Live photos by Vin Reed
Thanks to my amazing band and everyone who came to the record release show at SPACE in Evanston IL for “More Songs About Time”. If you haven’t purchased your copy of the record yet, you can do that here at the Bandcamp link.
Here is a record review from Jeff Elbel at Illinois Entertainer:
The band is kicking off the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Square Roots Festival on Friday July 12th @ 5pm on the south stage (Montrose/Lincoln Ave by Welles Park). Last full band show of the summer… please join us. Admission is suggested donation & gets you into the festival. Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven are also performing the same evening.
Other summer music happenings… Wishbone Residency Thursday July 18th 7-9pm. For July the special guest is Dag Juhlin (of Expo ’76, Sunshine Boys, and Poi Dog Pondering).
Sunday July 21st @ 2PM- Glenview Public Library WOODSTOCK 50. Tommi Zender & Alton Smith perform duo arrangements of classic songs by Woodstock performers.
Friday July 26th @ 7:30pm – SUMMERTIME BEATLES songbag at Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square. Tommi hosts with special guest Gabe Michael. These events often fill to capacity, so advance sign-up is recommended HERE. Participants play &/or sing Beatles songs in a facilitated space with music-stands, and take home a packet of songs. Always a total blast.
Sunday July 28th @ 2pm – FRETBOARD GEOGRAPHY workshop also at Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square. Pre-register HERE.
Thursday August 1st, 9-11pm HYATT CENTRIC (on St Clair @ Erie, north of the river, off the mag mile) Tz does two solo sets playing mostly covers.
Thursday August 8th – Wishbone Residency (guest TBA)
Far advance notice: Tz @ Wine Goddess, Saturday Sept 21st, 8pm. More details TBA…
It’s with great pleasure I announce that my new record “More Songs About Time” is officially available. Tickets are also available for the full band record release show at SPACE in Evanston, Sunday June 2nd, 7pm. (click the link for tickets) One night only! To get the record in LP, CD and/or digital formats please visit my BANDCAMP page. It will also be available in person at the SPACE release show, just come to the show, visit the fine folks at the Hey Man Records merch table, and I’ll be signing copies there!
The new record is also available in Chicagoland in physical formats at: Squeezebox Books & Music in Evanston, Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square, Different Strummer Music Store at Old Town School Lincoln Square, and Rattleback Records in Andersonville, and directly from the artist (hey, that’s me!)
To all who pre-ordered the record… THANK YOU!!! If you encounter any problem getting the digital download, or bonus material please contact me and I will fix the issue!
Also… here is a Hey Man Records interview discussing the new album with fellow artist Peter Zeldow! Peace, and I hope you enjoy the record, and come to the show!
I want to thank all of you who have pre-ordered my new album “More Songs About Time” via the INDIEGOGO campaign. The target release date is Friday May 3rd. The test pressings for the vinyl are being re-done because of a technical error, but rest assured the music sounds great! I will begin to schedule the guitar/music lesson perks with people who purchased them very soon.
If you haven’t opted to get the album yet… good news! The link to pre-order will remain active until the album release show @ SPACE in Evanston, Sunday June 2nd, 7pm. Tickets are on sale now! The INDIGOGO page remains the only way to get the BONUS CONTENT, and to pre-order the limited vinyl and compact disc editions of the record.
Here is the final master version of “Learn To Be Alone” to preview. I played all the instruments except for the great textural lap-steel guitar which was done by the very talented Christine Bougie of the Canadian pop group Bahamas. (pictured here below with the engineer/co-producer of “More Songs About Time” Justin James)
Also… here is another album preview… a “lyric video” for the song “Echo Chambers in The Hall of Mirror” viewable on youtube. I hope you enjoy these songs. Thanks for your patience with the full arrival of the album (in whatever format you desire).
Other upcoming shows I am playing:
Sunday April 7th, 2-3pm Motown Duo Show @ Glenview Public Library, Tommi Zender & keyboardist Alton Smith play interpretations (and re-interpretations) of select Motown classics. Free with pr-registration at GPL link.
Saturday April 13, 1:30pm – Music of Donovan (Record Store Day show) at Squeezebox in Evanston. Tommi Zender & John San Juan will play a set of choice Donovan songs.
Sunday April 14, 7-9pm Wishbone Residency Show: Bon Voyage to Natalie Galey. One set of music of Joni Mitchell; and one set of some of our favorites we like to play. Here is a sample track of us doing Joni’s “Just Like This Train“. Natalie is one of my favorite musicians to play with. I’ve known her since she was a teenager who studied guitar with me. She is relocating to Colorado this May, so this is the last show together for a long while. Come help me send her off in style!
