And we’re back! Dakota Players hits the road again starting Sunday Jan. 8th for the 14wk Spring tour! out first stop will be far into West River Territory: Sturgis. That’s right. The infamous home of The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Home of the rowdy Bike Week and tattoos that people get and then immediately regret. However, in January, I doubt that any of the kids are going to break bottles over their heads to ZZ Top.
I’m excited to go back on tour and continue to discover the people and places of of South Dakota. And especially to Sturgis in the off-season to see what it’s like as a town. I suspect it’s something like Las Vegas when you get off The Strip, minus the angry off duty hospitality staff. Perhaps just another small town? Perhaps the answers to all my questions? I guess I’ll have to find out.
Where we last left off, I had mentioned I received a new touring partner: Kevin. Well this past week, I’ve been training with Kevin to try and him acquainted to the company operates and how we conduct our business. I was really afraid to meet him. I kept thinking: “What if I don’t like him?”, “What if he doesn’t like me?”. With an looming 5 month tour coming up I didn’t want to be stuck with someone who I couldn’t stand. Communication and toleration is particularly important when you spend a majority of your time in close quarters to other with a person. To my great relief, Kevin and I get along great. We had Chinese food at The Golden Bowl in Soux Falls after training today. It was great to get to know him more before we have to make awkward conversation on the 7 hour drive to Sturgis. Now we can at least make intersting conversation on the way. Kevin has a musical theatre degree and plays guitar which, of course, means we’re going to have a tour band. His nickname is “K-Train” and my name is Leigh.
Possible Band Names:
K-Train and L-Wagon
Leigh’s Caboose and K-K-Klack
Hooks Grips Kevin
Kev and the Electric Leigh
High Plains Scooner
Betty White and Her Cohorts or Betty White and Her Traveling Men
Eccentric and on the Prarie
Deb, Seriously, That didn’t Happen
Which one will we choose? (To explain a couple: Deb is one of our Managers and Betty is the name of our touring van, a white van.) Find out in the next installment and leave your vote in the commentary box!
All the Best,