The Slam Up Tour

January - April 2014

Midwest is STILL the best

But really, it doesn’t seem to end! Set sail for Indianapolis, Indiana for a show at the General Public Collective, which is a sweet art/clothing/book/performance space founded by some cool folks. We forget that there is a time change BUT apparently our show is an hour later than we initially thought anyway.. so it all works out!

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Jesus, Denny’s, and box buildings.

Have a wonderful show for the General Public Collective crowd. Our inner-wizards, Paisley and Robert, made their debut. There were even some very awesome minors in the crowd - gotta teach the kids about herpes! After our show, had a performance by the badass ladies of HEN.

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This is from Chicago, but is too good not to be in the blog.

Stayed with Lisa of Hen, and her cat Debbie. Spend all of the next day trying to get through PR. Blergh. So close to being done forever until next tour.

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Debbie Da Cat

After an R&R evening of reading (we forgot what that was), we head east (once again) to Columbus, and our good friend Denis. Sommer Sterud made us laugh, and then Slam Up did an intimate performance for friends.

The next day was a (P)Repeat of our work day in Indy. Have a drink with our new B&B friend connection Kamal and James. Pass. Out.

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CATAKEOVER

HOMEWARD bound. Kinda. Have a show in Rochester. Friends Jenna and Eric come out! And a few people who found us in the paper! The staff at the Park Ave. Boulder Coffee Co. location are wonderful! Could see them dancing all the way in the back. Spend the evening and morning being welcomed by the Wagner family (thanks, sweet baby Ray!), before taking the short drive to Syracuse for some Funk n’ Waffles.

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We didn’t start the fire!

But first chili and cornbread with the Dunns. Thanks Pat for hooking that up! We all make our way to the venue to see Mark Bowers do his thing! Another wonderfully intimate show with friends.

Sunday Brunchday with the Dunns. Nothing like a homemade omelet: we need fuel for sitting in the car haha. Make it to Schenectady and hangout at the New Orleans Café. It does not feel like New Orleans at all. Do a few numbers for the Moon & River’s open mic and then hang out with our new friends Amy and Mike of Shift the Paradigm.


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We don’t know how to smile. :)


Spend Monday watching Rio 2 (the only movies we have seen on this tour have been Rio, Rio 2, and Liquid Sky, and I would like to keep it that way), eating candy, and doing taxes (kind of). Friends Rose and Helen from couch surfing show up, and Bridget Dunn! Again! Friend groupie status! So obviously it was a wonderful show. New York State has treated us well. See you REALLY soon, New York, aka APRIL 27th IN MANHATTAN, buy your tickets HERE friends!

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Thank you Rose for hangin with us & showing us the best Moroccan food!

Love

Cali+Emily=Slam Up

Let’s Get Groovy!

Iowa City: Thanks to Claire Core, ambassador of Iowa, Slam Up shacked up at River City Housing Collective. What a dreamy place. Literally, we got there and passed out.

BUT only to disco-nap before our family dinner performance of FriendShips. After grabbing some communal grub, we spend the evening munching, crunching, and discussing with our new human and cat friends Lillian, Jennifer, Betsey, Guido (an italian car salesman, bear and tons of amazing co-opers. 

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Meet: “The Nutcracker” pistachio-ed pizza. For ladies only.

We slept in the “Raccoon Room”. Supposedly a raccoon lived there once. But now it just makes you feel like a pirate in a cabin of an old ship. YARR!!! The next day we walked the town, ate pizza (not Victor’s status, but still great! There were PISTACHIOS on it.), checked out an old tobacco shop/coffee place (shutting down soon), and got some work done before our show at FairGrounds. 

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Ahoy thar!

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When you can’t find a parrot, get a dragon.

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)ur attempts at “putting a bird on it”.

What an amazing place, made more amazing by our gracious host, Lisa. Audrey Smith and Kassia Kisinski warmed up the crowd with their luscious words before we took the stage for one of our most fun shows yet! Iowa City showed UP.

To top off the good vibes, we found a BENJAMIN in our tip jar. First time that’s happened! We spent our last night chilling with Betsey and Guido (Bear was shy), listening to cool jams and eating chocochip waffles made by Lillian. The next morning we left for Chicago with our pal Lillian riding in the back! Slam Up THREESOME! JK! We jammed out to Jurassic 5 and had deep discussions and chill silence all the way to the Sears building..which is ugly?

