Once upon a time, I took a random trip to Portland, Oregon to explore living a different life there with more music. I called the one friend I had there, and she said, “You should meet Dao Strom” and forwarded me Dao’s website. Being a little skeptical and thinking, um, okay, who is this Dao Strom? I checked out her music — and immediately connected with her gentle and understanding melodies and lyrics. I also was intrigued by her background as an acclaimed writer who wrote about her dual Viet American experience. I reached out to her, we met and shared stories, went to a show together, and talked about my new life in Portland, and stayed in touch when I returned to California. I didn’t move there, but I still thought of her. Fast forward to a couple months ago —
ME: Hey, this might be a little crazy, but do you want to play a show with me in Oakland?
HER: Sure, why not, and maybe I’ll do a little mini-tour in California while I’m down there — I’m releasing a new book and album — do you want to join?
ME: (HELL) YES!
And that’s where we are now.
Here’s where we are coming to you, California. Come join in the fun and spread the word! Tour dates and info about our new albums + book are below. And Dao, thank you for your beautiful, honest storytelling and for supporting me in so many ways. I’m honored and psyched about doing this adventure with you!
*Monday, June 22, 8:00pm – The Airliner – B U R N O U T S event (Los Angeles) (*just added)
Thursday, June 25, 8:00pm – Linnaea’s Cafe (San Luis Obispo)
Friday, June 26, 7:00pm – Barmel (Carmel)
Saturday, June 27, 8:00pm – The Abbey (Santa Cruz)