I can hardly believe this is even true, after so many months of no gigs, but I’m gonna do a two-night stand at the Baked Potato in LA on July 16 and 17, with Beer For Dolphins. Two sets each night. Hours of music and memories for the discerning connoisseur. (Did I actually spell connoisseur right? Dang.)
BFD in this instance is the five-piece bakin’ @ the potato! model, with Joe Travers, Griff Peters, Rick Musallam and Bryan Beller. THAT tidy ensemble. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to play with these guys again, for actual people.
Gonna premiere a couple of tunes from the new solo album in the works, and I’ve worked out the set lists and have arranged for a nice variety of tunes from night to night for you, so if you decide to get tickets to all four sets, you will receive a sparkling variety. Actually hold on a sec and I’ll count them for you. One…two…three…(edit) well it looks like no less than THIRTY-THREE different tunes strewn over the four sets. That’s entertainment!
Here’s things to click which will take you to places where your tickets can be got:
Important note for anyone coming to the BFD gigs July 16/17 – I’m not sure it says anything on the Baked Potato site about this, but in order to get in the venue you’ll need either proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of entry – please be aware. Thanks!
Yeah, The Zappa Band are going to play seventeen shows with King Crimson in the U.S. in a couple of months from now. Yes I wish we were playing outside the U.S. too! But I’m highly grateful for every gig we’re getting. I’m starting to feel severely excited to get out and do some playing. Some aspects of coming out of hiding are unnerving. But getting onstage and playing some music isn’t one of those things.
The Zappa Band consists of Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robert Martin, Joe Travers, Jamie Kime, and me.
The Crimson band is the same three-drummer, four-non-drummer lineup that’s been making glowingly beautiful music live for a few years now. A truly wonderful ensemble.
Together it’s going to be a really, really good night of music (yes I treated myself to two “really”s there).
For something like a year now, I’ve been posting all sorts of things from my audio and paper archives to my Patreon page, along with exclusive videos and frequent livestream hangouts with patrons and all kinds of stuff. It is so freaking fun. I’m excited about creating a varied collection of my work there which is continually growing, and the connection with all the extremely cool people who have joined me there. I love being at Patreon, and if you’re interested in me and what I do, it’s really something you should know about.
One of the signature characteristics of Patreon is the “tiered” subscriber system – you can join at different money levels – and, on a lot of Patreon pages, the less you pay, the less stuff you get access to. Not at my page! Nuh uh! The main four monthly subscriber levels ($5, $10, $25 and $50) all get the same access to exactly the same posts – it’s just about how much support you, the patron, are generous enough to offer in return for the material I’m putting up.
It’s turned into a wonderful community, and it’s been a blessing in my life, during the last year and a half with absolutely no live music work, to have Patreon emerge as a support system. I’m grateful for everyone who’s a patron, and if you’re not one yet, I hope you’ll consider checking the place out soon: https://www.patreon.com/mikekeneally