The Opposite of Escape From New York

No Comments 13 September 2010

Autumnal Greetings,

I don’t know how it is where you are, but here on the East Coast of the good ol’ US of A, Fall seems like it arrived with laser-like precision. I spent Labor Day in Central Park with friends picnicking and playing music and then – BAM! – Tuesday it was time for long sleeves and you could smell Fall in the air. I’m all for Fall, but let’s give Winter bad directions so it spends a few extra weeks driving around trying to find the place.

I’m gearing up for a whirlwind of an end to 2010. Just rolling up my sleeves to learn my parts for the Fab Faux’s ‘A Night In The Life’ shows to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday at Radio City Music Hall (Sept. 25) and the Keswick Theatre (Oct. 9). I’ll be playing congas and drums in addition to my usual guitar/keyboard duties. Playing with the Faux has not only been a great experience because I get to play my favorite music of all-time, but also because I’m constantly given things to do that stretch me as a musician. Still, I do not expect to be taking any gigs away from conga legend Tommy Lopez any time soon.

After the show at the Keswick, I’m off to the UK for just under a month, playing shows in England and Scotland. More info to come, but mark your calendars for October 23 when I play the Borderline with Tracy Bonham and Bleu, and October 26th when I go back to the 12Bar and play with my friends Dan Clews and Alex Lipinski. Lots of other shows set up as well. I’ll be putting an emailer together with all the details soon.

After catching my breath in Philly for a couple weeks after that (and hold Nov. 22 open if you’re in Philly – I think there’s going to be a cool event announced soon, just not confirmed yet), I’ll be headed to Japan for a couple of weeks to play my first ever shows there. To the countless throngs of Japanese fans I have who I’m certain are reading this, you can find a list of the currently booked shows at More to come and I will, of course, be writing with more details as the tour gets closer.

On a sad note, one of my kitties passed away a few weeks ago. Bailey came with me (with 6 others!) to West Philly five years ago from the farm in Roxborough. She was one of the kittens that Jones had underneath “shipwreck deck” – the somewhat dilapidated porch that wrapped around three sides of the house. With Jones and her litter began a multi-year odyssey of domesticating about a dozen of the feral cats that lived in our backyard. Bailey was painfully shy most of her life but had come out of her shell quite a bit in the last few years. She passed away quickly and without suffering. She will be missed.

FRIDAY, 10.01.10 – 8P

I haven’t played a full show in NYC since LAST YEAR (but that’s not why I hate New York), and I’m coming back with a big Friday night extravaganza. I’ll be playing an extended set, plus there will be opening sets by my good friend Adrien Reju and Londoner-turned-NYC-ster Findlay Brown (they are both extremely ear-worthy).

Plenty of surprises and feats of derring-do are planned. At least one ukulele will be involved. No children or animals will be hurt during the performance.

In honor of this being a ticketed show, I have asked them NOT to pass the bucket around during the set. Who says I don’t look out for my fans?

And – because I know that you are people with exquisite musical taste – YES – I will have you out in time to go ’round the block to catch Harper-Blynn at the Rockwood. So, you can have a dual-venued, multi-artist, sound-spectacular of an evening!. But don’t just take my word for it, read what I’ve typed below that I’ve imagined Harper-Blynn would say:

Pete (Harper): Aw man, you guys should definitely go see Boggia before coming out to our show. He’s even playing some ukulele.
J (Blynn): Without a doubt. He’ll have you out in plenty of time to see us. Man, I hope someone records his show so we can hear it.

If you can’t take Harper-Blynn’s fictitious word for it, I don’t know what else to tell you . . .

I’m excited to come back and play the Living Room. It’s been too long. I hope you can make it out with some friends.

The Recap:
Friday, 10.01.10 – 8p
The Living Room
154 Ludlow – NYC
$10. 21+.

Opening sets by Adrien Reju and Findlay Brown (expect some jumping in on each other’s sets, too).

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