This month I return for my first shows with Food Will Win the War since February, and for the release of our brand new EP. They’ll also most likely be my last shows with the band, as I and most of my former bandmates are moving on to other things. We’ll be in Boston tomorrow, in the Adirondacks on Saturday, but the biggest show will be the official release in New York on Saturday, November 21. I hope to see you there, to celebrate the end of six years of music-making together. I’m also playing one folk music show this month with Sara Banleigh on November 19. Read on for more.
In Boston tomorrow, Food Will Win the War will play a loft show in Jamaica Plain with fellow NYC band Silverteeth and Bostonite Moody Judy. There’s no cover, just come by, buy our new album, and throw a few bucks in the jar. Or $100, your choice. The following day is a college gig at Paul Smith’s College, our second performance there. It’s a pretty campus, if you happen to be around, come check it out!
My only non-Food-Will-Win-the-War show this month is with Sara Banleigh, who incidentally sang with Food Will Win the War for a brief stint. That show will be a cozy fireside performance at LIC Bar in Long Island City, with a full band playing traditional folk music and Sara’s folk inspired originals. Besides her haunting voice, Sara is also known for her energetic onstage banter – please, please come heckle her and see what happens, it would totally make my night.
Finally, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, stop by the new Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village for Food Will Win the War’s EP release. The bar is a tribute to the myth that Elvis, rather than dying, actually moved to Kathmandu and opened a small bar there under an assumed name; this bar attempts to recreate that one. We’ll be joined on the bill by shyly sensuous synthpop diva Ellen O of Gold Bolus fame, who’s sure to get you dancing or whatever that non-dancing thing is you hipsters do. Come celebrate our album release in style!
Looking ahead, highlights on the horizon include a “Home for the Holidays” show the day after Christmas with The World/Inferno Friendship Society opening for The Bouncing Souls at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and a trip to Phoenix in January with Paul Pinto, where we’ll spend six days in a workshop with the fine folks at Orange Theatre and perform our “Patriots” experimental duo opera on the third annual Oh My Ears Marathon. We’ll also make a few other stops around the area, most likely including stops in southern California and my first performances in Mexico!
Oh, and I thought you should know – I just lost The Game.