New Release ”Let’s Get Lost” Maxi-single on Bandcamp

Hello music lovers… I have new music available for purchase on Bandcamp. The song is called ”Lets Get Lost”. It was improvised mostly in real time in December of 2021, drawing inspiration from some happy places. The song is several minutes in length and I’ve made three extra mixes; one of them is just ”guitars & kalimba”!

There is a video on YouTube featuring many of those happy places. I recommend selecting the HD quality setting! The cover art is a sand sculpture by Janet Moore Schraeder. The recording was mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. It’s my hope this music will take you on a sonic vacation.

The first Friday of every month Bandcamp pays 100% of sales to artists directly. March 4th (march forth!) is the next one, as well as being my dear mother’s 80th birthday! This music is exclusive to Bandcamp… you won’t find it on other music streaming platforms. I like to encourage patronage of music artists directly in general; Bandcamp is one of the best ways for you to do this.

Other music events & Old Town School classes:

Tz plays with Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams at The Venue in Aurora IL
Saturday March 5th, 8pm, 21+ show, reserved seating
Ticket link = https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-dawson-the-lucid-dreams-tickets-239351194867
 
Tz is featured singer/guitarist for Abbey Road Beatles Tribute @ SPACE in Evanston
Saturday March 12, 8pm   https://www.evanstonspace.com

Jarvis Square Pottery April 9th is CANCELLED. it may be rescheduled at a later date
 
Tommi’s Old Town School classes for Session 2 start March 1st  IN PERSON!!!
Beatles Acoustic Songbook, Guitar Forever, Folk Rock Acoustic, Eclectic Electric Ensemble and ONLINE classes Saturdays: California Songbook & British Rock
 
Upcoming OTS ONLINE workshops include Aimee Mann Songbag Fri Mar 18, Spring Beatles Songbag Fri April 8  www.oldtownschool.org
 

Sketchbook Brewing Co, Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams, Abbey Road @ SPACE


Hello! I have some events in early 2022, some things to see and hear and do.
 
Tommi Zender solo @ Sketchbook Brewing Co in Skokie
Sunday February 20 3-5pm  4901 Main St847-588-0652
No cover charge, free parking in lots on property & north side of Main st
(link is https://www.sketchbookbrewing.com/all-events)
 
Tz plays with Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams at The Venue in Aurora IL
Saturday March 5th, 8pm, 21+ show, reserved seating
Ticket link = https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-dawson-the-lucid-dreams-tickets-239351194867
 
Tz is featured singer/guitarist for Abbey Road Beatles Tribute @ SPACE in Evanston
Saturday March 12, 8pm   https://www.evanstonspace.com
 
Tommi’s Old Town School classes for Session 2 start March 1st  IN PERSON!!!
Beatles Acoustic Songbook, Guitar Forever, Folk Rock Acoustic, Eclectic Electric Ensemble and ONLINE classes Saturdays: California Songbook & British Rock
 
Upcoming OTS ONLINE workshops include British Rock Songbag Fri Feb 25 , Aimee Mann Songbag Fri Mar 18, Spring Beatles Songbag Fri April 8  www.oldtownschool.org
 

Early warning: Tommi will do 2 sets at Jarvis Square Pottery in Rogers Pk Sat April

Fall 2021 Musical Things To Enjoy

Hello, it’s me. I’ve been mostly absent from the internet, enjoying music, family, food, frisbee, White Sox, books, some vacation, and well…real life. I have some performances this fall to let you know about, after a long hiatus.

