I'm very excited to share the news that progressive rock virtuosos Three Points of Madness
have asked me to open for them at the Apartment on April 20, 2013. I'll be once again sharing the stage with the best rhythm section in RI Brian Decoteaux and Allan Furtado. Doors open at 7:00pm. Survivors Of The Kraken (that's our band) will take the stage around 9:00 pm just after Three Points Of Madness opens the night. Check out Three Points of Madness at Reverbnation.com
More details as they become available.
It has been a crazy week and I didn't get to post a review of the Zog show. What a fantastic evening of music, friends, and java! Special thank you to: Elise, Jerry, Janice, Allan, Brian, Katherine, Andy, Ryan, Jon, and of course Ms. Jenny White. Jenny played an amazing set that night and all in attendance were impressed with her sound and voice. It was truly a pleasure sharing the night with you all, and what a treat to return to Cafe` Zog. Thank for coming out, and I hope to see you soon.
Greetings fellow travelers there's so much to report!
This Friday March 1, 2012 I'll return to Cafe` Zog for the first time in five years. I'm so excited to be returning, and even more excited to be sharing the stage with Jenny White
. Jenny and I go way back to high school and cut our teeth on many of the same open mics. She is a phenomenal songwriter and performer. It was my great honor to record a demo for her in 2008. This should be a fantastic show in an eclectic, and original space. The show is free (so long as you promise to purchase a tasty treat) and begins at 8:00pm; see you there!
I joined reverbnation way back in 2008, but I didn't understand its immense potential until very recently. Connecting performers, venues, artists, musicians, etc. this community is a wellspring of good people, fantastic performers, and talent.
Over the past two weeks I have climbed the ranks from the basement to #5. Thank you so much to those who have been listening, became fans, and left feedback and messages! I am truly humbled and inspired to be among the top ten. If you haven't checked out all reverbnation has to offer you can by following the link here or on the mid right of this page.
Lost In Petrichor:
Stretching into the final leg of production there are five finished tracks and two in a state of near completion. Petrichor has been a personal pilgrimage of sorts. I've learned much through the writing, recording, performing, and journey. What it was to be, and what it is are totally incongruous, but I couldn't be happier with the product. Most surprisingly is that performing it live has reunited me with accomplished musicians, and good friends. Thank you so much to Brian Decotoux, and Allan Furtado for your continued support, honestly, and willingness to stand with me on the stage.
Best Regards, see you Friday,
The snow is melting, the parking ban has been lifted, and I've just received word that the show is still on. We take the stage at 9:00pm, hope to see you there!
Here is some information on 'THE SPOT' show. Doors open at 6:00pm, we are on at 9:00 pm sharp. There is no cover charge. This is a FREE Show! .
Greetings fellow travelers,
I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been asked to perform at AS220 on Wednesday January 30, 2013. I'll be opening for jazz virtuoso Francisco Pais.
I'm not sure if he's playing with his quintet or solo, but either way his performance is not to be missed! 2013 is shaping up to be a fantastic year, thank you to all that continue to support the cause. A special thank you to Maralie Armstrong. I hope to see you there!
Very excited to announce that PERMA-TOUR continues Sunday February 10, 2013 at the Spot On Top, 101 Richmond Street, and Friday March 5, 2013 at Cafe Zog 293 Wickenden Street, Providence RI.
Come celebrate the first show of 2013 at 'The Spot' with some old favorites, new friends, and cover songs! It is rare that I get to play covers, and to commemorate this I will be joined by some old friends for a slightly less rare electric set. This show is already shaping up to be one for the ages. You don't want to miss it! I am incredibly excited to be teaming up with fellow Singer/Songwriter Jenny White! Jenny and I cut our teeth at many of the same coffee houses/open mics back in the day. She is an incredibly talented musician, songwriter and all around awesome human being...even if she did like Soulcracker on VH1's bands on the run. You can check our her music and craft by clicking here
Greetings Fellow Travelers,
A new year brings a new Shadesjm.com web layout. It's a new look, but the same site. What do you think, should we keep it? 2012 was a fantastic year, seven headlining shows, a slew of open mics, and a handful of guest appearances made 2012 my absolute best gigging year to date. I'm going to keep the momentum going in 2013! So Lost In Petrichor
didn't make it to release in 2012, but that's ok. I'm not rushing this one. Writing, mixing, and mastering continue in 2013, and by taking my time will be the better for it.
There isn't too much new to report on the home front, but there is plenty going on here at Shadesjm.com! Head over to the MP3s
to hear the last show at AS220 with guests Brian Decotoux and Allan Furtado. There is also a video (my first, but hopefully not last) from TAPA's dinner and a show in October. New Photos
are also appearing, so follow those links, and check them out!
Thank you to all who continue to support my passion, art, and performances. Without you none of it would be possible. May 2013 be the year your dreams come true.
Greetings fellow travelers,
What an absolutely amazing night! I simply cannot express my thanks enough to all of you who came out to AS220 last night. The best part is that we captured this blazing forty minute set of new tunes and live music thanks to Anthony's (master of the soundboard) stelar mixing skills. The audio from this recording is now on the MP3 page or can be accessed by clicking here
Special thanks to Brian Decotoux and Allan Furtado for the work they did in preparation for sitting in on this rare electric set, and to all who shared the night with me.
This just in ladies and gents, Brian Decoteax and Allan Furtado (Candice Brooks Band) will be joining me on stage at AS220 for a very rare electric set. These gents are the driving rhythm of the CCB and bring not only their solid musicianship, but also humor and friendship to the mix. Words cannot express how good it feels to be playing music with them again! You DO NOT want to miss this show it could be another ten years before it happens again...
We're in the final months of the year, and I'm working to get a few more gigs in. I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning to AS220 on December 4, 2012 and will take the stage at 9:30pm. 2012 has been an incredibly good year to me and I'm going to work doubly hard in 2013 to not only play as many shows, but to expand my reach into neighboring states.
Work continues on Lost in Petrichor, but it will most likely be pushed back to a 2013 release. I'm taking my time, and letting the songs evolve and grow, and the only way I can do that is to play them out at shows, and play around with them in the studio. Many of the tracks off of MUSE sound very different from their live versions now, and that's because I didn't take the time to let my work breath. Look for familiar tracks and new tunes at the December show.
While you wait for Lost In Petrichor to arrive check out this live performance of Back to the Gale performed at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts on 10/26/2012. Credit to Nick Marcoux for overseeing filming Dashawn Diaz, Juan Ramirez for operating cameras, and Juan Ramirez for editing. Thanks gents! this vid is also linked on the photos page.