Tour Diary: From Exploring Small Town America To Surfing In Spain With The Rad Trads

A tour we wished we could have tagged along for.

By Caitlin Kenney - Nov 12, 2018
NYC-based jazz, rock'n'roll, indie band, The Rad Trads, have finished touring Spain and are now finishing their tour in the US. A tour we wished we could have tagged along for.

The Rad Trads have been playing shows all across Spain and loving every minute of it. Bringing their most recent album, On Tap, to life on stage has been a dream come true for the NYC-based five piece. Combining guitar, bass, and drums with smooth saxophone and trumpet action, the group creates their groovy sound—a unique blend of indie, rock’n’roll, and jazz.

Playing in nine different cities—and perfecting their Spanish along the way—The Rad Trads performed softer tracks for those in attendance like “Thumbtack” and “The Little Pie Blues”, but rocked equally as hard on their new jams “Good Luck Unto Ya” and “Wishing Well”.

And the gang still isn’t done yet. They’re closing out their tour with 12 can’t-miss shows in the US. But before they go, the boys are giving us another sneak peek into their life on the road. You can check out Part 1 of their tour diary here. See below to watch the group travel the midwest, explore Lake Erie, and even go surfing in Cádiz.

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The Rad Trads 2018's Tour Diary

Columbus, OH - Reconnecting with an old friend, Nash Kulcsar of Columbus, Ohio!

Columbus, OH - Sitting in at the weekly Bluegrass Jam at Dick's Den into the wee hours of the morning

Cincinnati, OH - We want a road dog so bad!

Cincinnati, OH - One of the best parts of touring is connecting with close friends from around the country!

Columbus, OH - Parking the van at the local NPR affiliate in Columbus , Ohio - right next to a high school

Columbus, OH - Ready to record for NPR!

Delaware, OH - Reading about the Cubs playoff scenarios and catching a little sun before we play a surprise party for our friend Jim in Delaware, Ohio

Delaware, OH - Small town America! Downtown Delaware, Ohio

Cleveland, OH - Catching our breath along Lake Erie

Cleveland, OH - The sun sets on the final day of September, just before rocking our Cleveland debut at the legendary Beachland Tavern

Driving - The van's new marketing campaign - turning heads at gas stations across America

Driving - Cue the Blues Brothers soundtrack - always good to be back in Chicago

Chicago, IL - Off day dream scenario: Playoff Baseball at Wrigley Field!

Iowa City, IA - Where are we!?

Iowa City, IA - Alden's new tour look.

Wausau, WI - Rolling up for lobby call

Wausau, WI - Everyday is different - how'd we end up in Wausau?

Chicago, IL - Sometimes we play weddings for our friends - grab your cocktails & make a stank face

Chicago, IL - Alden and his favorite palm frawns

Zaragoza, ES - Back in Zaragoza and it feels so good!

Zaragoza, ES - The Fatum twins having a Zaragoza moment before the big show

Valencia, ES - ....if you build it...

Valencia, ES - ... they will come!

Cadiz, ES - Sorry McDonalds, Burger King & T-Bell... it's just a different ball game out here!

Cadiz, ES - Tonight's gig is on the ocean, it's October and it's 75 degrees and sunny... no smiles here.

Cadiz, ES - Is anyone taking my photo?

Cadiz, ES - Alden's first day surfing - this also spurred a conversation about how much it would cost to change his flight so that he could return to Cadiz after the tour for a surfing vacation.

Sevilla, ES - We could get used to this...

Sevilla, ES - Going on a much needed stroll through beautiful Sevilla after 7+ hours in the van

Madrid, ES - This poster actually started a debate on whether Alden should just change his name to Harris-McCoy

Madrid, ES - All smiles after a very successful first week in Spain and finally getting to hang with our agent Jose Luis who made it all happen!

Madrid, ES - struggling to find the time to send our management these photos for this Bandsintown article in between tour dates :)

Madrid, ES - Sorry Taco Bell - the late night eats game has been changed

Madrid, ES - Beautiful Madrid - do we have to leave?

Madrid, ES - Patrick for Aperol Spritz

Santander, ES - getting tropical in rainy Santander

Santander, ES - the best part of touring continues to be making friends around the world - always great to be with David again!

Santiago De Compostella, ES - Santiago De Compostella, one of the most beautiful places on earth

Santiago De Compostella, ES - Big crowd in Santiago!

Asturias, ES - Our own John FONSECA Fatum - finding the street in Santiago with his own middle name

Asturias, ES - Twining... John & Michael have vivid memories of their first trip to Santiago when they were 9 years old

Aldeamayor, ES - John & Michael used google maps and a few memories from their family to literally find their third cousins in rural Asturias, Spain by driving up to a neighborhood and asking around... amazing!

Aldeamayor, ES - What do you do after playing 35+ shows in 5 weeks and traveling way too many miles in vans and planes? Crowd into a hotel room after the last gig and watch That 70's show while laughing and drinking a cheap bottle of wine

The Rad Trads' Upcoming Tour Dates

Nov 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

Nov 16 - Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room

Nov 17 - Memphis, TN @ Rum Boogie Cafe

Nov 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia

Nov 29 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Dec 01 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Dec 09 - Boston, MA @ City Winery Boston

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