|Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
As summer is winding down and fall is creeping in, I gaze with a full heart on the pages of my calendar for the rest of 2016. What an amazing year it has been, and there is so much more fun to come! Here’s what’s happening, and I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, random photos, and musings.
1. GRATITUDE. Oh August, I thought my heart might burst. Thank you so much to all these fine folks for helping me live the dream…James and Karen and the Home By Dark team, Lori & Michael and all at F Street Gallery in Salida, Steve S and the kind folks in Mountain Village, Briony & Chris, Sean & Diane and all in Gunnison and to Ann & Bop for being awesome roadies! And p.s. Thank you Brianne for readding this haha. 🙂
2. THE NEWS. Ok friends, next year will be my 20th year as a touring musician. (Whaaaat?!?) Anyway, once the shock of that number started to wear off, I realized that I have played in every state except for Hawaii. (Whaaaaat?!?) So I need your help on this one. Does anyone know of a place to play/concert series/house concert in Hawaii that we can reach out to? It would be the perfect way to celebrate 20 years! And you would be invited. 🙂 Holler at me at email@example.com if you have ideas!
The new album “Spring Tide” has been holding steady on the folk radio charts, woohoo! Thank you to all the wonderful DJ’s whose labor of love is sharing music like mine with their listeners. Here’s a nice video put together by my buddy Erik Balkey at Hudson Harding…a sampling of songs on the new CD.
And check it out: “Spring Tide” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby!
I just saw that the City of Allen, TX put up a video of the entire show we did at their beautiful library theater this spring with Tom Faulkner and Susan Gibson! So get in yo jammies, pop some popcorn, and enjoy!
I am gearing up for the Sisters Americana Song Academy and Folk Festival next week! Song Academy is such a transformative week, a gathering of brave songwriters in a jaw-droppingly beautiful setting with the intent of focusing on creativity, community, and fun. I am so excited that I get to be a part of it! And I am stoked to be playing a set at the festival this year. I will take the Belfry stage at 1:30 on Saturday to sing some songs from my new CD “Spring Tide” with the gorgeous vocal styings of Ara Lee and a few other special guests. WOOP! I’m thrilled to be sitting in with Ara Lee for her sets (Saturday at 7:30 at the Open Door and Sunday at noon at The Belfry) along with the great Kathryn Claire and other muscial guests! And of course, the Sunday Community Celebration is going to be so much fun! Remember, the commmuity show (10 am Sunday at the Village Green) is free and open to all. It is the festival’s way of saying thank you to the community. I hope to see y’all there!
3. SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, y’all please call ahead.
Fri, Sep 2 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR. 27012 Briggs Hill Road. BW plays Silvan Ridge’s Friday Music Series, held in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater. 6-8 pm. All ages welcome.
Sat, Sep 3 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR. Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 20th annual festival will occur Labor Day Weekend, 2016 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country (source: Art Fair Source Book). Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. BW plays at 3.
Tue-Fri, Sep 6-9 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR. The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit.Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing.Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at the performing arts camp “Caldera”, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains. With an extraordinary caterer, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience, the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year. BW’s favorite week of the year!
Sat, Sep 10 –Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass.The Festival is held every year in September, the weekend after Labor Day, in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. Home to ten stages, including an 900-seat venue at the Village Green Park in downtown Sisters, and 1,100 seats at Sisters Art Works, Sisters Folk Festival is pure magic!!BW plays a set at the Belfry at 1:30 pm.
Sun, Sep 11 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. BW hosts the Community Celebration Sunday morning, which is free and open to all. 10 am at the Village Green tent. https://www.sistersfolkfestival.org/
Fri, Sep 16 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Lafayette, CO. Little Tree Acoustic is a private house concert series in Lafayette, CO dedicated to creating an intimate listening space for professional singer-songwriter performers. If you want to experience music the way it should be experienced, join our friends-of-the-series email list so you can learn about and be invited to upcoming shows.There are typically two sets of music, with beverages and homemade desserts shared at intermission. You are welcome and encouraged to bring something to share. There will be rum cake…it’s a tradition! Advanced reservations are required. Email info@LittleTreeAcoustic.com or call 303-620-6634. $20 suggested donation (sliding scale). Doors open at 7:30/Music starts at 8pm.