Springtime Beatles Social hosted by Tommi Zender @ Old Town School of Folk Music is Friday May 10th 7:30-9pm
Hello… from the office! This will be the cheap quick update for shows, etc in late Feb/March/April for now.
Also… Please consider opting in to Hey Man Records! (click here) mostly bi-monthly newsletter. Hey Man! is a local artist-collective I’m pleased to be part of. It’s not a traditional record label… but an umbrella. There are some talented Chicago-based artists, many of whom I’m lucky to call friends. There will be regular updates on shows, including mine, and I’ll have a feature in later April leading up to my album release! Help me help Hey Man! Records grow their mailing list. Thank you.
Sun Feb 17th, 2pm MATINEE! – Elton John Tribute @ SPACE in Evanston
Saturday March 9th, 7-9 pm – Tommi’s Birthday Residency Show – at Wishbone North 3300 N Lincoln (more details tba)
Sun April 7th, 2-3pm – Tz & Alton Smith @ Glenview Pub. Library – a Motown duo set!
Saturday April 13, Record Store Day @ Squeezebox Records in Evanston – Tommi & John San Juan play Donovan! exact time tba, but around 1 or 2 pm.
Palm Sunday April 14 – Wishbone Residency Show with Natalie Galey. Tz and Natalie will reprise their Joni Mitchell duo show one last time, and play an extra set of favorites!
Record release date for Tommi Zender “More Songs About Time” is Friday May 3rd. LP’s and CD’s will start shipping; bonus content will begin delivery as well.
Record release show is Sunday June 2nd @ SPACE in Evanston, 7pm!!! (details tba)
To everyone who has backed the “More Songs About Time” campaign so far and pre-purchased my new record I’d like to express my sincere gratitude. THANK YOU!!! I truly appreciate your collective help getting this music released. It’s been a long time coming.
I still have more to do before the album will be in your hands (and hopefully your ears) this spring. The Indiegogo page will continue to run through the spring. It is the primary way to PRE-ORDER the music, in whatever format you like. Any additional funds raised will continue to offset funds already spent making the album, and also be put toward preparing for it’s release, including a show (TBA) at SPACE Evanston in early June.
The record’s LP artwork is nearing completion; the CD as well. The audio files for all formats will be triple-checked before sending them on for manufacturing. Lastly in late winter I will cull together & master the bonus tracks/demos.
You’ve planted a seed; in the spring you’ll receive the record!
If you are still on the fence about buying it in advance I hope you’ll consider doing so. It is much appreciated.
Peace & love to all of you,
I’m very pleased to announce my new record: More Songs About Time. It’s my first in 15 years; 10 songs recorded in a great studio, and I’m truly excited about it. I need YOUR HELP getting the record manufactured. It’s due for Spring 2019 release (late April/early May).
I’m launching an Indiegogo funding campaign. This is the first one of these I’ve ever done. Please visit the link to learn more about the record! There is a quick video, and a written synopsis about the project.
Please consider PRE-PURCHASING the work to help me fund it.
There are many special “perks’ available. Perks include the album in the format(s) of your choice, bonus outtake materials (acoustic & instrumental versions, unreleased songs) original demos for the LP, TINY HOUSES!, help with IKEA furniture, my help with your music, private lessons, a private house concert & more!
Please feel free to share the Indiegogo campaign link with others. THANK YOU for your interest and support of this work. I think it’s a quality record most of you music-lovers will enjoy.
A quick rundown of stuff forthcoming…
Monday Jan 14 @ Sylvies (w/Steve Dawson, John Abbey, Alton Smith & more)
Sunday Jan 20 @ Wishbone (3300 N Lincoln Ave) Featuring a cavalcade of guests! 7-9pm
Saturday Jan 26 @ Old Town School of Folk Music: Joni Mitchell/Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert. Tz plays with Natalie Galey and students of Eclectic Electric Ensemble.
Sunday Jan 27 – Fretboard Geography Workshop @ OTS, Lincoln Square, 2pm advance sign up recommended.
Saturday Feb 2 @ Wishbone (3300 N Lincoln Ave, w/special guest Justin Roberts!) 7-9pm
Friday Feb 8 – Winter Beatles Social @ OTS, Lincoln Square 7:30-9pm -advance sign up recommended.
Sunday Feb 17 @ SPACE, Evanston – Elton John Tribute Show (feat. Alton Smith) 2pm
Sunday Feb 24 – 909 Armitage Ensemble Class Shows -Old Town School, 5pm