Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wouldja lookit that: not raining! A bit cool, but dry--as it has miraculously remained all weekend. After splashing myself across radio and TV to hype this grand event (in its 40th year!), I've now completed all of my festival obligations save the set under my own name. Erin's come out to sing with me, which is always a treat, and scarf-guy (a colorful festival regular) has picked this stage as base camp for the evening. What more could a community-minded musician want?
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Two years ago Folklife had me stand on the rim of Seattle Center's International Fountain while sponsor Q-13 FOX (FOX!!) filmed me for a spot promoting the festival. Thus when the phone rang yesterday morning asking if I'd pinch-hit for the previously-scheduled songwriter in-studio, I said sure--seemed like a quick turnaround, but I'm a team player. In the green room with production assistants running around and telling me what's coming and just what timeline to expect, however, I realize that this one's going on live:
Monday, May 23, 2011
With the Northwest Folklife Festival looming, the hometown heroes at KBCS are doing their usual slate of preview interviews. I'm here in my capacity as singer/songwriter community coordinator (all the jokes've already happened...) discussing the Emerald City Songwriter Circles--open-to-all, come-and-go gatherings welcoming anyone at the festival to share (or listen to!) an original song, now in their third year--and I've dragged newly-deputized host Vince Martinez with me. We gab for a bit, slide in a plug for The Bushwick Book Club, and then simulate circle rhetoric/etiquette by each leading the other through sharing a song. Get in, get out, leave 'em wanting...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I mentioned these shows at the gig last night and a fellow came up to me during the break to share that he'd taken classes from the inimitable Feynman at Cornell. Really strong show!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
It's bittersweet, really, the way this career has you constantly leaving people and places you enjoy for more of the same someplace else. So it goes, then, as I spend my morning in Gresham, OR, at Mt. Hood Community College's Northwest Vocal Jazz Festival backing (and ostensibly chaperoning) Brian Hoskins' talented Lindbergh High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble. And then--whoosh!--down the road in a cloud of smoke to the Tri-Cities, home to the annual treat that is the Tumbleweed Music Festival, to entertain at 3RFS' annual organizational meeting. And off again in the morning.
No one got raptured.
No one got raptured.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
We miss Erin and Amanda (welcome to the world li'l Walter!), of course we do, but there's barely enough room on this stage for the four of us and our gear (mostly Brian's)--I'm getting a little cozy with one of Dave's cymbals, but it's worth it to have the full crew along on our first out-of-state (just barely) venture. Also appreciate rock-star hotel room spread provided by Brian's dad...fun to play 'dress-up.' Nice opening set from Alicia. Now, if only we could pump our own gas...