Radio City Music Hall.
Sarah and Morgan after "Spring Awakening."
With Ben Bailey at some random bar in the city (thanks to Cory for taking the picture!).
Outside "Tom's Restaurant" from Seinfeld (Mom and Dad, this picture's for you!).
The other neat thing that happened in NYC on the second day off was reuniting with my violinist friend Nick Pappone, whom I met back in the summer of 2002 at the Idyllwild Music Festival in California. Nick was my best friend at camp that summer, and though we only were able to hang out for two weeks, we've been trying to meet up for multiple summers since then, with no luck. Now that Nick goes to school in Manhattan, we were able to meet up for the entire day, and he showed me all around his life in NYC. It was a pretty wonderful reunion, seeing as it had been 6 years in the making!
With Nick and his friend Grace at a Thai Restaurant in NY.
With Nick on top of Rockefeller Center late at night.
I definitely had a great time during my first visit to the city, and hope to go back soon!
Since NY, there have been three really memorable points of the tour back in the states, thus far.
First: getting a day off in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, which was spent sitting on the beach (it's important to note that this was my first time touching the Atlantic Ocean). The night before, we were also able to go see Sam Bush in concert--it will certainly go down in my books as one of the most amazing concerts I've ever attended. If you ever get an opportunity to see Sam Bush, go.
On the beach on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Second and third: I've had quite a few friends come to the show! Ashley Scheffer, one of my best friends from ASU, wins the award for "First Friend to Come See Me Perform in Barrage." Afterward, I got to hang out with Ashley and check out her new apartment near Ohio State University, where she currently attends medical school. Then, in Annapolis, Maryland, two other ASU friends, Matt Cicinelli and Emma Krebs, came to the show! And not only did they come, but they also brought (to my surprise) two other friends from ASU, Julie Johnson and Alan Clifford! (Julie also brought her boyfriend, Derek, who so kindly took the picture of me and the four others--thanks Derek!) The four of them are all currently working and/or going to school in Washington, D.C.
Needless to say, it was great to be able see some of my friends on the road!
To end this post, I'll share a few facts:
Days on the road: 58 (since Aug. 8th)
Shows performed in the USA (since Sept. 1): 18
States in which we've performed: NY, WV, MI, SC, IN, OH, CT, NJ, MD, GA, TN and AL
Objects signed other than programs, posters, CDs, and DVDs: 3 violins, 2 cello cases, 1 violin case, 6 or 7 arms, 2 stomachs, 1 chest, 2 treasure trolls, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 digital camera and mulitple t-shirts
New foods I've tried since joining Barrage (that I can recall offhand): Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Persian, Korean, Indonesian, Greek, schnitzel, seafood (i.e. mussels and crab)...and probably more that I can't recall at this moment
New favorite food craving, which was developed on the road: dumplings