The Return of Open Stage…and More Gigs

Well, after a brief summer break we’ve found a new home for Open Stage at Tir Na Nog in Cherry Hill, NJ.  We’ve been trying to recapture the magic from Scatturos, our first home for the first iteration of Wednesday night jam time and this place sure has the right feel.  Here’s a little sample of slam time:

Aug 2 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Aug 4 – Deck Band @ Racks, Williamstown, NJ
Aug 5 – Quixote Project @ Cape May Crab and Craft Beer Fest, Cape May, NJ
Aug 6 – Quixote Project @ 2nd Street Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 8 – Deck Band @ ACPier, Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 9 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Aug 11 – Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
Aug 16 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Aug 23 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Aug 26 – Deck Band @ Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 26 – BD Mylo @ Red Hot and Blue, Cherry Hill, NJ
Aug 27 – A-Bomb and the Nuclear Winter @ Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ
Aug 30 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ

Sep 1 – Deck Band @ Otts Berlin, Berlin, NJ
Sep 2 – Deck Band @ Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ
Sep 6 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sep 8 – Deck Band @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sep 9 – Deck Band, Private Wedding
Sep 13 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sep 15 – Deck Band @Stephanie’s Too, Winslow Twp, NJ
Sep 16 – BD Mylo @ Camp Jam in the Pines, Hammonton NJ
Sep 20 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sep 27 – Open Stage @ Tir Na Nog, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sep 29 – Deck Band @ Sweetwater Casino, Hammonton, NJ

 

The Return to Europe with Moot Davis

I’ll be touring around Europe this summer with Moot Davis in our annual trek to Europe.  This year has us hitting the festival circuit pretty hard, with four festivals and a few club dates.

This year has us playing festivals in France and Belgium, along with a visit to Spain as well.  I don’t think we will spend more than two days in any one place, so we’ll be seeing a lot sites as well as playing shows.  Here’s where we’ll be appearing:

Jul 9 – Country Roque Festival, La Roque-d’Anthéron, France
Jul 13 – Country Mirande Festival, Mirande, France
Jul 16 – Cerexhe Festival, Leige, Belgium
Jul 21 – Festival Moz’aique, Le Havre, France
Jul 22 – Union Commerciale, Montivilliers, France

Chris Cornell and the Death of a Musical Legacy

In the fall of 1990 I bought a cassette tape of Louder Than Love by Soundgarden. I admit that I was confused by its sludgy guitars, odd time signatures and dark subject matter. Their music was a big departure from the popular hair metal bands that ruled the airwaves in the 80s. I think I ultimately gave that cassette tape away.

Then in 1991, my brother Nick and I were shopping for some forgettable prog metal in Sam Goody, I think. Our friend John Lewis worked there and was raving about this new stuff coming out of Seattle. He almost forced us to buy this new CD by a supergroup called Temple of the Dog. That was life changing, the scales fell away and much of the music from the past ten years was suddenly irrelevant. It’s a cruel irony that this seminal work came about as a tribute to someone who died too young and from utterly tragic circumstances.

Chris Cornell, you will be sorely missed. I’m sad for all of music and those of you who weren’t around to witness the last great era of rock music.

May & June 2017 Gigs

And so it begins, the annual summer schedule chock a block with dates at the Jersey Shore.  Stay tuned for announcements next month for Moot Davis Europe tour dates.

May 3 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
May 5 – 8:00pm, Deck Band @ Racks Williamstown, Williamstown, NJ
May 6 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Tir Na Nog, Voorhees, NJ
May 7 – 2:00pm, playing drums for Dave J @ Marlton Elks, Marlton, NJ
May 10 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
May 13 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ
May 19 – 10:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
May 17 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
May 26 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
May 27 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ
May 31 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ

Jun 2 – 9:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Greentop, Berlin, NJ
Jun 3 – 2:30pm, Deck Band @ The Deck, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Jun 3 – 10pm, Crisbie @ Kelly’s, Wilmington, DE
Jun 4 – 4pm, Billy D Duo @ Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ
Jun 7 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Jun 9 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Stephanie’s Too, Winslow Twp, NJ
Jun 10 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ
Jun 14 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Jun 21 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Jun 24 – 2:30pm, Deck Band @ The Deck, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Jun 24 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ
Jun 28 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Jun 30 – 5pm, Deck Band @ Lacostsa, Sea Isle City, NJ

 

Fender how I love thee…

I’ve been struggling with bass amps ever since I decided to go to a combo setup.  There was a time when I had a monstrous rack mounted rig and a 4×10 SWR cabinet, but I play in bars mostly and it was way overkill.  I traded all my gear in for a Hartke and blew up the speaker after a year.  I blew two entry level Eminence speakers until I sprung for a pro audio level neodymium magnet model that crushes.  Unfortunately through one misadventure or another I’ve destroyed several pricey amps along the way.  Hartke, Markbass and Carvin all bit the dust.  I have a class A powered Hartke amp that’s simple and will destroy your bowels, but it weighs as much as a Buick.

So, with that I went on the hunt and I have to say that there are a few really good options for combo amps these days.  For me it came down to the Fender Rumble 500 and the GK MB210-II.  I wanted a 2×10 system because I need the punch and clarity of the smaller speakers.  I also wanted to stay with the higher power of a 500 watt amplifier so that I can run an extension cabinet if need be.

