at this point in my timeline, i have so many wonderful pinegrove-travel related memories that I am SO grateful for, but I don’t think anything tops the roadtrip i went on with my best friend in 2017.
i had just turned 21, discovered pg just a few months prior, and had tried so hard to get my bestie into pinegrove. we went to a music festival together, and i don’t know when exactly it had clicked for her, but the following morning after a wild fest night she came up to me and said “I GET IT.” she had listened to old friends for hours that night.
after that, i had someone to share my pg feelings with, and we just hyped and hyped it up. non-stop pg radio jam sessions in my car. so obviously, when pg announced their next tour, we had to see them as many times as possible. i mean, duh. at this point in my life, I was in art school and very, very broke. I drove a beat up minivan with a futon and a plastic shelving unit in the back AND WE WERE GOING.
i impulsively spent my whole paycheck buying 6 tickets for us: 2 for detroit, 2 for cincinnati , and 2 for columbus. and we just winged it. we drove seven hours to see them in a packed lil venue in detroit. for most of the show, we were in the back dancing and dancing and dancing. no one was really dancing around us, but, oh well. during new friends we sprinted to the front and found others who were groovin just like us, and we had a blast.
we spent the night in my van at an undisclosed parking lot, and moved and grooved our way to cincinnati the next day.
the newport/cincy show was magical. i think my top 2 fave pg shows have been at that venue, 3 hours away from me. both times i’ve been there, i’ve been with magical friends. some old and some new. but honestly, the best part of the 2017 show was after it had ended. meg (the fren) and i had felt something magical that night, and as soon as we got into my van “Guz” we turned cardinal on and just began BELTING the songs. yeah, we had just heard them live and belted in the venue too, but the magic just kept flowing , and we kept channeling.
(the comforting, exciting, welcoming, envigorating magic of pg is just something else. so glad we have this warm community that blossomed from that magic)
we had a brief respite in athens, ohio before continuing on to columbus.
i remember falling in love with their openers that last night. i remember dancing to their new song “darkness.” (there is video evidence of that on youtube LMaoooo) i remember meg falling in love with that song. i remember talking to the band members after the show and feeling that magic from them.
i remember going home both reveling in and missing that pg feeling.
that tour wasn’t my first or my last time seeing pg, but it was so special. whenever meg and i listened to old friends, we told each other that we loved each other. we still do that. we still travel and take roadtrips to see pinegrove. it’s become tradition, and through that tradition we have met some wonderful, kind, and amazing friends. forever grateful for all the new friends and connections i have made through this music.
AnYway, i love this band, i love this music. i would LoVE LOVE to hear some of y’alls magical/nostalgic/fun/wild /favorite pinegrove memories too <&