We’ve been busy posting videos (which are really songs) on YouTube and pictures and news on Facebook as well as here. Nathan has done a great slideshow-style video as background to Texas Stomp, and we have a new promo video up as well. Come check us out, and please hit the Like or Follow buttons while you’re there.
We’re doing a show for the local Bread & Roses group in early February, at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. Some of us have done previous shows for Bread & Roses and have enjoyed both the process and the people we’ve played for. It’s an hour set; we’ll probably lean more toward our jazzier pieces, but it should be fun.
(This is a private event for Laguna Honda.)
We’re heading back to Second Act in a few weeks with a batch of new songs, and significant changes to our older songs with new backing rhythm tracks and arrangements. Also, we (meaning Nathan) splurged on a new compact digital mixer, in place of the big rack we rolled in last time, and are hoping it means better sound all around, as well as less clutter on stage.
Plus also, if you get there early, you get the benefit of the interesting food counters in front half, plus New York Pizza next door, (full disclosure) my favorite.
We did a fun show last night, a house concert hosted in Nurit’s lovely home in Los Altos. We added rhythm backing tracks for a few more songs, kept things simple, and… things worked out. Check out the highlights video on YouTube.
The house concert thing is a little new for us, but we’ve tried it a couple times now and it’s worked out pretty well. If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting one, send a note through the Contacts page and let’s see if we can make it happen.
We’re doing another early-Saturday show at Club Deluxe in a couple weeks. We like playing here, though we need to pare down our gear a lot to fit on their small stage. We have a couple new songs we’re trying out, and a lot of old favorites. Come on down, enjoy an adult beverage if you’re so inclined (the fresh-squeezed Greyhounds continue to be good), grab one of their pizza specials, and hang with us for a few hours. Hope to see you there.
Everyone had a great time at our Club Deluxe show last Saturday. It was fun seeing some of our regular fans there, and nice to introduce new folks to our sound. We had people dancing between the tables during the last set, which might have been a little unusual for Club Deluxe. We’re talking to them about more shows over the next few months, so might get the chance to see you there again!
We’re playing the early show at Club Deluxe in the middle of July. Should be a fun gig- they have sidewise stage area with a good piano and what looks to be a Hammond B3 or C3 organ. We’re doing three sets, and it’s mostly a jazz club, so we’re thinking to add additional jazz favorites to round out the playlist. There’s not enough room for our full live rig, so this will be a more acoustic gig than usual.
Corner of Haight and Ashbury, good pizza, well-stocked bar, interesting clientele. Worth a trip. As it were.
We’re working out plans for a benefit show for Clean Water Action in September, up at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. Clean Water Action does much good re advocating for clean, safe water supplies; given California’s current lack of water, we think that’s worth supporting. A draft of the show poster is above; more details as we work things out.
We’re doing a show at Lennon toward the end of June. One of the featured tunes we’re hoping to debut is Darkness Darkness, originally by the Youngbloods. It’s turned into one of our more complex arrangements, with four different sections and three different tempos, and features Greg Richey on lead vocals.
Lennon Studios is a funky older rehearsal and performance venue in SF South of Market. They have a nice big stage and a pretty relaxed vibe. Hope to see you there!
This is kinda unfair to mention, given that you have to know Wendy and Jake to attend, but we’re doing a show in early May to inaugurate their new dance space in Los Altos. They have an amazing house down there, now more amazing with a dedicated dance floor and party room. We’ve gotten requests from folks in the South Bay to play some music down there, so… we’re comin’ down. Get in touch with Lee or Wendy if you want details and an invite.