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We picked up two new passengers!

Chicago: Jerry is quite possibly the chillest young man alive. Nothing like coming home to a feast of hummus, french bread, and catch up convo. Got to meet the many sides of Murphy, a pooch with some split personalities. 

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How i feel about vegetarian Reubens!

The next day we all went to lunch at the Chicago Diner and got half-priced vegetarian Reuben’s! AND free cupcakes. Just because it was their anniversary! Walked it off in Millennium Park, and posing in the Bean. Lake Michigan? Are you sure? Where’s the other side? They be low-ballin! 

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This kinda looks like a shiny butt…

Sam from Madison came!!! New friend reunion! We performed in Evanston at Kafein Cafe where there was a little Journey’s End reunion. Thank you for coming, Timji and Gina! Jerry and his roommates came too. And Lillian and Jennifer came through! There were a bunch of patrons there who didn’t know Slam Up was about to go down, but people be feelin’ it! Noticed that our logo was the background of a stranger’s desktop. Somewhat strange, but cool! 

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We spent the last day of Chitown checking out the free photography museum, eating Chicago styled pizza (which apparently you need a fork and knife for. lamesauce.), and seeing a show at Second City! Funny, but made us want to do our improv. Spent our last night at Timji’s cool hippie house co-op, Stone Soup.


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We ready to laugh!


Got all ready to make our way to STL only to realize that I locked we were locked out of the car. Solution: a jam session with Jerry while waiting for AAA to come unlock our car. It is disconcerting how easy it is to break into your own car.

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Impromptu jam sess with the boys!

SAINT LOUIS HERE WE COMMMMMEE. 

St. Louis: CAN I GET AN AAA…RCH! Cali got to return to her soul-sista-land. Go straight to the Emergency Response Office to meet up with old friends Dee, Sarah, and Clare. Shower and make our way to Legacy Books, Cali’s adopted poetry-home. So many great poems spit, including one by the lovely SistaSols. Thank you UrbSlam for making Slam Up feel at home. Found an old-new friend Betsey from Iowa City there!

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Strolling through Soulard on a spring mornin’

Made our way back to Deesle’s to pass out. Saturday was a blur of breakfast feastin’, coffee shoppin’, friend reunions’ (ERT YR 19 WUTWUT), bein ethiopian foodies, failed tattoo attemptin, and crawling around the one and only City Museum with every other 9 year old in St. Louis. All in all it was a wonderful spring day… that culminated in a show filled with ERT friends, Venus Envy friends, Poetry friends, and travel friend :) Thank you Poetic Slang for sharing the stage with us. 

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Checkin’ out the Soulard’s Farmers Market not for food…

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…nah, we lookin’ for (^) incense.

Lesson learned: can count on STL to dance. Both during our show and after. Made our way to own the dance floor at The Handle Bar. 

Good Morning! IT’s time for DRAG Queen GOSPEL folks. A coupe Bloody Mary’s and several mimosa’s later we are ready for a post brunch nap.

Say farewell to Betsey, and spend the evening relaxing, enjoying one of the first warm evenings in the city.

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Crazy ladies from Texass!

Farewell STL. We will see you sooner than you think ;)

Love S^,

P.S. SLAM UP IS GOIN to LOVEFEST folks. Get pumped.

Midwest=TheBEST

After a month of no car, sprints across the county, and a week chillun’ like villuns in Austin, we were a little nervous about hitting the road full force with four shows in five days. Little did we know, the coolest cats live in the heart of the the U.S., and we were about to drive through it!

Tulsa: Once again, we were drivin’ and didn’t know where we where gonna stay. Seem to be makin’ that a habit. Luckily, our gal Gabby from Eugene hooked us up with Santosh, who gives awesome bear hugs. Tulsa’s own Allison McClaughry opened for our show at The Phoenix! Tulsa is AWESOME, and The Phoenix has REAL bagels! The jews in us were ecstatic. After eating some delicious local fare, we went out to the Yellow Brick Road (the local queer bar) with new friends Sam and Sarah. Shot some pool and danced to some throwbacks. BAM: Tulsa in 12 hours. Next time we will actually see you in daylight!

