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.

Queen’s Head Pub, Zumix, and the BJMF

The last couple weeks has been kind of a whirlwind between a bunch of shows, rehearsals, and my grad school audition (which I think went pretty well!), and now I’m currently up in Vermont recording with Cold Chocolate. It’s always a good time being up here, right on Lake Champlain, and having the whole weekend to focus on recording. This is the second session we’re doing for the upcoming full-length album which should be finished later this year.

592290_424331834316111_1264724634_nIf you want to catch some of the new tunes live, come check out our show this Wednesday (March 27th) at the Queen’s Head Pub in Harvard Square. We’ll be playing from 8 pm til 10 pm.

On Friday (March 1st), I’ll be playing with Spider Cider for a fundraiser at Zumix in East Boston. The show is part of their Friday Freestyle Fridays program, which happens every Friday from 6-9 pm. There’s a great lineup featuring a lot of youth from both Boston and New York City. It’s the first Spider Cider show that we’ve played in a while, so that’s exciting, too. Pete (our trombone player) unfortunately can’t make it, so in order to fill in for him, we’ve enlisted a three-piece horn section. It’ll be a good time, though we’re also working on putting together some shows with the full band in the near future, so stay tuned for that as well.

Finally, this upcoming week I’ll also be playing on Saturday (March 2nd) with Ezekiel’s Wheels as part of this year’s Boston Jewish Music Festival. We’ll be playing at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton, MA at 6:30 pm. It’ll be a good warm up for our recording session the following Sunday, which will be also our second session for an upcoming full-length album. In other Ezekiel’s Wheels news, check out this article that was published just the other day in B’nai B’rith Magazine: Experimental Klezmer Band Takes Fresh Approach to Traditional Tunes

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).

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.

saturday shows

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 25th) is a busy day:

First, I’m playing at noon with Ezekiel’s Wheels at the Allston Village Farmers Market (500 Cambridge St. in Allston). We’ll be playing for about an hour, mostly to promote our kickstarter (which has been doing great so far–thanks so much for all the support!)

Then, I’m headed out to Goshen, MA to play with the Kristen Ford Band. We’re playing at a festival put on by the Institute for Musical Arts, an organization dedicated to supporting women and girls in music.

Finally, I’m coming back to JP to play at the Monkey Palace with Spider Cider in an all hip hop lineup that’s also featuring the Lost Profits (from Worcester) and Solo Sexx. We even have a couple new songs to debut!

Spider Cider at O’Briens


Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 24th), Spider Cider is going to be playing at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston. Our friend H.W. is releasing his new CD, as well as kicking off a tour, so it’s a big night. There’s also a great lineup of local hip hop acts that H.W. put together, we’re pumped to be sharing the bill with Emoh Betta, Esh the Monolith, Brzowski, and Natalie Kovakik. There’s even more information here.

Come on out–doors open at 8 pm, and music stats around 9 pm. Spider Cider is going on closer to 10 or 10:30, but the whole night is worth checking out.

Spider Cider shows this week


This week, Spider Cider is playing a couple of shows:

Tuesday (July 3rd), we’ll be headlining the all new Panda Bar, which is taking over Sally O’Brien’s on Tuesday nights. As always for Tuesdays at Sally’s, it’s a free show that starts around 8–the show will be kicked off by Cathy Cathodic, followed by Crusty Sizzle and Sammy Fresh, Reason P, and then Spider Cider til close. Don’t miss the longest set we’ve ever played–we even have some new tunes to debut!

On Friday (July 6th), we’re heading out to the Sacred World Independence Day Festival in Petersham, MA. We’ll be playing a set at 10 pm.

Also, check our our recent write up in the Phoenix–our tune “Family” is the featured track of the week!