shows this week and Amsterdam in October!

I’ve got a bunch of fun shows this week:

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 7th) I’m playing at the Cantab’s Tuesday bluegrass night. I’ll be playing with Frank Drake (mandolin), Ethan Robbins (guitar), and James McIver (banjo) under the name The Bottom Shelf Stringband, which seems to have become the name for any pickup bluegrass band with friends that needs a name to play under for a show. In any event, it’s a great lineup and I’ve heard great things about bluegrass night, I’m excited to finally have the chance to check it out. Music starts around 9 pm, and I hear there’s jamming both before and after the show.

Then on Wednesday (August 8th), I’m back at Cantab again with Rachel Aumiller and her Illegits. We’re opening this time for our pedal steel player, Dave Rizzuti’s band Candy Tangerine. Music starts at 8 pm and it’ll be our last show of the summer before Rachel heads back down to Philly. We’ve also been hard at work putting together an EP before she leaves, too–even though it won’t be available at the show, I’ll definitely make an announcement when it’s finished, as it’s coming along really well.

On Thursday (August 9th) I’m headed over to Precinct in Union Square to play as part of a show entitled Together We Fall Apart: A Live Mixtape. The clever show concept is a brainchild of my friends Steve and Kirsten from The Crazy Exes from Hell. Basically, they enlisted the help of many local musicians and performers to choose a tune from a list of breakup songs, arrange a cover, record it, and submit it to be part of a “mixtape” (on CD). The show on Thursday will basically be live performances of the songs from the album, and a copy of the album comes free with admission. I did a solo voice and bass cover of the Sam Cooke tune “Get Yourself Another Fool” (which I’m also just excited to now have in my repertoire) and will be performing alongside many friends and awesome fellow Boston-based musicians. Show starts at 8 pm.

Friday (August 10th) I’m headed to Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland, ME with the Kristen Ford Band.

Also! I have some exciting news to share from the land of Ezekiel’s Wheels: we were recently invited to participate in the International Jewish Music Festival’s 3rd International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam! We were selected as one of 24 bands to compete (and we’re one of only two bands from the United States in the contest), and we’ll be in Europe for a week in October to play, attend the festival, and explore the area. We’ll be setting up a kickstarter campaign soon to help pay for travel and accommodation costs, and I’ll be posting with more information about that soon.

Whew, well that’s pretty much all for this week. Stay posted for more news about travel plans and upcoming albums!

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