August Performances

August is a wonderful month of transition and preparation.  My two big projects right now are Phil Berman’s album & Schooltree’s rock opera.

Phil Berman

Thanks to your kickstarter support, we are going into the studio on the last week of August to record Phil’s debut album.  We’ve already scheduled two amazing rhythm sections:  Raky Sastri & Tony Leva plus Ariel Bernstein & Derek Van Wormer.  With their support we will lay down the foundation for Phil’s compositions and then overdub strings, vocals and a chamber ensemble.  It’s going to be an epic and amazing sounding record.  I’m super excited to be producing and arranging it and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Schooltree

Schooltree is deep into rehearsals for Heterotopia – a new rock opera written by front person Lainey Schooltree.  We should be ready for workshops/preview performances in the fall.  Right now it’s looking like 20 new songs presented in three acts.  It’s going to be incredible!!!

Squirrel

Squirrel Stole My Underpants returns to the Puppet Showplace Theatre all Labor Day weekend.  Buy your tickets in advance!  These shows sell out!

Baby & The Babes

Cassandra Long & I will be performing a duet arrangement of Baby & The Babes at the Boston Fluevog store from 6-8pm on Thursday, August 21st.

Summer

August is also a time of slowing down.  I’ve got some time scheduled for family vacations, some light reading and Lego building.

Happy Summer!

 

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July Performances

Somerville’s Artist Of The Month

I’m honored and pleased to announce that I’m Somerville’s Artist Of The Month for July 2014!  You can read all about it at the Somerville Arts Council’s website!

Phil Berman

Thank you for supporting Phil Berman and helping him make his KickStarter goal.  The album is funded!  We are in pre-production right now and we’ll be headed into Dimension Sound Studios in late August.  Stay tuned for more updates as this project progresses.

Upcoming Performances

  • Baby & The Babes - Free Outdoor Show in front of the Shake Shake at “The Street – Chestnut Hill Mall” (Rte 9) on Thursday, July 3rd 6-8pm featuring Cassandra Long, Tony Leva & Ariel Bernstein.
  • w/ 3rian King at The Rhumb Line Bar (Gloucester) on Sunday, July 20th @ 8pm
  • w/ Chelsea Berry at the Cape Ann Marina on Friday, July 25th at 8pm

KFO MEUP

Kickstart Phil Berman!!!

FUND THIS ALBUM!!!  Phil Berman is getting ready to record his debut album and he needs your support.  He needs money!  Successfully fund this project and we will create an incredible recording featuring Phil’s music with an all-star cast of Boston musicians.

Producer

I have the honor and privilege of producing this project.  Phil approached me over a year ago about putting together an recording.  He made me a dozen iPhone demos of the music that he thought would make sense for an album.  I listened to those tracks and fell in love.  Phil is an amazing human being and his music speaks depths of wisdom, emotion and experience.  I feel very lucky to help document this music at it’s fullest capacity

The Album

The Battle Of Bunker Hill will be recorded at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamacia Plain in late August, with Dan Cardinal as recording & mixing engineer.  We have 12 tunes that will be utilizing a chamber ensemble, rhythm section, string quartet, horn section and vocal choir.  Phil & I have been working on the arrangements for over a year and we can’t wait to bring these orchestrations to life.

Kickstart This Project!

To record an album of this magnitude, we need time & money.  We will be using dozens of musicians and spending a full week in the studio.  It’s huge project that is going to sound amazing when it’s finished, but it needs your help.  Please contribute to the Kickstarter today.  Pick a reward that makes sense to you and help invest in an amazing piece of art.

Phil @ Dimension

 

 

 

June Performances

PUPPET SHOWPLACE THEATRE – 40th Anniversary Gala

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Monday, June 2nd from 6:00-9:30pm at George Wightman Mansion (43 Hawes St, Brookline, MA 02446).  Tony Leva & I will be performing duets towards the end of the Gala.  RSVP

WILL DICK – THE TIDE IS TURNING - CD Release

Sunday, June 8th @ 7pm at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road Brookline MA 02445).  Will Dick released his latest album last month.  On Sunday, June 8th we celebrate it with a performance at Brookline Music School featuring Derek Van Wormer, Chris Anderson and yours truly.  I’m very happy about this project and the opportunity to produce and perform on it.

SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS - Puppet Palooza – Free Show!

Friday, June 20 @ 6pm at Connexion (149 Broadway, Somerville, Massachusetts 02145).  FB Invite - Puppet Palooza is a collaboration between the Somerville Arts Council and East Somerville Main Streets as part of the This is East programming–an event series designed to bring the art of puppetry to east Somerville in unexpected places. Great for kids and adults and 100% free.

KRISTEN FORD FAREWELL SHOW

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FB InviteKristen Ford says goodbye to Boston with a final show featuring an all-star cast of performers at The Burren on Sunday, June 15th (Free Show).

SCHOOLTREE 

Schooltree returns for another set at Block Island Music Festival on Thursday, June 12th and then on Saturday, June 21st, we’ll be supporting John Powhida International Airport CD Release at the Lizard Lounge – Doors @ 8pm

FIT FOR A QUEEN – A Burlesque Tribute Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!

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FB InviteSunday, June 22nd & Thursday, June 26th at Club Oberon experience a Burlesque Tribute to Queen with live music by Gonzalo Plaza, Meff Leonard, TJ Horn & yours truly!

May Performances

It’s May!  Let’s Celebrate!

Kristen Ford Band – CD Release: May 24th

On Saturday, May 24th Come Out to the Middle East Upstairs to celebrate the release of The Kristen Ford Band’s latest album: DINOSAUR.  I’m trilled to be a part of this album.  Check a sneak peak on her BandCamp page:


I’ll also be playing with KFO at  Northampton Pride on Saturday, May 3rd – 3pm

Somerville Theatre Centennial – May 11th (Mother’s Day)

I’m proud to be leading the pit-band for Somerville Theatre‘s Centennial Celebration on Sunday, May 11th (Mother’s Day).  I’ll be directing a 10-piece band through some vaudeville favorites as well as accompanying Mary Dolan, Bonnie Duncan, The Somerville Senior Chorus, Harry LaCoste, The Lipstick Criminals, and Bianca & Hazel.  The show starts at 6pm (pre-show at 5:30pm) and ends with a screening of The Wizard Of Oz.

Will Dick CD Release – May 15th

I’m pleased to announce that Will Dick‘s latest album THE TIDE IS TURNING will be released on May 15th.  I produced and played guitar on this album, along with Derek VanWormer on Bass, Chris Anderson on drums, with additional recording by Ariel Bernstein & Tony Leva.

Birds Love Lollipops

Tony Leva & I are working again with Bonnie Duncan on her new show: Birds Love Lollipops (a follow up to Squirrel Stole My Underpants).  We’ll be debuting a preview of this show at the Somerville Theatre’s Centennial as well as the Puppet Slam at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline (Saturday, May 17th @ 8pm)

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 8.29.08 PMBrookline Music School’s 90th – May 18th
Brookline Music School is celebrating their 90th year and we are celebrating by putting together a concert featuring over 150 students performing at Pine Manor’s Ellsworth Theatre on Sunday, May 18th 2:30-4:30pm.

Schooltree – TT’s May 23rd

Schooltree will be playing TT The Bear’s Place! on Friday, May 23rd – 11pm

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Schooltree @ Lilypad – April 6th, 2014

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The Number Nines in Gloucester – April 25th, 2014