Well, the Foghorn Europe tour has been over for a two weeks or so, but we feel like sharing our last week in Switzerland with y'all!
Greeted by François, a friend from France relocated near Lafayette, LA, we spent our first hours in Geneva walking around in the town, by the Lake Geneva, through the botanical garden, and eventually arrived at the venue: Le Bibarium. A cute little neighborhood bar, le Bibarium has an impressive wine selection, tasty local beers on tap and a great bartender named Josephine! After an amazing burger dinner, the crowd made its way down to the tiny basement where the stage was. We got to meet right away a Swiss Cajun band called Mama Rosin! Great band, check them out!
We then drove 30 kms to the next gig on the schedule, La Parenthèse, in Nyon. The venue is once again in a little basement, but this one was apparently built 2000 years ago by the Romans. Ben, who organized the gig, took us to dinner in an amazing restaurant right on the lake, then back to the venue fro a 11pm show start!
Thanks to Patrick the bar owner for a superb evening in his establishment.
From Nyon, we drove to Crissier to play the 3rd annual Blues Rules, great little outdoor festival showcasing a variety of blues musicians from the US and Europe.
2 videos from Crissier's Blues Rules!
Sunday morning greeted us with an amazing sun! Good thing because we were scheduled to play Le Bain des Paquis, a Geneva gem! It's a beach by the lake Geneva, in the middle of the city, where people all ages come to sunbathe, swim, enjoy a good meal and music!
Monday was Pentecostal Monday, a public holiday in Switzerland. We celebrated with our friends in their backyard with a BBQ, tunes, beer and wine!
Tuesday was our last night and we finished in an Irish bar in France (on the outskirts of Geneva) called Le Paddy's Bar! They had added seafood etouffée on the menu for the occasion!
Our tour is over, but summer is just starting and lots is happening for the band. Here's our schedule for the summer, with Foghorn Stringband, but also with the Caleb Klauder Country Band, our cajun band Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival and with Dirk Powell.
June 14-15: Foghorn Stringband at Grass Valley Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival
July 5: Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR
July 6: Caleb Klauder Country Band at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR
July 27-28: Foghorn Stringband at the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival in Stevenson, WA
August 3-4: Foghorn Stringband and Cajun Country Revival at Pickathon, Pendarvis Farm, near Portland, OR
August 10-11: Foghorn Stringband and Dirk Powell Band at Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival in Spokane, WA
August 13-16: Foghorn Stringband at Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp, in Northern Saskatchewan
August 26-31: Foghorn Stringband at Nimblefingers Old Time and Bluegrass Camp in Sorrento, BC
September 1: Foghorn Stringband and Caleb Klauder Country Band at Blackberry Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR
September 8: Foghorn Stringband at Pickamania! in Silver City, MN
September 14-15: Foghorn Stringband at Pickin' in the Pines in Flagstaff, AZ
August 17-19: Foghorn Stringband and Cajun Country Revival at Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Festival, in Northern Saskatchewan
And don't forget our brand new recording, Outshine the Sun, will be available any day now in the US!