Our intrepid team chronicles the plight of our brave choir boys as they travel hither and yon experiencing life on the road – and having a blast!
Welcome to the 2021 Tour Blog! Wow, it is nice to be on the road again and to be blogging again from tour destinations that just one year ago were questionable. Yet, we emerge from the fog in full voice!
The Choirboys and some of their family members gathered at the Boys and Girls Club in Elk River for a wonderful send of breakfast prepared by our families. The boys devoured fresh fruit, donuts, bacon, sausage, egg bake, French Toast bake, OJ, cereal and there was even coffee for the staff to enjoy so they could have enough energy to keep up with an excited and anxious group of Choirboys. It was great to see our families socializing after a year of not being able to connect with one another.
After filling our bellies, we headed outdoors for the traditional send off photo ops followed by final hugs and goodbyes! Then, onto the bus we went and, with the green light to embark on our 44th Annual Choir Tour (thanks pandemic for wrecking our touring streak so our tour numbers no longer align with the number of Choir Seasons), Charle revved the engine and we were off – accompanied by what has become the tradition Leibig Bus Run to send us off.
Our drive was pretty typical for our ours – about 6.5 hours. As we approached I-35 South, we got a little nervous because of our last experience with this roadway (see 2019 tour and tire issues). We sailed down the road with ease. The bus found its stride and we were cruising along.
We made a pit stop a the Iowa Welcome Center. As we pulled into the parking lot, we asked Archie (our assistant head chorister and scribe) if he was feeling lucky because their was a casino next to the rest area and we briefly thought about trying to double our money at the Blackjack table. (Don’t worry Board of Directors, we didn’t let him go in, LOL). After a brief stope we were back on the road. The Choirboys settled in to their routine quite easily. This is one of the oldest and most experienced choir we’ve taken on tour so they didn’t miss a beat when they had some free time.
We stopped for lunch in Floyd, IA where we picked up some subs for the staff and for those Choirboys who forgot their lunches…hmmmm…it wasn’t even one of the first-tour Choirboys!! So, maybe we’re a little rusty after a year off from touring.
Charlie, our bus driver, got us safely to our hotel where the Choirboys unloaded and checked in to our hotel. Then, it was off to the Golden Coral for our first buffet. We love our buffets because there is something for everyone and too many great desserts. We arrived at our first live stream concert venue, First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, IA. Greeting us was Matthew Bishop, the music director. Mr. Bishop showed John and Archie the facility so they could evaluate what would need to be brought in from the bus. They then went out to instruct the other Choirboys and made their way into this gorgeous 122 year old church. Camden got our equipment all connected while the Choirboys walked through their logistics and rehearsed a little. We performed just six songs for our live stream audience (watch it on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LOLCB). Following the performance we took some time to evaluate and then headed back to our hotel.
The Choirboys are now all tucked into their beds (Camden even sings them a bedtime song – okay, maybe not). We will have an early morning tomorrow with breakfast and another average drive to Lafayette, IN where we will enter the Eastern Time Zone and perform for our first live audience. You can catch part of the concert on Facebook beginning at 7:00 Eastern.
It was a great first day back on the road and no one is complaining about the view out the front of the bus. We’re just happy for the opportunity to share our gift of music with our fans and audience members.
Watch for our morning greeting!!