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They liked us so much they gave us thumbs up!

Omaha: OMG WHY IS EVERYONE SO NICE HERE. Meet Amanda, our host, who is also responsible for bringing literally our entire crowd (other than our wonderful openers, Chantilly Mace) to the show! Omahans know how to laugh! And we loved makin’ them. Thank you so much to Dylan and everyone at Backline Improv Theater for hosting us. Can’t wait to come back! Spent the evening hanging out with all our new friends. It was difficult leavin’ them but we got to get to…

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Joplin the dogcat (she wags her tail) is confused. What is this new animal in her space? Meanwhile the horse just wants some chips from Mexico.

Minneapolis! The. DeVoes. BEST FAMILY EVER. Get in at 10 PM and they have dinner waiting for us. Spend the next day having a Mom date with Natasha. Fresh tea and Italian pastries. Make our way over to the Subterranean Café artist collective. Smell curry being made=tonight’s gonna be SPICY. Sign #4538 that it’s gonna be a phenomenal show: audience members know every word to None of Your Business by SnP.

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Would you like a cherry with that spoon?

In all seriousness thank you to Sarina for hooking us up Davin and Trevor and the Sub Crew. Such a warm space. Got to break out Sharon and Karen (of the Sharing and Caring Show on your local tv network ;) ) for the first time. AND HAD A PIZZA BITCH encore. Thank for you ears! But the show must go on to…

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CHANGE YOUR LUCK, GET A HAIR CUT. ESPECIALLY A MOHAWK.

Madison: But FIRST a 20 minute stop in Des Moines, Iowa to see Cody ERT style in a parking lot off of the highway. THROWBACK.

Make it to Madison, and met Jon, the father of Mother Fool’s café home of vegan goods and good musicaaaa. Have an intimate show and drag our tired selves to Jackie and Zac’s house. A friend of a friend with an open bed.

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Tis the season of garlic sprouting. Can.Not.Wait.

Wake up and treat ourselves to some Bloody Mary’s. Work away at the comp before a dope sunset photo shoot on the lakes with Jon! Cook beets and lentils to fuel our dancin’ at Plan B. Catch a Drag Queen show. WHY ARE THEY SO FABULOUZ. Gah. Also, why is everyone wearing Tshirts. It’s FIVE DEGRESS. Okay maybe more like 50, but still.  Wisconsinites- you’re giving me second-hand-cold-syndrome!

After a night of shakin’ our butts on the dance floor we have a lovely meal with Jon and head back west to Iowa City. Can’t wait to chill with some dope folks at the local Co-Op, Bloom County! Until next time!

springtime is here=time to slam up

Week 7: Denver to Austin, AKA from one hippietown to the next

Apparently Slam Up is Slam SCRUB status when it comes to blogging. Sorry Slam fans. We got a new tour “van”, and shit kinda hit the fan. In a GREAT way.

Good bye Claire and Danger Truck and Moab! Until next tour.

So Mama Judes done picked us up sketch style from a gas stop and it was a smooth drive to Denvertown. After all that driving we were HANGRY, solution: Ruby Tuesdays.

Now we know. Never to eat at Ruby Tuesday’s again.

NEVER AGAIN. Don’t do it folks. Our stomachs are still scarred. We made up for it the next day though, at the wonderful Mercury Café. Good ole’ locally sourced cuisine. And they got Kombucha on tap! Had a phenomenal show with the lovely Shanna Hoar. A four year old walked in during “Herpes”. Nothing like a jumpstart on Sex Ed folks!

Singin’ about Pirates ‘n shit. Also Emily’s a cat.

Spent the next day with old college and ERT friends Will, Matt, Shanna, Mark, Kristin and Spencer. Bloody Mary’s and BIZCUT fuel at the Denver Biscuit Factory before hiking in the beautiful Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Stunning view of the Denver area (although there was some crazy damage left over from the floods in the fall). Made our way to Innisfree to chill and get ready for our show.

Selfies on mountains!

Unfortunately, we were competing with the Slam Finals for UC Boulder’s CUPSI team. OOPS. Next time, Boulder! Had a small crowd, but they were diggin’ what we were putting down. Was a little worried that we were gonna break the stage when we be bustin’ moves, but all went well. Phillip DaJar got asked if he was a Jarhead by a veteran. Sadly, they don’t let actual jars into the Marines.

