After smashing my glasses on Jimmy Kimmel, I had some things to take care the days following, not to mention that I busted an upright string in Boise; strings are so expensive for double basses, about $25 per string; so, roughly, about $100 for a set of strings. Fortunately, I had some time to accomplish many things while in Portland.
First, I searched in Portland for strings, but they were $170 a set; thankfully, my friend in Nashville sent me some for a great price. Second, I found some frames for $10 at this rock-n-roll type store on Hawthorne street. Third, I got my eye exam; it had been two years, and finally, I went to a great doctor, who I invited to the show, but he was actually going to see the Smashing Pumpkins that night. After getting my prescription, I placed an order at Lenscrafters, and they had my new glasses within two hours. I kicked around the mall on a Friday night before the show. I hadn't hung out in a mall in a long time. It made me not want to have kids, to say the least, well not to have teenagers.
After 8pm, I headed back to the venue just in time to get changed and watch the last song of Eisley. They were great, and the crowd was really energetic for them, too. Portland has consistently been one of the best cities for us over the past year and half. The fans are just crazy and ready for a good time. I think this has been one of the best shows of this tour, next to Vancouver.
Portland, OR : Roseland : picture by Doug Sassaman.