Me and Lee.

Tonight I’ll be playing four songs by the iconic and seminal singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood at a tribute night in Eastlake. Seems strange to me that these don’t occur more often given the huge shadow he casts over American music. He’s the most famous musician you’ve never heard of. There seems to be a cult around him here in Seattle. There’s a bar in Ballard named … Continue reading Me and Lee.

Mixtape: One Morn’ I Awakened….A New Sun Was Dawning

Recorded on the day of my birth, the day of Nick Cave’s son Arthur’s death (hence the dedication….words of encouragement), another sunrise on this convoluted rock we call home. The songs, a year’s worth of contradictions and contemplations, crammed into an hour, as experienced by one cultural pickpocket. Happy birthday to me. Continue reading Mixtape: One Morn’ I Awakened….A New Sun Was Dawning

A Return to Solo Performance, The Beery House & Temporary Autonomous Zones

Recently, I’ve been venturing into solo performance for the first time since I started playing accordion over 15 years ago. I gotta say, it’s been a rewarding and learning experience. When Alana from Miss Mamie Lavona’s White Boy Band/L’Orchestre Incroyable invited me to open for them at Conor Byrnes a couple months back, I hastily agreed in an effort to force me to get back … Continue reading A Return to Solo Performance, The Beery House & Temporary Autonomous Zones

BRINGING BACK THE MEDICINE SHOW: THE NEW ORLEANS INAUGURAL SNAKEOIL FESTIVAL

This piece was originally published in Burlesque Beat on June 1, 2015. June 19, 20 & 21, 2015 The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA I’ve always been fascinated by circuses and medicine shows of the 19th and early 20thcentury. As family-friendly, Cirque De Soleil-style shows rapidly replace the traveling circus of old, it’s crucial that we acknowledge and memorialize its past. As burlesque fans, … Continue reading BRINGING BACK THE MEDICINE SHOW: THE NEW ORLEANS INAUGURAL SNAKEOIL FESTIVAL

The 9th Annual Great Burlesque Exposition 2015 Part 3: The Original Newcomer’s Showcase

Originally published in Burlesque Beat on April 22, 2015. February 22, 2015 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA It warmed up Sunday and I actually got the opportunity to escape the hotels recycled air to check out Cambridge. After a leisurally stroll through Harvard Square, I headed back to the Hyatt for the final night of The Great Burlesque Expo 9, revitalized and ready for more … Continue reading The 9th Annual Great Burlesque Exposition 2015 Part 3: The Original Newcomer’s Showcase

BOSTON ADVENTURES CONTINUED: GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO PART TWO

This post was originally published in Burlesque Beat on April 5, 2015. February 21, 2015 Cambridge Hyatt, Cambridge, MA Snow fell lightly on Cambridge as burlyQ fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt’s President’s Ballroom. The Main Event is The Great Burlesque Expo’s annual competition night so it was surprising that it was more inconsistent than Friday night’s Rhinestone Review with some noticeable lulls. … Continue reading BOSTON ADVENTURES CONTINUED: GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO PART TWO