We get off about 10 am or so and begin the
5 hour drive to Quincy to play a 3½ hour show. We
are delayed by a lot of construction on the way and quite
a bit of the drive is rural two lane roads passing through
small towns. This makes for a very scenic drive but it puts
a delay in our schedule. We get to the park bandstand about
4 pm, set up as fast as we can, do a sound check, and head
over to the hotel for the fastest change we've ever
had to do. Don't know how all the girls get it done
with all they do. I might add that the weather is hot. Did
I say hot? It is somewhere in the mid nineties with a humidity
of 90%. Whew. It's like a steam bath.
We drive Big Mama, our van, right up to the back of the
stage. The folks running the festival are the nicest people
you would ever want to meet. They get us towels, water,
and anything else we need. We get out of the van and we
get right on the stage and start the first set. We've
been told that the sun will be on us for the first hour
and it is. This one is like the Excelsior Springs Concert
at the Wabash BBQ as it is so hot, but there are more people
in attendance and they seem more receptive.
After Our first few songs I look over at Laurie and Tom
and they are wilting. So am I. This is partly due to the
band not having time to get something to eat before the
show. Our energy is being sapped from the oppressive heat.
The show must go on, however, and it does. The folks in
the park are cheering after each song. We finish the first
set and get food for everyone right away. The promoters
of the event are so accommodating that they take our orders
and we have food and drinks in very short time.
The second and third set go very well and we get to meet
a lot of great people here in Quincy. Many autographs are
signed, especially by Laurie. She is a big hit here in Quincy
with her pyrotechnic guitar work and strong vocals. I think
the band has made a good impression here.
We get loaded up and head back to the hotel to change out
of our soaking wet clothes and get some rest. We are leaving
at 8 am in the morning. We have an eight hour plus drive
to play a date in Columbus, Ohio.