I had the great pleasure of following along with SIGNY for the tiniest little tour supporting Nashville act The Roosevelts for two shows in three days. The first night was at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston on Wednesday, May 30, and then we were back Friday, June 1, at The Parish in ATX.
Houston, the White Oak and real green rooms
The White Oak Music Hall is a massive venue with three stages. They have a MASSIVE outdoor stage, a huge indoor room and then a smaller upstairs room.
The night SIGNY played, Matisyahu was also performing. He was on the big stage inside and no one was playing the huge outdoor stage. In a surreal moment, we parked our little convoy of an SUV and a Mazda 3 next to the huge tour busses of Mayisyahu and company.
The room that SIGNY and The Roosevelts played in was a great size - about the same as the inside of Red River clubs - and was beautifully lit and had great sound. It was covered in, well, white oak of course.
The White Oak took great care of us and provided an actual green room with booze, a bathroom and a shower. The Roosevelts are awesome guys and we had a good time hanging with them around the sets. We got to spend much more time hanging with them at the Parish and I'm going to say it again - they're good dudes.
The girls had a great set, as usual, and definitely got some new fans.
Matisyahu and Sneaking Back Stage
While the girls were performing, me and my pal Sam snuck backstage for the last song of Matisyahu's set. The venue had gotten pretty used to us roaming around, and we had about figured out how to get around through the back passages.
We caught about 15 minutes of the band sound checking earlier in the night, and Sam had inadvertently found the back stage door for the main stage even earlier then that - while we were loading in gear for the girls. No one with the venue ever gave us a second look during these events. So, by time Matisyahu was on - and we had a few drinks in us - we figured what's the worst that can happen.
We walked through some doors and found ourselves directly side stage next to the sound and light guys. Sam went further back stage and was right where the band came off. He made sure to tell the rapper "good show."
I got some great shots from my side stage vantage point.
Back Home: The Parish in Austin
On Friday night, we were back home at The Parish in Austin for a C3 show. Vincent with C3 did a great job and the Parish also had an actual green room with some snacks, booze a shower and bathroom. We had a ton of time to kick it with the Roosevelts and even managed some green room portraits after SIGNY's set.
The girls had an even better set and sold some merch. It was a good time.
I actually had some time to shoot The Roosevelts on Friday night. They had a great set laced with tons of great originals and fun covers. If you get a chance to see 'em, do.