LEVELHEADED is pleased to present the online US tour diary of DJ
Vadim's Russian Percussion Crew. Check this page every
week during the entirety of the US tour for a new entry.
03.27.03 - 04.02.03
This is the tour Diary of Vadim, Yarah Bravo, First Rate &
Gez. Location: USA and Canada
Welcome to the 7th installment of our weekly diary during our
North American tour. We are starting to get very very tired and
homesick. But we manage to meet up with some friends here and there.
Thursday, March, 27th - Travel Day
wow great, a day off but not really. We start off by going to a
florist in Saskatoon (it is mothers day on Sunday in the UK) and
get caught in a horrendous hail storm. I think we have just about
experienced every different type of weather possible (except tornadoes).
This is followed by a brisk '0 hour drive from Saskatoon to Winnipeg.
lovely day off eh! We arrive at our nice super 8 motel around midnight
and decided to wash some clothes in the guest laundry till 5am.
U get into a routine on tour - get up at 12, go to bed at 4am and
its hard to break that cycle.
Friday, March, 28th - Winnipeg
Another new spot that none of us have ever been to. The venue was
pretty large so we were a little worried but everything worked out
in the end. The crowd was pretty big but quite subdued. It was pretty
hard work to get them motivated and active and we kind off felt
it didn't work - the turntable routines, the vocals, anything...
but at the end of the show we sold loads of merchandise and a lot
of people really raved about the show to us. A big plus point was
that we found an amazing Indian restaurant. We all love Indian food
(except Firstrate who only eats salad, once a day, he's a bit sick!)
and this was one of the best food we have found anywhere.... There
was a huge buffet and eat as much as u can policy which left us
stuffed and needing carrying out virtually! ummmn sweet memories!!!!
Saturday, March, 29th - Minneapolis
We had to drive 9 hours southwards to get here via a Canada/US
border crossing which went very smoothly. We have been here before
back in 1999 when Atmosphere and Lateduster opened up for us. We
had like 50 people that time, but i think just the mention of Atmosphere's
name now will pack a room. Well after the soundcheck, a friend of
ours (word up James Lateduster!) took us to a local community radio
show where we chilled with the 'Groove Garden' posse (word up jenny!)
and then after that we went to the 'Break of dawn' Radio show presented
by The Rhymesayers posse. There was a nice open mic with Slug and
Eyedea and some other local cats, it was really nice to catch up
with them for a second cause we know they're always on the road
also touring here and there.
Back to the club via an anarchist cafe and the place was packed
with a real rowdy up for it crowd. Wicked show. Intimate vibes,
just great!!!!! After the show, Yarah and Firstrate went to an after
party at someone's house. There was a big snake in the house that
scared the shit out of them...well they had a great time, drank
some 40's...and came back to the hotel a couple of hours later confused
and cold.....kids hey...
Sunday, March, 30th - Iowa city
5 hours of corn fields and a welcome return to Iowa city. Our man
Tack fu who we rocked here last year hooked this show up so we were
quite looking forward to this. Unfortunately not that many people
showed up. Quite strange actually cos of all the shows we did this
year, we had like 30/40% more people than last year but this show
didn't work out. We were up against George Clinton who was playing
across town and Bill Clinton who was in town to do some sort of
lecture/seminar!!! oh well the Clinton's stole our crowd!! hahaha.
Monday, March, 3'st - Iowa city (Day Off)
Wow a 'REAL' day off, we could sleep all day and no show in the
evening. We needed this day so much. We were feeling really run
down. Vadim went record shopping of course. Gez paid a visit to
a big American-Mall and bought yet another pair of Adidas shelltoes,
ouch his lady is gonna kill him when he gets home.
Firstrate and Yarah just chilled all day. In the evening we went
to the cinema and saw 'The life of David Gale' with Kevin Spacey.
What a great movie with a great twist at the end. Kevin Spacey always
chooses great roles with mad twists like 'Usual suspects'. And First
rate went to a 'thuggish hiphop party' looking for ladies. He got
drunk and ended up swapping his nice Addict sweater for some old
ladies hippie t-shirt. We were in shock when he came back to the
hotel dressed in these bright pink colors and crazy patterns...
We thought he was on drugs... but he was just happy...
Tuesday, April, 'st - Milwaukee
Another new spot for this tour. The only thing we knew about this
spot is Coo Coo Cal and his song 'projects'. The club was some brewing
joint like in 'cheers' but cozy. they had these funky barber seats
which I have been searching for myself. Next door to the club there
was a nice little record shop, we bought some records, even Firstrate
bought some vinyl. He's the only DJ that I know that never buys
any records... The show went good, we met some great people. And
there was a lady called 'Melissa' who baked us a delicious apple
Wednesday, April, 2nd - Chicago (Day Off)
After the show in Milwaukee we drove straight to Chicago to stay
in the 'windy city'. We had a great hotel in the downtown (as opposed
to our straight thuggin motel 6) So loads of movies - 'the pianist',
'catch me if u can'... and loads more. After a film marathon we
went shopping on North Clark in the Lincoln park area - Hi fi records,
Gramophone, 2nd hand tunes, reckless, Belmont.
so many spots and so little time. This Wednesday night we didn't
have a show, but we felt like going to a party anyway and just chill.
So we went to a greeeat funk party that night in this tiny rugged
bar - in Buck town (original gun clappers!!!) and met a few people
from the previous night in Milwaukee. Great tunes and rammed to
the hilt. We hooked up with some people from Galapagos 4 - Qwel,
Quazar, Robust, Dj white lightening .. in fact most of the crew
were there. We had a groove and had a drink and we had a great time.
When the party finished Yarah and Firstrate obviously wanted to
party some more.. Common and Talib Kweli had done a show earlier
that day and they had an afterparty at another spot. So Yarah and
Firstrate headed there, and they didn't come back to early in the
morning. But me and Gez went to the hotel. Next week we'll let you
know about our Chicago show.
-- peace and love from the Russian Percussion Crew