August Discussed

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Greetings all!  It’s shaping up to be a busy month in August.  A quick recap of the end of July first.  I played a great house concert at Pig & Weasel with my student/friend Alaina Stacey.  She is so talented and I was honored to be asked to be her accompanist for a special evening of music.  Hopefully we’ll have some video/audio highlights to share later this month.


Bhakti Fest in Madison with Mike Cohen‘s group was blissful.  The band included many singers, Stone Damon on drums, Steve Emmerman on bass, and Taz Rashid on percussion, among others.  Above is a panoramic shot of the action from the stage.

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Thomas Dunning’s HOOT NIGHT!  “Motown vs Broadway” wow!  Those who were there know what I exclaim about.  Incredible show.  “Sir Duke” is on YouTube done with an all-star band of Steve Frisbie, Gerald Dowd, Alton Smith & Jacqueline Schimmel.  Another on YouTube is with me sitting in on bass for Steve Frisbie, with Gerald Dowd for Steve’s Motown-take on “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”.  What a voice!  Speaking of voices… Phil Angotti did a great “Tracks of My Tears” and I also got to sit in with him for “Til There Was You”.  I played drums with Catherine Smitko & Jeff Kust for “Heaven on Their Minds” from Jesus Christ Superstar and “Superstition” (mashed up with Metallica, lol)  More video to come later in the month.  (and I’ll have to figure out how to link directly to video here on the site!)

Coming up in August… Lollapalooza!  I’m very blessed to be asked to sit in on bass with Jambo Steve Pierson’s group on the kid’s stage Friday & Saturday August 2nd & 3rd.  I fully plan to see some other acts including Queens of The Stone Age, The National, Band of Horses, and The Blisters (with Alaina Stacey guesting).

Sunday August 11th at Simons, 9pm Tommi Zender & Dave Sills Variety Hour (flyer at the top of this post) w/special guests Tim Mulvenna on percussion & Shana Gray on vocals.  We’ll do 2 sets featuring some of Dave’s songs, my songs, and select cover tunes.  No Cover!!!


Band on the Run presented by Phil Angotti & Friends, including Casey McDonough on bass, Erich McMann on guitars, Carolyn Engelmann on keys and yours truly on the drum set, and more!  Martyrs, Monday August 12th at 8pm.  Tickets are a mere $7.  We presented this album in it’s entirety back in the winter on one of the coldest days of the year at Reggie’s and the reaction was unanimous that we nailed it.  Here’s your chance to hear us do it again on the north side in warmer climes.

The Smiths Acoustic Ensemble and Art Rock Ensemble graduation performances will be on Sunday August 18th @ 909 Armitage location of Old Town School in the theater.  BYOB and no admission charge–come by if you like to see what Alton Smith, Bob Goins and I have been up to at the school with our talented students.  Exact times to be determined but between 4:30 pm and 7:30 is the likely window.

The second half of August will be dedicated to RECORDING.  In the works are a new ambient guitar album and a pop/rock EP of many songs I’ve been playing for years now but have not yet recorded proper.  More details as it unfolds this fall.  Thanks so much for reading and for supporting the arts/music I’m involved in.  Peace!