Ego Band and more in 2015
Jan 2015 20

Hello, all! Wanted to let you know about a few upcoming performances that I’ll be a part of during February and March in Ithaca.

Saturday, February 7th, I’ll be at The Nines for the debut of a new project that I’m very excited about. Luminous Beings is a dark, groovy, art-rock trio featuring longtime friends and collaborators Mark Hennessey (guitars, vocals) and J.P. Feenstra (drums, percussion, vocals). I’ll be playing bass, keyboards, and keyboard bass as well as singing and patting my head while rubbing my belly. We’ll have a few special guests joining us for our debut performance. Plus, Harry Nichols Band is also on the bill, and I just may be making an appearance with them…

The following weekend, celebrate the afternoon of Valentine’s Day at Sunny Days of Ithaca! Between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday, February 14th, a number of local musicians will be performing acoustic sets of love songs. I’ll be performing a mix of covers and originals with Ego Band vocalist Mandy Goldman at 4pm. Also on the bill: original folk music by Jeremy Betterley (2pm), spoken word by Remanu Phillips (3pm), and a solo set by Ithaca singer-songwriter mainstay Alan Rose (5pm). Hang out, listen, snack, and shop for the afternoon, then go have dinner with your sweetie (or ice cream in your comfies with Netflix) after!

Finally (for now), the Ego Band will make a triumphant return at The Dock on Saturday, March 14th for a St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser. We take the stage at 9, followed by Thru Spectrums at 10 (I’ll also be on keyboards) and Spacetrain at 11. At midnight, heads will be shaved (but probably not mine). Prepare to groove.

Stay tuned for more performances as our record release approaches!

SBL and friends in Ithaca Journal
Jan 2015 01

Happy New Year! The end of 2014 marked the annual “Jimmies,” the longstanding local music awards written by the Ithaca Journal’s Jim Catalano.

Sam was touched to receive an honorable mention for the “Most Valuable Player” in the local music scene, in good company with Ego Band and Thru Spectrums guitarist Joe Massa, as well as a host of other amazing local musicians (incidentally, the category was won by internationally-renowned jazz cellist Hank Roberts, so it’s a treat to be included in the same list!).

Best male vocalist and best female vocalist went to Harry Nichols and Julia Felice, both of whom have performed and recorded with Sam and other Ego Band members over the past year.

You can read the full article here.

As for this coming year, we’re crossing our fingers to land Ten Square Miles on the list come December!

“The Haunt” Live at The Dock
Nov 2014 15

Other than some weekend warrior gigs, most of Sam and the band’s activity has been behind the scenes for the last few months. To tide you over for that new record, here’s a live performance of one of the new tracks from last weekend’s performance at The Dock in Ithaca, NY.

“The Haunt” is based on the life of Edward Rulloff, a Cornell linguist who was accused of killing his wife and daughter, and executed for the murder of a store clerk in 1871. His brain is still on display at the university.