summer shows...summer happiness

I wanted to share a little bit here from our shows last month. If you made it out to either or both of these gigs, thank you again for helping to make these two evenings very special!

First was a duo set with myself and Tim Daoust at the cool little "subterranean music parlor" Zirzamin. It was our second booking there, and at midnight it was also my birthday. I really couldn't have thought of a better way to celebrate than playing music for such a wonderful, appreciative group of people. We debuted Tim's new electric mandolin and cracked open Zirzamin's creaky old piano. The only sad note of the night was finding out mid-gig that Zirzamin would be closing the next day :( So we've lost yet another cool venue frequented by the eclectic and intriguing artists of downtown NYC :( we'll miss you Zirzamin. I'm crossing my fingers that we'll see you reborn in another location soon.

Here's a little bit of video from that night:

Then at the end of the month, we played an amazing venue in Philadelphia -- Jamey's House of Music (formerly known as the PSALM Salon). I'd never heard of this place in all the years that I've lived in Philly... apparently, people mostly find out about it through word of mouth and I just happened to hear about it in a musicians' chat room online, while trading tips with an artist from the west coast. After one night at Jamey's I truly understand why everyone loves it -- amazing acoustics and sound, a great audience, delicious homemade Chinese food and more... all I can say is, check out their website and/or better yet, visit them for a show if you're in the area.

I was so happy to finally be playing another full band show with my friends the Beards :) Despite the limited rehearsal time that we were able to have together, this was definitely our best show yet. Below are a few pics from the weekend and a couple of videos from the show. I'll be uploading more footage soon to the live music playlist on our YouTube channel. Many, many thanks to Jamey's for having us, and to all of the musicians and friends who helped to make this evening a very special one.

behind this tiny door lies our secret rehearsal lair... thanks Alec! pic stolen from Tim D ;)
back with the Beards <3











behind this door... the wonderful Jamey's House!












setting up at Jamey's






















I think this may have been my favorite song from the night:

and finally just some weird Philly toilet paper



















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