Playing the Coasts This Weekend!

This is a first for me and I am super excited for this weekends coast to coast festivities.  On Friday and Saturday, I will be up playing with Guster at our final 25th-anniversary show in Portland, ME. Its a full weekend of activities called, Guster On The Ocean, headlined by a big show right on the water Saturday night. 

Then, on Sunday, I'll hustle myself out west to San Francisco for a set with Marco Benevento at the Outside Lands Festival.  We play a couple of slots before The Who!!!

Cinema Improv Podcast Episode 1!!

I am very excited to announce the release of my new podcast called Cinema Improv! You can check out the first episode on iTunes or here on my site!

The original idea for this podcast was to create a new, exciting and fun environment for people to come over and improvise at my little recording studio. I went out and bought a projector and a big screen with the thought that if I played some visually interesting movies while we were playing, it would take the music in cool new direction. 
I put a lot of thought into which movies to play and which players to invite, but I purposely don’t give much instruction at the beginning of each session. I want the music to be organic and come from a relaxed place where anything can happen. There are no wrong notes!
Sometimes what comes out is very soundtracky and other times full songs pop up out of nowhere. I’ve noticed time and time again that through the session there are peaks and valleys and most of the time the most inspired, interesting music comes after pushing and finding our way through the boring, muddy stuff.
Then after recording each movie session, I edit the whole thing down to around 44 min, cutting out the mud and leaving in the peaks. I settled on 44 min because thats the maximum amount of time that can fit on a vinyl record- an album of songs cut from a fully improvised soundtrack to a movie.

Summer Tour Continues!!

w/ Guster
6/23 - Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/24 - Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/26 - Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheatre
6/27 - Columbus, OH EXPRESS Live!
6/28 - Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
6/29 - Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/1 - Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island
7/8 - Woodstock, NY Levon Helm Studios

w/ Guster & Marco Benevento
7/2 - Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Pavillion
7/3 - Cedar Rapids, IA McGrath Amphitheater
7/6 - NYC Forest Hills Stadium
7/7 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavillion
7/9 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts

January Fun In The Sun

The Creamery Studio

Guster at The Paradise in Boston

Guster at The Paradise in Boston

Usually a slow month in the middle of brutal winter in NYC, January was surprisingly busy and actually not that cold. I spent a week in Boston, to start off the month, for four consecutive sold out shows at The Paradise as part of Guster's 25th-anniversary celebration.  It was great to play in front of such hard-core fans and we tried to keep it interesting with different themes each night and only a few repeated songs (i think we played over 70 tunes throughout the 4 nights).  Back in NYC I had a few gigs with the Jambalaya Brass Band, a fun New Orleans traditional brass band that I play snare drum or bass drum with occasionally. Along with recording a bunch of drums in my studio for various folks, I also went over to The Creamery Studio in Greenpoint for a 3-day session with singer-songwriter Oliver Rosenthal and bassist Matt Cusack.  We tracked 11 songs and had a blast, be on the lookout for when his album drops.