There are a number of performances coming in the near future featuring myself inserted within a varied array of musical disciplines!
First a gig in Slovenia with SUPERHAMMERS (Stu Hamm, Chad Wackerman and myself) at the Beer and Flowers Festival in Lasko (played this fest with Satriani last year, so much fun; excited for my first performance with this trio!)
Then a couple of weeks of German dates with Jaan Wessman and Schroeder (formerly known as Mike Keneally & Friends, this trio is now formally identifed as THE MIKE KENEALLY REPORT. Because it’s a much better! Schroeder thought of it!)
Then there’s a show in Brazil with Joe Satriani but I still don’t see it announced anywhere so I’m not announcing it either, really!
Then I’m doing two days at GUITAR WORKSHOP PLUS at Seattle University – a performance and a clinic. Deep music diving into a bunch of my songs and other things!
Then a short but sweet series of California dates with the Beer For Dolphins quartet (me, Rick Musallam, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers). So happy about these shows!
Then in September, three dates with Extreme Cream at the Iridium in NYC, and in October a couple of nights at Progtoberfest III with Beer For Dolphins and The Don & Bunk show —
I hope you’ve all been copacetic or better. I had a great and crazy tour with BFD last month – wildly fun shows, beautiful audiences, cancelled flights, emergency van rentals and vast quantities of friendship on display. My favorite shows were the two Iridium gigs where Rick Musallam was able to join us – see photographic evidence herein. We’re working on putting together a west coast BFD run with the Travis Larson Band later this year, about which I shall inform thee when I have information to inform thee withupon.
Also last month I whooshed up to Vancouver, BC for a few days to work on some new music with Devin Townsend. It was just the two of us in his studio writing and recording stuff. It’s sounding fascinating thus far, and we’re both looking forward to continuing the process when schedules allow – the music is very varied and we’re eager to continue discovering what exactly we’re creating here. GIGS AND WHISPERS OF GIGS
You know what’s coming up? Some gigs! Here’s them.
On June 4 and 6 there are a couple of Extreme Cream shows with Kofi Baker and Rob Pagliari.
Playing with us at Brick by Brick is instrumental progressive band Pet Shark, and their cellist Lindsay Jagich will join us on one of my favorite Jack Bruce pieces, “As You Said” from Wheels Of Fire. Cream themselves never played this piece live – I am really excited about playing it! I love it a lot.
On June 22 I’ll be doing a clinic at Murrieta Arts Studios in Murrieta, CA. I’ve not been to this place yet, but Pete Griffin did a clinic there not so long ago and he told me this place is happening. So this will be a new experience for me and I am very much looking forward to it, like a baby fish looks forward to Infinite Day.
Starting in mid-July I’ll be doing various things in Europe – for one thing, a trio gig with Stu Hamm and Chad Wackerman somewhere in Europe (the precise location and date are being kept a secret from the public for a few more weeks. Exciting!) where we’ll be playing Stu’s stuff, a little of mine, some Zappa, Satriani, Vai, Holdsworth – a cornucopia of wonderments.
Then I’ll be out and about in Germany and Italy for a couple of weeks with comrades Jaan Wessman and Schroeder – those details are still being sealed in wax and will be presented with love to you quite soon.
There’s going to be a gig somewhere in South America with some fine musicians we all know quite well which I see has not been announced online yet, so I’ll keep my trap shut on that.
As indicated above, west coast BFD August action is in the planning stages. There’s also some Extreme Cream touring in the blueprint stage for sometime around September/October.
Late October I’ll be returning, with relish, to Progtoberfest III at Reggie’s in Chicago. Last year was a hoooot and I look forward to further hooting. I’ll be doing a set with BFD, and another set sitting in with the Don and Bunk Show (Don Preston and Bunk Gardner – freakin’ legends), along with several other wonderful people, the also legendary Ike Willis and Nick D’Virgilio.
Other acts at Progtoberfest III include Martin Barre, Alphonso Johnson, The Tangent, Karmakanic, Necromonkey, Cast, Aisle, Bruce Soord, Dave Kerzner, District 97, Thank you Scientist, Discipline, Frogg Café, Randy McStine and many others – it’s going to be a severely action-packed three days in a great venue. Definitely worth your time! VIDEO ACTIVITIES
I shall leave you with a couple of new videos of songs from Scambot 2 that I played for EMG pickups in their video studio up there last October, which I hope you enjoy the bejeezus out of –
Just returned from Larvik, Norway from a sold-out night at the Guitar Festival there. Great hang, great crowd and great times playing my songs with Are Gogstad and Rune Pederson (bass and drums), and jamming on Chicago and Hendrix tunes with Paul Gilbert and other pals. Thanks to everyone at the Festival, especially Anders, for bringing me over. So much fun!
More fun a-comin’: at the end of this week I’m taking Beer For Dolphins out for a few shows on the east coast, and one in Texas. These are trio shows with Bryan Beller and Joe Travers, except for The Iridium in NYC where Rick Musallam will be joining us.
Excitement! Multiple notes! We are so jazzed to be playing these shows! I’ve spiked the setlist with some pretty old songs that haven’t been played in a darn long time – at least one hasn’t been played live since Drop Control were still together.
Info right ‘chere:
FRIDAY MARCH 31 Kennett Flash 102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Doors 7pm Showtime 8pm
SATURDAY APRIL 1 New Jersey Proghouse @ Roxy & Duke’s 745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Matinee!! Doors 1:30pm Showtime 2pm
Special opening act: Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra (with Bryan Beller on bass!)
SUNDAY APRIL 2 and MONDAY APRIL 3 The Iridium 1650 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
2 sets each night:
WEDNESDAY APRIL 5
The Falcon 1348 Rte. 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
$20 minimum suggested donation
Doors 5:30pm Showtime 9:00pm
(Say…we are looking for two able-bodied humans to help with load-in and load-out at the Falcon gig. Two free tickets, some earnest socializing and a lifetime of memories await you. Please get in touch with Julie Cord at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. Thanks!)
SUNDAY APRIL 9 (rescheduled from April 7) The Guitar Sanctuary
6633 Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071
Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm
Check out the merch stand at these shows: in addition to a bustling selection of CDs, I’ll be auctioning off a couple of original drawings at each gig. Enhance your art collection and help pay for our hotel rooms at the same time. Win win!
Thank you everyone! May your next lunch be fantastic!
Scambot 2 Factoids
We’re shipping the 2-CD Scambot 2 signed and numbered limited edition of 2000. The double-CD set consists of the Scambot 2 album (65 minutes of music) and the Inkling album (48 minutes of music) in a colorful digi-pak, with two handsome booklets nestled within. You’ll get an immediate download of Scambot 2 as soon as you pre-order. (You’ll have to wait until your CD set arrives to hear Inkling, which, by the way, features the brilliant RICK MUSALLAM on the song “Cram”!!)