Summer in the city, means cle-----
..if you know the Regina Spektor song, you know what line comes next. If you don't know the song.. or Regina.. google plz.
Summer has been good to me and my people!
I've been playing around NYC a lot. It's been hot! In all senses of the word. To kick it off, my band and I played a packed Rockwood Music Hall stage 2 this June! Rockwood was one of those venues I visited upon first arriving to NYC and only dreamed of playing its' small stage in a few years. It felt amazing to share our work with all of you; all of you listening at the tables, standing at the bar and looking out over the balcony. It was even better to hang with you afterwards and meet some new faces, although it can be rather strange for me. Sometimes it feels like I just read my 7th grade diary over a large sound system to a room full of people.
This July I traveled to Chicago for the very first time and played a set of all-new songs with my collaborator and pop-music PIC, Alex Marko (more on that later). We played to a full house and quite possibly the most supportive, enthusiastic full-house outside of New York that I have ever encountered. I left feeling like.. "Damn, that was FUN, let's do it again.. and again.. and again!" You truly don't always feel like that and you never know what to expect in a new city. So, thank you CHICAGO!
In other news, I've been on a smoothie making frenzy and I'm hooked on Wet Hot American Summer (netflix series). I've been listening to a ton of comedy on Spotify because believe it or not, my ears kinda need a break from music sometimes. I should be telling you about all of these important and insightful books I've been reading and music I'm listening to but I'd either be a.) lying or b.) sounding pretentious.
EVERY FRIDAY @ Chez Jacqueline (Soho - 72 Macdougal St) 9PM Start
August 5th @ Gil Hodges Community Garden (Brooklyn) 5PM with Seon Gomez
August 11th @ Funkadelic Studios (NYC, Midtown) 7PM with Alex Marko
September 7th @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2, LES) 9PM FULL BAND with special guests
September 14th @ The Bitter End as part of The Songwriters Circle (NYC, East Village) 8PM
Though I'll be singing & crooning in SoHo at Chez Jaq every Friday - you won't be seeing many full band shows from me & the guys this Autumn. My energy will be devoted to releasing a brand new collaborative project in a couple of months. I can't wait to tell you more about it! It's wildly different from any other production I've worked on. IT'S A LOT OF FUN, YA'LL.
Hope to see you out there and be sure to do all the summery things your sweet heart desires.