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EPIC adventures

Barcelona Graffiti

While I was on tour with the Blue Man Group’s North American Tour, I got to see a lot of the states, and I realized how much I like graffiti.  But not just any graffiti-  not some kid with his first can of spray paint writing something lewd on a wall, but the really amazing, and artistic stuff.  The kind that, to me, improves the visual appeal of the area.  The kind that makes you think, or just catches your attention in a good way.  In my own mind, I kind of refer to it as “Street Art.”  Some of these artists do some amazing things with cans of spray paint. (more…)

An EPIC Summer- 4 Months in the Mediterranean – Port 1: Barcelona


This is the first post of a bunch about my adventures in Europe.

I had the privilege to be the drummer for the Blue Man Group aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s EPIC ship, where we cruised through the Mediterranean for four months.  The EPIC is basically a huge floating city, complete with enough cabins for 5,000 guests, 1,700 crew, 22 restaurants, a pool deck, water slides, a sports deck, rock wall, outdoor mega-screen club/bar/sundeck, a spa with wet and dry saunas and hydrotherapy pool, passenger and crew gyms, outdoor jogging track, comedy club, Cirque tent, casino, many bars, bowling, art gallery, Crew Bar, and of course, the EPIC theater, where Legends in Concert would perform Tuesday thru Thursday, and the Blue Man Group would perform Friday thru Monday.  There was no shortage of fun to be had on the ship….

But this post is about what we did in port.  We sailed the same route each week:  Sunday was Barcelona, Spain;  Monday was at sea the entire day;  Tuesday was Naples, Italy;  Wednesday was Civitaveccia, Italy:  the port nearest to Rome;  Thursday was Livorno, close to Florence, Italy;  Friday was Cannes, France;  and Saturday was Palma, Majorca, an island just off of Spain.  Then it was back to Barcelona on Sunday to do it all over again.  Barcelona was where the whole adventure began for our cast.  We were all flown from our respective home cities to Barcelona where we had one night, followed by a 6am call the next morning to catch the bus into port, where we would first board the EPIC.