Music and Travel in February
Feb 2017 01

February is upon us, and I have some music to (hopefully) brighten your day a bit.

Last month marked the third annual NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest, and two of my musical groups submitted some homemade videos!

Here’s Noon Fifteen with an original composition, Even If:

…and Thru Spectrums with To the Daylight (from our new album that will be released this May)

While I have no great aspirations to win the contest (as fun as it would be to meet Bob Boilen and crew and play a real-life Tiny Desk concert like some of my heroes), it’s become a fun group activity for the community of independent musicians around the world, so please do enjoy our videos, plus any others you stumble upon. Spread the word if you discover a new artist you like. I’m always on the lookout…

Back in Pennsylvania

These news posts often mention performances in the central New York area, but I have an event coming up for my Pennsylvania friends as well. I’ll be playing keyboards and bass at an upcoming show at Building 24 in Wyomissing on February 4th celebrating the release of the debut record from The Wizbangs, a family band consisting of my two good friends JP and Charles Feenstra, plus their dad, Jim. My frequent collaborators Mandy Goldman and Mark Hennessey will also be in the roster (each singing a song or two). There will be original music by the Feenstras, plus Led Zeppelin and Beatles songs, so come say hi and sing along with us!

Pennsylvania friends, while I have your attention: I’ve been playing private events for Kutztown University with increasing frequency over the last year (with many thanks to the mighty Bob Tier of The Party People). In fact, I have one coming up the following Thursday, February 9th. These performances are often early in the day in the middle of the week, so I’ve been on the hunt for some venues in southeastern Pennsylvania that might book a solo or duo singer/songwriter act on a weeknight to piggyback on my trips. If you know of any establishments near you that provide live music, I’d greatly appreciate it if you let me (or, even better, them) know.

In Memoriam

We lost Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band a few weeks ago, so I’ll send you off with this:

I’d love to hear how you’re doing, too. Yes, you. Gotta stick together.

See you soon!

Cheers,
SBL

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