|Monday April 2, The Aladdin, Portland Oregon.|
After spending four days in Seattle last week at NCECA, I had a couple of days to really relax. I also had one last thing to look forward to prior to coming home to Bend, Oregon - a Kathleen Edwards concert in Portland! I've been listening to Kathleen's music for a couple of years now and really enjoy her songwriting, singing, and musical ability. When I found out that she would be in Portland a couple of days after the clay conference, I was more that happy to adjust my schedule!
|Kathleen Edwards' Twitter Mug|
The show was held at the venerable Aladdin Theater in Portland. A few hours before the show was to start, I wandered around the back of the theater and gave the mug to Ryan, one of the stage technicians. We chatted a bit and had a laugh as we realized we had both been born just a few miles from each other in Southwestern Ontario. When I showed him the mug he said "Kathleen will really like this!"
|Live at the Aladdin - Kathleen Edwards!|
A few hours later Susan and I met up with our daughter and her beau and together we took in the show, which was jaw droppingly good - this one goes down as one of the top shows I've seen over the years.
After the show, I wandered around the back of the Aladdin, hoping to say hi to Kathleen. Gord Tough, the guitarist, and bass player John Dinsmore were there. I thanked them for a great show and mentioned that I was hoping to meet Kathleen, and that I was the guy who made her a mug. Gord said "She was drinking tea out of that mug before the show, it's really nice!" I asked if they would mind if I hung out, was told no problem, but that it might be a while before Kathleen came out.
While I was waiting, a thought occurred to me and I pulled out my phone and pulled up the photo of Bono holding a mug I had made for him. I showed the photo to Gord and John who both said "Holy shit - is that Bono?" And then, Gord said, "I'll go see if I can find Kathleen," and he disappeared inside the Aladdin. Thanks Bono!
|Bono holding a Moonalice mug that I made in 2010.|
|My autographed five dollar bill - spend not, indeed!|
[Update 9/30/2012] I just saw this photo and had to post it here, Kathleen posted this photo of the mug recently on her twitter feed - I'm glad to see it is getting used! By a rock star!!