To my NC Triangle friends: Festivus has passed (*), and this Thursday Dec 18 I’m playing in Durham at Six Plates Wine Bar from 9-11 pm! Come out, sip wine and have something to eat from their gourmet kitchen.
It’s located just around the corner from the Duke Medical Center on Erwin Road. For directions, go to the Shows page and click on the little globe icon. See you there!
(*) for the orthodox Seinfeldians among you, yes, Festivus is Dec 23, but I played a Festivus benefit event for Traction last week, and they are apparently reform Seinfeldians, so they can celebrate Festivus whenever they please. Why do I bring up Festivus? It was the last time I was in Durham, that’s all : ) Alright, enough with Festivus. See you Thursday!
From the Finger Lakes up the snowy highway to Watertown, and back down again to the Village in NYC: that was my experience in upstate New York this past Monday and Tuesday. Visited with friends in the city, met a whole bunch of people and lived the indie-songwriter version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Everybody I met knew somebody I knew.
On Thursday I paid shocking amounts of money to the toll trolls of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and reached Maryland with no delays, while listening to Chop Chop by my friend Shwa.
After three or four years of playing at various locations around UMD, I finally made it to the lunchroom stage, and it was good. Only half-kidding. The gigs I play are not glamorous, but I do really appreciate having a room full of people to play for. I’d rather play in a full cafeteria than an empty coffee shop.
Tonight I was back in Durham, NC and played at Festivus celebration, put on by Traction. It was a rainy night and I had trouble finding the Chameleon Building but the SMS Googl text service set me straight. Feats of Strength were represented by Dance Dance Revolution and the Airing of Grievances were written. They had a skillshare auction, including “how to make granola” and “advanced knitting.” I played music in between raffle and auction announcements.
At the end of the night, it was nice to have only a half-hour drive home. Durham Tractivists take note – I’m playing in the Bull City again in two weeks, at Six Plates Wine Bar on Thursday Dec 18.
Today I played a little 3-song lunchtime set at FLCC to promote my evening show, then sat in my car by Canandaigua Lake and listened to Laurence Lessig discuss copyright on NPR, which is actually quite a nice thing to do, if you get the chance. Tomorrow I’m playing at Jefferson Community College in Watertown NY for lunch and heading down to NYC to play at Kenny’s Castaways that same evening, then a couple days off and I’ll play at the University of Maryland on Friday on the way home to NC.