Lights, Camera, Action!

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Brain Storming

Recently I made the decision that I needed to improve my online presence and while going over ideas I realized I should make a music video for my new album! After listening to my album over and over two songs hit me with images in my head I could see playing out in a video.

After talking to my friend Brian Bridges the owner of Video Street 14203696_1721309651468477_112537093_oProductions with my ideas, I then settled on the song Irish Lullabies. The idea I had created in my head was a classic kind of video that would be similar to movies like Dancing In The Rain. There would be dancing, singing, classy outfits and have a grandiose feeling about it, and it would be done on a tight budget of $300.00.

Staging and casting

So after I had my videographer set I needed a venue and actress. The venue was easy I asked a local business called Uggie Boos Bistro which has a very romantic/ intimate atmosphere where I’ve played many times before. Getting the actress was more difficult though.

I started asking girls who I thought would fit my ideal character, red hair and blue eyes and about my age. Now sure how to go about it I decided on a straight forward process. Hey do you want to me in my music video?  You wouldn’t believe how many people were quick to say no. Then I realized maybe I need to tell them the context of the video, because they could be thinking I’m making a rap video or something and that’s why they didn’t want to help. After thinking about my word choice a little better I asked a local model if she would be interested and at last I had found my actress. That is until I took too long to book everything and she

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My friend Tayler

lost interest. luckily I ended up finding a good friend of mine name Tayler who was really excited to help me.

 

The next step was getting a background crowed. I didn’t have much luck I posted online and asked around for people to help me out, again lucky the owners of the venue had a group with them and we were able to use them in the video as background cast. I also was really happy when my dad  said he could come and help out a little.

The Day of The Shoot

On the day of the shoot I had to go to work and wasn’t able to get to the venue before everyone else which made a little uneasiness at the beginning. After making peace with everyone I had Brian set up while I helped Tayler put on the wig that we borrowed from my grandma. We began shooting immediately  in the venue as we had a dead line of 8:30 pm before the venue closed up shop for the night.

The first shots were with my dad and I, he was such a trooper. When ever

My dad playing his part so well
My dad playing his part so well

the camera was on him his face light up like Rudolph’s nose but he pulled it off and we were able to get some great takes.

 

I really had very little to do as far as directing, with meeting with Brian prior and talking to Tayler everything went very smoothly and were able to shoot everything before 8:00 pm. Everyone gave some input and with those ideas we built on different takes and I believe we ended up making a beautiful video. It had the feel of a movie, with dancing and singing, and professionalism on a level I wasn’t sure we were going to make with my budget and time restraint but we did it.

A shot of us making a video. No big deal
A shot of us making a video. No big deal

The Editing stage

After the video was shoot, Brian took it home and worked on the editing portion of it, where, again needed little guidance besides the few ideas I gave him. On top of making the video he gave me some pictures for promotion and a behind the scenes video.

You can watched both the video and the behind the scenes videos by clicking on either link. Make sure to share with your friends and family and please subscribe to my YouTube channel as I’ll be working on the next idea as soon as I can.

LAUNCH Music Festival!

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I hear that train a coming.

If you do follow me online or you have signed up for my email list you then you know that I performed at the LAUNCH Music Festival in Pennsylvania. I had to admit it was a hard decision to make on whether or not to go. One, because it’s expensive and recently the company I work for closed their doors and secondly, I had a show the very next day in Washington State. So, I sat down and looked at all my options on how I could afford to get to the show and not spend all of my money I had saved up! I ended up buying a train ticket to Lancaster, PA and booking a flight back home. Here is how the train went…

