Hope you all had a fun 4th of July and got your fill of bbqs, fireworks and Ray Charles. I finally had a chance to catch my breath this weekend; the past two months have been a music-making blur for me.
I’m very happy to announce some BIG NEWS – I’ve been invited to play at this year’s Philadelphia Folk Fest as part of their 50th Anniversary. A huge debt of thanks to “The Treasure of Philadelphia”, Helen Leicht, for having me aboard (BTW, I’m trying to get this whole “The Treasure of Philadelphia” thing started with Helen, feel free to spread it around). I’ll be playing August 20th. Details coming soon.
Well, I can’t spend all of the time between now and Folk Fest just sunning by the pool in my speedos (sorry, ladies) . . .
I’VE GOT MUSIC TO MAKE!
SATURDAY, 7.09.11 – 8:30p
I’ve been playing Steel City for over 10 years now – I’m on my fourth or fifth owner (I’m told I’m listed on the deed with the place now).
One of the many reasons I keep coming back is the chance to share the stage with musicians I’m enamored with, having them open and getting to sit-in on each other’s sets (I may hold some sort of record for playing with the most acts I’m not a part of). This show, I’m super-psyched to have Pete Donnelly doing the honors. Pete’s played with me handling bass duties and I’ve been recently reciprocating by playing some guitar with his band – and, of course, he’s a member of the they-actually-make-me-a-little-angry-they’re-so-good The Figgs and now playing with Terry Adams in the newly-reconstituted NRBQ (I know!). Great musician, great songs, great person – not to missed, so come early!
Saturday, 7.09.11 – 8:30p
203 Bridge Street – Phoenixville, PA
8:30pm – $16 adv./$18 day of show
PETE DONNELLY opens!
SATURDAY, 7.16.11 – 7:30p
MUSICAL LAIRS CONCERT SERIES
ST. DAVIDS, PA
Wow, I’ve been playing Lee Bower’s Musical Lairs Concert Series for almost as long as I’ve been playing Steel City (thank god I started so young). Hosted, as always, by the fabulous Breck’s in the music room (and it really is – you could have a chamber concert in there) of their home in St. Davids, this is the house concert that isn’t a house concert (except that it is).
Unlike most house concerts, this one is open to the public and if you haven’t made one of these, you really should, it’s always one of the best shows of the year.
The grand piano don’t hurt, either. Unless I get too carried away and try to play things I don’t know. I’m pretty sure it hurts a little then.
Saturday, 7.016.11 – 7:30p
Musical Lairs Concert Series
The Brecks – St. Davids, PA
Doors open at 7:30. Music begins promptly at 8:00.
Joe and Lisa Breck’s home is in St. David’s, PA. Contact Lee Bowers at email@example.com for reservations and directions.
Suggested contribution to the artist $20, and some finger food to share at the break.
LA IN OCTOBER
HOUSE CONCERT FOR YOU?
It’s been so long since I’ve seen you. Too long.
I hope you know, I hope you know that this had nothing to do with you. It’s personal, myself and I. We had some straightenin’ out to do.
But LA, I’ve missed you like a child misses it’s blanket. Can you “Fergie”ve me?
Yes, I’m coming back to LA, for the first time in over two years, in late October. I’ll be playing with the Fab Faux at the Wiltern Theatre
Orpheum (performing the White Album) on October 22nd.
This leaves me with a couple of days open to perform some West Coast Living Room Therapy. Do YOU have a west coast living room that needs to have an evening being filled with friends and fun and music? My house concerts have been clinically-proven* to bring clarity, peace, serenity** (and a guitar) to living rooms, dens, backyards and even the occasional basement.
I have Friday, October 21 and Sunday October 23 available for house concerts in the LA area. If your west coast living room could use some therapy on one of these dates, please contact Jack Leitenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
* This statement not approved by the FDA.
** In comedy, this is known as a “callback”.
Even more goodness in the not-too-distant future.
07.10.11 – Rich Pagano + sugarCane Cups – Maplewoodstock – Maplewood, NJ
07.14.11 – Jim Boggia – Gorgas Park with Ben Arnold – Roxborough, PA
07.18.11 – Tom Waits Tribute Night – The Living Room – NYC
08.20.11 – Jim Boggia – Philadelphia Folk Festival – Schwenksville, PA
09.17.11 – Jim Boggia – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
10.22.11 – Fab Faux – Wiltern Theatre
Orpheum – Los Angeles, CA