After 4 weeks of things going relatively smoothly, it was only a matter of time before things got crazy, weird, and even a little unfortunate.
Big Sur: Ashley, the creator of garlic bombs gave us her bed in her beautiful tent among the redwoods.
We hung out at the Fernwood Resort at the bar, met some French girls, some Dutch guys, and did a little Slam Up Sampler outside. Thank goodness for heat lamps! We had an epiphany: if Ashley is the Jesus of garlic bombs, Cali & Emily are the disciples.
We ended our Big Sur stint with a walk down to the beach…soak it in.
San Fran: Way more stressful than we ever could have anticipated. We show up to the Rev Café only to discover that, not only are we not on the schedule, but nobody knows what we are talking about when we explain that we are there to perform. Turns out, there was a little miscommunication between the owner and the booking manager. The good news is, we get to perform in front of our friends between 2 local bands and we KILL IT. The bad news: our set got cut 20 minutes short and there were some negative vibes from the establishment. But our friends feel it, we even get some special goodies in our tip jar! Ben & Rachel showed up - yay t shirt love! A crazy old dude named Diamond Dave offered to let us talk on his radio show (that never wound up happening). We race over to Kim’s sick apartment in Oakland where we have just enough time to take a quick dip in the building’s hot tub. Slam Tub! The next day, we eat amazing indian food w/ Kimbo, who is a regular! Masala all da wayyy.
^Pit stop in Gilroy, CA - the garlic capital of the world!
Stanford University: Mark Diaz is the best. It was his birthday and he spent it slamming up with us. Stanford’s campus is beautiful. Em got some bad news, her dog Otto has cancer :( He still has some time, so hopefully she can get to say goodbye and take him on a walk in April! The show was the best college performance so far - what a great crowd. But what really made it special was the gourmet ICE CREAM SANDWICHES that were served beforehand!! So good…we almost made ourselves sick.
Medford, OR: After the Stanford show, we pull an almost-all-nighter and drive up to Medford, Oregon. We arrive at around 4:15am and Chrystal, the angel that she is, merrily welcomes us into her home. We had a great morning just chilling out and chatting - it was the calm before the storm.
^The cream before the storm.
Road to Portland: Our plan was to pull the almost-all-nighter so that we wouldn’t have to drive as much during the day of our show at In Other Words in Portland. About 2 hours south of our destination, our engine light goes on. We thought we had enough time, but 30 minutes later, we had to swerve over to the right shoulder because the car stopped accelerating on the highway. An hour and a tow truck later, we found ourselves sitting in a Sears auto-garage in Springfield, Oregon.
^Oh Tow Oh No!!!
We had to cancel our Portland show and figure out where we were going to sleep that night.
Eugene: Thank goodness for friends, specifically Chrystal & Becca. They connected us with their friends in Eugene, Tom & Julie. Tom picked us up from Sears and took us to his house. Fun fact: Springfield, Oregon is the Springfield from the Simpsons! Who knew!? We get to Tom’s house (which is lovely) and start freaking out. What are we going to do about our Seattle show? What about Monday in Vancouver, Canada? Luckily, Tom suggested that we check out rideshare on Craigslist, something that both of us forgot about. Sure enough, the first post on there is a ride offer from Eugene to Seattle the next morning: perfect timing for our Seattle show at the Pocket Theater. After a phone call, it looks like our rideshare buddies are gonna be AWESOME.
Seattle: Micah and Devin are awesome. End of story.
Also in the car is a dude named Willow (he self-identifies as polyNAMErous - haha). It was a great ride, minus rain and traffic (Salt n Pepa + chill ppl makes everything wonderful). The “potluck” at Dana and Pat’s is more of a pizza party bash! So many great people are there and most came to the show!! The show itself was amazing, we over-sold out, and it looks like Slam Up may get to do multiple performances next time ;) The next day, Cali saw the Puget Sound with Pat, Dana, Katrina, and Dave, and Emily got a much-needed trim at Zero-Zero hair, thanks to Travis and Keri! We left Seattle feeling good, and spent a night in Portland.
Portland/Beaverton: Cali hung out with Sarah Royal in Portland. Emily chilled with Micah and Devin in Beaverton (lols), a suburb of Portland. Good timezzz.
Drive back to Eugene.
^ Too bad money’s tight. Would have loved to get one of these shirts.
Back in Eugene: We hung out at the Goat and enjoyed original works by the local folks. Micah gave Emily a book about the holographic universe. Cali got a weird/scary allergic reaction, but it was temporary. Today is Tuesday and we are sitting at the Wandering Goat (Micah works there! He’s gonna play some Salt n Pepa/Missy jams). We have tasty pastries from the bakery that Devin works at. We are trying to figure out our next moves, hopefully leave tonight and
make our Missoula show (psych, looks like we are CANCELING ONCE AGAIN), and share our work with the rest of the country. If you feel moved to help us move, check out our IndieGoGo campaign. The car issues are going to cost us at least $2,700 and if you are interested and able to support us, we would be very grateful. Peace, love, Slam Up.