Ancient River North American Tour 2014: Trying to Take It All In

Ancient River in Atlanta with good friend Marcus

In Atlanta with Marcus (Image courtesy of Ancient River)

[Editor’s Note: This is the third part in an ongoing series chronicling Ancient River’s 2014 North American Tour. If you missed the first part or would like some background on the series, click here.]


Exhausted from Knoxville, we decided to pay another visit to Marcus’ place in Atlanta on our day off.

We hit the road before our host from the previous night had even woke up. I imagine that in his mind last night was like a dream. Besides the paint on his hands and clothes, he had no trace of our presence. I bet he doesn’t even remember our names, but shout out to that dude for being so nice and showing me a good time.

We got to Marcus’ place with enough time to hang out before he had to go to work. Marcus is a true renaissance man, a jack-of-all-trades and a real smooth cat with what seems like an endless supply of laughs and creativity. If you’re ever in A-town and see an Instamatika photo booth, Marcus is there and it’s a sure sign of fun times coming your way. His place is one of the more interesting stops on the road. A gate surrounds a block of warehouses and a tall blue lighthouse. Most of the warehouses are occupied by creative people of all mediums and walks of life. High-end studios that record the likes of Ludacris, Two Chains, and Mastodon (to name a few) rub shoulders with work spaces for painters, animators, carpenters, sculptors, welders, dancers, photographers and even a NASCAR workshop. I would imagine living in such a fertile creative environment would be good for any dreamer with a passion.

James and I hit the town to grab a bite to eat and catch the second half of the Heat/Pacers game, a top priority in my life. Vesuvius Pizzeria brought it strong with delicious brick oven slices more enormous than I had anticipated. Nom nom nom. The next morning Marcus woke us up to coffee and homemade jerk seasoned breakfast sandwiches. We said our goodbyes and drove off to Savannah.

Graffiti in Savannah, Georgia

Rene Magritte’s influence is alive and well in Savannah (Image courtesy of Ancient River)

It was my first time being there and the city was beautiful and lively. We set up at Hangfire and had a great time. After a bit of mingling, we were driving off into the night before I knew it. It all happened so fast that I can’t help but think of all the cities, shows, and people to come as I lay in bed for the nights rest. This eight week tour will be just another memory, passing by as quickly as it came. I feel lucky to have this experience. I am going to savor each passing moment. The clock only measures the second that just passed. On to Columbus, Georgia.


AlexCordovaAlex Cordova (@theAncientRiver) is a guest contributor for Little Utopia.

Previously from Alex Cordova:
Ancient River North American Tour 2014: Tagging in Knoxville
Ancient River North American Tour 2014: Beginnings
On the Record 04.11.13
On the Record 04.03.13
New Music Tuesday

One response to “Ancient River North American Tour 2014: Trying to Take It All In

  1. Enjoy every second guys. And remember “That even a broken clock is right two times during the day” cool quote and to give it context, don’t ever feel like you’re wrong for wishing things would last, because these are the moments you’ll remember the rest of your lives. Success can only be measured by the journey taken to reach not by what you do when you reach it.

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