The Pleasant Revolution said goodbye to some more folks in Marseilles, France. Buck Meek, Joachim Brunson, and Kern Houghton all left from Marseilles. Justin Renfro left us right around Budapest. Kelly Patton is returning home in a week from Barcelona.
Buck held it down on the six string bass from Southampton, England all the way to Marseilles, France. He has a heart of gold and a funny haircut. Justin and Buck performed as “Shine” with CelloJoe joining in a few times. There was that time we busked in Linz, Austria in the square and Shine’s live on bike performance at the Vienna Bicycle Music Festival will go down in history. Justin was playing trumpet perched on the back of a double Yuba Mundo cargo tall bike! We’re going to miss you guys, Buck and Justin.
Joachim joined right after Fusion Festival in Larz, Germany. Finally, we had found a drummer! We’d been hauling around a drum kit (the bait) for a month with no proper drummer. We finally found him. He was living in Berlin looking for a band. At first he had a cool home-made hammock, then he took Bobba’s tent when Bobba gave it to him. He is the only drummer in the history of the Ginger Ninjas who actually left the custom Whitney russian doll nesting drum kit in better shape than he found it. He made a folding drum throne, and an ultralight weight cymbal carrying contraption so all the cymbals actually fit in with the drums instead of a separate bag. Sort of a loner, but eventually he came around and was an integral part of the group and always ready to throw down for a show. Safe travels and good luck Joachim!
Kern. Where to start with Kern? Such a pure heart and such a nice guy. He was the kitchen man and never grumbled about having to keep the kitchen box clean and tidy. He was always flying us acroyoga style and giving massages to everyone. Always ready to help out carrying anything, he also was responsible for the all important mixing board for the sound system. Such a pleasure to have Kern on tour! We miss you buddy.
Kelly is leaving us, but we’ll still be traveling with her art. An amazing laugh and an easy to get along with demeanor make Kelly a really fun person to have on tour. Her art appears on our website, stickers, shirts, patches, our JBL speakers, our dry bags, our food containers, and many other places. Kelly’s knees have been bothering her and recently she has had a relapse of a four year old back injury. Rest and get back to 100% health.
We’re going to miss you Kelly!