Had a chill night with Kristin before setting sail for AUSTIN TEXASS BABY. No one wants to drive 14 hours in one day though, so we couch surfed for the first time all tour with the lovely AVA. Her name is a palindrome and she’s awesome forward/backward/inside/out/ALL around. Seriously. What other brand new friend have you met that bakes for you and cooks you a hot meal? Spent the evening learning about her travels around the world and hangin’ with her wolfishly playful dogs Havoc and Makai.

Gettin’ some puppy wolfdog love!

AUSTIN!!! Make it to Kick Butt Coffee with time to spare. Got served Iced Chai by our new friend Mel! After an afternoon of catch-up have REUNIONZ. The Lowingers and Mama Judes and Paul all flew out to see our show (again). Vanilla Presley set the mood with hilarious raps. Spent the night living it up hotel style. SLAM SPLIT.

So legit! Our first real poster-sized poster. Also how can we compete with the lady on the left?

Spend the next couple days with the fams sight-seeing and eating (bats on bridges! texmex! capital buildings! tex mex! congress st.! tex mex!) and getting prepped for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Thank you again to everyone who voted and shared; sharing the stage with some of the best poets in the game was life changing!

Spider House Café is a great little maze in the world of awesome drinks/coffee/music and poetry. We lived there for three days! Was a mere walk from our friend Lauren’s apartment. Felt like a vacation. Not sure how I placed in the competition (couldn’t tell you my scores). BUT I bet you Em can (she=the BEST SCOREKEEPER ever, and fan). I was super inspired by all the BADASS ladies that owned the mic. Got to spend Saturday watching the finals. Nothing like a theater filled with poetry lovers. Was one of the most emotional entertainment experiences of my life. Thank you thank you thank you. Again.

WHEN IN TEXAS eat a Texas shaped waffle.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Sunday we spent relaxing with Lauren before our Midwest sprint of shows. Nothing like home cooked meals and good people. Got to see Castle Hill! Austin’s industrial ruins made graffiti park aka hangout for the offbeats aka us. Thanks for showing us the important parts, Mel and Lauren! We’ll be back to the best part of Texas sooner rather than later! MIDWEST HERE WE COME!

It’s about to be winter again…

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Week 6: Goodbye Rhonda, Hello Ulysses, ft. Mama Judes

Eugene (continued): After realizing that we had to cancel the Missoula show we try to make magic happen and attempt to coordinate a ride share to Missoula the next day (Devin offers to drive Rhonda out to meet us!). Alas, the logistics are overwhelmingly against us, so we give in to the car spirits and go out on the town with Micah’s roommate Kelsey to a fundraiser for a bicycle mechanic on (two) wheels. She introduces us to our new home- Cush! BEST COFFEE EVUR thanks to Joshua’s homemade, human-powered roaster and mad coffee skillz. Go to sleep with high hopes of the car being ready tomorrow, in time for our Bozeman show…

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Josh with his crazy bean-roasting machine!

… PSYCH. Still no part. To add to the stress of it all Emily’s fifth family member, Otto, passed.

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(breakfast and friends and home brew make everything better though)

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Needless to say, it was not a good day. Head over to the Eugene Whitaker International Hostel to have some time to process the situation and not have to socialize. Antisocial FAIL. We do an impromptu show for our new hostel friends! Feels good to perform. Wake up fresh and renewed after a night on a REAL bed. Walk downtown, cut our hair off, eat amazing French influenced food, and (unfortunately) cancel our Bozeman show. Sorry we missed you friends! We shall be back soon, and with nicer weather!

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When life gets ya down, cut off your hair and put a dog on it.

Have an epiphany: Eugene will not let us leave until we perform for it! Thanks to our friend Lester, have an impromptu show at Cush. It was amazing! Such wonderful folk and energy. Go to bed knowing that Rhonda will be ready Friday because the piece is in!

Rhonda’s got other plans. She won’t stay running. Oh Eugene, why won’t you let us go? BECAUSE apparently we needed to stay and enjoy a sunny day on a river with new friends from the hostel. Sharin’ poetry with the geese and ducks.