*Note my writing jumps from past to present *

The train was expect to arrive 9:42 PM, which meant I needed to be there a little after 9:00 to have a cushion incase the train showed up early. When 9:42 came around there was no train in sight! I won’t lie; I was starting to panic a little. I checked out my ticket and looked at the train times with a sigh of relief; it said my train was running 30 minutes late. However, when 10:15 came around and the train wasn’t there yet I checked out its time frame again and it was now running 40 min late. I began to wonder if there was something wrong with the train and if it was a good idea to get on it. I decided to wait until 11:00PM after that I was going to head home. While waiting, a stranger came up to me to ask for the time but at 10:30 a night I figured I should keep my distance and just pointed to the big clock by the train station. Finally, at 10:52 (an hour and ten minutes after the scheduled arrival time) the train showed up. I grabbed my stuff, presented my ticket, and boarded the train. I was lucky to find a seat by itself and was able to sprawl out on the chairs. I tell you what though, sleeping upright is not a comfortable task and I was glad I brought my sweater and scarf to use as a pillow.

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After getting comfortable and falling asleep, I woke up to the sound of the conductor at 7:30 AM announcing that the breakfast cart was now open and our first stop in Montana was about to happen. I rode through Glacier Park which was awe inspiring! After that, which was about 11:00 AM, Montana was as flat as counter-top and on top of that, it was very dry and desolate. I watched as we passed ghost towns and cattle farms stretched across miles of empty land. I now know why they call it “big sky Montana”. I felt as if I was riding a train though our Wild West history. On a side note, if you’ve ever watched Hell on Wheels I imagine you would feel the same way as well riding though Montana. It wasn’t until 9:15 PM did the train actually get through Montana; I never knew how huge Montana was until now.

South Dakota

I had heard North Dakota had an oil find and that business was booming but I needed to see it with my own eyes to understand how big this industry really had gotten. The towns that I had seen were far and wide from each other. You’ll actually see more oil tankers and drills than houses. I did see an oil plant (I’m not positive what the official name was) all on its own, which is different for me because I’ve seen them next to towns like in Yakima, WA. I’ve seen a few in Texas where they are right off the highway and next to towns and cities. There wasn’t much to see other than that.

Mississippi River

When I fell asleep I must have missed a few cities because the conductor announced the breakfast cart was opening and that our next stop would be in Minneapolis. I noticed a body of water and was informed that it was the Mississippi River. The conductor gave us a little info tour of the Mississippi River and how there are 29 river containers (much like damns) that help the river stay the way it is and not make new river veins and probably flood areas. On the trip the train took 4 bridges over it.

*A little side story during my time in the twin cities. I had to use the IMG_20160419_132822bathroom and went to open the first door only to find someone behind the door occupying the room. I quickly shut the door and went to the next door making sure to knock on the door. When I was in the restroom I heard one of the train assistants laugh at the guy who was in the room I had opened on saying “did you forget to close the door?” I felt a little embarrassed but the guy told me “it’s all good I was the one who forgot to lock the door.”*

Wisconsin

There is a Hooderites Colony close to where I live, but Wisconsin must be the capitol. I’ve seen so many ladies and gentleman dressed up in wool clothes, straw hats, and the men had beards that must have taken years to grow. Not that I was starring or anything, I just haven’t really seen very many people like them before so my mind took note of how many hooderites came on the train. In case you were wondering it was a lot.

It’s crazy how most of the middle states look like Grant County, WA. I would see a town the train was passing and caught myself making comparisons like: This reminds me of George or Odessa. There is definitely a lot of room for people to explore in America.

*A little side note, as I started writing this part of the blog I realized I had lost my stylist pen, I asked the attendants, people around me, and checked my area but I have come to the realization that I have lost the pen for good. *

