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Not today, 2020…

So, if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, The U.S. Army Field Band would be in the middle of its Fall Tour right now, and with touring comes the opportunities to try new restaurants, perform in different venues, and meet people from all across the country. Since we can’t do that right now, I decided to share some of my favorite places from past tours. Enjoy!

Chautauqua, NY is a unique place where the Field Band has performed many times. Here’s the Band in the Summer of 2018.

Another Summer tradition in Chautauqua is the barbecue chicken. Man, it’s good!

The Chautauqua Fire Department’s annual fundraiser – cooking and selling ridiculously yummy chicken.

It took us a couple of passes to find this hot dog stand in Phoenix because it was in a parking lot, but it was worth the trouble.

On our way up north, we’ve stopped in Collingswood, NJ more than once. The Pop Shop is well-worth a stop, even if it’s out of your way.

Breakfast sliders at The Pop Shop.

We passed Mr. Sticky’s Sticky Bun food truck near Raleigh on our way to the next city, then double-backed to buy some.

July Fourth at Greenfield Village with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was such a fantastic experience, except for it being as hot as the surface of the sun.

Oh, and the Ford Garage restaurant has really good food and fun decor.

One of the really great towns we’ve been to since I’ve been with the Field Band is Bend, OR. The hall was completely packed and we went to a great place for dinner – Bangers and Brews. One of the things we got there were these loaded fries. Fantastic.

Speaking of brews…Chicago. The Berghoff. Check it out.

We’ve had a lot of burgers while on tour. Here’s just a couple.

Ramen Burger from Nudo Ramen; Spokane, WA
Green Chile Burger at Big D’s Downtown Dive; Roswell, NM

How about this for a venue: the parking lot of the Rubbermaid in Wooster, OH. Love this pic.

We’ve had a lot of fried chicken from across the country. While the king of chicken wings remains Kyochon Korean fried chicken, there’s plenty of love to go around…

Buffalo wings from Gabriel’s Gate in, you guessed it – Buffalo, NY
Hattie B’s in Nashville

Taking a break from food for a sec – The Palladium in Carmel, IN is truly a stunning venue. We performed there in the Fall of 2017, and were scheduled to return this Spring until, you guessed it.

A view from the back of the audience at Carmel’s beautiful venue, The Palladium.

Last Fall, we were in Houston and came across this great place for brunch, Bosscat Kitchen, with their inventive items like…

Fruity Pebbles French Toast
Donut Burger

While touring the last three years, we’ve had our share (and more) of barbecue from every part of the country. This is just a taste of the BBQ we’ve enjoyed.

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q; Waco, TX
Germantown Commissary; Germantown, TN
The Wagon BBQ; Post, TX

How about these amazing shakes…

From Great Shakes; Palm Springs, CA

Of course, it’s all about performing for people and connecting with different communities. That truly is the best part of the job.

The beautifully refurbished Warner Theater; Torrington, CT
The Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia was designed by the great architect I.M. Pei.
The Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA is a cool outdoor venue.

It’s all about connecting with people and honoring veterans…

…and these 100-layer donuts from Five Daughters Bakery in Nashville.

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What Now? Entertainment in a Post-Pandemic World Pt. 3

In my last post, I wrote about the current circumstances the entertainment world finds itself in, focusing on the movie industry. Now, let’s turn our attention to the music industry.

What we’ve seen so far from the performing arts is all over the map. Putting the music from home thing aside, artists have limited live performances to outdoor venues with small, socially-distanced audiences. Performances have been mainly smaller groups that are able to keep their distance on stage, playing to an empty hall and broadcasting online. No Mahler 8 anytime soon…

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What Now? Entertainment in a Post-Pandemic World.

It was early March when the Field Band was on tour, making its way west from Philadelphia when we had to return home due to COVID-19. You can read about it here.

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