Gig report from July 29th…

TONY:  I’ve been lax in doing these, so here’s a quick one from our last gig at Nick’s…

On July 29th at our regular Sunday night gig at Nick’s we played not one, not two, not three, but FOUR pieces we’d never played before live, two of which were straight up improvfests.

Tony played the baritone guitar for the first time in a long time because his hand felt better than it had in a while; Capri Lanning-Cafaro took a stunning vocal on Tom Waits’ “Temptation” done a la Diana Krall; and Chris O’Donnell, Christopher G Lawton, and Steven Lanning-Cafaro were their usual sterling selves on their respective instruments.

Tony wants to, in particular, thank the guys in the band who actually know what they’re doing in situations where they’re hearing him play a piece for the first time.

He says, “When I’m doing it with their stuff, I either riff a poem off the top of my head or leaf through the iPad for ideas till I find one. They have to respond in the moment to a passable but still very insecure musician as he fumbles though on an instrument tuned differently than the usual. It’s a skill I wish I had.”

Sadly, the place was a ghost town after the first set. There were VERY few people there for Listen as well, which was a bummer because it was regular reader Gwyneth Campbell’s first ever feature anywhere, and I’d have thought that was a thing for people to celebrate.

Hoping it’s a late summer thing. We kick a great show, even to an empty room. But…man, it’s hard not having a crowd to feed off of.

We’ll be back on August 12.  You should be there.

 

Happy Father’s Day, Or Something Like That

On Sunday the 17th, the band played the first of its new series of alternating dates at Nick’s, everyone’s favorite neighborhood bar with an eclectic atmosphere and a scintillating schedule of jazz, blues, cabaret, and what-have-you.  We’ll be there pretty much every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, following the Listen poetry reading.

We played without Mr. Lawton, which presented some interesting challenges and forced us to dig deep into the catalog for some past gems…This will be our likely MO for the foreseeable future, sadly enough.  Day jobs, y’know…

Nonetheless, we made some new fans and pleased some old ones (we hope), and look forward to doing it again.

We’ll be back at Nick’s on July 15th (skipping July 1st as Nick’s is having “Canada Day” — see what I mean about eclectic?) and the wonderful up-and-coming singer/songwriter Gracie Day will be there on June 24th and July 8th.  After that, it’s every other Sunday.  Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA.  9PM, donations accepted.

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And on June 30th, we’ll be one of the bands on the bill for FarmFest, a benefit for Worcester’s Donker Farm, the only working farm still active within the city limits of Worcester!  (They’ve got sheep.  It’s cool.) Ralph’s Diner, 146 Grove Street, Worcester. More as the date approaches.

Long time, no see…

It’s been a while since we checked in.  Sorry about that.

The quick version is that we’ve been really, really busy.

First off, we recorded for a television show — two, actually.  You can see one of them here.  We’ll post a new link when the second one is available.

Next, we did a show at AS220 in Providence, RI on May 29th.  That show was video recorded and audio exists as well; we’ll be posting clips and links when they’re ready.

We also did a show at our usual place, starlite in Southbridge, on May 30th.  It was the last show of a six-month monthly residency and it was a blast.  We’ll be back there soon.

Never fear, though, as we’ll be starting a twice monthly residency at Nick’s in Worcester on Sunday, June 17th.  More about that later.

And on June 30th, we’ll be at Ralph’s in Worcester as part of a benefit for Donker Farm, the last working farm in the city limits of Worcester.  Again, more details as we get closer.

Whew!  That’s a lot.  Stay tuned for more details…!

Two important shows coming up…

Of course they’re all important, but these two have special significance.

On MAY 29th, we’ll be playing on a bill with Cross Rhode Blues and The Fellowship Of Feeding Wolves at AS220, Empire Street, Providence RI.  Providence is a great town to play; we don’t play there that often.  We’ll be filming our set professionally and recording it as well.  Would LOVE to see you all there.  Let’s pack the joint.

On June 30th, we will be on a blockbuster bill for Farmfest, a benefit for Donker Farm, the last operating farm entirely within the boundaries of Worcester. We’ll be at the venerable and much-celebrated Ralph’s Diner on Grove Street in Worcester, MA, with bands and performers spanning the genres from blues and poetry to hip hop.  Might even have a new piece to celebrate the moment and the cause.  For more info about the farm itself and the Greater Worcester Land Trust, go visit http://www.gwlt.org/lands-and-trails/four-town-worcester-greenway/donker-farm/

Hope to see you at either of these!  Full show details to follow for ALL our gigs.  Summer’s coming and we’re getting busy.