Meanwhile, down South

What a week.

The general election overshadowed the devastating news in the Northeast this week. We’re keeping all those folks in our thoughts and prayers and I wish there were something we could do. Down here in Louisiana we definitely know the struggle they face and the long road to recovery. And now they’ve been hit again with the a Nor’Easter. It brings back eerie memories of Katrina and Rita.

I’m certainly not going to delve into politics. This newsletter is not the place for it and honestly, my feeling is that no matter who won we all need to get behind our President and support our country. Enough bipartisanship already, right?! It was crazy to be in Florida during the build up.

Speaking of, we had a great little run down to south Florida. Thanks to all our fans who came out and hello to our new email list members! We’ll definitely be back in a few months so keep an ear out for us. This time we’ll try to expand the trip a little and make it to even more spots. I always forget how big, and diverse Florida is!

We’re back here in New Orleans for two more weekends and have some really great shows for you to choose from!

Please join and share the Facebook events to help us spread the word:

Friday 11/9 @ Three Muses (NOLA); 9pm-12am Facebook event
Saturday 11/10 @ Pontchartrain Vineyards (Bush, LA); 6:30pm-9pmFacebook event
Friday 11/16 @ New Orleans Museum of Art (NOLA); 5:30pm-8:30pm Facebook event
Saturday 11/17 @ Old Point Bar (NOLA); 10pm-1am Facebook event

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

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Halloween on the road

Happy (almost) Halloween!

To all our friends and family in the Northeast, we send our thoughts and best wishes to you in this time of need. We were holding our breath as we watched the news yesterday and of course, down here in New Orleans we feel your pain. For those of you who know, or know of my mother, Christine who lives in Maryland, the good word is that she did not lose power up on the mountain. I have yet to hear from the rest of my family but the updates keep rolling in via Facebook. Thank God for social media!

Last weekend was the Gal Holiday band’s Halloween in NOLA and what a weekend it was! The cool weather rolled in and as is the norm here, we made the jump from summer to winter in just a few short hours. We walked into our gig at the Green Room on a balmy Friday evening and by the time we finished it was a brisk and blustery night. Saturday was a major hoot with a triple hit for me, a double for the Gal Holiday band. The show at Voodoo Experience with The New Orleans Nightingales was a wonderfully insane undertaking by Ingrid Lucia with what ended up being 18 singers, 17 dancers and a 7 piece band. I did get to meet Irma Thomas backstage, and despite the cold weather and chilly green room tent she couldn’t have been more gracious. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the group’s website or LIKED us on Facebook , please do!

Gal and Irma!
Now onward to this week and our impending trip to Florida. Here we come, Lake Worth, Coconut Creek and Tampa!

Please join and share the Facebook events to help us spread the word:

Thursday 11/1 @ Bamboo Room (Lake Worth, FL); 8:30pm-11:30pm Facebook event
Friday and Saturday 11/2 & 11/3 @ Seminole Casino (Coconut Creek, FL); 8pm-12am
Sunday 11/4 @ Skipper’s Smokehouse (Tampa, FL) w/ Sara Rose Band; 4pm-8pm Facebook event

We’re looking forward to seeing you fine folks over in Florida. And a safe holiday to all the rest of you. Speedy recovery east coast…we love y’all!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

Voodoo Weekend

We’ve had beautiful weather this past weekend and all this week here in New Orleans. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the shows this weekend, namely Friday night at Allways Lounge with The Hashknife Outfit from Phoenix. Y’all helped show them a stellar first time in the Crescent City and we had fun, too…almost TOO much fun. I do have a few of the collectible event posters from the Friday show left for sale. If anyone wants one, please email us at booking@galholiday.com. Saturday’s Fais Do Do at The Maison with T’Canaille was a blast as usual and then we ran off to play a wedding at the Anne Rice Mansion. That place is too beautiful for any words I might be able to come up with this morning and the young family who lives there now certainly feel lucky to occupy the house. It was a magical night!

We’re heading into the Voodoo Music Experience weekend with major acts coming into town from all over. I’ll be out there on Saturday afternoon, singing with The New Orleans Nightingales, a project I’ve been involved with since this past spring. A brainchild of the fabulous Ingrid Lucia, the project includes more female talent than you’ll know what to do with. Meschiya Lake, Jayna Morgan, Linnzi Zaorski, The Phister Sisters, Banu Gibson, Lena Prima, Alexandra Scott and Margie Perez are just a few of the talented ladies involved. And that’s not even mentioning that Irma Thomas will be joining us on stage for Voodoo! We’ve been singing and dancing this week in preparation for the extravaganza and our performance is Saturday in the Preservation Hall Tent at 4:45, so if you’re out there, don’t miss it! Check out our website and LIKE us on Facebook , too…

This weekend’s Gal Holiday shows are in triplicate and include a Friday night trip across the lake to Covington! Please join and share the Facebook events:

Friday 10/26 @ Green Room; 7pm-10pm Facebook event
Saturday 10/27 @ New Orleans Arts Market @ Palmer Park; 2:30pm-3:30pm Facebook event
Saturday 10/27 @ Mojitos; 7:30pm-10:30pm Facebook event

Also coming up is a Gal Holiday trip to Florida! We leave on Halloween and have four great shows, two at clubs in Lake Worth and Tampa and two at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. Check out our website for more details on those shows!

