The First Tour

So Janelle Monáe and a few members of the W.A.S. embarked on the very first promo tour in support of Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition). It was a very eye-opening experience, and a lot of hard work!

The two-week stretch began in San Diego with a show at the House of Blues. Lord Rico, Janelle Monáe, and Nate Wonder were all sick as dogs, so things were a little difficult at first.

Anyway, we were only in San Diego for a few hours. After the show we went back to the hotel, slept a few hours, then piled in an SUV headed to L.A.

L.A.

8/16: Here we are at our hotel on Highland. Nate says it’s a “Motel” since the hallways are outdoors. Here we’re trying to figure out what we’re gonna eat, which was a constant thing. Seemed like every 2 hours somebody was hungry. *cough*Nate*cough*

8/17: JM opened for Raphael Saadiq at the Roxy in L.A! We did two more shows with him as well (SF & NY). Our homegirls (and Chase members) Akua and Danielle helped us out at the Merch table.
Ummm… Later that night…. We had a once in a lifetime experience… We went to this guys house, right? And he had a band there… And he performed the songs on this set list for us… Man we partied til’ the sun came up…. like it was 1999. We couldn’t believe it! I guess it’s just a “Sign of The Times”

8/18: Amoeba Records In-Store performance. I love the Indie Record Stores. Not many like these left.

8/19: We went to Blue microphone just outside of L.A. to test out some of the different studio mics (www.bluemic.com). Lord Rico in the back adding that Puerto Rican flayverrr! aheheaheaheah!… Later that night JM performed at the Viper Room in L.A. The guy who invited us to his home came out after the show…In his sick 2-door Cadillac sports car (Not a little red corvette!)

8/19 After the show: The work doesn’t end! We had to book studio time to work on the sound design for the Many Moons video with director Alan Ferguson (it’s almost done…I promise!) We were in the famous Capitol Records studio! A lot of history in that building. (Nat King Cole, Old Blue Eyes, The Beatles, Beach Boys)…Wow!

(The road to) SAN FRANCISCO:

8/20: I’d never seen wind generator up close before. It looked like something out of a sci-fi movie to me.

8/20: Rasputin Records in-store (Berkeley)

8/20: Opening for Raphael Saadiq at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. Then, afterwards at the Hotel Metropolis.

PORTLAND, OREGON


8/22: After a 10 hour drive from San Fran to Portland the day before, we sat down for a family dinner at Doug Fir (where JM also performed earlier that night).

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

8/23: Seattle, Washington (Kellindo’s city man!)

1. Upon arriving at sound check, we saw berries growing on the fence at the venue (they were delicious. Nate and I had our fill) Only eat the dark ones!
2. In-store at easy street records.
3. Space needle (tourist moment)
4. JM rocking the crowd at Nectar later that night.

WASHINGTON, DC (ARLINGTON, VA)

8/26: Washington, DC (Arlington, VA) J. Money signs autographs for some supporters (father and son who came out to see her) after the show at IOTA Cafe (Who, by the way, had the FIE french fries!)

NEW YORK, NY (8/27)

8/27: (Kellindo’s birthday!) Backstage before the show, Janelle paints Kellindo’s nails, George 2.0 in a pseudo-candid shot, “the band’s here:” Young Pete (Young Work!) and Kellindo (Pucker), JM puts some fuel in the tank before hitting the stage.

Smile!

Backstage. After the show… JM and the lovely Solange Knowles (OK COOL! ;-))

We got a couple ours of sleep at a funky little hotel called the Gershwin before flying off to Denver and Atlanta.

The first tour was a great experience overall. A lot of bonding, joking, meeting new folks, and a hell of a lot of shows! Everyone seemed to really be inspired by what JM and the W.A.S. are trying to do! Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support! Now it’s back home to the studio to finish Suite II and III!

Sorry so late. It took me a while to put this together.

Stay funky,

Mitchropolis: Sweet one… You be sweet too.

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