’t miss that one! And we also have their annual Live on the Lake gig to look forward to on Aug. 5.
It’s been a busy first half of the summer for TLT, but there’s plenty of summer yet ahead. Make sure you mark your calendars with your TLT dates, and check back here often for updates to the calendar. See you soon!
♪ Judi Fairweather ♪