Chicago

My first train transition was in Chicago. Unfortunately, I ran out of peanut butter and jelly and bread so I broke down and bought some foodIMG_20160420_162921. I read somewhere that when you’re on the road its really good to try to buy healthy food. Mostly because you don’t have a lot of exercise time and healthy food is always the best choice. I bought a Chicken Cesar salad and a Penne Pasta. After I finished I had about 2 hours of waiting until my train. In the waiting room, the police were called when a man became unresponsive! Soon they brought in a stretcher and had the police dogs do a walk through. I found this interesting because any other train station no one checks your luggage, no metal detectors, scanners, you don’t have to take your shoes off, and you can bring 2 bags and 1 carry on. So if you think about it, taking the train isn’t all that bad it’s just a lot slower than a plane! Around 5:00 PM I started to get worried because every train had a gate assignment except mine. I later found out that whoever was in charge of working the monitor just didn’t put it up because I looked around and found the gate where I needed to be on one of the plastic caller boards. Also, another cool tidbit about most train stations is they are all really cool/pretty looking. They’re designed to look like fancy 1950’s train stations. There is marble everywhere. Chicago has this great hall that they were working on fixing or updating. It was all white marble and kind of like a Roman Cathedral with arches and pillars and a huge water fountain.

Anyway, I make my connection and was assigned a seat. At first, I was kind of upset because I was assigned next to someone this time. Let me tell you, it’s really hard to sleep on a train to begin with and then being confined to one seat and not being able to stretch out. It’s terribly uncomfortable! I heard over the speaker that the lounge cart would be open until 12P, so I went there and called my girlfriend and family. While talking to them, I overheard these two guys who were talking about whose probation officer was cooler. One said “yeah, mine’s great but I hope I don’t get tested when I get home right away”. Another lady next to me was sipping on a bottle of cough syrup just passing the time, I suppose. I tried to buy something to drink but the cafe was closed so I went back to my seat. Luckily, the guy next to me was getting off on a stop at 10PM so I was eventually able to get to stretch out. I took a Tylenol PM and went to sleep.

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Not a lot of excitement in Pittsburgh. I arrived at the station at 5AM and had another 2 hour wait until the next train. I did my new daily ritual which consisted of scrubbing myself down with body wipes (did I mention trains don’t have showers?), brushed my teeth, and used the dry shampoo to convince myself that I was somewhat clean. I also bought body spray deodorant and used it all over just in case. I didn’t want to smell off putting if I ended up sitting by another person. In the bathroom, where I was brushing my teeth, I made friends with this cool guy brushing his teeth also and we kind of bragged about who had gone without a shower longer. It made me smile knowing someone else was in the same boat as me. At 7 AM I boarded the next train and basically slept until my stop in Lancaster.

Thank you for reading my post about my train excursion. Make sure to read the rest of the story called LAUNCH Music Festival. 🙂

Hello Portland

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Day 1

This past weekend I had my first show in Portland, Oregon. With limited funds and knowing I was going to play two consecutive days, I decided to give this new movement called the Airbnb a try. Airbnb is basically where someone who has an extra room in their house rents it out for a night. IMG_20160221_074219This usually is very cost effective given that you are daring enough to stay at a stranger’s house. Anyway, I looked through the places to stay and found this really cool bus for rent. For only fifty dollars a night it seemed like a good deal and I wanted to make the most of my experience and keep true to the expression “keep Portland weird”. Before my first show on Friday night, I met with the owner of the bus and was given a key so that I could come and go as I pleased. With the key in hand I headed to my show at the Artichoke music venue.
 
Pulling up to the music venue I noticed that the lights were off and the doors were locked. I was a bit early and thought maybe I was too early and the owners weren’t there yet. It wasn’t until about 6:45 (30 minutes after I initially got there) I noticed people walking around back. I grabbed my guitars and low and behold there was another entrance to the venue called the Artichoke Cafe. I walked in and was greeted by a man named Don. He escorted me to a  green room where I tuned my guitar and met all the other acts performing.
A few of my Portland friends made it out to my show and so I talked with them until the first act when on.
 
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When I went on Don, the announcer, gave me a great opening speech. A little nervous, I began to play my first song “Irish Lullabies”. After a few measures I began to relax and get into the groove of things. I finished up and the crowd exploded with applause. It was amazing…I began my little skit where I tell the stories behind my lyrics then sing the songs associated with those stories. When I did “Badada” I told the crowed they should sing along with me and guess what… they did!! It was so much fun. Even better, it was maybe 10 people shy of being a sold out show for the venue. Anyway, I finished up my set and explained to everyone that I have free stickers and an email list for people to join if wanted. As I walked off the stage, I was greeted with smiling faces telling me how much they enjoyed my songs and I even had a few sign my email list.
Act Four:
 
After the show I talked with the host, Don, and the other acts and left to grab a slice a pizza at a 24 hour pizza place close to the venue. I drove to my bus and called it a night.
 

