May-be your baby done made some other plans
That more than made up for the lack of a pun in last month's newsletter.
Happy Memorial Day! I hope this month's SBL newsletter finds you enjoying some time for relaxation and reflection. The last 30 days or so have been very busy, and I'm looking forward to some respite from the go-go-go to recharge and create. And there is much to be created, including (but not limited to):
New songs for my (and the Ego Band's) second record!
Orchestrations for an original musical!
Pieces for my new Song of the Week blog series. The first entry covered a popular 90s tune reinvented by some awe-inspiring jazz musicians. I'd love your feedback, and I'd love to know what you'd like to see featured on the blog.
And, of course, there will be a variety of performances sprinkled in... let's check those out!
A few performances of note
This summer, in addition to the odd show with the Ego Band, I'll be collaborating with a number of groups and musicians for some shows and projects. Here are a few:
Saturday, June 1st - 12pm
Ithaca locals can catch me playing bass for Alan Rose & The Restless Elements at the Ithaca Festival's Beer Garden Stage. Alan is a wonderful local folk/rock singer-songwriter in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Jackson Browne, and he's been a big supporter of me and the Ego Band over the past few months, so I look forward to laying it down with him. Also in the band for the event: Ego Band trombonist Jeff Chilton and our beloved vocalist Mandy Goldman.
Click here for information on the festival.
Thursday, June 6th - 9pm
Early June finds me playing a set with the Ego Band at The Gates in Ithaca, sharing the evening with the Harry Nichols Band. We'll be down a few regular members but we will have the full horn section, and we'll be debuting some new music from our next record, so it should be a fun one! $5 cover, show is 21+.
Friday - Sunday June 27th, 28th, and 29th
The end of June finds me and a slew of musicians, singers, and actors (including some Ego Band members and the aforementioned Mandy Goldman) taking part in an outdoor production of HAIR. I'm looking forward to slinging around my bass in the summer air and getting some Woodstockian grooves going. The shows will be free to the public, but the project's IndieGoGo campaign is still accepting funding to help the production along. More info here.
Slight tangent: If you're a fan of helping out local music, I strongly recommend you check out local DJ and recording engineer Cassie Medcalf, who is raising funds to build a mobile recording studio. You can click here for more information.
As the Memorial Day holiday draws to a close, I hope you can find much to appreciate and many people whose memory you can honor. I feel privileged as always to be able to share my music with you. Thank you for your support, and I hope to see and/or hear from you soon!
Samuel B. Lupowitz