Now that the summer is moving along, I’m finally having some time to catch up from the spring… Gato Loco tours are always fantastically exciting for me. An amazing thing about this band is that when we travel, there is something about the band where we go beyond just hitting in a city and moving on, the band has a special chemistry where we have the ability to dig into the places we go.
Our late spring trip was a short trip, but it was an intense one..
My first stop was Venice… this strange city has sort of turned into a second home for me, I have a specific and peculiar interest with the place, and Gato Loco has a special following there as we’ve sort of become part of the local scene. The watery town was our launch base for this little tour, so I showed up a couple days early to help get things set up, and to promote our show there which would be the first for this trip, and also the first for this newer version of Gato Loco. We made a hybrid of the De Bajo (6pc) and Coconino (10pc) versions of the band, covering some of the repertoire from both ensembles. We also featured some of our most recent recording, our take on Verdi’s Requiem, which we released on Munich’s Winter and Winter records.
Our first show was at what is probably my favorite place to play on Earth, Venice’s Serra dei Giardini de Castello, a restored greenhouse. To help promote this show, we did a handful of public performances as a quartet, then with the full band once everyone else arrived. The greenhouse show, as always was packed and writhing. An absolutely stellar time.
Next we set for a couple of festivals in Eastern Germany. First was in the medieval city of Freiburg, then off to Ilmenau. Both were fantastic shows and we got to hang with the locals in the midst of it all. There were also stops in Torino and Munich as well. Freiburg was especially good as the venue was the oldest consistently running town theater in Europe, an absolute gem of a hall.
As always, great music, great shows and great people make the journey worth it.