Day 2

Saturday is a day I will always remember, and this is why. When I woke up, I found out I needed to use the main house bathroom which turned out to be a daycare facility. After I finished getting ready up for the day, I found my way back to the bus. While in the bus, I looked out the window and saw some kids trying to chain me in. Luckily, I was able to startle them before they succeeded.IMG_20160221_074410
I needed to get some computer work done and also checked out of my “room”  so I packed up my things and found an internet cafe. Once there, I bought a coffee and logged into the internet. I worked for about 2 hours.
Well, feeling the need to explore the city, I made my way back to my car. I started it and it wouldn’t start. I popped the hood to find my timing belt had basically disintegrated. I called my insurance and I got a tow truck to the nearest BMW service station. I’m told I had to wait two hours before they can get to me. I decided to grab lunch and a beer. I called my family to let them know what was going on and also my friend to try arrange a ride to my show that night.
 
The Shop:
I got to the shop with my car and talked to one of the service reps only toIMG_20160221_074255 have them tell me they can’t work on it until Monday! That’s when I decided: well it’s just a belt I can fix that, right? Wrong. My friend’s husband and I worked on it for almost two hours and finally wrestled the belt on. With a feeling of pride, I start it up and was able to make my way back to my friend’s house only for the engine to stall out on the freeway. My heart sank. I had no idea what would cause this. The dashboard lit up with different icons. I called another tow truck, got my car back to BMW, dropped off the keys and got a ride back to my friend’s house. I really want to express that even though my luck wasn’t at it’s best that day, I laced my boots up and went to my show at the Jade lounge. I felt incredibly thankful for my two friends and family (over the phone line) helping/supporting me in my time of trouble.
 
The Jade:
As I arrive to the Jade Lounge I noticed that people were already playing. I was a little worried. I walked in with my guitars and made my way to the bar to ask if I was in the right place. They assured me it was and that they normally have two shows on Saturday. Feeling better about that, I remembered that there was suppose to be a local act opening for me. Well, 8:00 PM came around and there wasn’t any local act so I asked if it was ok if I went on and played until I couldn’t. With their permission, I set up my equipment and began my set. I put my heart into that set. With everything that had happened, I just wanted to drown myself in my music and give these people the best show I could. I believe that I accomplished that. Why?  Only because the best compliment you can have is when the bartender (who hears music almost every day) says how beautiful my music and voice were. When 10:00 PM came around  I got a ride back to my friend’s house to call it a night.
 

Day 3:

Yes, there is one more day. My mom called me saying that she arranged a rental car for me. So, I get up and head over there only to find out they can’t give me a rental car because I have to have a credit card and they don’t accept a debit card unless I have three forms of ID. Well, I don’t carry that much  because I’m worried of losing my wallet. After trying two other rental places, I went back to the first rental place and asked if there was anything they could do. They replied with a no. To add to it all, I found out that my car would’t be an easy fix and could be a week minimum until it could be fixed. With my heart sinking deeper in my chest, I called my mom and she said I should stay with the car. But what did I do instead? I bought a train ticket, called my girlfriend to come pick me up in Seattle, and get IMG_20160221_180507the heck out of dodge. Besides, I’d never been on a train before and I was fortunate enough to get bumped up to business class (which is the best class).
Now, as I write this blog post, I have a smile on my face. I’m sitting in a really nice recliner, Pepsi in my cup holder, gazing up every now and then watching the mountains and ocean fly by knowing that I’m going to make it home.
 
Until my next post, thanks for reading!
Rylei

Winter special shows

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With my album starting to make movement to being done I’ve been working hard on building my audience and promotion on my album.

