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.
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.
We are continuing our run of alternating Sundays at Nick’s in Worcester. Sunday night is a tough night to do a gig, but it’s also a night to experiment and have some fun with the repertoire. We’ve created improvised pieces that will be and are showing up in our regular nights, and revising older pieces on the fly, as well as occasionally goofing around on covers of other work. If you’re around, you should come down. (124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA. 9 PM-11:30 PM or so, after the Listen poetry reading. Every other Sunday; next show, November 4th.)
Live performance is important to us, and we are proud to announce that you can get in on it by checking out OUR NEW ALBUM!!! “Live At AS220” is a 7-track album of our performance at Providence’s AS220 performance space back in May of 2018. We’re proud of it and think you’ll enjoy it.
We’re using a new distribution service which is putting our work in a lot more places. The new album is up on Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon already. Pandora and other sites will be up shortly as well. Can’t even name them all.
Go forth, then, and stream and purchase tracks! We’ll be making a limited number of CDs for sale at gigs as well. Thanks in advance for your support!
Once again, we’ve agreed to participate in a journalistic critique of a single artist. Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram asks musicians to create, without knowing ahead of time who or what, cover version of songs by a single well-known musician.
Past challenges have included the work of Phil Collins and Air Supply (our version of Air Supply’s “I Can’t Excited” is here if you want to hear it).
No restrictions on how we treat the work.
Victor then writes a story about the artist that includes a soundtrack of various versions and comments by the artists involved.
We decided once again to participate and drew Madonna’s “Borderline” on the appointed day. In contrast to the Air Supply song, we decided to play it relatively straight and even brought in a special guest vocalist, Capri Lanning-Cafaro, to help out…although it does include a poem by Tony. What else would you expect from a Duende Project piece?
Capri Lanning-Cafaro: vocal.
Tony Brown: acoustic guitar, vocal.
Steven Lanning-Cafaro: keyboard, bass.
Christopher Graham Lawton: electric guitar.
Chris O’Donnell: drums.
Go listen to it on our SoundCloud site, if you like! We’ll post a link to the story and all the other cover versions when it’s ready.
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.