So many reasons to sing the praises of my favorite month! The chill, the crunch of leaves (yes, even in LA!) and the smell and taste of CHILI in NM!
This year I am especially excited to have New Mexicans coming to me and then going with them for a weekend of shows in NM! The amazing John Bartlit is flying out for a pair of Sukey Jumps at the incredible Descanso Gardens here in Los Angeles. We play October 19 and 20th at 11:30 under the oaks for their fall festival. There will a costume parade and crafts and a garden demonstration- all kinds of cool stuff to check out at one of the loveliest spots in LA.
While John is here he and Daniel will be playing an evening of Daniel’s beautiful flamenco-inspired world music compositions at the Talking Stick in Venice from 6-8 pm. They will be joined by some special guests as well, and the free evening promises to sparkle. The Talking Stick is a vibrant, creative place and a great home to some of the Westside’s most creative musicians. It is very much like Venice “in the old days”, (except without the crime and drugs). For those of you who don’t know them, John and Daniel have been playing music together for over 30 years. They were born less then 12 hours apart at the same (Los Alamos) hospital and are truly brothers. They are amazing musicians and beautiful men. Here is a clip of them playing Daniel’s comopsition “Istanbul” together. If you stick with it you will get the sense of their genius as they transition from sublime to ridiculous. When you meet John, be sure you compliment him on his tap dancing and choreography!
The following weekend we meet up in New Mexico and are joined by our favorite people on earth (which I hope will include YOU!)
I am referring to the artists sometimes known as the Vespus Marimba Band. John and Daniel plus Craig McClelland from Door County, WI, Douglas Nottingham from Phoenix, AZ and the lovely Alexix and Hovey Corbin from Albuquerque are coming together for THREE shows, one in Taos (at a brewery, no less!) and two in Albuquerque, plus thew will also be doing a Sukey Jump with ME! (Ain’t I the luckiest gal on earth?) I get to join them on a few songs in their shows as well. And there will be some serious eating of freshly roasted green chili! Hope this year’s crop is as hot as the music.
Our show Saturday morning at the Outpost will be the official NM Cup Of Tea Release Party, and we have lots to celebrate, as the CD was recorded in NM. We are hoping every musician on the CD will be able to make it, as well as our stellar engineer, David McCray. CDs will be available at a special low price, there will be raffles for prizes and a crazy good time. Bring your uke and play along with some tunes! Join the party!
VESPUS MARIMBA BAND
Friday, October 25th, 7pm
TAOS MESA BREWING CO
20 ABC Mesa Rd, Taos, NM 8757 $15
Saturday, October 26th 7 PM
ALBUQUERQUE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
2801 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque,NM 87106 (505)881-‐4311 $10
Sunday, October 27th, 10:30 AM
1715 5th St NW in Albuquerque
$15/ $5 child under 12/ $9 age 30 and under+ full-‐time students
Cash or checks, no credit cards
THE SUKEY JUMP BAND
Saturday, October 26 11am
THE OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE
210 Yale Blvd SE Albuquerque, NM 87106
Kids under 2 FREE, Adults $10/kids $5
Books and Cookies in Santa Monica is hosting a story telling event for children in conjunction with the LA Storytelling Festival. We will be telling the flamenco tale of the Cat and the Chicken, plus singing the Owl and the Pussycat, our favorite love poem put to music.
THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY we will be doing an intimate show at Dragonfly DuLou in Los Feliz– also FREE!
Come join us, LA Eastsiders! WE will be doing songs from the new CD, and will be giving away a ukulele to boot!