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Zealyn - West Coast Tour

Zealyn in LA

Zealyn in LA

For the next two weeks, I will be touring with the artist Zealyn (www.zealyn.co) on her west coast tour! If you followed American Idol in 2013, you might know her as Angie Miller.

Here's a little history. Back in 2010, my best friend David and I were touring with a non-profit, and we had a show in the New England area. As we arrived to the venue, the other event we were partnering with was mid-show. David and I walked into the main room, where we saw this sixteen year old Angie Miller singing her heart out on stage in front of 1000 people. She was incredible, and David was pretty much in love at first sight. When we met her, I remember her saying "When I turn 18, I'm trying out for American Idol!" Long story short, she tried out and made it all the way to third place on American Idol in 2013. Fast forward a few years and David married Angie. Now her stage name is Zealyn, and her music is top notch.

It is really awesome that I'm getting to tour with my best friend and his wife. I know this is going to be a very memorable tour, and we will have awesome experiences. Every time I reflect on my life, I'm just so thankful for all of the people that I've met who turned into friends, and all of the traveling that I've been able to do. It's truly been a dream.

People often ask, "how do you afford to travel so much?" Here's the key- be generous. God wants us to be generous. With time, with love, with money etc. Whenever we give something, we really are gaining. It's super backwards, but time and time again God has proved this true to me. This principle has NEVER failed me. Since 2007- I've been out on my own in the world and have always hovered around poverty level income. Yet I've traveled every state except Alaska and Hawaii, lived and traveled in Europe for four months, and continue to travel the US pretty extensively. Just since 2017 began I've been to Dallas, Nashville, Sea Island Georgia, Chicago, Boston, New York, Seattle, Detroit, Savannah, Asheville, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and will be going to Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Redding, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boise, Winston-Salem/Greensboro, and as well to Guatemala and back to Europe.

It doesn't make sense for me to be able to afford all this. It doesn't make sense for me to still buy people's meals, support missionaries and give money away. But giving is the very thing that is sustaining me. Giving is the very thing that enables me to do exactly what I do. Holding onto "our money" or holding onto our time or only focusing on ourselves is really not how I've found to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Anyways, today is preparation to hit the road. Let me tell you, David and Ang work their butts off. Ang has organized this tour like a BOSS, and DJ has been working a more than full time job + practicing for tour + living a life. It's kinda crazy what a team these two are.

Tomorrow we drive to San Francisco for our first show. Whoop! Here's the tour schedule, so let's hang:

July 9th - San Fransisco, CA
Brick and Mortar Music Hall


July 11th - Sacramento, CA
Blue Lamp Lounge


July 12th - Redding, CA
The Stirring


July 14th - Portland, OR
White Eagle Saloon


July 15th - Seattle, WA
High Dive


July 18th - Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court


July 20th - Las Vegas, CA
Bunkhouse Saloon


July 21st - Phoenix, AZ
Valley Bar

Vulcanalia V: Fire, Fashion, & Music Festival Greenville, South carolina

Well guys, better late  than never. This is my first blog, and I'm covering an event I went to a few months ago.

It just so happen I obtained some tickets to Vulcanalia Greenville without having a clue what it is. I did NOT have any expectation except for the fact that the flier said FIRE and looked like fire. The tickets were burnt around the edges, so it was a nice and creative first take. 

When I arrived, I was met with a plethora of creatively dressed people and a buzz of excitement. Guests and performers were preparing for the Cyber Upcycle Fashion Show for the End of the World, Little Lesley and the Bloodshots, Wasted Wine, Shufflebutton, and TimTv & the Secret Cirkus. I saw a few familiar faces, but the majority of people attending we're either unknown to me or dressed so outrageously I wouldn't know them anyways.

The Metalworking exhibit

The night progressed, bands played, the weather got colder, the fashion show commenced. The fashion show was most likely the first and certainly most creative show that i've attended to this date. The attire was generally broken down computer parts  or things of the digital age. Think keyboards, CDs, and old web cams. 

After the fashion show we all went into the freezing cold to experience the blazing hot fire show. This was my first time seeing TimTv & the Secret Cirkus. They displayed their talents with fire twirling, fire blowing and fire eating. Did you know you can learn these techniques and get involved with these creative people? Check out the Ninjaplex Facebook page to stay updated