Last night, we played three full big sets to a good sized and appreciative crowd of folks out at starlite in Southbridge — our first time back in over a year to this treasure of a venue.
Pulled out some oldies from the back pages, also covered “Working Class Hero” and “Triad” (as well as a freshly slaughtered version of “Free Bird” for the one guy who HAD to yell for it). It was heartening to have people want to talk about the WORDS OF THE POEMS as well as the music…like, they were, you know, listening…
We even freestyled/improvised two full pieces last night as well.
Here is the thing…We have hours and hours’ worth of original music, poems set to good and intense jazz-funk-punk-rock by incredible musicians. We bring it every time. We walk out on stage with the determination to deliver the goods every time.
As we are sure is true with most local bands, it can get tiring and demoralizing to play to empty rooms and see sales and streams growing only in tiny increments. It feels like giving up is the only course of right action.
But then, you get a night like last night and know there are people out there who like what we do.
We’ll be back at starlite on October 19th, and at our usual Sunday night residency at Nick’s in Worcester the day after tomorrow on September 15th. Hope to see you there….
Last month, we posted this:
“On August 17th, we are one of the acts on a very special bill with the returning Worcester legend Greg McKillop, aka RUUNE. Back from their new home out in the Pacific Northwest, ready to greet old fans and new. Milo from Eye Witness will also be on the bill at the Raven, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester. $5 to $10 dollar sliding donation, with 50% of proceeds donated to RAICES . Good music, important cause.”
And so it was. Excellent night seeing old friends and hearing some of the songs that we haven’t heard since Greg moved away. Our thanks to Greg and Milo from Eye Witness for a good night.
Come catch us tonight, August 18th, at our usual gig at Nick’s!
Thanks to all who came out to the Dirty Gerund at Ralph’s last night for the Duende Project takeover! Faro and O-D took on the joyful task of backing the night’s poets on the open mic, while Tony waited his turn to jump in for the two short feature sets.
Set list last night?
Danger Zone (Threat Level Orange)
That Revolutionary Style (new piece, first time live with OD)
Snakes On A Plane
The night ended with Kyle Fleming jumping in on guitar to jam with the band and host Alex Charalambides getting his freestyle on during an extended jazz/funk session.
Good times…come to our next gig at Nick’s on August 4th!
Busy few weeks coming up for the band…
As always, we continue with our every-other-week Sunday night series at Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester; we’ll be there this Sunday, the 21st. Kicking off after the Listen! reading, which runs from 7 to 8:30 or so.
The VERY next night, we’ll be back at work as both the house band and the feature act at the Dirty Gerund Ruckus and General Insanity at the venerable sister club of Nick’s, Ralph’s Diner and Rock Club at 148 Grove Street, Worcester. Come down and try your own hand at doing your own poetry with the band, then stick around for two sets of the band’s patented original work. Expect loud noises and politics.
On August 17th, we are one of the acts on a very special bill with the returning Worcester legend Greg McKillop, aka RUUNE. Back from their new home out in the Pacific Northwest, ready to greet old fans and new. Milo from Eye Witness will also be on the bill at the Raven, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester. $5 to $10 dollar sliding donation, with 50% of proceeds donated to RAICES . Good music, important cause.
And then on August 22nd…a triumphant return to starlite after over a year away! One of our home venues, we’re really looking forward to this one. 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA.
In the meantime, we’ve been busy with the newest albums (the live album and the new re-release of “Americanized”) and other projects, like this new demo track that we’ve already performed live. “That Revolutionary Style” uses a blues shuffle and the venerable talking blues tradition to toss a little sarcasm at social media activism as an end in itself, not wedded to action. Check it out and don’t forget to stream and download all our stuff on all the usual digital outlets.
See you around….
When Steven and Tony first formed as The Duende Project, it was to record the short suite “Jim’s Fall” as our first project. Hadn’t really planned on a longer term professional relationship, let alone turning it into a BAND.
That changed when we did “Americanized,” our first full concept album, produced by Chris Lawton. A group of 13 pieces reflecting on the notion of American identity from a number of angles, the work we did on that remains some of our strongest work, and we continue to work cuts from the album into our sets as full band pieces.
That 2008 album is now available on Spotify, and will be coming online on all the major sales and streaming services over the next few days.
Give it a listen, and see where we come from.
This past Sunday we played a delightful full band gig at Nick’s in the company of roller derby athletes and company from all over NE and Canada who were having an after party after a regional tournament. Good times, dancing, and more. Come back anytime, folks!
We’ll be back for the usual merriment on the 23rd.
Tony will be performing SOLO (with a guitar and all that jazz) Friday night (June 14th) at Nick’s for a show of various acts performing their cover songs from an album called “It’s…Complicated.” Proceeds to benefit the Worcester Animal Rescue League. You can get the album from Bandcamp HERE…and you should!
Remember, in August we will be returning for some dates back at our old home away from home in Southbridge, MA, the wonderful starlite. More on that as the date approaches. Hope to see you at a gig soon!
Of course, if you can’t get to see us, check us out on Spotify or Apple Music or Amazon Music where our newest single “Crumbs” and the live album “Live at AS220” continue to do well, and on all the various purchasing sites to get copies of our work. We’ve added a couple of links below, but honestly we’re on everything from Tidal to Deezer, and you can hear us anywhere by checking for our name at your service of choice — for example…
The Duende Project on Spotify
The Duende Project on iTunes
If you’re interested in any of our older albums, there’s always the ol’ reliable Bandcamp site.
Thanks for your support, folks.