1. Another Summer Weekend with Black Coffee

    This weekend Black Coffee has another run of shows, which wouldn’t be complete without the hot sun, a trip to Western PA, and a new venue – sandwiches and water too of course!

    with Jim DeVoss at Black Coffee’s 2011 People’s Choice Festival Performance

    This will be my third year at People’s Choice (my second year and show with Black Coffee), and I’ll be continuing the thirst-quenching tradition of drinking a fresh squeezed lemonade before the show. I picked up some new pedal gear last week which I’m hoping to try out Friday night in Clarion, but I may not have time to organize it before the weekend.

    Saturday’s show at Club Cafe will be shared with Ricardo Iamuuri and our friends Aristotle Jones & The Like Minds, whom we met at the HMAC for the Millenium Music Conference this year.  We split the bill with them in Morgantown a few months back and look forward to hanging with these fellas again.

    Fri 7/13 @ Peoples Choice Festival (Boalsburg, PA)
    Fri 7/13 @ Toby Hill Bar & Grill (Clarion, PA)
    Sat 7/14 @ Club Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Sun 7/15 @ Lions Square (Connellsville, PA)

    Details for these shows and more can be found at the Black Coffee website.

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  2. Flyers for Upcoming "Big Hitters" with Black Coffee

    Black Coffee has some great shows coming up! To name a just a few of the big hitters, we’re going to be at Arts Alive Fest in Morgantown (Sunday June 10th), People’s Natural Gas Park (Saturday June 16th), and FarmJammaLamma (Saturday, July 7th!). There are going to be some great bands on these bills too, so we’re very excited.

    The Arts Alive Fest line-up includes Keller Williams, Zack Deputy, and Larry Keel & Natural Bridge! Plus our friends Aristotle Jones & The Like Minds (whom we recently performed with at The Cue, in Morgantown), will also be there.

    Last year we had the opportunity to perform at Johnstown’s famous Flood City Music Festival. This year, we’ve been invited to perform at the opening of People’s Natural Gas Park, with other previous FMCF performers Tab Benoit, Eilen Jewell, and Los Straitjackets!

    And finally, we head back to Camp Kevin for our first FarmJammaLamma performance on Saturday July 7th. To name a few, we’ll be performing with friends Mysterytrain as well as Chris Vipond & The Stanley Street Band.

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  3. A Year Later

    'Showtime' (Club Cafe)

    It’s hard to believe that Black Coffee has been cranking for only a year.  To celebrate, we played our anniversary show last night at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh.  I like hanging with the band and friends after the show, but an occasional late night drive home is always nice to reflect.

    It was a pleasure to share the evening with Aabaraki, a band that’s been in my funk/soul rotation for a few months now, who dubs their style as reduction-stutterfunk.  Earlier in the year, a few of us went to see the Tedeschi Trucks Band in New York and winded up catching these fellas at Rockwood Music Hall.  Definitely check them out.

    'Doors at 7' (Altar Bar)

    We also had the opportunity to talk with the sound engineer, Denny, who – as it turns out – used to run sound regularly for Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band.  He has been running sound for years, and it was great to have him behind the knobs last night.

    Pittsburgh shows are always special to us.  There are some nice venues down there, great people, and folks just seem to genuinely enjoy seeing live music.  As usual, there were a ton of familiar faces, but it was especially good catch up with the Touch Faster crew and our friends Joe and Monica.  Joe was always among the performers at the Phryst open mic nights we’d hit when we were starting out as a trio.  (Great times, but I don’t miss carrying my Barker through the crowd on our way out.  Though, my Ampeg would fare well in that environment…)

    'Hanging with The Lube' (Flood City Music Festival)

    So we shall see what the year brings.  We’ve played over 65 shows in the last year including a pile of festivals, shared the stage with Lubriphonic and Bettye LaVette in Pittsburgh (not to mention a pile of touring acts at Johnstown’s Flood City Music Festival), met some really great folks along the way, and to say the least:  we are chomping at the bit to hit it hard again this time around.  We have a pile of new tunes in the works, and are truly branching out regionally with shows on the calendar in WV, PA, and NY and others in the works in MD and VA.

    That’s all for now. Be on the lookout for our friend Jay’s recording of last night’s show.  And if you’d like, sign up for our email list in the meantime.

  4. WingFest with the Hounds of Soul

    Hounds of Soul - August '09 Flyer
    Hounds of Soul - August '09 Flyer
    This Thursday night at 7:30pm State College’s funk, soul and Motown band Hounds of Soul will be performing live for the first time at Tussey Mountain WingFest. We’ll be playing tunes of the 60s and 70s, and covering songs by Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and James Brown to name a few.

    The nine piece band features a four piece horn section and includes members who have performed in State College and Altoona area bands such as Cliff Turner and the Afterburners, Cootie Brown, and SouthWEST.

    If you are into funky music and like wings, come out to Boalsburg to see State College’s funkiest horn section. More information for the event can be found at the Tussey Mountain webpage. The band will also be performing at 8:00pm this Friday night at the Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair.

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