Dan + Shay | Chris Lane | Revolution Concert House | April 13, 2019

Dan + Shay was new to me although the rest of the world is already in deep with them and for good reason. We had super fans lining up outside the venue at 7 am and others hiding on the other side of the fence at various times of the day. I spent a bit of time with Shay and Justin (lead guitar and fashion designer extraordinar) at a local eyewear shop PROOF (shenanigans ensue) and by the time we left I was internally horrified and honored at the same time that they were calling me “Mom”. After several threats of me grounding them and sending them to the corner if we didn’t head back to the venue soon they insisted I try on some glasses. I did as I was told and before we left they told me I looked “rad” and that I had to accept the glasses as a gift or it would insult them. I graciously accepted and have to admit I’m a better driver because of them.

This is a group I hope to work for again because I couldn’t get enough of their kindness and down to earth nature. They have dedicated fans around the globe and one new “mom” the next time they visit Boise.

Thank you to Dan + Shay for the new sunglasses, I’ll remember you always.

Thank you to Dan + Shay for the new sunglasses, I’ll remember you always.

Rod Stewart | Ford Idaho Center | October 24, 2018 (Cancelled per Rod Stewart)

Even though this show was cancelled at the 11th hour by Rod Stewart due to a injured foot, I spent two days working for the tour chef. Tours that have their own catering work from the time they open their eyes to the time they shut (they work 24/7 so I’m certain their eyes never reaalllly shut) Tour catering prepares 3 meals + snacks a day onsite for the entire touring crew (+150 people) and more often than not in a makeshift kitchen (outside in any weather condition. No shit) in tents fueled by huge propane tanks.

They not only plan out daily meals and snacks but there are multiple main dishes for varying diets, several side dishes to choose from and a dessert bar that will knock any sweet tooth out of the park. I see tricked out coffee bars and fresh juice bars with every fruit and vegetable to keep performers and crew in tip top shape. I don’t know where they find the time but the presentation is always well thought out and some tours even include holiday/seasonal appropriate props so even the most seasoned crew feels at home….. and don’t get me started if it’s someone’s birthday!.

It’s hard to eat healthy and thoughtful on the road so a giant “Thank you!” to the hardworking catering crews that keep hundreds of people fed. Every day. Every meal. Every show.

Skallywag Festival | Century Link Arena | September 30, 2018

Skallywag Festival was the perfect show to kick off fall. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters took the stage with incredible energy. I worked mostly with Penny Wise for this show and felt like I won a small lottery, mostly because of the verbal banter with Fletcher Dragge. He might have met his match if he would have stuck around longer. Next time Mr. Dragge….next time.


Luke Bryan| Ford Idaho Center | September 20, 2018

It’s time to “boot + scoot” (again) with Luke Bryan and this time in the +12,000 seat arena at the Ford Idaho Center. Luke Bryan seems to like his Idaho fans as much as we love him. He’s circling around for the 3rd time in 3 years and country folk are waiting with baited breath. What a great show to wrap up summer.



Slayer + Anthrax + Lamb of God + Testament + Napalm Death | Idaho Center Amphitheater

I was lucky enough to work for one of the biggest heavy metal bands from my younger years and better yet, Slayer's  "Final World Tour". Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament + Napalm Death took the stage at the Idaho Center, August 21, 2018. It was a full (full) house and let me say this. They were awesome!. I'm really observant of backstage "living" and this show was not what I expected it to be. At. All. Aside from the wonderful crew, the leads of the bands were my favorite part. I'm not a heavy metal par-taker and I don't know who any of the performers were nor did I research them before I worked this tour. I ended up driving them back and forth to various places of the venue for a good part of the day in my golf cart- so faces became familiar fast.

Since you can only  "lay rubber" at 5 mph in my cart we got into mini conversations. I saw pictures of kids, family's and learned small bits and parts of their life/music journey. I drop them off backstage and tell them I'll be there when their set's done. They so graciously say "thanks for the lift!". When I picked them up, they were drenched in sweat and that is no exaggeration. Towels draped over their heads, wobbly in stance from exertion as they make their way to my cart. I'm pretty quiet when I pick artists up because most need downtime but not them. A cheerful "Hey! how's it going!?" and they picked right back up on the conversation where we left off pre-performance. In my head I'm thinking "I can't believe what just came out of your face on stage and you're actually asking me how my day's going?".  Most of us would be laying face down in the dirt after exerting a performance like that but not these guys. 

In short, I have a great new appreciation for heavy metal performers. They give A LOT to their audience and truly love their fans and when they step off stage they quickly return to their inner soft self. These experiences are what keep me doing what I'm passionate about. I'm a very lucky girl. 

Tone Report Magazine | Feature 2017 | Issue 168 |

Tone Report Weekly is an interactive online magazine with a sole focus on guitars and pedals. TR encourages the user to sample pedals, watch demos and engage with the "Riff of the Day" lesson. Tone Report asked me to submit a few images based on my love of gear (lucky me!). You can see images starting on page 34. 

To all my music junkie friends, if you already aren't a subscriber to Tone Report Weekly, I recommend downloading the app and start demoing pedals (eats up time sitting on the tour bus) or visit



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