Thanks Boulder! Colorado Springs Tonight

I had such a great time at eTown Hall last night in Boulder. Gracias. Good times rained from the sky like ticker tape in a parade for an astronaut. There were no freak outs. (other than me being a freak on stage) We drank tang like thirsty space monkeys.

I’m really digging Colorado. You guys got a good thing going here in this state. I thank you for your kindness.

Tonight (Saturday Jan 6) I play a house show in Colorado Springs. It’s open to the public. All ages. Contact Whitney for tix and info. (719) 373-8879

Boulder Co tonight! Friday Jan 5

What a great 2 night stand at Magic Rat Live Music in Ft Collins Co. Thank you! Tonight (Friday) I get to play in Boulder at eTown e Town Theater for HomeVibe Presents and my buddy Daniel from Elephant Revival will play too! Gonna be fun. This is a full show! Not an e Town taping. Can’t wait!

Portland Oregon just added!

Breaking news! I just added a show in Portland Oregon. Why? Because I love Portland Oregon. So seeing as how I will be leaving to Alaska on I figured I had one day and one day only. January 23rd. It’s a Tuesday. The show is at a hair salon. Yes, a hair salon. I love this venue. They wash my hair and let me do a show. Julie owns the joint and it’s fun. It sells out fast so reserve immediately.

Here are the deets—>

Jan 23, 2018

7:30pm

Steve Poltz

Salon 13

1237 SE Stark St

Portland Oregon

For tix call or text or email Julie

(503) 421-3409

jewels0013@gmail.com

Headed to Colorado

My last night in San Diego.

Here’s where I’ll be next week.

Colorado!

Wed 03 Jan Magic Rat Live Music – The Elizabeth Hotel

Fort Collins, CO,

Thurs 04 Jan Magic Rat Live Music – The Elizabeth Hotel

Fort Collins, CO

Fri 05 Jan e Town Hall

Boulder, CO

Sat 06 Jan Friends House Concerts

Colorado Springs, CO

Sun 07 Jan Steve’s Guitars

Carbondale, CO

Merry Christmas

Took a Lyft to the airport in Nashville today. I’m headed to San Diego.

So, my Lyft ride—>

Wow. The driver’s name was Timothy. Cool dude. He looked so young yet he was already retired from the army. He was in the infantry and was stationed in Iraq back in 2006 through 2008. He was in Fallujah.

He was really nice and easy to talk with. He told me he moved to Nashville from his home in New Hampshire. I thought he’d be a Red Sox and Patriots fan but for some strange reason he was an LA Dodgers and Denver Broncos fan.

While we were chatting I noticed that he had full sleeve tattoos. His right arm was all drawings of dog tags with different names. I asked him about it and he said they were all friends of his who were “no longer with us”.

18 names. Eighteen. He said 12 were killed in Iraq in his infantry and 6 died from suicide since returning home. I asked him why he moved to Nashville and he said it was because many of his remaining friends were in Tennessee. He wanted to be near them to help them. To “be available”.

His eyes were semi-bright with a glimmer in them. Like a flame struggling to stay lit. He had dark circles under both eyes but he still smiled. A sort of sad nervous smile. He’s driving Lyft and paying his bills. Also working another job doing sound at a hotel.

He asked me what I did for a living and I told him I was a traveling bard. A Troubadour. He asked if was on iTunes and Spotify. He looked me up and said “now I have some new stuff to listen to”.

I wanted to hug him when I got out at the airport but I just shook his hand. He looked me right in the eyes and said Merry Christmas Mr Poltz.

Now I’m headed to San Diego and all I keep thinking about is how he wanted to be available to others.

Isn’t that what this season is all about?

I want to send a big shout out to all the men and women out there in the military around the world. Let’s all try to “be available”. Bless you.

Merry Christmas

Springsteen On Broadway

Saw Springsteen on Broadway last night.

Walter Kerr theater.

Cried when he walked out on stage. Couldn’t help myself.

Powerful performance. Funny, gut wrenching, riveting and emotional.

This is a tiny theater and we had 4th row seats. It was like we were in his practice studio all alone and he was telling us stories.

He talked about his dad. He sang about his dad. He talked and sang about his mom, his wife, Clarence Clemons, The E Street Band, Ron Kovic and lots of stories about New Jersey. He reworked Born In The USA to a haunting slide guitar bluesy 12 string howl.

His wife Patti Scialfa came out on stage and joined him for Tougher Than The Rest and Brilliant Disguise and the chemistry was off the charts.

When he started the show he said “I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I.”

I’ll be thinking about this show for the next few days. It inspired me. Moved me. Shook me. Transfixed me. Fixed me! Mixed me. It was magic.

I can truly say -I laughed I cried it was better than Cats.

Music is meant to inspire and bring folks together. I was chatting with everyone around me after the show. The woman sitting behind me told me she’d seen Bruce at least 150 times. Wow.

I’ve seen him about 8 times. This wasn’t like an E Street Band show. This was melancholy, maudlin, mighty, mammoth, maximum and dirge like. It was introspective with a capital I.

The show was 2 hours and 20 min without an intermission. When it ended he seemed like he was just getting warmed up.

My tickets weren’t cheap. 750 apiece face value. But I charged em and got Southwest points!

Sometimes ya gotta say WTF. It was a once in a lifetime thing and when he ended the show with The Lords Prayer (yes! Our father who art in heaven!) and then sang Born To Run my tears were leaking out of my eyes with reckless abandon. Everyone was crying! And then poof! Just like that he was gone.

Music. Oh heck yes. Save my soul.