Sat, Sep 17 – Private House Concert – Boulder, CO
Sun, Sep 18 – Five Points Live! – Denver, CO. Join us for a Sunday house concert hosted by Doug & Maggie in their beautiful modern townhome. All are welcome although space is not as well suited for small children. $18 suggested donation. Reserve seats at http://www.fivepointslive.com/reservations.html.
Thu, Sep 22 – Wild Bear Concerts – Nederland, CO. 20 Lakeview Dr., #107. Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center is Boulder County’s only all-ages nature center annually serving thousands of people through the free and open walk in nature center as well as formal workshops for all ages. Together with Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts in Lafayette, CO, Wild Bear is continuing the Nederland tradition of bringing nationally and internationally touring performers up to the mountains. The intention of the series is to support grassroots music that brings community together to contemplate the beauty of the arts in nature. Wild Bear is proud to collaborate with Little Tree to build community surrounding the mission of Boulder County’s only all ages nature center. All artist donations support the performer. In addition, separate donations can be made to directly support Wild Bear’s mission and its ability to host these music shows. We suggest $20 and up ($25 and up the day of the show), on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to pay more if you value and can afford a little more to support live music. Please do what you can to keep live music and Wild Bear alive and thriving. Wild Bear has a liquor license, and the wine and beer sales help us cover the costs associated with the shows. So please consider coming thirsty and helping us support the series by enjoying a glass of wine or a beer.Reserve your seats by purchasing them early using the payment link at http://wildbear.org/concerts/. Doors open for the pot luck dinner at 6:30pm. Carousel of Happiness ride at 7:15pm. Music starts at 7:30pm.
Sat, Sep 24 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Ave N. The Long Beach Acoustic Music Series presents the best and brightest in the Northwest music scene in an intimate house-concert-style setting with professional production and staging at the Peninsula Arts Center on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. The Peninsula Arts Center is a Fair Trade Music venue. Tickets are $12 Doors at 6:30. music at 7. Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available.
Oh we had so much Home By Dark fun in August!! This is from one of our Chukkar Farm shows…we were very purple that night.
the Chukkar Farm crew..had such a blast with Ernie Halter and the house band!
F Street Gallery in Salida was such a lovely setting for a concert! and then we walked across the street after the show and they had my favorite Portland beer on tap…Breakside IPA. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Our Gunnison house concert was such a blast!! Many folks were attending their first house concert. I love it when that happens!
I flew into Amarillo where my trusty roadies Ann & Bop picked me up and we drove to CO. I feel right at home here…I’m from big sky country after all.
Seriously? A fly shop/coffee shop combo in Creede??? I think I found heaven on earth. If only they had puppies.
Suited up and ready to hit the stream! Caught my nicest brown of the whole trip in those first few minutes. You can always tell how big the fish is by how loud I scream… 🙂
this guy was hanging out in the same valley
a little sound-check moment with the great Michael Logen before our amazing Home By Dark show in Loveland
we loved the Rialto Theater!
4. THE FUTURE. Well, fall is jam packed with awesome shows, and I couldn’t be more excited about visiting new festivals and venues whie revisiting some venues I already love. You, my friend, have been a wonderful partner in this musical journey that I call my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I hope to see you out there on the road! Much gratitude from your fan,
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Down the road a piece…
10.7 Lincoln City Cultural Center – Lincoln City, OR
10.8 Pistol River Concert Series – Pistol River, OR
10.13 FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA
10.14 FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA
10.15 FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA
10.20 The Purple Onion – Saluda, NC
10.21 Private House Concert – Cary, NC
10.22 Private House Concert – Cary, NC
10.23 The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, SC
10.28 O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR
10.29 FARM Conference – Iowa City, IA
11.4 Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT
11.5 Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT
11.10 The Living Room at The Line – Richardson, TX
11.11 Fischer Fest – Fischer, TX
11.12 Russ & Julie’s House Concerts – Oak Park, CA
11.13 The Cellar Sessions – Pasadena, CA
11.16 Wine and Song Series -Pasadena, CA