Thursday night at Starlite…

DAMN, but that was a good gig!

Good crowd, high levels of enthusiasm, some spectacular playing by all members of the band, and not one but TWO live premieres of new work (including “The Chastisement of Charlie Eggplant,” which has nothing to do with suggestive emojis, and “I Can’t Get Excited,” the twisted Air Supply cover we did for OC Weekly’s Cover Song Challenge). Faro even improvised a bit of flamenco by request, with O-D and Lawton joining in for the end.

There are nights when you get to play off the energy of the crowd in such a way that you take what you already do well to a new level, and that describes it well.

It was especially gratifying to see a lot of friends in the crowd coming out from all over, some of whom got to see Starlite for the first time. It’s a great venue Demetri Kasperson has built there, and we hope to see more of you out there the next time we’re there — September 29th.

Stay tuned for more dates soon…

The Duende Project back in action…

After a bit of a summer break, we are heading back into action!  Coming up:

Thursday, August 25th at  Starlite Bar and Gallery, 39 Hamilton St, Southbridge MA; and

Thursday, September 29th, also at Starlite.

We’ll be doing our usual three sets of originals, kicking off between 8:30 and 9 or so.

We’ll be posting more about other dates and activities shortly…!


As we’ve mentioned often, we recently worked with old friend Skip Shea on his first feature film, “Trinity.”  We contributed a piece, “Trinity Tango,” to the film; Tony and Faro appear in the film performing it; and Faro also scored the movie from front to back with wonderful, moody and dark music.

Here’s “Trinity Tango:”

Skip’s an award winning writer and director for his short horror works; he’s in the process of getting “Trinity” into various film festivals in Europe and the US.  If you are on Facebook, you could “like” the movie’s page there and that helps it to get more exposure, which helps a lot when trying to get it accepted.  It’s right here: Trinity the Movie

You can learn more about the film at its IMDB page as well.  (Tony is charitably listed as “Singer” in the cast listing, which is incredibly generous of Skip.)

Seriously — this is an important film and we couldn’t be happier for Skip as he makes his way forward in this art form.

A tale of two shows

We’re coming off two nights of music and poetry.

First, a stellar evening of three sets at starlite — premieres of new work (“Authenticity, ” a new poem accompanied by solo banjo by Chris Lawton) and full band arrangements of older work (“So Much Depends” and “Scenes From Gepetto Town”).  Also resurrected “Nothing Worth Doing” with a new arrangement.  Great night of tight, funky fun.

Then, onto a multi-act bill in Worcester at the Hotel Vernon with Lovina (excellent singer-songwriter with a uke and a piano), Nick Davis and the Genuine Ruckus (local favorites also working the poetry/music synergy with a more punk edge), and Boston-based rockers Bad Fogelberg (easily a contender in the best band name category).  We did a short set of favorites for our part on the bill.  Lightly but enthusiastically attended night in a historic setting (the bar, the oldest in Worcester, dates to 1901 and has a “colorful” reputation).

Next up in terms of gigs: back at starlite on June 2; then, a headlong plunge into the long promised Next Album…

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If you’re the Worcester, MA area, we’re playing at the venerable Ralph’s Rock Diner for the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show’s sixth anniversary on Monday, September 14.  And for those of you in the metro NYC area?  Come check us out on Saturday, September 26th at 3PM at the White Plains Public Library in White Plains, NY for a feature performance at the poetry slam during the White Plains Jazz Fest.  This will be our second year there and this time the full band is playing…we’re working on a special setlist just for the occasion.

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