Here is what I did

  1. This winter I had only booked 3 shows to the few places I know with a built in draw.
  2. I applied my new knowledge of Twitter and Facebook ad’s
  3. Email blast

I really didn’t expect to have the outcome that I did at these show! Lets start with the first show in Snowqualmie.

Snovalley Coffee Co.

On the day of the show it started snowing.  The roads were horrible IMG_20151205_121441with and average of 20 cars in the ditch every mile from reckless drivers, I was happy to  have my dad (“the most experienced driver”) behind the wheel of our suburban. With luck on our side we were able to get to the show on time. The quote “the life of Riley” always comes to mind when I manage to make things work with no real explanation. I n all actuality, I should have been a good 45 min late, but I wasn’t.

After setting up and doing a sound check, I was asked to sing happy birthday, (In the picture with the two girls on the couch the one on the right), which definitely made her day. I askedIMG_20151205_151133 them to take a picture for Instagram and with that they took a sticker and joined my mailing list! Before the show, my twitter account was doing more work for me then I’ve ever seen. I had re-tweets and likes from Snoqulamie and it brought in one very excited fan to see me.  She was so nice, I asked if she wanted to take a picture for Instagram also, her grin was so big.

With a successful show of promoting and fan making down we headed back home.

Pybus Market

I arrive at Pybus Market and find out that I was going to be playing on the same stage as Santa!Now you can bet your pretty face that I’m going to put that on my resume, opened for Santa, check. I played the same set as Snovalley and was very successful in gaining the attention of the people walking around the market. Which I thought might be vary hard with the Sea-hawks playing and being projected on the big screens everywhere.  It was fun though I did some very short commentating for the game and had people laughing and enjoying the game along with my music.

St. Brigid’s Brewery

To be honest I’ve never played here before, I had reached out and was welcomed with open arms. The only catch, I had to sing only original music. I’ve only 1211151944done that a major venues when I had to cover like 30 min. So 2 hours was a bit daunting. But again my Twitter and Facebook were making moves for me. I was contacted by a man named Brian asking if he could video my show and put a few songs on the upcoming online magazine Streets of Moses Lake. My thoughts, well of course that’s awesome! I met with Brian before my show and set levels on sound and light during my sound check. If you are in need of a Videographer Brian is the owner of video street productions

My family was also helping me out by having their friends come out who then brought their friends too. I was super excited, I normally have fun singing my songs for people but this show I felt like I was on fire. I was playing and singing great. Getting the crowed involved with clapping to the beat, making them laugh and sing along. It made me wish even more that music was full time.

As the night came to an end. I said my thank you’s and touched base with everyone, and grabbed some free food.

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All in all I couldn’t have asked for any better outcome. I believe I made some solid fans, received great publicity, and got to do what I love.

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It’s my birthday

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Recently I celebrated my birthday and thought, what better way to celebrate then to have a show!

The Promotion.

I wanted to sell this show out and see how well I could do that with a grass roots campaign.( A grass roots campaign is really a fancy term for word of mouth.) So I made some flyers up and had them printed at the local print shop in town. I did this because I know they print shop works with other news outlets and asked if they could pass the word around for me.  Then I did the Facebook event invited everyone I knew who was a local and put as a comment on the event to have people share the event with their friends. The day of the show I posted a picture of myself across all of my social media sites and did a $5.00 twitter ad  to boost the exposure. The most successful promotion was the Facebook event It was shared 8 different time by a new person each time and had an exposure of 2,000 people.(one of my best viewed events yet.) To learn more on how to do grass roots campaigns read this blog!