When we realize that we will be missing Cali’s bday show in Moab, Mama Jude’s saves the day. She helps coordinate plane tickets to Moab that will get us there just in time for our Sunday birthday bash!!! Spend Saturday enjoying Eugene- what a perfect place to get stuck. ALSO they have there monthly Saturday night poetry slam at Tsunami Books! After letting us do FriendShips for the crowd (best reception yet?) we both take the stage in competition.

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Emily’s first slam evur… AND SHE WINS. WOOTWOOT. Share the stage with some amazing poets, including our new friend Paradigm. Cali rings in her 24th with Voodoo donuts and Hallie, Alex, and Ruby. Eugene, we will miss you.

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Moab: After a nap we make our way to Moab. Flights could not have gone smoother. Claire Core gives us some door2door service. Nap again, and then Milts sandwhiches and shakes while watching a canyon lands sunset on Sand Flats. Best birthday show EVUR! Thank you Emily and Serah for makin’ that happen. Got us some Community Rebuilds/Youth Garden Project/Moab love. Get a good hike in at Hunter’s Canyon, and work on a new piece!

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Moab sunsets and chocolate malts

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Pizza Bitch’s first time in the canyonlands!

Telluride: Katlyn, the car saint, lends us her car to go to Telluride. Have a chill performance at The Steaming Bean (turns out Urinetown has its opening, sold-out performance during our show… too bad the theater is 500 seats, literally almost 25% of Telluride’s permanent population). Oh well! Meet our host, and new friend  Bebe (who has the best dogs ever). Spend the morning checking out the Telluride Free Box and Gondola.

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Bebe’s handmade sign!

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Meet Otis, Cali’s new accessory. 

Moab. Again: Rest up before Mama Judes (MJ) makes her was to Moab to meet us with Rhonda Ulysses. Did we mention MJ is supermom? After flying out to Eugene to pick up Rhonda, she encounters some more engine issues 30 miles into her epic trip east. Solution: trade in the old for the new. Hauls ass to get us to Denver in time for our show. Could not be more grateful for our friends, old and new, and our parents, who we will be reuniting with in a couple of days in Austin, Texas!

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Em’s first arch sighting!

Thank you again everyone who made the last week work! Couldn’t have done it with out you.

ALSO three days left to help us out with car costs!  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/slam-up-car-problems/x/6565887

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Slam Up

Week 5: Shit Hits the Motherf***in FAN

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.

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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. 

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We ended our Big Sur stint with a walk down to the beach…soak it in.

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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.

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^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.

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^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.

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^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.

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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.

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Drive back to Eugene.

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^ 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. 

Week 4: The Southwest

Texas(s) - worst drive ever. Have a little layover in Fort Worth. Try to check into the wrong hotel. Turns out, there are 2 Marriots next to each other, both with splendid views of the highway. Of course. Thank you, Mama Judes, for hooking us up!!

^ Texas, or South Africa? 

Also, can we appreciate:

^The random vintage car museum (free!) inside the gas station. 

Santa Fe - break into our host’s house, scared the dog, and made mac n cheese. Meet Gabe, and immediately do a garlic bomb. Gabe = Travis Birkenstock from Clueless (but with better music taste). Chill with roommates, Ana + Aaron. Next day: our first slam up hike in the Santa Fe mountains, then eat burritos with green chili. YUM!

Have a great interview with Gabe on his radio show, and then fail to get Emily’s septum pierced. Then attempt to go to Loretto Chapel - it’s closed. FAIL. Attempt to set up for our show, the space is being used to teach 4 year-olds how to break dance. FAIL/WIN?

Finally set up and have dope Santa Fe poets spit some KNOWLEDGE. Our show was fantastic - best crowd yet. Why? Cus it became a dance partayyyy. Love you, SF/W21/Gabe. Gotta rest up for our drive to Flagstaff!!! 

^Pit stop in Albuquerque: Em gets a piercing at Evolution, then it’s PEACE OUT, ALBU!

Flagstaff - meet up with Cali’s friends at New Frontiers, ERT style. Emily passes out in the car for an hour, then head over to Dallas’. Best welcoming EVUR. Dogs, and tacos, and great folks and music. Get our bean and rice on and head over to Flagbrew. First bar show: intimidating!

