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SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz is about an hour north of NYC. While I’ve been to a few different SUNY’s in the past, the one in New Paltz was a new one for me, and I certainly wasn’t expecting such amazing scenery just a little bit north of the city. Driving on the New York State Thruway took us through an amazing mural of forested hills and man-made sheer rock faces that repeatedly put a smile on my face.

Arriving in New Paltz, we were greeted by a very cool, tight knit community. While I didn’t really get to delve into the 330 years of the village’s history, I did get to observe a thriving “college town” that was very supportive of creative expression and individuality. Amongst the backdrop of the Shawangunk Mountain Range, this place made for a great place hang out for the day before our gig.

We spent a good bit of the afternoon at the Muddycup Coffee House (pictured above), getting our fix of wifi and (for me) espresso. We also walked around town for a bit, checking out the menagerie of local businesses and enjoying the great weather and ambience.

We hit a bit of a snag, however when we found out that through some miscommunication in the booking process, we had no hotel accommodations for the night, and worse, the local hotels were booked up. Jared managed to get in touch with our contact, Gina, in Lebanon, CT for a church gig that he had booked for Sunday. So, she graciously offered to let us stay at her home. This was bittersweet, because although we now had a place to stay, it also meant driving for close to 3 hours that night after playing our 10pm gig on campus. Ugh…

After hooking up with our contact at SUNY New Paltz, Josh, we got situated at the venue. Everything went smoothly during the performance, and for the first time in a few nights, we were without any PA issues, which was refreshing. The audience was very cool and into the show, and we had a great time overall. Thanks a ton to Josh, Jen, Jade, and Megan for doing more than their part in making the night a success.

After packing up, we hauled butt to a gas station to fill up, I chugged a Red Bull, and we hit the road to Connecticut. Luckily, we made it there without any issues, and laid down for a much needed rest.

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