Grassroots Promotions

The show

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after work I raced over to Uggie Boo’s Bistro to set up and sound
check. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal but I was having my brother
Colton Franks and my buddy Devin Close play a couple songs with me so I wanted to make sure we all had a good even sound. I was a little nervous too because from the information I  gathered online and word of mouth I expected to place to be packed before I started. None the less people started to show up about 10 min before I started and by 8:00 pm we were at max capacity!  My 1023152042brother and I learned a few new cover songs “I’ll follow you into the dark” and “A rocket to the moon” which we nailed. at 8:30 I pretended to take a break and while I was on “my break” Devin and Colton would come up and start playing “Teenage Tequila ” our first song we wrote as a
band 4 years ago. We played a few more covers and ended with a new cover song called “Party like a Rock Star” by JTX. With everyone feeling pretty pumped I was asked to play one more, an encore of sorts and finished the night off with and original called You’re my home.1023151958a

All in all it was a really fun night. I don’t normally drink when I play because I like to be as professional as possible but since it was my birthday I partook of some tequila after our song “Teenage Tequila”.

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New York New York

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At the start of September I went to visit my sister in Long Island, New York. If I wrote about my whole trip I would end up writing a short novel so to save you and myself time I’m going to write about my adventure in going to a local open mic at the Buzz Bean coffee shop in New York.

The Guitar!

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good bye craigslist guitar.

In order for me to play at the open mic I found I needed a guitar. Notwanting to spend a lot of money on one only because I wasn’t going to take it with me on the plane home. So my sister gave me an idea to go on craigslist to find one. After spending an hour or so looking I found one for a good price, called the seller and arranged a meet and greet.

As I drive down the road to my final destination I’m taken back to a thriller killer movie. It was a dirt road with cars that had previously been set on fire on one side and a junk yard on the other. As I come to a dead end in the road a man the size of an Ogre come out behind a fence made up of trailer home siding. My brain told me to stay in the car and drive away but my music determination told me to give this guys a chance and check out the guitar, so I crossed my fingers I don’t die.

we have the usual small talk and she showed me the guitar. My heart dropped! It was a Walmart brand guitar that was half the size of a normal guitar and it was missing a string. Not wanting to upset this guy I asked him if he had extra strings? He answered with a no. So I offered him $15.00 for the guitar. He agreed took the money and I high tailed it out of there.  Got some new strings, tuned it up and took it to the show only to find the open mic offered a guest guitar for people like me to play. Because I was worn out on the craigslist game I put my new guitar in the Bermuda Triangle (how I met your mother reference) and in a few hours it was gone.

Open Mic!

I showed up there a little late and signed up to play. Everyone got to play 3 songs that night, so as it stood I was schedule to go on around 10:00 PM.  Now I can go into how the show went but I’ll just leave the video for you to watch. I was well recieved and was meet with people wanting to get to know me more. I had a blast!

Gonzaga University

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So on September 30th I played at Gonzaga University! I have to say I was so excited to play this show, I practiced every night and it definitely paid off.

Prequel

I received an email from a man named Richard from Gonzaga who asked If I wanted to play there. I promptly answered with a YES and from there we booked a date and filled  out all the paperwork to get the show date set in stone.  I made flyers and posters and had some coffee sleeves designed with the shows info. Unfortunately they weren’t able to use the selves because it was against the schools policy to promote that way.

Show Day

As I got ready I went IMG_20150930_103301through about 5 different outfits to see what would seem presentable and relate-able to the age group I was playing for. I posted a picture and Facebook/Instgram took off. With lots of luck wished to me for my show I went to work.

After work I headed straight to Spokane where I was met at the front door by my cousin Kevin. He helped me unload my stuff and write up a set list for the show. after that I had my sound check where three college students from the sound department helped me. I have to say having a sound team is really nice. I didn’t have to worry if I was too loud or had too much bass. After having their help and being able to concentrate on my music and show I am even more excited to get to the next level in my music career where I never have to do my own sound, that would be nice.

The Main Event.

20150930_200635-1I start with my go to cover song 3 A.M. by matchbox 20 to wrestle out my early show jitters .After that I did another cover, Free Falling by Tom Petty. Then, after breaking the crowed in, I played my first Original song Badadada I told my short story that goes along with it and got the crowed into it by having them sing the chorus with me. Once I finished I knew I had them in my pocket. I played other songs but some out-shined the others.  There was Folsom Prison Blues where people where shouting out Yea Haw, Irish Lullabies had some dancing, and Counting Stars where everyone was clapping with me during the bridge part.

