Two days before summer solstice (the longest day of the year) my good friends Nathan and Becky Bliss of Barnaby Bright are coming to re-align your stars with their unbelievable energy. For my set, I’ve assembled a nimble fingered band of heathens to rock the night away. Tickets are available now for this sure to be epic event HERE
This is a picture of the stage I built last fall on our small family farm in Stanton Heights. I threw a small concert/party and it went well enough. So..I am ready to throw another one. Interested? Here are the details.
JUNE 15th 8pm-11pm. 1100 Normahill Drive Pgh PA.
The venue is called Wild Reds Music Garden–WRMG. We will host some gospel music via Deryck Tines and the One Church Choir. Then there will be a set by Judith Avers and her secret string band THE EARLY MAYS. Finally I will do some songs and open a song circle.
There is an expected door donation of 10$ all of which will go to the artists. Also, be sure to bring some petty cash for food and drink donations which go to the venue. If it rains we will move indoors! Plenty of room! Hope to see you!
I imagine this show on 5/12 unfolding into a fantastic evening of food, friendship, and song.
If you like to hear words and you like to hear melody and you think the two should fit together well and move you emotionally and intellectually then this is the concert series for you. If you seek content and composition, quality and clarity, meaning and message then this is the house concert series for you. If you don’t need the crowds, the smoke, the noise, the bigscreens, or the jacked up sound system to get your music in then this is the house concert series for you.
Wild Reds- 1100 Normahill Drive PGH PA 15201 OCTOBER 8th 7:30
Featuring, all the way from Western Mass. Heather Maloney, Local Brad Yoder and yours truly. Here is a shaky blurry little vid of Heather but the sound is pretty good.
Thanks for your support and the energy you’ve given by coming to my shows.
Here is a list of shows that you can post on your calendar and share with your family and friends.
The most important day of my musical life so far is my album release party. The show is at the REX theater on the Southside. The after-party is in the planning for 5.20.11 @ The Rex Theater.
I hope you are having a great spring so far!
6/25 Pittsburgh PA 6pm @ South Side Works
7/2 Ohiopyle PA 10pm @ Falls City Pub w/Full Band
7/3 Ohiopyle PA 6-9pm @ Falls City Pub
7/17 Pittsburgh PA 8pm @ Future Tenant w/ Broken Fences and Lobo Marino (VA)
9/2 Pittsburgh PA 6pm @ South Side Works w/The Full Band
Hey all, I am looking forward to returning to Philly next Wednesday night to play World Cafe Live with a very interesting group of fantastic artists. This is a SongCircle event that will be “in the round” — the artists join each other on stage and take turns performing their songs and sharing insights and stories about their craft. Here are some quick introductions to the artists, links, and personal song favorites:
Harp strumming pop enchantress –Gillian Grassie: “Silken String”
Wry and punchy power-folk–Sarah Donner: “Treeline”
Streetwise soul stylings–Chris Bruni: “Watch Me Burn”
Rootsy folk songstress–Jessica Smucker: “Sweet and Broken”
I’m not talking about your audio-holic engineered mastering suites inhabited by troll fighting studio wizards. I’m talking about the rooms where people go when they are expecting to experience the full range of the art and craft of songwriting in a live performance setting. My first ever experience playing a room like this–where people were expected to shut up and listen–was in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe. Other personal favorites are Douglass Corner in Nashville and Sunday sessions at the Scratcher in NYC. This post will explore the Listening Room.
3 Ingredients of Great Listening Rooms
1. A host who appreciates the craft of songwriting. These people understand that lyrics are meant to be felt emotionally, physically, and intellectually: so televisions, video games, kitchen radios, and chit-chat are generally not seen or heard in their establishments just as smoke machines, gunfire, and acrobats are often not found in pet stores. Songs and the people who love them, require an environment conducive to intensive listening–aka “song-havens” where the soft and deep currents of a song’s dynamic potential are at once accessible to the writer and audience. Given the right environment, a song will “find its legs” and a writer will “find their voice.” Some listening rooms have a direct association with songwriting cultures, active groups of touring writers/artists, and writer advocacy organizations. Other rooms are created by small groups of artists and listeners in homes, barns, and on wooden pallet stages under bridges.
2. People who get a high from great songs. I know I am one of these people. When I attend a live music event, I am actively praying to be blown away by a great song. Songs changed me from the inside out and seemed to transform my world. Songwriting traditions lie deep in the roots of all people. We are lovers of song who listen with an intention to be carried off, lifted up, taken down, or transformed–deep listeners with a gravity of interest that can fill rooms, empower artists, give momentum to old songs, and birth to new ones.
3. Songwriters who put songwriting first. Music is a birthright as is song writing. If you can talk you can sing. If you can count syllables and have a 3rd grade vocabulary you can write a song. If you can cry from listening to a song, you have within you the emotional ingredients for a song that makes a person cry. Just as a piano or a guitar or a special tuning can elicit a slew of songs, great singers, super talented artists, and great writers are a fantastic source of inspiration.
A venue for which I have high hopes and which I would like to make you aware of is known as The Map Room. With very little effort (without a map) you will find The Map Room is located on Braddock Ave in Regent Square, Pittsburgh. With a bit more effort you might participate in its ongoing transformation from simple cozy pub/bar to a premier listening room. December 11th will be the first time I play The Map Room and I’ll be taking the opportunity to play a wide range of songs, new and old, in celebration of my forthcoming, full-length, debut album “Move On.”