I had a great weekend recording and playing with Cold Chocolate up in Vermont–we just started recording our second full-band album (and first full-length album)! The rough tracks are sounding good so far, and it’s an interesting new direction for the band with some slower, highly arranged tunes. We’ll be heading back up to VT several times over the upcoming months to keep recording and hope to have the album finished sometime next year. Once again our drummer and resident recording expert Ariel Bernstein is doing all of the engineering–it’s nice to be so self-sufficent in the recording process.
Anyway, there are some upcoming shows this weekend that I’m looking forward to:
On Friday night (November 9th), I’ll be playing with both Spider Cider and Evan Greer at the 2012 Boston Anarchist Bookfair Opening Show in the Atrium at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. There’s an awesome lineup of local New England musicians performing a range of political music, from hip hop to riot folk to puppet shows! Music starts at 7:30 pm and the Bookfair continues for the rest of the weekend at Simmons College.
Saturday night (November 10th), Cold Chocolate will be at Radio in Union Square in Somerville. It’ll be another evening of great music, though more of the bluegrass and folk variety than Friday’s show. The night starts at 8 pm, and we’ll be playing a long set to close out the show.
Then on Monday evening (November 12th), I’ll be playing with the Kristen Ford Band at 7:30 pm at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square to open up Brendan Burns’s Timestamp CD release concert. Brendan is the lead guitar player for the KFB, among other bands, as well as a bandleader and solo artist in his own right. Back in February he pulled together a bunch of great local musicians and recorded what eventually became his album Timestamp. I really like the CD, it features a lot of interesting and beautiful highly improvised tunes–check it out if you haven’t heard it. I’m looking forward to hearing many of the same ensembles at Monday’s show (along with some other surprises, I’m sure).