August 21st, 2012 | By Orange Grove
The Summer is not quite over yet…thank goodness..but it’s about time we posted a little recap of our 2012 Summer Tour adventures. We really had one to remember this year! It all started in the Caribbean (yes…once again..lucky us!!) on our home-away-from-home island St Maarten. The first show was on June 16th to help celebrate Island 92 Radio’s tenth anniversary at the Porto Cupecoy. It was the first of fifteen shows we’d be playing during the tour. After that it was off to the States for our first ever US leg which started in New York City. Our first few days in the big apple saw us at a few radio interviews, a photo-shoot and we were even part of a TV show that will be airing on NBC Nonstop this Fall! Then it was on to the shows! The first three concerts of this US leg were in New York City (Greenwich Village, East Village and Times Square) and after that we headed south to link up with our new friends in Groove Stain and open for them at their shows in Atlanta, Athens, Asheville, Raleigh and Myrtle Beach. It was a great time..we made new friends and fans in different cities..new adventures..more stories to tell our grandchildren one day..and most importantly it was a good first step in America for many more to come!
Nine shows in nine nights later and we were back on St Maarten for Bikini Beach’s 20th anniversary and what a celebration that was! After that we finally had a couple days to rest and then headed off to the ABC islands (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) for a weekend of shows over there. For the second year in a row, the Zanzibar on Curacao was rocking! The night after it was the Spice Beach Club on Bonaire and just like the year before it was great to see how many people showed up on an island with such a small population! The day after that we were on Aruba for the annual Hi-Winds windsurfing event. We performed to a crowd of over a couple thousand on the Eagle Beach! It felt great to have finally returned to an island where we have so many friends and fans after almost three years since our last show there. After the ABC’s we returned to St Maarten to finish the tour on the island where it all started. It all ended with a bang on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg for the annual Video X-Games event on July 15th…and just like that the Rock Reggae Raid ’12 was over. For all of us in Orange Grove it was a Summer filled with new experiences, new friends made, new places seen, lessons learned, growth, crazy parties and lots of fun! It feels like this Summer will stick with us for a good while to come!
Thank you to everybody who helped make it what it was and to everybody who shared in all the great moments with us!
Check out the pictures below which tell some of the story as well…
At the moment we are back in the Netherlands working on writing new songs for the next album. We will keep you all updated with the progress…
Peace, love and happiness! -OG