Michael Travis receiving his Ashiko Drum from Felly Smith and Maria Petro backstage at the Zilla show in Bend, Oregon 2004
A bass player friend of mine told me Mr. Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident was coming through town with a side band named Zilla, so I put on a clean shirt and went down to the club with some drums, hoping to get a minute or two with him. I didn’t realize at the time that the dude was so down to earth that a minute or two just wouldn’t suffice for either of us. He checked out the whole pile of drums I had brought in and picked one out that suited his tastes and then we’re on the tour bus hangin’ out and who knows what could happen next when some cops show up and want the bus moved, and that was the end of that. Great show though, and afterwards we did a little drumming just me, Trav, and a guy in the crew.