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….
…since we last posted here? Damn…sorry about that.
Then again, there hasn’t been a lot to report. We’ve continued our every-other-Sunday residency at Nick’s in Worcester, MA, delighting our small fan base there with the usual repertoire and occasional mad improvisational bits.
This Saturday, May 18th, we’ll be playing as part of a two day festival up in Fitchburg, MA with TONS of bands and solo performers. We’ll be outdoors on top of a parking garage at 1:30 for one set, right near host venue Strong Style Coffee (which will also be hosting indoor acts) on 13 Cushing Street in the heart of downtown Fitchburg. Great acts both Friday and Saturday. Check out the full schedule here on Facebook.
And 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:
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.
Which was last night at Nick’s, and which featured a decent crowd, and included a rare poetic cover of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Christ Came Down” backed with bop stylings by O-D and Faro; Faro and Chris doing up “Carol Of the Bells” on bass (all the parts, all the time!); Capri Lanning-Cafaro jumping in on vocals for covers of “Stairway to Heaven” and “Immigrant Song” by audience request (for indeed, we contain multitudes); and Tony doing the usual mix of mayhem and improvised poetry that passes for high art.
Apologies to the couple who wanted us to do “either .38 Special or the Cars.” We’re working on it. Not really, but hey…it’s the thought that counts.
2018 was a good year for the band — a live album out (have you bought or streamed it yet?) and 20+ gigs out there in the books. Here’s to more and more of you seeing them.
Happy holidays to all, and to all a good time…
Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram just reviewed our new live album! Thanks for that! Go read it and then go buy it (iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.) or stream it on Spotify or any of the other fine services!
Review of the LIVE ALBUM!!!
We’re back at Nick’s in Worcester on Sunday night…and might just have some physical copies with a BONUS TRACK…! 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA. 9 or so to 11:30 or so.
Our gig at the opening weekend of Strong Style Coffee in Fitchburg was wonderful last week, as the full lineup tore through an extensive set of work — some favorites, some more obscure pieces, and one improvised arrangement of Tony’s ancient poem “Radioactive Artist.” A full and enthusiastic house made it all worthwhile. Hope to be there again!
Come see us Sunday night at Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester! We start around 9 after Listen, the weekly poetry reading.
And now it can be told: we will be at Worcester’s premier street festival for the arts, stART on the Street, on September 16th! 5 PM, Scott Ricciuti Stage in Elm Park. This annual festival attracts 50K people to sample great food, browse terrific work from some of the areas best artisans, and catch street performers and full shows from musicians on three stages. It’s our biggest gig yet…love to meet you there.
What have we been up to? Well…
— recording for a new EP or full album.
— getting videos up on the Youtube channel.
— playing regularly at Nick’s in Worcester, every other Sunday night (next show August 12th).
— writing new music.
It’s been a busy few months. Come out and see us sometime.
Check us out — Live from AS220 in Providence RI on May 29 of this year….
The Duende Project’s video channel. More to come!
Here’s a rough cut of us at a full set at AS220 in Providence on May 29, 2018. Thanks to Chris Anderson and his crew, as well as to the sound folks at AS220.
The Duende Project, LIVE!
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.
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.