Updates from the Vans Warped Tour: Life on the Road

Our Show Production grad and Acoustic Basement intern Ryan Luistro has been on the road with the Vans Warped Tour for a month now, and when we checked in with him this week (from the tour’s stop in Camden, New Jersey), he definitely seemed like he was more settled in. We wanted to hear a little bit more about life on the road outside of just working the stage, and here’s what he had to say:

Q: Does anything happen after the day’s work has ended?

A: I’m pretty much always working. We have BBQ’s after a majority of the shows, and those are usually pretty fun. I’ve taken on the job of hooking up the A/V stuff needed for those BBQ’s, which is why I say I’m always working. But, the BBQ’s are a great chance to get to know people outside of a show environment.

Q: Who do you mostly hang out with, and what do you do in your free time?

A: I pretty much hang out with the people who are on our stage. We all have a good relationship so when we can get away we try to do things together. But free time is not really something we have much of, so when we do, I try to sleep.

Q: We heard a lot of people run out of clean clothes while on tour. Is that true?

A: Laundry hasn’t been a huge issue for me. I was able to pack enough to make it at least two weeks without needing laundry so usually on our off days, I can do all I need to make it for the next stretch.

Pictured above: Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music performs on the Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University.