As usual, we started with the appropriate vehicle and trailer at the home of WannaBeatle Nathan.
Most gear went into the trailer. Guitars and luggage went into the back of the 4Runner.The trailer loaded, we're ready to go.
Cincinnati here we come.
Dennis driving on the road up I-65, eating banana.
Stopping in Wal-mart to buy gloves
A view of the Belterra building as we approach
Unusual tent structure at our loading area
Parking lot overlooking race track
Dennis at stage with tech crew
WannaBeatle David assembling drums
WannaBeatle Nathan setting up his keyboard
David, Nathan and partial Dennis during sound check
And another shot with Dennis visible
Dennis in his tech role,
setting up the video program beside stage
Checking screen onstage
Stage set up with our banner on display
Belterra is built beside a horse race track. Our dressing room was also the room where jockies would dress before the races. We got to read the rules that apply to horses.
We're not sure what this room was for, but we were impressed they had one.
David and Dennis struggle to open the door to escape from the dressing room, which was also used to store the unused holiday decorations (if you notice the Christmas tree in the corner.)
Sign in lobby of Holiday Inn Express, where we stayed
Our New Year's Eve gig was long - four sets - but enjoyable. It concluded with the release of hundreds of balloons falling from the ceiling, and onto the stage.
Dennis onstage among the balloons
Dennis acting silly with balloonsThe following morning, we put on our WannaBeatles tee shirts to perform a brief song in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express, as a way of "singing for our supper," or exchanging our musical abilities for a night of lodging. Credit WannaBeatle Dennis with this creative business solution.
In the lobby, preparing to do our song.
Stopping for lunch in Bowling Green, Ky. on the way home, walking to the Chick-Fil-A
Dennis turning his lunch order into a comic opportunity
And posing with the young manager of the store -
making friends wherever we go.
Our trip to Belterra involved other adventures, driving around a city where we'd never been before, getting to know the entertainment director at Belterra who hired us and coached us through our first gig (Thanks, Leroy!), working with the manager of the Holiday Inn Express (Thanks, Joe!)
and appreciating the meal we ate right before our fourth set, giving us the energy to finish the night.
This is just a photo essay to remind us of another adventure we had, and to share the good times.
I suppose we could thank Toyota too, for a fine vehicle that got us up there and back in total comfort.
It's probably the best New Year's Eve for the WannaBeatles so far. Welcome to 2016!
-Blogging Bryan 14April2016