Saturday Oct 2 – Jarvis Square Pottery 1439 W Jarvis (773) 655-7197 The first Saturday monthly residency in a great listening room. I’ll play solo for the first one. Music starts at 8pm, with two 40 min sets. Must be vaccinated & masked indoors BYOB; suggested donation. There will be a nice outdoor area with a speaker to monitor the music as well. (also appearing on Sat Nov 6th with a special guest TBA)

Jarvis Square Pottery Music Room

Thursday Oct 14 – SPACE in Evanston 1245 Chicago Ave. 7:00pm doors. Tz plays a solo set opening for David Singer & The Sweet Science. Hosting the show is comedian Richard Laible, who will help bring this to Smothers Brothers level. Vaccination mandatory as well as mask. Reserved table seating available in this great expanded listening room. Click the SPACE link above for more ticket info.

Friday Nov 12 – Old Town School of Folk Music in Szold Hall Tom Ryan’s record release show with Dan Holohan Band opening. 8pm show vaccination required & masks (unless something changes). This show is going to be great. It’s been rescheduled twice, because it matters. The backing band for both sets includes Steve Dawson, Alton Smith, John Abbey, & Tommi Zender.

Ticket link: https://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2021/04-10-2020-tom-ryan-for-years-album-release/

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Far off early warning…

Sunday Dec 19 – Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams @ SPACE in Evanston (2 sets) door at 6pm; show at 7pm. This show will sell out–grab tickets soon! The Lucid Dreams are: Steve Dawson, Diane Christiansen, Tommi Zender, Alton Smith, John Abbey & Larry Brown. This is the first indoor listening room celebration of Steve’s newest record “At the Bottom of The Canyon, In The Branches of a Tree”. Read about it here.

Concert Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-dawson-the-lucid-dreams-tickets-163329158911

Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams first ever show @ Fitgeralds

Lastly… I have some fall ONLINE workshops & music gatherings at Old Town School of Folk Music:

Neil Young Songbag – Friday Sept 24th @ 7:30pm

Fretboard Geography Workshop – Saturday Sept 25th @ 1pm

Autumn Beatles Songbag: Happy Birthday John Lennon – Friday Oct 8th @ 7:30pm

Advance registration recommended

Spring Old Town School Classes and…

Hey! It’s been a while since I’ve broadcasted here. Stef Folk and I got married! We had planned to for quite a while. It was also a great way to say “fuck you” to 2020, so we did it right before New Years. Yayyyy, love wins. 😉 I haven’t been on social media so far in 2021 and there are no shows or new recordings to promote. It’s been a year since I last performed (a really fun show with Steve Dawson in Feb 2020 before the PANDAMMIT). I’m still teaching classes at Old Town School of Folk Music online, until it’s safe to be back in the classrooms. You don’t have to be in Chicagoland to take classes, songbags & workshops. Try one! They are fun and a great way to learn, be musical & stay somewhat social while we are navigating toward the post-PANDAMMIT.

The next session starts Tuesday March 2nd. Here is my menu:

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Beatles Acoustic (Tues 6:30 – a mix of John, Paul, and George Beatles & solo years)

Guitar Forever (Tues 8pm – a smorgasbord of tunes!)

Folk Rock Acoustic (Wed 6:30 – a fun mix of eras and artists)

British Rock Acoustic (Wed 8pm – 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s!)

Neil Young Acoustic Songbook (Sat 1pm, sideburns not included)

also…some new skills classes:

Creative Scale Practice 1 (Tues 5-6pm)

Creative Scale Practice 2: Chords & Modes (Wed 5-6pm)

Sign up here:  https://www.oldtownschool.org/teachers/Tommi-Zender/

Workshops & Songbags:

Mid-Winter Beatles Songbag – Fri Feb 19, 7:30pm

British Rock Songbag -rescheduled from January! Friday March 19, 7:30pm

Fretboard Geography Workshop – Sunday April 11, 1pm

Springtime Beatles Songbag – Friday April 16, 7:30pm

Old Town School Fall Classes

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All 8 week classes taught online by Tommi; session starts Tuesday Sept 1.
Beatles Acoustic (Tues 6:30 – John Lennon in session 5)
Guitar Forever (Tues 8pm – a smorgasbord of tunes!)
Folk Rock Acoustic (Wed 6:30 – Laurel Canyon)
British Rock Acoustic (Wed 8pm – 60’s, 70’s, and now…80’s!)
also…
Creative Scale Practice 1 & 2 (Tues/Weds 5-6pm)
Workshops & Songbags:
Neil Young Songbag – Friday Sept 25, 7:30pm
John Lennon 80th Birthday Songbag – Friday Oct 9, 7:30pm
Fretboard Geography Workshop – Sunday Oct 11, 2pm

