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Summer Love Tour: Kickoff in Grand Rapids, MI

August 13, 2011

PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Summer Love Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Andra Suchy, Heather Masse, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.

We left St. Paul on Thursday, August 11, busing to Grand Rapids, Michigan for our opening show of the Summer Love Tour. We got a little lost trying to find a Culver's restaurant to stop at for lunch that day, the motor coaches inching along the back roads in Wisconsin. When we finally made it to Culver's, the locals remarked on how they don't get too many tour buses that far off the interstate. But twelve butter burgers later we were back on the road and making good time.

On Friday morning, the crew headed over to the Frederik Meijer Gardens to set up the stage and Peter Johnson and Gary Raynor came over to stroll around the park. The gardens are stunning, towering sculptures dropped in a rolling prairie landscape. It was an enchanted backdrop for our first performance, which went off without a hitch. Afternoon rehearsal was a little hurried and there was an emergency trip to find a copier -- through the carnivorous plant room of the conservatory to the back offices -- for some last-minute music charts, but the evening show ended up being a perfect blend of sweet harmonies, explosive sound effects, and fine instrumentals. Bravo to the performers and the crew. Onward to East Lansing, the home of Michigan State U.

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