Before paved highways were common, and a vast network of frequent passenger trains served the country, performing ensembles of all stripes toured the country by train. Nowadays, most musical groups pile themselves, their instruments and equipment into a van or truck and go on the road. The Blue Cranes—an indie jazz quintet that has made a name for itself in Portland, Oregon—will prove this April that it’s still possible to turn a road tour into a rail tour when they tour the East Coast via Amtrak.
The Blue Cranes have toured extensively up and down the West Coast, but April 2011 marks the band’s first foray East. To help fund this tour, the group launched a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, surpassing their goal and raising over $6500 towards tour expenses. Continue reading