After sitting with both and A/Bing between the two I decided on the Fender Rumble 500.  Both have switchable horns and XLR out, and they both sound really good but Fender outclasses the GK in a number of areas.  First, the Rumble has a foot switchable drive channel which is useful in live situations where you can’t easily get to the amp to turn the drive on manually.  Second, there are more options for tone shaping with the preamp options.  And third, it weighs significantly less than the GK which for me really was a big deciding factor since I have to lug the thing in and out of my car and up and down stairs.  

Every musician who has heard me play through this amp has raved about the sound of both the room filling bass and the clarity.  I’ve played Fender basses forever, so I guess it was about time to go in with the amp.  I can’t wait to put it through the Summer gig season 

March & April 2017 Gigs

Sheesh, January and February were light.  I’m ready to get back to it, gigs are starting to pick up again.  And a bonus trip to Nashville is coming up, thank goodness!

Mar 1 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Mar 3 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Villari’s Lakeside, Williamstown, NJ
Mar 8 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Mar 10 – 10:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Mar 15 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Mar 17 – 7:00pm, Deck Band @ St. Paddy’s Day Beef and Beer, Voorhees, NJ
Mar 18 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Tir Na Nog, Voorhees, NJ
Mar 22 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Mar 24 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
Mar 25 – 8:30pm, BD Mylo @ Red Hot and Blue, Cherry Hill, NJ
Mar 29 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Mar 31 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Racks Williamstown, Williamstown, NJ

Apr 1 – 9:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Greentop, Berlin, NJ
Apr 5 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Apr 7 – 10:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Apr 12 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Apr 14 – 8:00pm, Moot Davis Label Showcase @ The Family Wash, Nashville, TN
Apr 19 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Apr 21 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
Apr 26 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
Apr 28 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Stephanie’s Too, Winslow Twp, NJ

 

New Year, New Projects

My gig shcedule is light in January and February which almost never happens, so I thought it would be cool to put an update about my various musical side projects that I have in the works.

I’m going to be working with a drummer named Oliver Twisted on a cool metal version and video for a cover of a Lady Gaga song.  While I’ve done a ton of straight performance videos I’ve never done anything high concept so I’m really looking forward to that.

I’m also starting to get a recording project off the ground producing R&B and dance tracks using a combination of drum loops and live bass to provide an alternative to all of recent trend of using keyboard bass.  I’m imagining something of a cross between Parliament and Bruno Mars.  We’ll see where it goes, it will be fun anyway.

December and Welcome 2017

The year 2016 has been the grim reaper for entertainers, I’m ready to be done with it. Here’s hoping 2017 is better.

  • Dec 3 – Deck Band @ Private Event
  • Dec 4 – 12:00pm, James Day Recording Session
  • Dec 7 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 9 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ The Tap Room, Haddonfield, NJ
  • Dec 14 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 16 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
  • Dec 21 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 23 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Dec 28 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 30 – 5:00pm, Deck Band @ Kaminski’s, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Dec 31 – 9:30pm, Shut Up Justice @ Cabana’s, Cape May, NJ

 

  • Jan 4 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Jan 6 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Otts on the Green, Washington Twp, NJ
  • Jan 11 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Jan 18 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Jan 20 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Ott’s Medford, Medford, NJ
  • Jan 25 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ

November & December 2016 Gigs

  • Nov 2 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 5 – 4:00pm, Deck Band Private Event
  • Nov 6 – 12:00pm, James Day Recording Session
  • Nov 9 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 11 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Chickie’s and Pete’s, Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov 16 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 18 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
  • Nov 19 – 8:00pm, Dean Shot @ The Lucky Well, Ambler, PA
  • Nov 25 – 5:30pm, Deck Band @ Kaminski’s, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Nov 30 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ

 

  • Dec 3 – Deck Band @ Private Event
  • Dec 4 – 12:00pm, James Day Recording Session
  • Dec 7 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 9 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ The Tap Room, Haddonfield, NJ
  • Dec 10 – 9:00pm, Paul Shannon @ Sligo, Media, PA
  • Dec 14 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 16 – 8:30pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
  • Dec 21 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 23 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Dec 28 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Dec 30 – 5:00pm, Deck Band @ Kaminski’s, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Dec 31 – 9:30pm, Shut Up Justice @ Cabana’s, Cape May, NJ

October & November 2016 Gig Schedule

  • Oct 1 – 4pm, Jeff Selby, Private, Wedding
  • Oct 4 – 9:00pm, Dion & Fran Jam @ Harper’s Pub, Clementon, N
  • Oct 5 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Oct 7 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Taproom, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Oct 8 – 3:30pm, Moot Davis @ CJ Beer Festival, Mercer County Park, Hamilton, NJ
  • Oct 12 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Oct 14 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Otts on the Green, Washington Twp, NJ
  • Oct 16 – 11am, Recording Session
  • Oct 19 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Oct 22 – 7:00pm, Deck Band @ Private Function
  • Oct 23 – 10:00am, Deck Band @ Eagles Tailgate, Parking Lot K, Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct 28 – 10:00pm, Deck Band @ Rush Lounge, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Oct 29 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ

 

  • Nov 2 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 5 – 4:00pm, Deck Band Private Event
  • Nov 6 – 12:00pm, Recording Session
  • Nov 9 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 11 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Chickie’s and Pete’s, Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov 16 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 18 – 9:00pm, Deck Band @ Otts Medford, Medford, NJ
  • Nov 23 – 7:30pm, Open Stage @ Filomena’s, Berlin, NJ
  • Nov 25 – 5:30pm, Deck Band @ Kaminski’s, Cherry Hill, NJ