Whenever we see your smiling face…
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ArchuAdventures with Jeff LeBlanc
We were introduced to Jeff LeBlanc during the MKOC Tour where he opened for David and brought his chill vibe and acoustic magic via a guitar and a foot pedal operated box (for lack of a better description). His music is a cool blend of pure, clear vocals punctuated by interesting effects from the foot pedal box. There are little, if any, vocal gymnastics – just simple heartfelt storytelling that makes me want to kick back on the beach and watch the sun set. So it didn’t take
much any arm twisting to get me to join my ArchuBuddies at Jeff’s recent show in LA.
good great ArchuAdventures, this one involved music, food, friendship and a few mishaps along the way that make for OMGosh moments in real time, but serve as your best go-to memories when you’re reminiscing about all the fun times you’ve shared. This adventure began with a mishap….
My arrival time to LAX was scheduled for 6:00am but thanks to strong tail winds, the flight attendant announced in an altogether-too-cheerful-and-chirpy-tone “Welcome to Los Angeles! The local time is 5:07am” Wow, almost an hour early! Being a seasoned traveler, thanks to David and his concerts, I had only brought a carry-on and breezed into the terminal which turned out to be a chilly 60 degrees! I was scheduled to meet up with Randy who was flying in from Sacramento and landing at 7:30am. At around 6:30am I get a call, and I’m thinking he’s boarding his flight – instead, I hear “Hi! I missed my plane!” Long story short, due to some technical difficulties at the security check, he had missed his flight by mere minutes – luckily he was able to catch the next flight and finally made it to LA where Angela picked us up and we went to pick up Janet next. I love the beginning of these trips – hugs and laughs and anticipation for the fun times ahead! We then headed out to meet up with Jerry & Shari at The Cheesecake Factory at The Grove!
The Cheesecake Factory was the beginning of our food adventure as we basically ate our way through the next four days! We had planned an Archie fan get-together, but unfortunately everyone ended up having other obligations, so it was just us six enjoying a wonderful lunch which ended with us all (except Jerry) taking home a slice of cheesecake! The weather had been overcast all day, and finally the heavens burst and the rain came down in torrents – it went from dry to flooded in about 60 seconds! I voted to stay at CCF until the rain stopped, but I was outvoted, so with umbrellas in hand we headed for the parking structure. BAD IDEA! The rain was coming down so hard and the entire street was flooded – when we finally got to the parking structure we looked like a bunch of drowned rats – so much for our concert attire!
We headed to Jerry’s to dry off and take our group photo for David’s Welcome Back video. My hoodie was so soaked I had to put it in the dryer so I could wear it to the concert! Jerry is our resident culinary King and he always whips up a delicious treat for us – gluten free of course! This time it was a yummy coconut cream pie and we all asked for the recipe! Yes, we had just eaten lunch at CCF and yes we all had cheesecake and yes we all ate the pie! We took a bunch of silly pics and then our group pic for the Welcome Back vid – and this really brought it to reality that David would be home soon! We’d waited 2 long years and now we finally had concerts to look forward to again!
We headed to LA to the Room 5 Lounge where Jeff would be performing along with some other artists, so it was like a variety show of sorts. In true David-concert fashion we wrangled our way up to the front row – we take every opportunity to practice – and we settled in for the show. Jeff recognized us and there were hugs all around – he was wearing a plaid shirt which, of course, made us think of David! It was a small venue so the acoustics were pretty good – Jeff introduced himself and played a 45 minute set which included some faves that he sang during the MKOCT as well as some songs from his new album My Own Way There. He told some interesting stories from his travels, especially to college campuses across the nation – he joked that there was always one guy in the audience who asked him “Play a Third Eye Blind song!” so he has a bunch of their songs in his lineup – just for THAT GUY – and he proceeded to play a brilliant mash-up of several TEB songs which we unfortunately did not record on vid. Randy did record 3 songs which have not all been uploaded yet, so hopefully I’ll post those tomorrow! Here’s a vid snippet from Fairfield Theatre Company in February:
What Do You Got To Lose (credit: rocknroll866)
Stop My Heart – Stroudsburg PA – partial (credit: Michelle Minnich)
Jeff gave a gracious shout out to “the familiar faces” in the audience and he thanked all of us for coming. We headed downstairs where Jeff was selling his cds as well as a poster and we all got our merchandise personalized and autographed! For fun we had made a concert sign that said FOJ – Fans of Jeff – which I think he got a chuckle out of that!
We then headed outside to take some group pics including a pic with Jeff for David’s Welcome Home video. It’s no coincidence that David is a magnet for other talented artists who think nothing but good things about him and who love working with him! We all hope that Jeff gets to travel with David again – a few duets by them would be awesome! Jeff said that he would be coming back out west for some future shows, so we hope to gather more Archies to join us next time!
Lookie what I got!
Of course the evening would not be complete without a trip for an after-concert bite to eat! Our usual hang out is Denny’s because that’s usually the only place open, but since we were in LA during the weekend of the Oscars, the whole city was awake and hopping! We decided to go to Canter’s Deli – an LA landmark eatery with an extensive menu and a yummy array of baked goods!
We ordered a variety of deli sandwiches and other yummy menu items, and we were happily surprised that you get free dill pickle spears brought to your table! We took full advantage of those to take a pickle pic!
After a lovely meal, we dropped Jerry off at home because he was heading out to New Orleans the next day for a job and Shari also went home to attend to some family commitments. Angela, Janet, Randy and I went to Angela’s where we stayed up until 3:00am just talking and remembering all the good times we’ve shared over the last six years! We started making concert plans for when David announces his first concert – we hope it’s soon! First order of business…. what color to choose for our new David shirts!
I hope to bring you some vids of Jeff’s concert and the rest of our ArchuAdventures in tomorrow’s post!
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Happy National Cereal Day!
NATIONAL CEREAL DAY
Today, to celebrate National Cereal Day, fill your bowl full of your favorite cereal and ENJOY!!
Now here’s a holiday that David can whole-heartedly support! David has made it well known that he is a FAN of cereal in general and Cascadian Farms brand in particular!
Here’s a collection of David’s cereal tweets – the slideshow function may not work properly, so you can click on each tweet to enlarge it!
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Pam Pike & MasterClass Lady: Retrospective Series #25
Pam Pike and MasterClass Lady have brought us wonderful blogs looking at some of David’s best songs – this blog, which is the 25th in the series – will be their last. They will still continue to blog about David and his music, but the Retrospective Series ends with this last look at Nature Boy.
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A VLOG! March 7, 2011
David weighs in on AI Season 10 – he thinks the talent is great! He was surprised by the Wild Card twist and he’s in a closet with a stuffed gorilla! He asks that we take 15 mins unplugged from everything and THINK then write down what you thought about. Did anyone complete this task? Do you still have your write up?
Pondering and AI10 (credit: David Archuleta)
Raise your hand if you can’t wait for his first vlog when he returns home!
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JONYA Tribute Vid
Remembering Nandito Ako and hoping for that elusive dvd!
Please Be Careful With My Heart (credit: rehanabarba)
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I had a wonderful four days in Southern California, and despite missing a plane and getting caught in a torrential downpour it was still a fabulous time! There is so much twitter speculation about when David will return – all we know for sure is that it’s going to be soon! The excitement is building in the fandom, and I’m starting to see fans who took a hiatus for 2 years to focus on other things, but now, with David’s impending return, they’ve come out of the wood work to celebrate his homecoming!
I’ll be back tomorrow with more stories about my ArchuAdventures weekend and hopefully we’ll get some Jeff LeBlanc vids loaded for your viewing pleasure! See you on Saturday!