Don’t really know what to expect, but Emmett and the Flagbrew crew are super helpful. Meet John Q, who brought amazing openers to start the night off. Had some sound system issues, but all in all, it was a great show. Thank you, Micaela and Eian for driving 7 hours to see our show, and John and Ali, for leaving their farm to see Slam Up. Have a post-show beer. A girl asks Cali to braid her hair. Back up plan if Slam Up doesn’t work out? Goodnight, Flaggy. Have a quaint Flagstaff morning at Macy’s with some vegetarian gravy, say goodbye to Dallas and Miso, and head west to LA. 

^Dallas is writing a gluten-free cuisines of the world cookbook! 

LA - Cali spends 4 hours messaging people with her shitty iphone in the desert. Make it there with 20 miles left in the gas tank. Slam SPLIT! Cali goes to Clare’s, Emily goes to Shakira + Anna’s. Have a great Sunday of chilling the fuck out with friends in SoCal. Cali wins her competition! See ya, AUSTIN! Do a nice lil house show at ShakAnna’s. Santiago and Michael John Gaston make their debut, keep your eyes open if you want to see them too ;) LA and friends have treated us well. We’re headed to Big Sur, where Emily will finally meet Ashley, the creator of the Garlic Bomb. Dun dun dun…

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Week 3: Gainesville & NOLA

Gainesville: Head straight for the co-op/feminist bookstore/vegan coffee shop. Feel immediately at home. Erica greets us with a huge smile and a hug.

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That girl knows how to hug. We also met Yaz, the sassy barista. Decide to hang around for the V-Fest rock show ….amazing bands, dancers, and energy. Performed FriendShips. It was well-received. SLEEPY: go home w/ Erica and pass OUT. We spend the next day at the civic media center/vegan coffee shop emailing and applying to the NYC Fringe (fingers crossed!). Yaz teaches us about herbs. Peter, Cali’s friend from study abroad, comes with new t shirts from Ben. They are sexy. We slowly set up for our show and people slowly trickle in, despite the rain. Amazing opening poems by the feminist open mic crew. Fun show! Rachel and Yael (our Jewish alter-egos) have their debut performance and meet a fellow lesbian Jewish pothead in the crowd. Can’t wait to come back and do a Slam Up/Queerotica party!

NOLA: So we’re driving to New Orleans and realize about 6 hours before getting there that we actually don’t have a place to stay. Emily contacts Elizabeth, who is from Louisiana, and she hooks us up with Jonathan, our new best friend. We arrive while he’s still at work, so we head for the pizza shop. Meet Lucas aka Pizza Boy. Show him Pizza Bitch.

His response?

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2 free slices. Twenty minutes later, we wind up chilling with him and his cat, Bizkitty. Jonathan finally gets off from work and, of course, knows Lucas. Spend the evening at Bank St. Bar, listening to amazing local New Orleans artists. At midnight we opened up Mama Judes special Valentine’s Day package – thank you. Wake up and spend the day chilling with Jonathan and getting some emails done.

Bella-the-dog is awesome. 

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Make our way to the chapel at Tulane to do our V-Day show, which was AWESOME! Tulane people are cool. Mwende aka FreeQuency (aka FreakWincy?) shares the stage with us and turns out, she’ll be in Austin! Thanks, Jess, for making this show possible :)  Valentine’s Day evening: Emily passes out and Cali goes to the AllWays Lounge, rocks out to punk cover bands, and spends the night in the French Quarter like the classy lady she is.

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^Dude who just walks into the apartment, asking about real-estate. 

Woke up: CREW DE VIEUX! Have brunch in the FQ at Cake Café. Ate a scrumptious red velvet cupcake as our appetizer. Their owner is definitely Jewish because they had lox and shmear. We Jew it up. We try flyering (we put one in a porter potty – smart, right?), but ehh…we have to leave because of parking/crew de vieux and we wind up missing the parade! FAIL. Sunday = funday. Another brunch, but this time with bloody marys (Thanks, Monet!).

