Thursday, April 28, 2011

Heading to New Orleans for Jazz Fest

Onstage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest w/James Andrews
I'm happy to be heading down to New Orleans for a week to hang/play in one of the greatest cities for music in the world.  I'll be playing with James Andrews, The Pimps Of Joytime, Monophonics, Brother Joscephus and the Colin Brown Band (so far).  My brother and his girlfriend are both chefs down there so i'm looking to a LOT of food/music, and not a lot of sleep.  As of now my schedule is looking like:

5/3 - 4pm @ Louisiana Music Factory w/James Andrews
        10pm @ Republic w/James Andrews (CD Release)
        12am @ Blue Nile w/Monophonics
5/4 - 1am @ Hi Ho Lounge w/Pimps Of Joytime
        4am @ Balcony Music Lounge w/Colin Brown Band
5/5 - 6pm @ TBA w/James Andrews
         2am @ Howlin' Wolf w/Pimps Of Joytime
5/6 - 1pm @ Private Party w/Pimps Of Joytime
        1am @ Hi Ho Lounge w/Pimps Of Joytime
5/7 - 1pm @ NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST (Blues Tent) w/James Andrews
        1am @ Blue Nile w/Brother Joscephus


Here's our full set at Louisiana Music Factory, my first gig with James.  Sadly its the only footage from the Jazzfest trip...enjoy it!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Teaser Track from Ikebe Shakedown's upcoming record!

Ikebe Shakedown - "Tujunga" by Ubiquity Records

Ikebe Shakedown - "Tujunga" b/w "No Name Bar"
  You can now stream the final version of my afro-disco tune "Tujunga" from Ikebe Shakedown's self-titled sophomore release, courtesy of Ubiquity Records (Orgone, Breakestra, NOMO, etc.)  We recorded this at Dunham Studios with Tom Brenneck (Dap-Kings, Budos Band, etc.), who also lent his late-night synth talents to the end.  I'm looking forward to my second songwriter credit on a 45!  The first single (Tujunga b/w No Name Bar) will be released on May 10th, and the full-length CD/LP "Ikebe Shakedown" will drop on June 7th.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Back from Australia, off to Europa!

I recently got back from 2 weeks in Australia/New Zealand with Streetlight Manifesto. Wow! It was my first time there, and basically it's just as amazing as everyone says. Special thanks to Ben Neilson (tour manager) and Adrian Spinks (merch-man) for showing us a great time.

I finally moved to Brooklyn (Park Slope) from Jersey City right before we left for Australia, so I've spent the past week unpacking in between my gigs. Now it's time to pack again, this time for Europe!

Streetlight will be playing the main stage at Groezrock, a HUGE Punk/Rock festival (over 32,000 people) in Meerhout, Belgium. To make the trip a little more exciting, we're also stopping in Moscow and Athens! I'm so lucky to get to see these places, even if it's just for a day or two.

Finally, I'm going to New Orleans to play Jazzfest! I'll be gigging in town with James Andrews (Trombone Shorty's older brother), The Pimps Of Joytime, and Brother Joscephus (so far). Can't wait!