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.
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*
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.
(The road to) SAN FRANCISCO:
I’d never seen wind generator up close before. It looked like something out of a sci-fi movie to me.
Rasputin Records in-store (Berkeley)
: Opening for Raphael Saadiq at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. Then, afterwards at the Hotel Metropolis.
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).
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)
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)
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.
Mitchropolis: Sweet one… You be sweet too.