Spring is here, a-spuh-ring is here
Hello, friends! Like most residents of the cold northeast USA, I am ready for some warmer weather. But there is much for me to fill you in on, at least: some special live recordings just for you, news for my performances and recording with my Ego Band, and the future of a certain historical rock opera. What could Sam be talking about, you ask? Read on...
I've been playing live with the Ego Band a great deal for the last month or so, and more often than not, we've had our killer horn section along for the ride. Recent highlights include opening for Brookyln band Ambassadors at The Haunt in Ithaca, and the whole nine-piece ensemble on the road for a two-night stint raising money for Reading, PA's Genesius Theatre.
You can check out some amazing photos from the Genesius shows on Facebook: here are some great shots by J.P. Feenstra, and here are some equally excellent pics by Ryan Butler.
It's very satisfying to be making such great noise with such a big band (anyone remember when there were only three of us?), and it has me excited as I continue writing our next record... stay tuned!
Thinkin' of Lincoln
Without a doubt, the most-asked question about my music is "have you been doing anything with Handsomest Man?" For the few uninitiated among you, The Handsomest Man in America is my rock musical about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, last staged by Wilson Summer Theater in August 2010.
I am happy to announce that I am at work on a new draft of the show, and I'm currently in discussions with old hands Mark Hennessey and J.P. Feenstra to produce a new recording of the work, since the piece hasn't been properly recorded since its very embryonic original concept album in 2008.
For the new HMiA record, I hope to include a mix of talented friends and more established singers from the rock and musical theater communities. This, along with the recording process itself, can get expensive, so please let me know if you are aware of any development grants or other sources of funding we could use for this next step forward with the project!
And in the meantime, you can listen to Mandy Goldman sing the newly revised Mary Todd Lincoln number "Four Years in the White House" from our recent performance with the Ego Band at Genesius Theatre in Reading, PA.
Click here to download the performance for free.
"Four Years in the White House [Live at Genesius Theatre]"
From The Handsomest Man in America
Mandy Goldman: vocals
Samuel B. Lupowitz: piano
Saturday, March 23rd - 4:30pm
SBL & Ego Band
A special "90s Throwback" performance for the Ithaca College Relay for Life, with Damien Scalise joining us on guitar and some other special guests.
Thursday, April 4th - 9:30 pm
SBL & Mandy Goldman
Also performing: The Danbees, 4 point 0
Acoustic duets with Ego Band vocalist Mandy Goldman
Friday, April 5th
SBL & Ego Band w/ the Id Horns
More info TBA at samuelblupowitz.com
Saturday, April 20th - 5pm
Sunday, April 21st - 2pm, 8pm
Standing Room Only presents Godspell
Donations graciously accepted
SBL plays bass and leads the pit band for this college production
Saturday, April 27th - 9:30 pm
SBL & Ego Band w/ the Id Horns
Also performing: Llama Tsunami
That's all for March! See you soon, and keep warm until the snow lets up. Until then...
Samuel B. Lupowitz