Another year coming to a close. The van ignitions power down, the road cases return to the rack, and the reels and hard drives fire up. The machines with magnets get ready to cord so we can permanently revisit our artistic expressions as recordings. Some special events coming up, most notably the official opening celebration of Sahaja S P A C E, featuring a practice accompanied by Westerlund, Wallace & Toll. Come witness the merging of two very important, yet (until now) separate entities of my world for the past while! Also, Grrrrandma returns for an informal holiday visit, and Mando opens for two sets of brothers on NYE.
December 10 – Sahaja Spirit: Winter Prana Vinyasa Seasonal Sadhana @Sahaja S P A C E; Durham, NC
December 21 – Sahaja Spirit + Westerlund, Wallace & Toll: Sahaja S P A C E Opening Celebration @Sahaja S P A C E; Durham, NC
December 28 – Grandma Sparrow: Canine Heart Sounds Residency @The Cave; Chapel Hill, NC
December 31 – Mandolin Orange w/The Avett Brothers + The Felice Brothers @PNC Arena; Raleigh, NC
Finally, a (very) brief return to Los Angeles, exactly 2 years since moving back east. Plotting visits to Revival, Morfbeats, Istanbul. Bring your passport and a coat for Canada. Bring shorts for Arizona. This trip will be colder and warmer than you think. Dive back into the supportive role. Coaxing more space and subtleties from familiar patterns. Cutting loose on two sets of standards for your 37th birthday. Thanksgiving rituals.
November 2nd – Mandolin Orange @Ogden Theater; Denver, CO
November 3rd – Mandolin Orange @The Armory; Fort Collins, CO
November 4th – Mandolin Orange @Metro Music Hall; Salt Lake City, UT
November 5th – Mandolin Orange @The Olympic; Boise, ID
November 7th – Mandolin Orange @Revolution Hall; Portland, OR
November 8th – Mandolin Orange @Biltmore Cabaret; Vancouver, BC
November 9th – Mandolin Orange @WIld Buffalo; Bellingham, WA
November 10th – Mandolin Orange @Neptune Theater; Seattle, WA
November 11th – Mandolin Orange @Rogue Theater; Grants Pass, OR
November 12th – Mandolin Orange @Historic Redwood Barn; Sonoma, CA
November 14th – Mandolin Orange @Rio Theater; Santa Cruz, CA
November 15th – Mandolin Orange @Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
November 16th – Mandolin Orange @Crescent Ballroom; Phoenix, AZ
November 18th – Mandolin Orange @Tower Theater; Oklahoma City, OK
November 19th – Mandolin Orange @Antone’s; Austin, TX
November 25th – Sahaja Spirit @Sahaja Space; Durham, NC
November 27th – Westerlund, Wallace & Toll @Pinhook; Durham, NC
Wake up, run, cereal, van, stop for lunch, van, gas station, van, load-in, set up, tune drums, brief jazz jam, if there’s time, take a walk while room is pink-noised, soundcheck, dinner, call my loved one, play show, drink a beer, tear down, load-out, van, hotel. Repeat!!!
October 3rd – Mandolin Orange @Beachland Ballroom; Cleveland, OH
October 4th – Mandolin Orange @Horseshoe Tavern; Toronto, ON
October 5th – Mandolin Orange @The Haunt; Ithaca, NY
October 6th – Mandolin Orange @Royale; Boston, MA
October 7th – Mandolin Orange @Gateway City Arts; Holyoke, MA
October 8th – Mandolin Orange @Club Metronome; Burlington, VT
October 11th – Mandolin Orange @Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
October 12th – Mandolin Orange @Neighborhood Theater; Charlotte, NC
October 13th – Mandolin Orange @40 Watt; Athens, GA
October 14th – Mandolin Orange @Orange Peel; Asheville, NC
October 20th – Shahaja Spirit @Yogablyss; Wake Forest, NC
October 22nd – Emergent Improvisation Workshop @Living Arts Collective; Durham, NC
October 23rd – Westerlund, Wallace & Toll @Neptunes; Raleigh, NC
Folk/rock guy plays jazz again, with other folk/rock guys, only this time without the university program self-loathing baggage. Just be like Shenandoah and create beautiful layers without even trying…
September 7th – Skylar Gudasz @Hopscotch Music Festival; Raleigh, NC
September 8th – Molly Sarle @The National; Richmond, VA
September 9th – Molly Sarle @Black Cat; Washington DC
September 11th – Molly Sarle @Music Hall of Williamsburg; Brooklyn, NY
September 14th – Westerlund, Wallace & Toll @The Station; Carrboro, NC
September 15th – Sahaja Spirit @Yoga Garden; Pittsboro, NC
September 17th – Mandolin Orange @Bristol Rhythm & Roots; Bristol, VA
September 19th – Mandolin Orange @The HiFi; Indianapolis, IN
September 2oth – Mandolin Orange @Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
September 21st – Mandolin Orange @Boats & Bluegrass Festival; Winona, MN
September 22nd – Mandolin Orange @Fine line; Minneapolis, MN
September 23rd – Mandolin Orange @Englert Theater; Iowa City, IA
September 24th – Mandolin Orange @MidPoint Music Festival; Cincinnati, OH
September 26th – Mandolin Orange @Rex Theater; Pittsburgh, PA
September 27th – Mandolin Orange @9:30 Club; Washington, DC
September 28th – Mandolin Orange @Jefferson Theater; Charlottesville, VA
September 29th – Mandolin Orange @Mercy Lounge; Nashville, TN
September 30th – Mandolin Orange @Sugarlands Mountain Fest, Gatlinburg, TN
…and just like that, the dog days are upon us. I closed down the weekend last Sunday night vaping in a friend’s gazebo, taking in the fresh Rhode Island air and the sound of commercials being blasted from his neighbor’s radio; a grumpy couple in their mid-sixties; accompanied by intermittent shrieks and way-too-loud-to-be-real sneezing. Since the birth of his 10-month son, my friend’s dog has been acting up and digging her way under the fence, only to bathe in said neighbor’s ‘vernal pool’ (better characterized as a ‘scum pond’), beneath the shade of the christmas-lit palm trees growing from beneath their backyard, ship-sized deck….
