“You’re going to ________?! You HAVE to _________!”

as we finish up last minute prep for our tour with Ben Folds (t minus 1 week and counting), we’re not just planning show logistics. we’re also planning the must do/see/eat/experience logistics. even though we’ll most likely only have an hour or two free per city (before soundcheck or after the show), we want to take advantage of the unique local culture as much as possible.

i picked out the one thing i HAVE to do in each city. but we need more cool stuff.  suggestions???

Nov 5 CHICAGO, IL RIVIERA THEATER
eat 4 deep dish pizzas at Lou Malnati’s (1 per band-member of lady danville. dan must eat 2)

Nov 6 DETROIT, MI THE FILLMORE

buy some fresh produce from Detroit Eastern Market (cuz matti is one hell of a bargainer)

Nov 7 GRAND RAPIDS, MI THE ORBIT ROOM

walk through the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (because i’ve always wanted to ride a huge horse)

Nov 8 COLUMBUS, OH LC PAVILLION

drink a local brew from the Brewery District (historically the center of the german brewing industry until prohibition)

Nov 10 CINCINNATI, OH BOGARTS

go ice skating in Fountain Square (remember that scene in Serendipity? we do toooo <3)

Nov 11 PITTSBURGH, PA CLUB ZOO

ride up the Duquesne Incline (and ski back down. even if they don’t let us)

Nov 12 BUFFALO, NY TOWN BALLROOM

get Duff’s Wings and eat them whilst overlooking Niagara Falls (nose-goes to find out who has to barrel down the falls)

Nov 13 PHILADELPHIA, PA TOWER THEATRE

eat a cheesesteak at Geno’s or Pat’s (even though the easy-cheese looks really gross)

Nov 17 BOSTON, MA ORPHEUM THEATER

sit in Harvard Square and pretend to be a law student

Nov 18 MONTCLAIR, NJ WELMONT THEATRE

eat french toast at Raymond’s (this is the best thing i could find in montclair…)

Nov 20 CHARLOTTE, NC THE FILLMORE

visit the NASCAR racing hall of fame (and see if they will induct brenda as the newest member)

Nov 21 ATLANTA, GA TABERNACLE

visit the Coca-Cola factory (and free the polar bears)

Dec 14 NEW YORK, NY BEACON THEATER

go to Williamsburg (and hang out with the hipsters)

this is gonna be a fun trip.

-michael

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12 thoughts on ““You’re going to ________?! You HAVE to _________!”

  1. acap says:

    fat alex love the easy cheese.

  2. Katie says:

    My vote goes to Pat’s for the Philly Cheesesteak! Even though you have to be quick when you order or they’ll yell at you, and know if you want it “wit” or “witout” onions. It’s yummy though. And don’t forget the fries!

    Geno’s is too flashy and kind of douche-y in my opinion.

  3. Kim says:

    I sincerely hope you will be photo-video-documenting this entire journey. I am so proud of you guys!

  4. Tiffany says:

    My Boston recommendations: Take a walk through Boston Common & Back Bay. The Common has ice skating, too. More importantly, go to the North End for dinner at Giacomos – http://www.yelp.com/biz/giacomos-boston-2 (my personal fave is the pumpkin tort.) and grab cannolis to go at Mike’s Pastry – http://www.mikespastry.com/.

    If you still need an experienced merch manager, you know where to find me! 😉

  5. Sophi says:

    Since you guys seem to be big on the eats in all the places youre going, Boston also has the original Cheers (like where the show Cheers was filmed) or Kick Ass Cupcakes Def has the most kickin cupcakes you’ll ever have (and this ones relatively close to Harvard sq 🙂 ) .

  6. Bridget says:

    When you’re in Buffalo you guys should hit up Anderson’s for a roast beef sandwich. Then come visit me because I can’t go to the show! =(

  7. Brittany says:

    Fountain Square is good if you can get down here on your day off. it’s a little bit far from the actual venue.

    Next to the venue, there’s a pretty cool vintage guitar shop and two blocks up from the venue, on Calhoun is a wonderful record store called Mo’s (or Moe’s…i don’t remember.). you can’t miss it. it’s on the corner of Calhoun and Scioto and it has a giant “recycled music” mural on the side of the building. The thrift stores next to is are pretty good, too. if you’re looking for inexpensive, tasty, mostly good for you foor…Myra’s is THE BEST. the service can be a little slow sometimes, but it’s a good place to sit and chill and actually enjoy lunch 🙂

    Yelp them here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/myras-dionysus-cincinnati

    hope that helps!

    xx

  8. Christina* says:

    Just got your “Tour with Ben Folds…” email. Congratulations on this amazing opportunity!! This is such good news to hear for a fan. ( :

    I will definitely be checking you guys out in NYC. You should really eat at Joe’s Shanghai (9 Pell St) for great soup dumplings! The hipsters are overrated and snobby. 😀

    Christina*

  9. Maw says:

    do you have space for one more on yo trip by any chance.

  10. Sarah says:

    I know Pat’s and Geno’s are the standbys and the most well known. But as a Philadelphian, I highly recommend Jim’s on South Street. Best cheesesteaks in town.

  11. Dean says:

    … actually, you might want to ask Ben what to do in Montclair, NJ. I’m pretty sure he lived there for a time…

  12. Liz says:

    To make it blunt; there’s nothing to do in Jersey. If I have to go out there to visit family, (I’m a New Yorker) I end up riding around in the shopping carts at Target.

    FUN FACT:
    Holsten’s Ice Cream Parlor has relatively good ice cream and you guys can pretend to be characters from The Sopranos if you go there
    http://www.holstens.com/holstens.htm

    P.S. I was at your Philly concert this past weekend (Nov. 13th) you guys were A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

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