Month-long tour with Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests, plus World/Inferno tomorrow at Starland Ballroom in NJ

I’m back in New York for a few days after a fantastic trip to Tijuana, Ensenada, San Diego, LA, and Phoenix with Paul Pinto! There were a lot of great performances, especially of our experimental opera …Patriots…, but the most inspiring part of the trip was our six-day collaboration with Orange Theatre in Phoenix. We had a great open rehearsal where we showed the 25 minutes of work we developed; you can read an article about it in the Downtown Devil here and listen to a radio piece about it on KJZZ here. I hope we get to continue our work together in the future! But for now it’s time to move on to the next tour – a month on the road with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests starting this Sunday! And tomorrow I’m playing a big show with The World/Inferno Friendship Society at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Read on for more.


Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, performing at Art Share L.A. on January 16, photo by Nicky Young

Tomorrow’s show with World/Inferno opening for Catch 22 and With The Punches is rescheduled from January 23 due to the snowstorm, and a good thing too, because I was performing in Phoenix on that date and was going to miss it. We’re playing at Starland Ballroom on a monster bill starting at 4pm – check out the Facebook event here. If you’re in Jersey, this is one not to be missed!

The next big adventure starts Sunday, my month-long tour to Austin and back with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, featuring Valerie on cello and voice, me on violin, and Alex on drums. We’ll be performing a new set of songs about cults, porn, food and transcendence to celebrate the November 2015 release of our album The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese on the Gold Bolus Recordings label. If you haven’t yet heard the album, you can stream it in full here. We start close to home in Montclair before heading down the coast to Arlington, Durham, Roanoke, and Atlanta, then curving west to Birmingham, New Orleans, Houston, and Austin, then back northeast to Dallas, Fayetteville, Nashville, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Chapel Hill, Staunton, Morgantown, and Pittsburgh, returning home for a stop in Brooklyn, and finally spending three days hanging out at experimental music festival XFest in western Massachusetts. We may add a few more performances as well! Our music is a loving mix of grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neo-classical art song, with a dash of free improvisation for good measure. Of special note on the tour are our two nights playing in Chattanooga, where in addition to our own set we’ll perform in a brand new performance piece by composer/cellist/performance artist Tim Hinck. If you know anyone on our route, please let me know, I’d love to meet new friends in these cities and share music with them!

Looking ahead, Westchester County folks can save the date for a show I’m playing with folk rocker Bill Steely on March 5, and for those above the Arctic Circle, I’m gonna be in northern Norway for the first time in the first half of May! I’ll also be hanging out in Leipzig in the second half of April, so Germans – bis bald! I might even play some shows while I’m there.

Marcel the Shell,