It’s been a very busy period for the band. September saw us doing a gig almost every weekend, including a successful set at Worcester’s biggest festival of the arts, stART on the Street; opening weekend for a very cool new coffeehouse up in Fitchburg (check out Strong Style Coffee if you’re up there); and our regular gigs at Nick’s on alternating Sunday nights.
We’ll be back at Nick’s on the 21st of October, and every other Sunday after that. We tend to play the sets fairly loose and filled with improvisation by all, so come on down and have a little fun.
In recording news, we’re working on some new stuff and a couple of special projects…and we’ll be sharing some of that over the next week or so.
Keep checking in for more info as the time goes by…!
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.
Brand new coffee house at 15 Cushing Street, Fitchburg, MA….Eirean Bradley of slam poetry fame and his partner Kim Jones have a groovy new place there…
and we’ll be playing there Saturday night! 8 PM. Come get caffeinated and Duende-fied!
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.
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!