Last week, I posted about a new series we're doing here at Bubby and Bean called Life On the Road. The series will chronicle bits and pieces of my fiance Robbie's career, which keeps him (you guessed it) on the road, for a total of six months a year. To give you a little introduction, here's an excerpt from last week's post:
Robbie is the Stage Manager for a band. He helps make rock shows happen. He meets incredible people and has unforgettable experiences all over the world. He also lives on a tour bus (and sometimes airplane) with 12 other guys, works 16-20 hours day, and sleeps in a 3-foot wide bunk. He wakes up in a new place everyday, but rarely sees beyond the back of a truck and side of the stage. A few times a year I'm able to travel to meet him, but most often, he spends a lot of time away from home. We'll just say that it's far from the idealistic group sing-alongs echoing through the bus of 'Almost Famous.' As creative people yourselves, I think you'll find this behind-the-scenes look into the music industry very intriguing - and probably much different than you might expect...
You can view the inital post in full right here, but that essentially sums it up! So without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to to my soon-to-be husband, champion Stage Manager, house chef, and expert robot dancer, Robert Hunter Williams.
Hello friends and readers of Melissa's rockstar blog. You always hear people calling into radio shows saying, "long time listener, first time caller." Well here I am, long time reader, first time blogger. My name is Robbie, and I'm the Stage Manager for a professional touring band called Umphrey's McGee. You read a lot about things like design and fashion on this blog - things you don't find in the back of a semi trailer full of music gear - but there is an art to producing a traveling rock show.
Part 1 of this installment takes place in a 48ish hour period, beginning the night of Friday, June 24th in Louisville, Kentucky, and ending the night of Sunday, June 26th in Columbus, Ohio.
These photos were snapped on my iPhone on the midwest leg of our current tour. Many thanks to my lady for taking my images and notes and working her design magic to tell the story. It's an interesting story to be able to tell, with a crew of 8 working together to make it happen. Everyday is different and every venue is unique.
I hope you enjoyed the initial backstage glimpse of life on the road. I have a busy few weeks ahead, with shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Boulder Theater for 4th of July weekend, the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, a tour of the northeast, and some other stops in between. I'll be sure to snap some more photos along the way. See you then...