After so long of doing about a gig a month, I suddenly find myself with a whole array of musical activities in July and August! I've listed them all on the Calendar page, so check it out. It includes Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, a folk festival and a City of Water. So exciting...
I'll be joined by my talented singer/songwriter friends on January 5 for a special show celebrating the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's album, Blue. We're all getting together and each performing a song off the album. I've picked the lovely "Little Green." The whole show is a benefit for the Christopher Street Coffee House, a series of concerts held at the historic St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in the Village. The show starts at 7:30pm and it's $15. The list of performers is:
MEG BRAUN, ANNA DAGMAR, HONOR FINNEGAN, SHARON GOLDMAN, VICTORIA LAVINGTON, CATHERINE MILES, KARYN OLIVER, ELISA PEIMER, ALLISON SCOLA, CAROLANN SOLEBELLO, and ALLISON TARTALIA.
It will be an amazing evening of wonderful songs sung by talented singers!
I just got one of the nicest reviews ever from a visiting journalist at my show at Governor's Island. I'm waiting for it to appear online, so in the meantime, here it is:
By Leslie Berman
Incidentally, the best music of the afternoon of water was turned in by singer/writer Elisa Peimer, whose delicious and thought-provoking pop songs have been and should continue to be featured in soundtracks and cover versions by all and sundry, if the gods of getting-what-you-deserve get their collective act in gear. Peimer’s been buzzing around the fringes of the about-to-make-it-big circuit for a while now, and her sweet and sultry vocals on her albums and EPs do justice to her tuneful, soulful music. After overhearing her first song, I began to listen with intent, and soon found myself the owner of one of her CDs, courtesy of my ever-thoughtful brother. We discussed Peimer’s chops and the to-ing and fro-ing of her success between numbers, falling silent each time she began to sing. Why hasn’t she made it big yet, we both wondered? Well, there is that power-ballad sensibility, and most young artists are doing their best to avoid the wall of sound, except if they’re selling tunes to TV shows that love the lush life. But though her songs seem familiar, even if they’re nothing you’ve ever heard before, they also offer unexpected musical twists, and I for one hope Elisa Peimer never tires of making music. If I knew that new music like this would be coming at me for the rest of my life, I could be content.
It's starting to be outdoor gig season and I've got the first one coming up in May. On Sunday, May 15 I'll be playing Big Bayfest in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Check out their website here. I'll be playing on a pier by the water. Specific pier and time TBD.
Then on Thursday, May 19, I'll be joined by the outstanding Martha Redbone, Rob Schwimmer, & Steve Addabbo at the Songwriter's Beat at the Christopher Street Coffeehouse. It's a night of amazing songwriting and performing starting at 7:30. Check out the Calendar page for more details.
Two radios links today:
I've got a song being played on the last NYC podcast of Radio Crystal Blue. Host Dan Herman is relocating to Philly, but of course, with the internet, I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more of his show from the far reaches of Pennsylvania.
Also, here's a press release about WDFH, a wonderful local radio station near where I grew up in Westchester County. Marc Sophos's labor of love has kept this free-form station going against all odds. In a time of computer programmed radio, WDFH is smart and refreshing. I was a guest performer there a couple of years ago, and I plan to make another appearance this spring.
As 2010 comes to an end, it's time to start planning for 2011. So, a show is booked! Join us Tuesday, January 25 at 8pm at Sullivan Hall for a gig with the full band. And happy 2011!
My gig at Brewed Awakening in Metuchen, New Jersey with Sharon Goldman has been moved to February 17. Don't fret, New Jersey - I'll be there soon!