All in all it was a great show, I made some new fans who signed up for my monthly email list, talked to Richard who said he would pass my information on the Bartlett in Spokane for me to play at.

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12 Hawk Summer Series

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Poster I designed for my summer series at the 12 hawks.


This summer I wanted to focus and playing more local shows and building my home fan-base. I reached out to a few clubs and venues discussed times, monetary arrangements and dates. After my meeting I made a deal with 12 Hawks Bar and Grill to do a full summer series!

I tried some new promotion ideas along with some classic one. such as news paper ads, and posters. This time though I had coasters made with my name and website on one side and the event on the other side. This worked a little but I had to point out what they were and who they were for before people started to catch on and taking them home.

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Getting ready with morning vocal warm-ups for my 12 Hawks show

Lets start with the show. To be honest I had a hard time figuring out the “scene” when I first started.  After my first show and not getting the response I wanted I started working on different song line-ups, different tip jars, sitting down/standing up, everything. About my third week of playing my summer series I got a break and discovered a few thing that helped my shows like starting with a strong cover song is better then an original in most sports bars .

With this show being on Wednesday’s at 6:30. I would get off work and head straight to the club to set up and play, meaning I didn’t get a chance to eat and found myself lacking in the energy department.

I didn’t seem to have the energy to perform all my songs at full force like I usually do. So I decided to pick up coffee before my sets. when I first started I drank too much and was shaking by the end of my show from a caffeine high. So with some experimenting I also figured out how much to drink before and during my show to keep the engine running at full force.

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Last show of the summer at 12 Hawks. Devin and I played a few songs from our rock band days.

Now I can’t say every night was a packed house with hyper attendees but I did play my heart out every night. Some nights I felt like I was missing something important, some step I might have missed to get a better crowed. I’m not sure what that step might have been but I know being personable and using free stickers as ice breakers really helped me make a connection with everyone and in the end made this series a huge success.

For my final show my old band mate and best bud Devin Close played a few songs with me. We had some old fans come out and as we played a little nostalgia kicked in making my final show one for the books for me.

In the end it was a great learning experience, great time, made some new friends/fans, and helped me find out a little more about myself as an artist.

Thank you for reading.

-Rylei Franks

Spokane Transit Authority

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Spokane Transit Authority (STA)

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When you read this title you’re probably thinking. What does the Bus service have to do with Rylei Franks? Well about a month ago a fellow musician named Joshua James Belliardo contacted me and asked me to join in on a show. This show was to be hosted by S.T.A.(Spokane Transit Authority) as a free concert for all of Spokane to attend and would be held at the main bus station at the Spokane Plaza.

Main Story

Chapter 1:-the meet and greet

I arrive in Spokane around 5, with a little worry in my mind only because I had no idea who the person I was suppose to check in with looked like. Lucky Peggy was waiting by the stage for the artists. After a brief introduction I met Nicholas the second act and soon to follow Joshua and his brother Jacob Sebastian. As we set up the stage Patty came to us and said that the CEO was there to watch with a little look of worry we assured her we would do our best.

 

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With an hour of playing time I felt pretty good knowing that I was able to play  all my favorite originals and covers. With some light heart-ed jokes and crowed interaction to fuel my music energy I let loose on the stage with some power vocals I’m not normally comfortable playing at my usual venues but I figured, hey I’m outside and these guys are really great so why not give it a go. I convinced quite a few people to take home a sticker and at points in time the block was packed but I think their bus ride came because it would empty just as fast.  All in all it was a great experience and was told that I did as good as I felt I did, which really is exciting to hear.

