1. Time for a 4 Day Run with Black Coffee

    Black Coffee at the Harrisburg Jazz & Multicultural Festival (2011)

    Today the Coffee crew begins a 4 day run! We’ll be putting on the miles this weekend, as the shows will takes to Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Harrisburg, and back to Chalk Hill (near Somerset, PA) for our second trip to the Christian Klay Winery (where’s the BBQ?!). Not suprisingly, the gigs over the last 14 months have already put 40,000 miles on the Jeep. Before I know it, she’ll need new tires again!

    While all of this weekend’s shows are sure to be blast, I’m very much excited for us to hit the Jazz & Multicultural Festival in Harrisburg again this year, as it’s always good catching up with friends near my old stomping grounds. Joining us on bass for this show will be long time friend David Pfister (whom joined me in our old acoustic project, the Jackdaw Boys).

    Here’s the low down:

    Thurs 6/28 @ The Smiling Moose (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Fri 6/29 @ Morgantown Brewing Company (Morgantown, WV)
    Sat 6/30 @ Harrisburg Jazz & Multicultural Festival (Harrisburg, PA)
    Sun 7/1 @ Christian W. Klay Winery (Chalk Hill, PA)

    This post is part of the thread: Black Coffee – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

  2. Mandolin Player Searching for Band

    It’s been some time now since I’ve played with The Jackdaw Boys down at the Red Horse Tavern, and I’m again craving acoustic music. I got my feet wet with the mandolin when I played with The Jackdaw Boys, but this time I’m searching to form an acoustic group where mandolin would be my primary instrument.

    So consider this a ‘musicians wanted’ ad:

    I’m a mandolin player and hope to find at least a banjo player and guitarist to form a live band that plays bluegrass music. Other instruments and players are also welcome (fiddle, bass). I listen to and would love to play some Old & In the Way tunes, as well as traditional bluegrass songs. As original ideas come up, they would also be incorporated. The short term goal of the group would be to start playing 2-3 hour gigs by the end of July with the hope of playing three gigs a month by fall.

    If you live in the State College area, and have similar interests and musical goals, contact me.