Last Week in TN, GA & IA
Sat., Jun. 18. 2005 11:22pm EDT
Thanks to everybody who came to see us in Chattanooga TN, Atlanta GA, and Orange City IA this past Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Although our shows in Chattanooga (at the 25th annual Riverbend Festival) and Atlanta (Atlantafest '05) were late-night affairs, both were extremely well-attended. Staff at both events were amazed at the size of the crowds and how we were able to maintain a sizeable audience through an entire show in that time slot -- only through the grace of God, of course!
We even got to spend some time riding the rides at Six Flags Over Georgia, where Atlantafest was held. Special thanks to Seamstress Superfan of the South Wanda Rose Bush for supervising our merchandise table in both Chattanooga and Atlanta!
Our Saturday show in Orange City IA (the ice cream capital of the world, we're told) was at the first Rise Above festival, featuring such other notable acts as Everlife, Go Fish and Jeff Deyo (former lead vocalist for Sonicflood). With a late-night show in Georgia followed by an early-afternoon show in Iowa, we only had two hours or less to sleep at the hotel.
There aren't that many Saturday morning flights from Atlanta to Sioux City IA, so it was a little nervewracking when they locked down security for an hour or so at the Atlanta airport just as we were going through the metal detectors. Nobody was allowed to go anywhere, because of a fire elsewhere in the airport. First, they had to put out the fire, and then they had to get rid of the smoke. It looked like we might not make our flight, but all flights were delayed, and God got us to our connecting flight in Minneapolis MN and then to Sioux City IA in plenty of time.
The staff at Rise Above were wonderful to work with and did a great job for the first year of a festival they hope to make an annual event. Thanks to our chauffeurs, Bruce and Randy, who not only picked us up at the airport but also met us at the hotel at 4:15 a.m. Sunday to drive us an hour to the airport for the return trip.