My brother’s b-boy name was “busy b” when we were teens living in Homewood. Now its just a fun way of saying I am busy. As you can see I’ve put together a little poster to save some time making posters every time I get a show.
January was a busy month with the album art finalized, new venues explored, the full band clicking into shape, and February/March bookings rolling in. Plans for the full Album release party are firming up for a May date now that the album art and mastering is finished. The CD will be in a 6 panel Digipak with 2 full panels of lyrics and a panel of thank you’s and credits. In addition to the album itself, three tracks from the album are in the works to be mixed as acoustic versions and released digitally as bonus tracks for online sale.
As I continue to pursue opportunities to expand the radius of my performances, there have been a few venues just outside of Pittsburgh have welcomed me to their stages. Hollywood Gardens in Rochester PA was treated to my five piece band as we put ourselves through the paces on a Friday night. Also, Speals Tavern in New Alexandria PA had Jason Rafalak (upright bass) and myself winding through three 50 minute sets of originals. University of Pittsburgh @ Greensburg Pa also got a 2 hr set. All of these venues were very hospitable and the patrons seemed very appreciative, attentive, and well entertained by the performances.
Philly World Cafe was snowed out and I have received confirmation that is pending on the re-booking of that gig for March 2nd.
February gigs are the 3rd and 4th @ the Shaler Highschool Auditorium (solo) for a charity benefiting class funds, 11th @ Howlers (solo) opening for my buddy Christian Trich, the 17th @ The Thunderbird (full band), the 19th @ Hollywood Gardens (full band), and the 28th @ Club Cafe (solo–I’ll be hosting acoustic cafe’s open mic).
On the radio front, “Move On” made it onto the Year In Review on WYEP and “Wanted” has been getting some late night spins on Saturday. New songs are in the full band and solo sets, so if you haven’t come out to hear me in a while, you will be in for a treat.