Despite an already bullshit political climate that seems to swell with the Southeastern heat index, we have a few ceremonial events to look forward to…
August 3-4 William Tyler @Pickathon; Happy Valley, OR
August 5-6 Mandolin Orange @Pickathon; Happy Valley, OR
August 11 – Mandolin Orange @Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival; Alta, WY
August 12-13 Mandolin Orange @Edmonton Folk Festival; Edmonton, Canada
August 19th – Mandolin Orange @Rocky Mountain Folks Festival; Lyons, CO
Whenever we were assembling something from a box with instructions, like furniture, storage shelving, outdoor climbing apparatuses, etc.; Dad always used to whisper to himself, “now we’re cookin’ with axle grease.” This statement comes to mind this month…
July 6th – Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, w/Bloodworth @Kings; Raleigh, NC.
July 7th – Skylar Gudasz @Durham Central Park; Durham, NC.
July 9th – Sahaja Spirit Prana Vinyasa Yoga Class @The Shed; Durham, NC.
July 11th – Emergent Improvisation Workshop @Living Arts Collective; Durham, NC.
July 13th – William Tyler @Constellation; Chicago, IL.
July 14th – William Tyler @Pitchfork Festival; Chicago, IL.
July 15th – Mandolin Orange @Forecastle Festival; Louisville, KY.
July 16th – Mandolin Orange @Green River Festival; Greenfield, MA.
July 18th – Emergent Improvisation Workshop @Living Arts Collective; Durham, NC.
July 20th – Dale Bread Duo @Larry’s Coffee; Raleigh, NC.
July 22nd – Mandolin Orange @NC Museum of Art; Raleigh, NC.
July 23rd – Sahaja Spirit Prana Vinyasa Yoga Class @Yoga Blyss; Wake Forest, NC.
July 25th – Emergent Improvisation Workshop @Living Arts Collective; Durham, NC.
July 29th – Mandolin Orange @Newport Folk Fest; Newport, RI.
Summer is already racing by! Very grateful to be making a variety of music in a variety of ways, with great people, and in some pretty great places.
A few shows backing William Tyler overseas:
June 2nd – Primavera Sound; Barcelona, ES
June 4th -Omeara; London, UK
June 5th – Forbidden Fruit Festival; Dublin, IR
June 11th – drumming for Mandolin Orange at Bonnaroo; Manchester, TN
June 16th & 17th- Joining many friends in multiple variations at the Eaux Claires Festival as an Artist in Residence.
Sahaja Spirit will hold a few Prana Vinyasa Flow classes w/live accompaniment in the Midwest:
June 18th – Yoga Tribe; Rochester, MN
June 20th – The Yoga Sangha; Madison, WI
June 21st – YogaOne Studio; Milwaukee, WI
June 25th – Yogaview; Chicago, IL
More dusting cobwebs off musical projects this month, as well as new supporting-role adventures.
May 6th, Megafaun family reunion with special guests for a big ACLU benefit concert at Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
May 7th, Joe O’Connell and I unleash another iteration of our community band for Sunday Sounds. This time we’ll be showcasing songs by Matthew O’Connell and Carson Efird, in addition to our own.
Also, I’m hopping into the drum chair with new friends, Mandolin Orange, for a few exciting shows in NC, VA and CO throughout the month:
May 13th – NC Brewers and Music Festival; Huntersville, NC
May 21st – Red Rocks Ampitheater; Morrison, CO (w/Elephant Revival)
May 27th – Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival; Martinsville, VA
This month is proving to be an exciting one for ideas and projects I’ve had on the back burner for multiple years now. Spring cleaning!
April 5th, I’ll be opening for legendary composer and past Megafaun collaborator, Arnold Dreyblatt, with a solo percussion set, which will consist of live interpretations of selections from Mojave Interlude, collaged with other ideas and field recordings I’ve collected over the years.
April 25th Joe O’Connell (Elephant Micah) and I will play a collaborative set of new songs we have been writing separately over the past few years. This will be the first public performance of these, and the first non-sparrow songs I’ve written since the Megafaun days…eek! Opening for In Via (of Dark Dark Dark).
Also some continuations of recent work:
April 9th, at 4pm, Carson and I return to The Shed for a Prana Vinyasa + Improvised Music class, in celebration of Hanuman. All proceeds go to Girls Rock NC. A studio recording of this practice is available here.
April 12th, I return to Neptunes to take part in James Gilmore’s free improvisation series, Bag of Tricks. w/James Gilmore and Vattel Cherry.
April 29th, I’ll be drumming with Molly Sarle (Mountain Man), opening for Dead Tongues and Loamlands at Cat’s Cradle.
More back-pocket projects to be revealed in May. Will post those soon! Thank you for reading!
March 7th, I’ll join some phenomenal artists in celebrating David Bowie’s Heroes record. Our first attempt was sabotaged by a water crisis. So very glad we get a second chance to share this unique music and spirited ad hoc.