The Bear Flag Trio 日本ツアー
リーダー Chris Harveyから日本の皆さんへ感謝のメッセージです♪
Okay, now that the jet lag has mostly worn off, one last post about The Bear Flag Trio's Japan tour. It's going to be long, so bear with me:
First off, there's no possible way to thank all of the people who helped us and supported us: There were many hundreds of folks we met who came out to the shows, plus all of the musicians we met and played with and jammed with after the shows, plus club owners and other friends and family. We are truly grateful to each and every person who came to a show and bought a CD and chatted with us. My heart still feels like it is Japan because of all of these small, personal interactions at every show. But I would like to call out a bunch of folks by name who really made the tour possible and supported us above and beyond.
First, before we even left for Japan, Masumi O'Brien and Ryuhei Shindo did a bunch of translating for us to help us book the tour and set up the shows. Thanks guys! Our main man Tadasee Yanoo booked most of the tour and also traveled with us and played onstage with us at several of the shows. An absolute amazing guy, great musician, and wonderful friend, we could not have done it without him. Thank you Yanobilly!
In Tokyo we had help from Yasuhiro Shimazaki at Moonstomp, and Kazushige Sugano "Kaz" who made the tour flyers. At Nutty's in Machida it was Minako, Junko, Natsuko and the rest of the gals from The Ukulele Hot Club plus Good Rockin Akko from the store upstairs and DJ Yuri.
In Sendai it was the Cafe Nuages crew, plus Hiroo Endo, and the gals from Jug Jug and the guys from Swing Gavroche. And Sakura for driving us around!
Back in Tokyo again we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who were involved in the Western Swing Festival at Little Texas, Meguro, Tokyo Japan: Eiji, Speedy, Hiroshi, Miew, Hideki, and so many others I can't tag them all. What a hoot that show was!
In Fukuoka we owe a huge thanks to Chie Kodama and Dai Ito. Chie set up both shows, acted as tour guide, her and Dai drove our gear and us around, made sure we were well taken care of, and took us out on the town. They were awesome! Also happy to meet my long-lost little brother 今富 博here. Kiyoshi Eddie Sasano and Mitchan of Mitchan & Echosonic were a great help to us at the CHUCK WAGON show, and the after show jam was epic Tomohiro!
In Osaka we were happy to play at Shingo Tashima's Bar Royal Crown with "National Company" やまもと ゆういち "Yama" and 山本 さとみ, and it was great to see Yama with his new Turkey Tone Guitars instrument onstage! Super fun as well was Yoshiharu's "Hobobilly" combo "N and W". Great times in the tiniest bar you can possibly imagine seeing a live band in!
In Gifu we owe a special debt of gratitude to our pal Etsuro Fullta and his band the Hillbilly Mavericks. They picked us and our stuff up from the train station, drove us around, and played a killer set of western swing music! Etsuro also put us up at his house and was an amazing host. Haruaki Hiroat MAGIC ISLAND has an amazing place with great food and was the perfect host. The post show jam with Sayaka and Makoto and the other musicians, and the feast of food were out of this world!
Finally in Hamamatsu were are especially grateful to Hiroshi Goto for having us at エスケリータ68, and to the opening band Koya and Maki Toyoda and her band mates for picking us up at the station and driving us to and from the show. The post show jam was an amazing blend of Gypsy jazz and Hank Williams covers that won't soon be forgotten!
We really had a blast and are still a little overwhelmed with all of the love and support we found in each new city. It's not possible to tag all of the people we met and made friends with, but we hope you all know how much you mean to us! We can't wait to go back! Hajimemashite and yoroshiku onegaishimasu to all of our new friends!
Our buddy Yano posted a whole bunch of photos and videos from the tour on his website, which can be seen here:
=Bear Flag Trio
Japan Tour - April 2018=
19 (thu)★Tokyo - MOON STOMP
共演：Hot Boogie 49、Ballad Shot、矢野忠
20 (fri) ★Tokyo Machida Live & BAR Nutty's
21 (sat)★Sendai - Cafe Nuages
22(sun) ★Tokyo- Meguro LITTLE TEXAS
共演：Swinging Doors、Saddlemen Revival Royal Rockin' Rhythm Service
25 (wed) ★Kyoto CAFE SUZUNARI
26（thu）Fukuoka - CODESTYLE
共演：Codestyle Band 、The Hot Shots
時間：19:00 OPEN 20:00Start
27 (fri) ◉Fukuoka - Chuck Wagon
共演：Mitchan & Echosonic
時間： 20:30Start http://music.geocities.jp/chuckwagon_fukuoka/
28 (sat) ★Osaka-BAR ROYAL CROWN
共演：Sweet Time、N&W、National companys
29 (sun) ★Gifu Rock'n Roll DINER MAGIC ISLAND
30 (mon) ★Hamamathu Esquerita68