Amy Kucharik, Kristen Ford, and Cold Chocolate

This coming weekend I have a few shows that I’m excited about:

On Saturday (May 18th), I’ll be playing all night at Toad in Porter Square. First, I’ll be playing the early set with Amy Kucharik starting at 7:30 pm. We’ll be playing a mix of her originals as well as covers of swing and blues standards. This set will be fun since it’ll be featuring all the ladies of the band. Afterward, I’ll have a short break before the late set, which I’m playing with the Kristen Ford Band from 10 pm til 1 am. The two shows actually got booked independently from one another, but I think they’ll be pretty complementary. As always, there’s no cover, so you can feel free to drop by at any point throughout the evening to hear some great live music!

Then on Sunday (May 19th), I’ll be headed out to the Bluegrass on the Bogs Festival with Cold Chocolate. It’s a weekend-long festival held at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson, MA. We’ll be playing a set from noon until 1 pm on Sunday on the main stage.

Shows this week

This last week has been crazy! Between the Ezekiel’s Wheels southeast tour and all the stuff that’s happened in Boston over the past week, I’m pretty exhausted. I’ll post more details from the tour when I get a chance, but in the meantime I figured I’d update about all the shows for this week:

poster scan with textThis evening (Saturday, April 20th), I’ll be playing at the New England Folk Festival with Mierlita. We’ll be playing our set of Moldovan gypsy jazz tunes at 6 pm.

Tomorrow (Sunday, April 21st), I’ll be playing with Honeysuckle Hoedown at the Hebrew Rehabilitation House in Roslindale at 2:30 pm. We’ll be playing an hour of bluegrass and country tunes.

On Tuesday (April 23rd), I’ll be at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge playing with the Kristen Ford Band for the first time in a couple months. Kristen’s finally coming back from a massive tour that’s covered much of this country as well as many cities in Europe. The show starts at 9 pm and will also feature Bess Rogers and Matthew Santos. Admission is $8 and advance tickets can be found here.

On Wednesday (April 24th), I’m excited to be playing a solo set to open my friend’s Boston movie premiere of “What I Love About Concrete“. I’m mostly excited to see the movie because I’ve been hearing about it for so long, and it’ll be fun to have a chance to perform some of my solo material again. The evening starts at 7 pm, and please contact me for the address if you are interested in coming.

Laura-CorteseThen on Thursday (April 25th), I’ll be up at the Village Tavern in Salem with the Cold Chocolate trio (Ethan Robbins on guitar, James McIver on banjo, and myself on bass). We’ll be playing original and classic bluegrass and Americana tunes all night starting at 8 pm.

Friday night (April 26th), Spider Cider will be playing out for the first time since the fall, which is exciting. We’ll be performing as part of the Dirty Gerund Road Show at Clark University out in Worcester.

Then on Saturday night (April 27th), I’m excited to be playing with Laura Cortese for her CD release shows at Passim in Cambridge. We’ll be playing two shows, one at 7 pm and one at 10 pm. Her new CD Into the Dark is great, I’ve been listening to it a bunch to learn all of tunes, so it should be a really good show.

Ok that’s all of them for the week! I’ll be posting more about the tour, as well as some other exciting musical developments soon.

This week at Johnny D’s and Sally O’s

203518_473186589387325_1790858286_nThis week I have a few weeknight shows:

Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 6th), I’ll be starting off the night by playing with Ezekiel’s Wheels at NewBridge on the Charles, a retirement community in Dedham, MA. Then, I’m off to Johnny D’s in Davis Square to play with the Kristen Ford Band. This is the last KFB show until the spring since Kristen’s about to go traveling all over the place for the next couple months, so don’t miss out! We’ll be going on last, around 10:30 pm.

On Thursday (February 7th), I’ll be playing with Cold Chocolate at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square. We’re playing at 7 pm, opening up for our friends the Sprill Hill Rounders. It’ll be a fun night of bluegrass–come hear how we’ve been arranging some of the newer tunes to get them ready to record later this month!

KFO video and Saturday show

I’ve been doing a poor job of updating about upcoming shows this month, but to make up for it, here’s a video from the latest Kristen Ford Band performance at the Somerville Theater last week to close out Brendan Burns’s Timestamp release, to get you pumped for our Saturday show at Bull McCabes in Somerville. I’m hidden behind a wall of horns (!!), but you can certainly hear the harmonies on the chorus (apparently my mic was louder in the house than in the monitors…)

It was a great show with a lot of interesting (and varied!) performances, as well as the debut for the Timestamp documentary. It was also super fun (and epic) to play with a 14-piece band.

Anyway, the show on Saturday (November 24th) starts at 9 pm. I’ll be backing Kara Kulpa to open it up, then Ruby Fox will take over at 10 pm, and I’ll be back up with the Kristen Ford Band at 11. Come by if you’re in town!

weekend shows

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).

shows this week

Here are the details for a few shows I’m excited about playing this week:

First, tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5th), I’ll be joining the Kristen Ford Band for a set at Club Passim (47 Palmer Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge). We’ll be playing alongside Anna Rae and Samantha Ferrell for the official release of Anna’s new CD “Peddler’s Wares”. Passim is always a great venue to play, with a cozy, intimate feel and delicious food and drinks. For anyone out of town, the show will also be streaming through Concert Window. Music starts at 8 pm.

Second, on Thursday (September 6th), Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate is headed back to Providence for bluegrass night at Lola’s Cantina. We played there a little over a month ago and had a blast–there’s great food and a great crowd. We’ll be starting around 8 pm and going til close.

Third, on Friday (September 7th) I’ll be playing with Frank Drake at Salvatore’s (55 High Street in Medford). We’ll be playing alongside fiddler Dan Kellar, and doing a mix of bluegrass, country, and swing tunes. Frank and I have been working out some harmonies, too, so it’ll sound extra lovely. We’ll be playing from 8 pm til 11 pm.

UPDATE: I’ll be playing an early morning gig on Saturday (September 8th) with fellow upright bass player Tony Leva. We’re playing as part of Meet Me at the Mystic, an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Mystic River Watershed Association. It looks like a lovely event with boating, artists, and musicians all along the river. Tony and I will be playing for an hour starting at 9:45 am–it’ll most likely be a mix of free improv and baroque duets. Come on by!

benefit shows this week

I have a couple shows coming up in the next couple days that I’m excited about, and both happen to be benefits:

Tomorrow (Wednesday, August 29th) the Kristen Ford Band is playing a benefit for the Yellow Umbrella Organization, to raise money for cervical cancer prevention and awareness. The show is at Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Ave in Allston). Music starts at 8 pm and features a ton of local musicians.

Then, on Thursday (August 30th), Spider Cider is headed to Worcester to play at the Raven, for a benefit so save our friend Shane Hall’s house. This one also has a huge lineup of great local talent, it’s going to be an awesome show–music starts at 6 pm and runs practically all night.