Brand New Tz Music on Bandcamp 5/1/20

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I hope this communique finds you sheltering in a happy place safe & healthy. I’m releasing two new music compositions Friday May 1st on Bandcamp. Bandcamp is waiving it’s revenue share to give 100% of the sales to the artists directly, on the first Friday of every month. This applies to back catalog releases AND brand new works. Now is a great time to go shopping to help support independent artists.

I look forward to playing music solo & with cherished musical friends again in real life & time, in a communal performance space as soon as that is safely allowable. Until then… you can find me leading some music classes and special programming at Old Town School of Folk Music online. Click the link for more information. Peace to you & please stay safe everyone.

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Tommi Zender & Steve Dawson Feb 8th; Full Band show @ Hey Nonny; Winter Beatles @ OTS.

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Tommi Zender & Steve Dawson – Saturday Feb 8th, 7:30pm @ Chimera Loft (2948 Central St Evanston IL) Ticket link here!

Also…

Tommi Zender (full band show) w/The 45 (featuring Len Kasper & his all-star line-up) Sunday Feb 16, 7:30pm Hey Nonny (10 South Vail Ave, Arlington Heights IL) Advanced reserved tickets here. Tommi’s group (Chris Siebold, Alton Smith, John Abbey, & Jim Barclay) and Len Kasper’s group The 45 (Matt Spiegel, Dag Juhlin, Liam Davis, and Gerald Dowd) will rock this great new listening room in Arlington Heights the Sunday evening before Presidents Day. Grab tickets because they’ll go fast!

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WINTER BEATLES songbag at Old Town School is Friday Feb 7th, 7:30-9pm. Register!

If you missed it, Tommi was featured on NPR’s Sound Opinions with “More Songs About Time” selected as one of 2019’s Buried Treasures. You can listen here. Tz’s segment is about 6 minutes in. Jim DeRogatis says MSAT is “a fantastic record”.

Brand New Compact Disc Edition of “More Songs About Time”

A new slim gatefold CD version of the 2019 release “More Songs About Time” with a 12-page booklet has arrived. There are a few limited copies of the initial purple digipak edition with the 24-page booklet left. All other album releases are now available in physical format via BANDCAMP. For digital versions of back catalog albums for the time being please contact the artist directly. Thank you for supporting this independent artist.

Full Band Show @ Martyrs, Autumn Beatles @ OTS, Tz solo at SPACE, Cafe Carpe w/Peter Mulvey

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Tommi Zender w Band Live shot by Vin Reed

Martyrs (3855 N Lincoln Ave) FULL BAND SHOW Thursday November 14, 8pm. Tommi Zender & Los Troublemakers come out of hiding to play Martyr’s for the first time. Alton Smith (keyboards), Chris Siebold (guitars), John Abbey (bass) & Jim Barclay (drums). We play first on the bill. Also performing is Silver Suns a James Taylor Tribute group lead by Colby Bessera, with Chris Siebold, Paul Mutzabaugh, Larry Kohut, Vance O & more. This will be a great night of music! Get your tickets

 

SPACE, Evanston. Wednesday, December 18th, 8pm Tommi Zender SOLO show, opening for Patrick Park. Reserved table and seated tickets available NOW.

Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson WI. Saturday December 21st, 8pm @ Tommi will be a guest for the Lamplighter Sessions, hosted by the great Peter Mulvey. These sessions are interactive for the musicians, who often accompany each other on the fly. Also featured this evening are Nickel & Rose. Get advance tickets here!

