Well, I think I’m leaning towards taking the more-than-usual rainfall in exchange for the low-humidity, non-heatwave, beautiful weather when it’s not raining. This Summer has produced some stunning days.
One of the best happened a couple weeks back for the Gorgas Park 10th Anniversary Music Fest. Great weather, loads of folks with lots of kids, all the bands had strong sets and if that weren’t enough, the day continued into night at the Blinkin’ Lincoln for sets by Scott Bricklin and Joseph Parsons. We all (and Ben Arnold) got to make a little of that 4 Way noise, meet the newest additions to the family and be friends. A total winner. I hope you were able to be there.
A nice batch of shows in July to tell you about and PLEASE read down to the bottom to find out how you can help choose which cities I play in my upcoming Fall Tour.
SATURDAY, 7.18.09 – 8P – MUSICAL LAIRS HOUSE CONCERT SERIES – ST. DAVID’S, PA
Always, always, ALWAYS one of the most intimate and special shows of the year. This is my 5th annual appearance at Lee Bowers’ wonderful Musical Lairs Concert Series, hosted in the beautiful, acoustically-sweet home of Lisa and Joe Breck in St. David’s, PA. A major bonus is the Steinway Baby Grand that plays so effortlessly even I make it sound good.
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Saturday, 7.18.09 – Music starts promptly at 8p. Please arrive by 7:45p.
Musical Lairs Concert Series
Lisa and Joe Breck’s house – St. David’s, PA
All Ages. $15-20 suggested donation per person and some finger food to share at the break.
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SUNDAY, 7.19.09 – 7P – FAB FAUX – THE RITZ THEATRE YBOR – TAMPA, FL
Yeah, yeah, yeah, YEAH! I get to play another gig with the guys who play the Beatles better than anyone else: the Fab Faux (and no wigs, either). This show I’m really excited about, as it’s the first time I get to play with the expanded lineup that includes The Hogshead Horns and Creme Tangerine Strings.
Sunday, 7.19.09 – 7p
THE FAB FAUX
The Ritz Theatre Ybor
1503 7th Avenue – Tampa, Florida
All Ages. With the Hogshead Horns and Creme Tangerine Strings.
TWO WITH BLEU – 7.25.09 – 7P – JOE’S PUB – NYC – 7.31.09 – 8:30P – PUCK – DOYLESTOWN, PA
A couple shows playing together with fellow pop-encyclopedian/songwriter, Bleu. Bleu’s got some great records on his own, has this crazy side project called L.E.O. that plays songs that sound like they’re ELO, but aren’t, AND released a stupily great record last year with a band he formed with my fave Mike Viola called the Major Labels. Great pedigree.
I’ll be playing the first set on the NYC show and the second set at Puck. I expect some spontaneous, magical moments.
Saturday, 7.25.09 – 7P
BLEU – ‘A WATCHED POT’ RECORD RELEASE
425 LaFayette Street – NYC
$15. 21+. Jim at 7, Bleu at 8.
Tix for Joe’s
Friday, 7.31.09 – 8:30p
1 Printer’s Alley – Doylestown, PA
$15. 21+. Starts with Bleu, then Jim wraps it.
Tix for Puck
WEDNESDAY, 7.15.09 – 7P – NARBERTH CONCERTS THE PARK WITH JOY ASKEW – NARBERTH, PA
Remember when I was going to play in Narberth and it rained? Sorry about that. The borough of Narberth and myself think we’ve figured out a way to make it up to you. Joy Askew has been kind enough to let me play an opening set when she comes to Narberth this Wednesday, 7.15.09. You might have seen Joy open for me a couple months ago at Steel City or one of the many times we’ve made noise together onstage at the Living Room in NYC. She’s great and worth seeing all for herself, just consider me a little something extra. I’m sure we’ll play some together as well.
Wednesday, 7.15.09 – 7p
NARBERTH CONCERTS IN THE PARK
North Wynnewood Road and Windsor Avenue – Narberth, PA
FREE. All Ages. Outdoors. Jim plays an opening set. Joy Askew after.
BRING ME TO YOUR TOWN – JOIN EVENTFUL (REGISTERING IS FAST AND FREE) – HELP CHOOSE THE CITIES FOR MY FALL TOUR
It’s a weird, new world in the music business. A lot of the old ways of doing things don’t work anymore and a lot of the new ways are still being invented and tested out.
Booking shows and building audiences in new cities is one of those areas where things are changing.
For me specifically, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll now be represented by the Granata Agency for show bookings and the good folks there are busy planning my Fall and filling it with shows even as we speak. But figuring out what cities to play is now both trickier and potentially more open to benefitting from some new thinking than it has been.
I know a lot of you have asked that I come to your town and I want to get to you. In order to help me do that, and to help figure out where it makes sense to play, I’d really like to ask your help.
There’s a site called Eventful
and maybe you’ve seen that cute widget shown above on my MySpace page (aw, MySpace – I’m getting nostalgic for 2006). This is a cool, useful service that, frankly, I haven’t concentrated on very much until now.
It’s pretty simple. Go to Eventful (you can click where it says “Learn More”
and register (less than 60 seconds) then click an demand me in your city.
BUT, to really make this work, I need you all to spread the word and get other folks who want to see me in your town do the same thing. Knowing that people are going to come to a show is going to make it easier to get a gig in your town.
You can help spread the word more by putting my widget on your MySpace page as well (scroll near the bottom of the piano and look for “Get the Code”).
Check it out and let me know what you think. More than ever, we are all in this together as artist and audience.
Looking forward to being in your town with you soon.