Independence Day Update
Jul 2015 04

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I’m on a rainy visit back home to Pennsylvania (and it’s been raining quite steadily in Ithaca), but it hasn’t slowed down the music at all. 

After a flurry of gigs to promote Ten Square Miles, the Ego Band is taking a quick breather while drummer Will Sigel hits the road with Dreamt (check out their terrific new record, Comfort Road). We’ll be back at it in August, but my music schedule is as busy as ever in the meantime.

Just this past weekend, I could be seen around Ithaca playing keys with Thru Spectrums:

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Watch SBL & The Ego Band at Ithaca Festival!
Jun 2015 04

The Ego Band made its debut at the annual Ithaca Festival this past weekend, and Jonathan Hochberg from Finger Lakes Music Press was on hand to document. Here’s a clip of our rollicking set opener, “The Haunt”, from the new album Ten Square Miles.

Here’s the half-hour set in full:

Turn On Your Love Light (Intro) [Scott/Malone]
The Haunt [Lupowitz/Go(dman]
Verses and Choruses/Forget You [Lupowitz, Green/Mars/Lawrence/Brown/Levine]
Valerie [McCabe/Pritchard/Payne/Harding/Molloy/Chowdhury]
Lensful of Molly [Lupowitz]
Land of Peace and Love [Lupowitz]

It was a blast, and we’re looking forward to next year!

Record Release Recap
May 2015 26

Well, I’m happy. In the three weeks or so since the release of Ten Square Miles, I’ve been getting great feedback (I know my mother really likes it, that’s for sure).

Then there was our release show at The Dock on Friday, May 8th, which was a rousing success. In addition to a stellar opening performance by The Rumble Scene (who will soon be leaving Ithaca to take up residence in Nashville), the Ego Band was joined by a number of special guests, including Alan Rose (dramatic introduction), Harry Nichols (vocals), Carly Browning (vocals), Sam Shuhan (bass), and the return of our stalwart slide guitarist Will Gelder.

Ten Square Miles Record Release Show Setlist:
Songs by Lupowitz except where noted

Turn On Your Love Light (Intro) [Scott/Malone]
Land of Peace and Love
The Haunt [Lupowitz/Goldman]
Green Street Blues
Asylum/No Quarter [Lupowitz, Page/Plant/Jones]
Jayne in a Bubble with the Devil Inside
Lucifer Falls
Indian Summer, Hillview Place
Dance in the Fountain
Ithaca [Rose] >
City on the Hill
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End [Lennon/McCartney]

ENCORE:
Her Majesty (Drew Serafini) [Lennon/McCartney]
Trampled Under Foot [Page/Plant/Jones]

So as you can see, a fun night, and I’ll hope to get some video circulating in the near future (a number of great audience clips surfaced on Facebook after the show, just have to take some time to edit them).

And hey, we’ll be at Ithaca Festival this Sunday for the first time! Can’t wait to hit the big outdoor stage (that will be shared by such excellent local artists as Stone Cold Miracle, Big Mean Sound Machine, Sophistafunk, and many, many more).

Then I’m looking forward to a busy June with the Ego Band, Thru Spectrums, and Julia Felice. I’m also plotting to spread the reach of the Ego Band, so if you non-Ithacans would like us to bring this little rock and roll circus to your town, hit us up.

Thanks as always for the support, everyone. This record was — this band is — a labor of love that has blossomed in really wonderful, inspiring ways, and I’m looking forward to making more music soon!

Cheers,
SBL