And have a great weekend wherever you are!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

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The Long Road West

SO. We made it back to Los Angeles after our two months all the way to Ft. Lauderdale and back saga of a trip! While most of our time was spent back in New Orleans with friends, fans and family (read prior blogs for more deets) we’ll pick up The Adventures of Gal Holiday the day after our outstanding farewell show at Old Point Bar in Algier’s Point, New Orleans.

We actually had one more show to do which was a party for a super cool couple, recently married at a lovely Lower Garden District locale on the rainy Saturday night after Thanksgiving. Though the unpredictable New Orleans’ weather moved us indoors to a considerably smaller space, the company was cool, staff included. Great photos, too…

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After packing up and hitting the bottle with the catering staff in the alley behind the venue, Dave and I ventured uptown to visit with a friend before taking off on Monday, two days later. It was then that our van had ANOTHER crucial meltdown. For those of you not following us on Facebook or Twitter you are unaware that we had some electrical problems “fixed” before we went to Florida the week before Turkey Day. Long story short, $450 wasted and still major issues. And now again with the issues and three days before we had to be in Austin for a show.

SO. Major decisions were made and our old clunker of a diesel van was laid to rest. Bye bye, Ol’ Bessie, Hello as yet un-Christened Honda Odyssey minivan. We’ve heard all the jokes by now, about how you’re supposed to have kids and THEN get a minivan, but wait…we DO have kids. They’re called band members. And all jokes aside, the gas mileage is great, the ride is a thousand times more comfortable and we’ll get to where we’re going with more confidence that we’ll actually arrive on time. Many thanks to the fine folks at Superior Honda on the Westbank of New Orleans for their expediency and swell treatment. Turns out, we even played for the wedding reception of the manager’s daughter! (If anyone feels especially generous this Holiday Season, we have a little PayPal donation button on our website to help with car payments. And we love you!)

SO. We finally left for Austin on Monday night after organizing and downsizing, taking with us only the essentials…PA, instruments, amps, clothing and a few other things. All the rest of the crap we brought with us to NOLA stayed in the guest bedroom of Dave’s mom. Thanks Gods for moms! We stopped at ATX to pick up Joe, our L.A. guitar player who had flown home for the holiday after being with us for the duration of the trip. It was great to be back in Austin, see some friends who we’d been out of touch with for a while and make some new acquaintances, too! In particular check out Teri Joyce, a super songwriter who might be in our song lineup coming soon. Love her!

We made the long trek from Austin to Santa Fe in one day, hoping to head off some incoming weather which never arrived. Thankfully we have a great friend in Santa Fe who didn’t mind us keeping him up until midnight and had beds set up for our weary butts. It was another great night in Santa Fe for our second appearance at The Cowgirl BBQ, and despite the freezing temperatures we kept warm by drinking tequila and rocking out.

Departing the next morning it was cold and overcast, freezing rain in the forecast and a decision made. We would travel south to I-10 in lieu of the threat of closures on I-40. Yes, 16 hours instead of a mere 12. We almost killed each other. But we made it back to L.A. safe and sound in one go, arriving home on Saturday morning at about 3:30 am after dropping Joe off in Hollywood.

AND THEN. Dave got sick on Sunday. Like projectile vomit sick. Food poisoning or stomach flu we’re not sure but he was not well for days. I plugged away, unpacking, grocery shopping, organizing. AND THEN. I got sick. Projectile vomit sick. And I threw up on Sunset Blvd which is so rockstar I can’t even begin to tell you. Apparenly it puts me in league with Slash, Paris and many other people who go by one name only. Just call me Gal.

BUT. We’re better now and have done two great gigs back in L.A. with a trip to San Francisco tomorrow. The show must go on.

Olde Dixie and more

Here are a few gems for the “And the sign says…” category from Patrick Bytnar, sent to me (with his permission, of course) by the lovely Carmen Diaz. Enjoy!


“olde dixie”
Location: South Orange Ave, South Orlando FL
Description: I wish I had something more in depth to say about this sign, but WOW! The chicken has a confederate cap on! How awesome is that! As a transplant from the “north” I am always on the lookout for true southern gems like this.


“duens gas”
Location: Lake St, Miller Beach Neighborhood, Gary IN
Description: Since I was kid I always wondered if the letters on this sign were transposed since the Indiana “Dunes” begin in the Miller Beach neighborhood along Lake Michigan. Unfortunately, like most store fronts, this gas station has sat vacant and vandalized since I was kid.


“beverly shores depot”
Location: South Shore commuter train line, Beverly Shores IN
Description: While a number of towns in the Indiana dunes were named for squatters who occupied the area, Beverly Shores was to be the Atlantic City of Indiana. Of course this never came to be and now the area is inhabited by wealthy home owners who feel entitled to the natural beauty of the dunes and Lake Michigan.


“cold”
Location: Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee FL
Description: Remnants of old Florida tourism…