As the end of the winter draws nearer and spring fever starts to kick in, I'm finding myself anticipating all the musical events that warm weather brings. This spring and summer I will be returning to some of my favorite outdoor venues in Connecticut for original music: Blue Back Square in West Hartford, Hank's Dairy Bar in Plainfield, and the Particle Accelerator Benefit Concert in Putnam. I'll also be sharing the stage with Kris Bonkowski & the Young Professionals as they provide summertime entertainment along the Mystic coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming performances. I can't wait to celebrate the return of spring and I want you to join in the fun!
A reminder that the first Friday of each month I host the Vanilla Bean Open Mic with Faith Montaperto. I encourage any and all poets and musicians to participate; share your stories and creativity in one of Connecticut's best listening rooms. Sign-ups @ 6:45, show starts @ 7:30. $7 cover charge.
February was a busy month for me. I debuted as the opening act for Adam Trudel at Indigo Pizza in Coventry, RI. My music seemed to go over well and I will be returning for another performance on March 25th! I also had an excellent experience at Javapalooza Cafe, a cozy, artist-friendly coffeeshop in the college town of Middletown, CT. The show was almost canceled due to torrential rains, and though I began playing to a nearly empty room, by the end of the night passers-by old and young were drawn in and I closed out the night with a full audience. I felt I was really able to make a connection with the Middletown community. One innovative young man expressed his appreciation of my performance in a spontaneous poem inspired only by my music and a Ginger Ale label. I was flattered, and the poem now lives on my refrigerator door! Thank you for the warm reception, Javapalooza Cafe... Between the friendly folk and the exceptional coffee and crepes, I can't resist coming back for more!
Outside of my work as a performing singer/songwriter and cover musician, I try to participate in the musical community in every way possible. This month I stepped in as an accompanist for a high school musical. I had a wonderful time working with the kids and got to enjoy a great show in the process. It's inspiring to see young people pursuing their dreams and exploring their creativity!
I want to mention that I've been writing a lot of new music for the new year. As I come out with these ideas I'll be sharing some rough demos via Facebook. The demos are quick, one-take recordings that I laid down in the comfort of my bedroom; the point is not to create studio-quality audio production but rather to share the ideas that I have been working with - I want to know what you guys think! "Like" my page on facebook to gain access to my unreleased songs here.
See ya around!