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Take the bus downtown and see the waterfront. It’s dirty. We go into Harrah’s, a casino, and immediately enter the club and hear our girl, Queen B. We ain’t drunk, but we in LOVE with this song!! Get the dance party started. Em requests Missy Elliott, but we don’t have time to wait for Mr. DJ so we OUT. Too bad it’s the allstar game and public transit don’t work, so we walk home. Monday: hang out at Byrdie’s, a ceramics studio/coffee shop run by Chris, another new friend. We take care of business and head to Shadowbox Theatre. Another great show, with Sam Gordon starting things off. There are new friends, old friends (Thomas, Nora, and Bonnaroo Michelle), even a fellow Jersey girl in the crowd! We finally sold our first bumper sticker to Conor and Ross, even though they don’t have a car. Stayed up till 3 sitting in Jonathan’s misty backyard eating stir-fry and being weird with our new Nola crew, listening to Ethiopian wedding jams on repeat. Love you guys.

A lot. 

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After a breakfast of beignets (and a quick stop at the chime tree in City Park

we start our Journey to Santa Fe through Texas. Texas, you could stand to lose a few pounds in the waist.

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^ a fabulous day in Texas!

ALSO THERE IS STILL TIME TO VOTE (and share!) Cali’s Video Slam entry for the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam (see the tab on the top of the page!)

We were sad to leave the wonderfulness of Erica/Wild Iris/CMC in Gainesville but we’re already loving NOLA!

Week 2: Asheville, Atlanta, & The Gulf

Asheville: more like AsheCHILL. Seriously though, what a cool place! Special shout out to 40 House for making us feel at home. We started off our adventure at The Toy Boat where we performed Slam Up in the middle of a square dance. Dancing stopped. Emily got thrown around the room by “Mike” while Cali found JusDin.

^Em, ready for take-off. 

The next day we “busked” and made enough money to pay the $3 parking…all supplied by Alon, our Israeli friend who plans on opening a jewelry store where parties and events happen. 45 minutes pass - stop busking. All in all, it was great. We had some people stop and listen, including a homeless looking young lady who, after hearing “Don’t Care What You Say” said, “I really like the ‘fucking her’ part!!!!” Hmmm! Later, she tries to sell Cali drugs in the middle of main street.

But we digress. 45 minutes pass. We chill at the park. Cali sleeps, Emily plays. Out of the corner of our eye, we see some kids setting up a table. With FOOD! What is this? Food, Not Bombs? Could it be? Free….food? We realize that this is probably exclusively for homeless people but…we only have Rhonda, our Honda to claim as home. And they had tabbouleh.

The actual show: the opener was wonderful, and conveniently, half of our audience. Our new friends, Brian & Duncan, fellow buskers make it out and dance. Janet from the wonderful Thyme in the Garden shop comes with her son. The only person who came from seeing our event listed somewhere was Robyn…who turned out to be the coolest couch-host evur. The show was our best yet. We even shed our grandma skins and went out dancing after! Great send-off playing music & reading tarot cards at Battle Cat with our new friends :) Can’t wait to come back.

Atlanta: Horrible to drive into. Horrible to drive in. Horrible to drive out of. But, good friends. Emily met her second cousin (once removed?) who treated us to some amazing Italian food. Thanks so much, Rob & Jamie Baskin! Got a parking ticket, then headed to Emory. Relive our college dorm experience. Get Emory parking ticket.

Damn. Hang out in the LGBTQ office for 10 hours. Learn about safe sex. Also learn that not many people are aware that we have a show! Oh well! Get to the Black Student Union. Many people are doing homework. There’s a meeting or two going on. And people watching basketball. We tell them to turn that shit off and then we blast “See You, Fuck You.” A couple of people stayed to watch the show. Grace came!!! Grace and Warren danced with us on “stage”! Totally worth it. Thanks, Emory. And thanks, Jason, for filming our show! After breakfast at Waffle House, we head on down to Florida…cus USC can’t handle it. 

The Gulf: basically a vaycay…with a touch of stress due to the fact that we have a tour to PR and book (April dates coming soon!). Alex is amazing! Lexus is a sista from another mista. Her crib is nestled between the bay and the gulf. The weather was crappy, but it was paradise when you compare it to the 50 nor’easters that NYC/NJ was getting hit with. Cali went line dancing.

Line dancing = zumba for country lovers.

Had a little impromptu house show with Alex & friends. It was pizza party status. Saw an amazing play in Venice called Radio Gals, starring Em’s friend Rebecca.

After a day on the beach, we’re ready to get back on stage. What’s to come: a radical queer party in Gainesville, ya say? See ya there!

Also, WHAT?!