July has been a crazy month! I moved across town, I’ve been fighting an ongoing battle with strep throat, I’m getting ready and filling out all sorts of paperwork for grad school, and I’ve been playing lots of fun summer shows. This week is going to be a bit of a marathon in itself:
This afternoon (Sunday, August 4th), I’m playing at a block party in Cambridge with Ezekiel’s Wheels. It’s a beautiful day, so it will hopefully be a great evening of music and neighbors.
Tomorrow (Monday, August 5th), I’ll be playing at Radio with Greg Klyma and a bunch of folks he brings together every week for his Americana Monday series. I sat in last Monday, too, and it was fun–it’s a free show and we play from 8 til 11 pm.
On Tuesday (August 6th), I’ll be at the Newton Public Library with Ezekiel’s Wheels. Also a free show, we’ll be starting at 7:30 pm.
To continue our mini-library tour (a small tour of libraries, not a tour of small libraries), Ezekiel’s Wheels will be playing at the Framingham Library on Wednesday (August 7th) at 7 pm. This one’s also free and open to the public.
On Saturday (August 10th), I’ll be headed out to Amherst with Amy Kucharik to play for the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference. Part of the Saturday night entertainment includes a blues/swing dance, and we’ll be providing music from 9 pm til midnight.
Finally, on Sunday (August 11th), Cold Chocolate will be playing at the Pembroke Arts Festival in Pembroke, MA starting at 1 pm.
Cold Chocolate is back in town after a successful weekend tour to New Hampshire and Vermont last weekend. Tonight, we’re back at one of our favorite places to play in town, John Harvard’s Brew House in Harvard Square. We’ll have Frank Drake on mandolin filling in for James, and we’ll be starting at 9:30 and going all night. As always, there’s no cover and it’s a great spot, so drop by if you’re around!
Then, on Saturday, I’m playing some klezmer string arrangements with Abigale Reisman and Rachel Panich to open for the production of King of the Schnorrers on Saturday. We’ll be playing entrance music starting at 7 pm outside of the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University downtown. Abigale and Rachel are both amazing violinists, it’ll be a fun set. And then stick around for the actual show, too–it’s free and part of the Outside the Box festival.
Stay tuned for more info about gigs for the rest of the month, too–I’m excited about a bunch of great shows with Cold Chocolate, Amy Kucharik, Greg Klyma, and Kristen Ford!
The past couple weeks have been super busy with shows, recording sessions for Ezekiel’s Wheels, Amy Kucharik, Clinton Degan, and some other even newer stuff (with no band name yet…). I’m also recovering from strep throat, which is no fun–I’m actually not playing tonight’s first gig of this weekend’s Cold Chocolate tour so I can get through the rest of the weekend. I’ll be playing with them tomorrow through Saturday nights, though, in our second weekend tour of the summer. Here are the details:
Thursday, July 11th
The Stone Church
Friday, July 12th
Jackson Gore Music Series
Saturday, July 13th
Manhattan Pizza and Pub
If you’re up in New Hampshire or Vermont this weekend, come check out one of these shows!
This weekend, Ezekiel’s Wheels has a mini-tour lined up with three big shows in New York City, New Jersey, and Massachusetts over the course of two days.
On Sunday (July 23rd), we’ll be starting early and playing for the City Winery Klezmer Brunch Series. Every week, the City Winery brings in great musicians to perform and playing this weekend is actually partial fulfillment of one the prizes we won at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam this past October. Doors open at 10 am, we’ll be playing from 11 am until noon, breaking while the audience eats, and then playing another set from 1 until 2 pm. Tickets are $10.
After we finish at the City Winery, we’re headed out to Caldwell, NJ. Congregation Agudath Israel has generously offered to host a concert and we’re excited that it fits into this trip. Doors will open around 6:30 pm and we’ll begin at 7 pm. Tickets are also $10.
After our two performances on Sunday, we’re headed back up to Boston so we’ll be ready for another exciting show on Monday night (June 24th). We’ll be playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline–it’s a large, historic movie theater that also hosts live music. We’ll be playing as part of their Onstage @ the Coolidge series. The concert starts at 7 pm and is $15 general admission, $12 for member tickets.
Between tonight and Saturday, I have four different shows with four different bands in four different neighborhoods in Greater Boston:
Tonight (June 12th), I’m sitting in with Exile on Elm Street at the front room of the Burren. It’ll be a good time–there’s no cover and we’ll be playing tunes from 9 pm until midnight.
Tomorrow (June 13th), I’ve got two shows. In the morning, I’ll be playing with Animal Farm for the first time in quite a while. We’ll be performing at the Fore River Club House in Quincy, MA starting at 10 am. That evening, Cold Chocolate is back at John Harvard’s Brew House in Cambridge, one of our favorite places to play. We’ll be starting at 9:30 pm and playing til close.
Then on Saturday morning (June 15th), Ezekiel’s Wheels will be playing our first farmer’s market of the season. We’ll be at the Egleston Square Farmers Market in JP starting at 10 am and going until 2 pm. It’s a new market, and we’re excited to check it out–hope to see you there, too!
This Saturday and Sunday, I’m playing two shows with Amy Kucharik, a Boston-based blues singer and ukulelist who I started playing with relatively recently. Depending on the show, the music tends to range from blues and swing tunes to folk and Americana. Amy also often invites a variety of great local musicians to fill out the band on strings, horns, vocals, and percussion.
Anyway, here are the details for this weekend:
On Saturday night (June 8th), we’ll be playing a full-band set down in Providence, RI for The Great Gatsby Ball at The Dorrance. We played the same event about a month ago up in Cambridge and it was fun–we played a few sets which were interspersed with dance performances. Music starts at 10 pm.
Then on Sunday (June 9th), I’ll be playing with Amy and Keith Kusterer as part of the weekly live music brunch series at the Burren in Somerville. We’ll be in the front room from noon until 3 pm, so come by to get some food and hear some songs!
This weekend I’m headed off with Cold Chocolate on a short east coast tour. We’ll be promoting our EP This Old Way along with debuting a bunch of newer material from the upcoming full-length album. Here’s where we’ll be:
Tomorrow (Thursday, May 30th), we’re playing at Joe Squared in Baltimore. We played here the last time we were in Maryland and it was a great spot. We’ll be starting off the show at 9:30 pm and will be followed by Moonshower By Proxy, an instrumental Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band.
On Friday (May 31st), we’ll be at The Minstrel, the Folk Project’s weekly concert series in Morristown, NJ. We’re opening for Suzie Vinnick and playing two short sets–one at the beginning of the first half, and the other at the beginning of the second half.
On Saturday (June 1st), we’ll be in New York City at Pianos, where we’ve played once before. It’s an early show, starting at 7 pm with King Stork, and then we’ll be playing starting at 8:30 pm.
Hope to see you in one of those cities in the next few days!