Chapter 3: The Nicholas Peter Walker

Before Nicholas got on stage I made a small joke about him looking like Harry Potter. I wasn’t sure how he took it until he turned it 11028016_10207264033029777_7539466150719319488_naround and used it in his act between songs. I have to say he is really funny and very down to earth. With a indie/ folk sound and a  visual style to go with it. He mesmerized the crowed with witty conversation and clever lyrics. I was really impressed and after his set asked if he would be interested in playing a gig in my home town.

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I’ve shared the stage once before with Josh where I was impressed with his music. To hear him play again in his own element and tell his stories was almost magical. (Not to be sappy in my own blog) Before this show I talked with him about how he was close to a sponsorship  and I must say he deserves it. If you ever have a chance to hear him play, GO!

Final Chapter:

All in all it was a great night with all acts being different sounds and personalities. I’m told that the STA CEO was so impressed with our music and show that they are going to do more next year with a bigger budget! I told Patty when that happens please don’t forget me. “HAHA

Thank you for reading my post if you have time give one of my songs or videos a listen and tell your friends about myself and the other artists mentioned in the blog.  Till next time…

The Jesse Lawson Show

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If you haven’t heard of Jesse Lawson one of the reasons might be that he was in a band called Sleeping with Sirens until 2014, where he helped write the guitar parts to their world renowned acoustic album. “If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Sound Track.”   If by chance you don’t know Sleeping With Sirens or Jesse Lawson here are a few links to help yourself get antiquated with their music.

http://site.sleepingwithsirens.net/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jesse-lawson-new-project#/story

The Show

When I arrived for check in I was pleasantly surprised to see Jesse Lawson sound checking and then meet each artist. I followed suit and did the same trying to snap a picture with all of the acts before we became too busy. Right before the doors opened to the public my cousin and I walked the down town area passing out flyers/handbill to the show. If you are Kind of shy like myself I encourage you to try this out once, it’s a lot of fun/ nerve racking at the same time.

First Act

The First act Kyle Siegle was an artist I’ve yet to hear from in the Spokane area. But after his set I learned this was because he lived in Portland until a few months ago. Kyle was awesome, He played songs that were similar to Relient K and SecondHand Serenade.I took a quick video of each act as well if you would like more on him or others please follow the links I’ve provided to their pages.

Kyle Siegel Youtube Channel

Second Act

Now the second act David Simmons I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a few times, four to be exact. David is a soft spoken alternative acoustic artist who sings and tells his stories from the heart. He plays ever so often in Spokane so Look him up and catch a show.

David Simmons Youtube Channel

Third Act

The thirst act was  a band called Kevin and the Spokes who played covers like Mr. American Pic and Free Falling. Perfect for the scene and were a really cool down to earth group of guys.

Fourth Act

Finally it was my turn. After listening to great acts and knowing I only had 25 minutes to play my heart out I decided to start with an upbeat cover song to catch their attention called “Honey I’m good”. Now if you’ve ever seen me live you know that I like to tell the story behind the lyrics of my song and so the songs I chose I did just that starting with, Santa Barbara. If you would like to listen to it I have it online here. Next I moved to “Work Place Tango”,then “Badadada”, “letters to Ann”, “Mamma Warned me”, and finished with “Iris in C#”, If you would like to listen to these songs I only have a few online other then that you’ll have to come out to a show and get the full meal deal.

 

Final Act

Now for Jesse Lawson Ladies and Gentlemen. As we walked on stage he has this confidence you only get after being on the road touring I would assume. He starts the show with a joke and begins his first song. There is a sound issue where his mic cut in and out and after finishing his song they sound man is able to fix the issue. He admits he wasn’t ready for that and brings the crowed back into his control with a short story about being with Sleeping With Sirens and begins to play “James Dean and Audrey Hepburn” (my favorite song). The crowed goes wild as he reels us back in he said ok now for my songs. I had to say this show was funny, musically entertaining and just all around amazing.

With another successful show under my belt, I learned a lot about promotion in the Spokane area. As well as stage presence from Jesse Lawson. I hope to share the stage with him again.

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