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Hyatt Centric, Mag Mile (633 N Saint Clair st) Tommi plays 2 sets of covers, Friday December 6th, 9-11pm for no cover. Comfortable seating, excellent drinks & food available. Also the great Gabe Michael will join Tommi for this one!

Early warning, Sunday January 5th, 8pm @ Montrose Saloon… Abbey, Dawson, Smith & Zender w/Dan Holohan. Link to the event here.

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Here is a solo performance of “Seen Too Much, Forgotten Too Little” from “More Songs About Time” at the Friendly Tap in Berwyn from October 13, 2019

 

 

Wine Goddess Show, Friendly Tap in Berwyn, Martyr’s Full Band Show, SPACE solo show in December

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The Wine Goddess show in Evanston was so much fun. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a SOLD OUT show, and to Tom Ryan and Carey Anne Farrell for sitting in with me for a few songs. The set lists:

SET ONE:  I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince)/I Believe When I Fall in Love (Stevie Wonder)/On and On (Stephen Bishop)/Echo Chambers in the Hall of Mirror, Your Time is More Important, Seen Too Much Forgotten Too Little, Temporary Spill (Tommi Zender)/Let’s Go, All Mixed Up (Ric Ocasek/The Cars)/As Time Goes By/Red Vines (Aimee Mann, featuring Carey Anne Farrell, with Tom Ryan)/September Girls (Big Star, w/Carey Anne & Tom)

SET TWO:  Home at Last, World Already Knows 12-string instrumental mash-up (Tz)/Triad (David Crosby)/Getting Personal, Learn to Be Alone, Strangers & Passersby (Tz)/Cello Song (Nick Drake)/No Good For Your Health, Best Waste of My Time, Something to Hide (Tz)/Dead End Street (The Kinks, w/Tom & Carey Anne)/Saturday In The Park (Chicago w/Tom & Carey Anne)

Encores: Cinnamon Apple Cider (Tz-Soft version)/Better At Life (Tz-unreleased)


Upcoming Dates:

Hyatt Centric, Mag Mile (633 N Saint Clair st) Happy Hour Thursday October 3rd, 5-7pm Tommi plays 2 sets of covers, first Thursday of almost every month, for no cover. Decent quality human jukebox, comfy seating, drinks food available.

Friendly Tap in Berwyn (6731 Roosevelt Rd) with Victoria Storm. Sunday October 13th, 7:30pm. Victoria will play a set, Tommi will play a set, and then they will play together for a bit. First ever show in Berwyn for Tommi… come on out!

Martyrs (3855 N Lincoln Ave) FULL BAND SHOW Thursday November 14, 8pm. Tommi Zender & Los Troublemakers come out of hiding to play Martyr’s for the first time. Alton Smith (keyboards), Chris Siebold (guitars), John Abbey (bass) & Jim Barclay (drums). Tz plays first on the bill…also performing is Silver Suns a James Taylor Tribute group lead by Colby Bessera, with Chris Siebold, Paul Mutzabaugh, Vance O & more. This will be a great night of music!

Tommi Zender w Band Live shot by Vin Reed

Early warning…Tz solo show at SPACE in Evanston opening for Patrick Park. Wednesday December 18th. Reserved seat tickets available NOW.


Special Teaching stuff… Sunday October 20, 2-3:30pm Fretboard Geography Workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music. Hosted by Tommi.

Autumn Beatles Songbag Friday November 8th, 7:30-9pm. Hosted by Tommi (often with a guest like Gabe Michael or Tom Ryan!) Advance sign up recommended.

THE KINKS KLASS final session starts Wed October 30th (final performance will be at 909 Armitage, Sunday December 15th, 5pm)

Here is Tommi & Alton from the Stevie Wonder tribute concert at Old Town School of Folk Music in Summer 2019.