[Boston-based band Mean Creek is on a U.S. tour with Counting Crows, and band members are offering a glimpse of life on stage and in the van on the band's biggest tour yet. Pictured: Mean Creek stopped in Atlantic City, N.J., with the Counting Crows.
Photo credit: Mikey Thomas Holland
4/28 Foxwoods Resort & Casino; Mashantucket, Conn.
4/29 Borgata Hotel, Casino, & Spa; Atlantic City, N.J.
Ten shows, 20 days and more than 4,000 miles. We have arrived at the "casino" leg of the tour.
We all knew these would be the largest shows (capacity wise), and the more interesting in general.
We are certainly not in our now familiar theater settings anymore. Rolling into each casino we were warmly greeted by the staff and our new best buds Ike and James, who help us sound great and make sure we are on time every night.
Within an hour of arrival, the Foxwoods green room was filled with friends, family, friends of friends, and what appeared to be complete strangers. All was well and the free beer and fresh veggies flowed!
Both venues are "sit down" shows. Always a little weird for our band that really works off of the energy and overall feedback from the crowd. We hit the stage at 8 p.m. both nights to a Warm introduction from Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz.
We played as we do every night.
Leave a pile of sweat and blood and hope people enjoy it.
They came around!!!!
Both shows went off great. The crowds LOVED us as they would mention to us later in the night While we were all losing the little money we have at the slots and black jack. We ultimately had a wonderful time and slept like babies in our punch-drunk-love states. We may not have won millions, or even a few dollars at the casinos, but when the five of us (including Mike Vera our tour manager/best bud) are in the same room, we always manage to have a wonderful time and make life long memories.
You're up next Florida!
— Mikey Thomas Holland
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