Dirty Heads Tour Diary Episode 5: Adventures in the Great White North
[Editor’s Note: This summer, Dirty Heads drift across North America on a pungent cloud of reggae, hip-hop and rock, and as they and tourmates the Expendables make the rounds, the L.A. band is kindly filing weekly diary entries for Diffuser.fm. In this installment, written by percussionist Jon Olazabal, the gang recovers from last week’s ATV accident and crosses into Canada for some sold-out shows and helmet-less bike riding. As the photos reveal, they also drank some weird concoctions and took in some breathtaking scenery.]
It’s been another crazy week on the Cabin By the Sea tour. This week, we spent some time with our buddies up north in Canada. Our friends the Expendables were not so lucky crossing the border. They got sent back on there first try and had to find a new bus driver with a clean record! They missed the Calgary show but made it in time for the last two.
Two of the three shows were sold out, and we had a blast. Riding the ferry into Victoria was really cool. The islands are beautiful and raw. Bringing my bike on tour is an awesome way for me to cruise around and check out whatever city we are in. In Victoria, I spent some time exploring the beaches and getting pulled over by a Canadian cop for not having my helmet. Luckily Canadians are nice, and he sent me off with a warning.
While driving to our show in Calgary, we blew a tire on the trailer which totaled the axle. Our only option was to get a tiny U-Haul trailer and squeeze what we could in it and put the rest of our gear on the bus. We are now masters at life-size Tetris.
Saturday night after the Vancouver show we had a very smooth border crossing back into the States. Sometimes it takes hours, and sometimes, we get lucky, and we are through in 30 minutes.
Now we are back in the USA. Portland tonight, with only a few more shows until we are home! The boys are healing up nicely after the ATV accident, and we can’t wait for our home show at the OC Fair on Sunday. It’s going to be great to see all of our friends and family.