A touring band from Anchorage, Alaska, is already beset with the logistical issues of travel, but as piano-based progressive pop rockers, they have one more issue to contend with: a piano. Bassist and sometime accordionist Marc Bourdon said it's important that lyricist, vocalist and pianist Paul Jacks have his own piano—fortunately, he did purchase an electric one.
A mapmaker by day, Bourdon is the band's ad hoc booking agent and promotions guy. Familiar with the best and smartest way to get somewhere, he scheduled the band's tour through cities in which the members of The Smile Ease have family, combining an opportunity to garner some new fans with a chance to catch up with loved ones. He explained that this tour is an important one for The Smile Ease in that as some of the members are maturing—wives and children becoming an ever bigger focus in their lives—plans to be away from family for long periods of time must be more heavily weighed against the benefits of being out on the road.
"We don't have stars in our eyes," Bourdon said, "But we had to ask ourselves, 'Will this tour further our career or should we just go out and have fun?'" Like their trailblazing Alaskan brethren such as Matt Hopper and Portugal.The Man, who came before them, expect to have just as good of a time watching and hearing The Smile Ease's music as they do making it.
Tuesday, April 14, with Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, 9 p.m., $3. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., thebouquet.net.